New York English Academy Rookie blog


In Japan, there is a custom in which women give chocolates to men on February 14th. In return, men give cookies to women on March 14th. The purpose of this behavior is not only to show love, but to show gratitude. – Yoshi, Japan


In my country, for the first date, usually the man invites the woman to the restaurant and he pays the check. If he is very romantic, he gives flowers to the girl. In the case of a marriage proposal often the man chooses a particular important place for the couple and he gives the ring to the future bride! – Maria, Italy


Marriage customs in Thailand are Buddhist. [The bride and groom] offer food to the monks, wear traditional Thai dress and there is Thai music and food for the party. Praiya,  Thailand

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New Scholarship for Citizens of Iraq, Iran, Syria, Libya, Yemen, Somalia, and Sudan

On January 27 2017, our new president signed an order banning all refugees and every citizen of 7 countries from entering the United States. This was an unacceptable development for anyone who knows the history of this country. This is a nation built, in large part, by immigrants from all over the world. Some of the first Americans were religious minorities fleeing oppression in their own countries. That is why freedom of religion is written into our constitution – the original law of the land.

In the past, as each new wave of immigrants has arrived, yes, they have faced discrimination. But each group, Germans, Irish, Italians, Asians, Jews, Mexicans (and on and on) have found a place and made a valuable contribution to our society. While our country has not always kept faithful to this idea of welcoming newcomers, it has always been at its strongest when it does.

Since 1886, The Statue of Liberty has sat in New York Harbor and welcomed these waves of new Americans. A plaque on the statue famously reads:

“Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”

That poem was written by Emma Lazurus who was active in working with refugees fleeing religious oppression. This is the spirit of the United States. And it’s in this spirit that we have decided to offer a scholarship that will provide 1 free month of tuition to students from the countries targeted by this presidential order. Please spread the word and encourage friends and family from these 7 countries to see if they qualify for this new scholarship.



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Letter from the Director! February 10, 2017


From the Director:

February is the month in which we celebrate Valentine’s Day — the day of love. Saint Valentine was, by accounts, repeatedly arrested and finally executed simply for practicing his faith and for marrying couples who were not legally allowed to wed in 3rd century Rome. In the 21st century, there are still those who would place barriers to love and build walls out of fear of those who are different from themselves. At times when love and compassion seem in danger of giving way to fear, blame, and hate, let us remember that love is universal. It is everywhere — in everyone. It knows no boundaries. It cannot be stopped at the border. It needs no visa.

“A coward is incapable of exhibiting love; it is the prerogative of the brave.” – Mahatma Gandhi


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Studying at NYEA will definitely play a significant role in my future plans. I study tourism in France. In [the] tourism business, to speak English fluently is the key to the customer satisfaction. That’s why I decided to take a break and improve my English level in New York. I’m also passionate [about] travels and i think knowing English makes travel easier and more exciting. At NYEA, teachers are native speakers, friendly, patient and engaging. Their classes are always fun and energetic.

Another particularity of this school is its diversity of nationalities. Here you don’t only learn English, but also discover other cultures, customs and meet new people. My NYEA experience will be a strong point in my resume!

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