New York City Your Best Tool for Learning English

In New York City, the 4th of July is a huge deal. Not only does it celebrate our nation’s birth and independence, but because we are home to the Statue of Liberty and since New York City is such a melting pot of so many other cultures, New Yorkers keep this national holiday close to heart. All over the country, people will come together with their loved ones to celebrate this great day to eat great food, enjoy the outdoors, and close the evening with a fireworks display. Since NYC is so visually stunning at nighttime, especially along the water, this place we all call home goes to great lengths to bring us incredible fireworks. Whether you’re looking for a great rooftop or the perfect seat in a park or along the water, you’ll easily find something for your taste—all you need to do is plan a little ahead, and you’re set to celebrate.

July 4th

This is also another great day to put your English skills to use, as everyone you run into will be in a celebratory mood and quite jovial. In addition to this mood, many will be reflective of the time they came to America. So many of our citizens come from other countries, so this will be a great time to share your story if you also come from a different area in the world. Use your English conversational skills to communicate your first reactions, how you feel while you’re in New York City, and what you feel you can bring back to your home country when your education is complete – that is, if you don’t end up staying yourself!

  1. Fourth of July Evening Cruise

If you have enough people in your group and if you have enough time to plan this lavish excursion, try out one of the many river cruises offered. While this event may be a bit pricey, it’s also one of those things that you’ll probably only ever do once, so why not?! Since the main fireworks (the Macy’s Fireworks Show) shoots from barges in the East River, what better place to catch them all from the actual water? Many of the cruises also include food and drink and of course, plenty of entertainment, so you could easily argue that this event is an investment on your New York City experience. Practicing your English? Ask other cruisers about their favorite 4th of July memory or why they chose to participate in a cruise this year.

  1. Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest

If you’re looking for something to do during the day, try your hand at another cherished American pastime: competitive hot dog eating! Each year on the 4th of July, Coney Island hosts this oddly fascinating contest that attracts thousands of people. It seems a bit absurd, I know. But this contest is televised all over the world, as contestants travel incredible distances to participate. It’s become a national tradition, and while I’ve still yet to see it myself, I still consider myself intrigued by it each year simply due to its bizarreness. Since this is another cultural melting pot event, this is a great chance for you to practice your English conversational skills and find out why other people have come to the event – their answers might surprise you!

  1. Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks

Of course, I saved this for last because no 4th of July would be complete without fantastic fireworks, right? The show will begin at approximately 9:30 pm on Wednesday, July 4, 2018, and the barges are located between 24th and 41st Streets in the East River. The fireworks display will last about a half hour, so you’ll be entertained for quite some time as the sky lights up to celebrate another birthday for the United States.

The 4th of July is a great time of celebration, not only for New York City but for the country as a whole. You’ll be surprised just how amazing the fireworks can resemble incredible patriotism and pride, so take this moment to think about your time in the United States, and put your English skills to use as you communicate memories that stand out, what you’ve learned, and what may inspire you for the future. So this 4th of July, pull out your best red, white, and blue outfits, grab some friends, and enjoy New York City on the most patriotic day of the year.

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Many people aren’t too familiar with Randall’s Island Park, as it’s tucked between the Harlem River and the East River. As it’s completely isolated from the city itself, it offers a nice little getaway from the city’s hustle and bustle. With a few entrances via foot and car, you can take advantage of this pocketed park and enjoy miles of secluded greenery, dozens of fields, tons of activities, and endless means of exercise. This is easily one of my favorite parts of New York City, as I often travel to this island for a breather from the city as well as a source of fresh air.

Randalls Island Park

Check out their calendar of events to see what’s happening this summer at Randall’s Island, as the city also takes advantage of this space to bring people over and provide tons of entertainment. Brush up on your English social skills, and kick off summer the right way!

  1. Governors Ball, Friday, June 1 – Sunday, June 3

One of the best things about this park is all the available space, and this is one of the reasons this music festival draws in so many people. The ability to bring in huge talent and legendary music veterans keeps the festival alive and exciting every single year. In addition to tons of talent coming to this festival, there are endless food options, as so many vendors take advantage of this space to set up sampling and culinary options. In between sets, you can also experience other on-site activities they have set up for attendees, like interactive photo booths, life-size board games, and even mini golf. Gather a group of friends for this weekend of endless activities, and bring your social English skills so you can meet new people and discover new music. The options are quite endless!

  1. Yoga in the Park, Thursday, June 7

Whether you’re a beginner yogi or an expert, Randall’s Island dedicates 6:30 – 7:30 pm to finding inner peace to Randall’s Island. Luckily, this is a free event, so you won’t have to worry about shelling out precious money just to get a spot. Bring your mat and positive energy so you can “breathe in” the sunset and beautiful scenery of the island. No matter what, your muscles will thank you, and you’ll walk away feeling calmer and more relaxed. Before you make the trek, do some quick research on common poses beforehand so you can use your English skills during the class. From downward dog to tree pose, you’ll not only learn some new English phrases, but you’ll be an expert yogi. Namaste!

  1. Run/Walk/Bike Tours, Ongoing throughout the season

One of my favorite aspects of this precious space is all the available adventure activities you can take part in. If you’ve got a free day and the weather is cooperative, head over to Randall’s Island so you can take advantage of all this green space. With three different routes you can experience, you can choose to run, walk, or even bike to get your blood flowing while simultaneously taking a break from the congested city life—without having to travel all that far! Since these routes are free from cars, trucks, and buses, you have limitless opportunity to enjoy the flat and paved pathways. The best part is your English skills won’t be tested too much on these tours, as the sites are more of the focus, so simply enjoy the fresh air and exercise.

  1. Athletic Fields

Randall’s Island has over 60 fields for soccer, softball, baseball, football, lacrosse, field hockey, and rugby. If you’re interested in playing on these fields, there are tons of leagues in the city that permit play on these spots, so do some research and gather your friends for some light-hearted fun and sport. If watching is more your style, bring a picnic and a blanket and you have your choice of what you can spectate. Once you pick your sport of choice, make sure your English terminology is up-to-date and cheer on the teams!

Whether you’re looking for a specific activity or just simply hoping for an escape from the New York City grid, Randall’s Island Park has endless options for you to enjoy outdoor activities without having to travel too far. Grab your friends for a day at the park and don’t forget your easiest opener: “Don’t you just love New York City in the summer and all it has to offer both in and out of the city limits?”

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