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Blog – NYLLC https://www.learnenglish-nyc.com Learn English in the Heart of New York City Wed, 03 Aug 2016 19:09:29 +0000 en-US hourly 1 CONNECT TWO LANGUAGES - CAREER OF TRANSLATOR https://www.learnenglish-nyc.com/uncategorized/connect-two-languages-career-of-translator https://www.learnenglish-nyc.com/uncategorized/connect-two-languages-career-of-translator#respond Tue, 02 Aug 2016 21:28:52 +0000 http://www.learnenglish-nyc.com/?p=5595 How many languages do you speak? Is it your native language and now you are fluent in English, too?! Then there is a very rewarding career path for you! The career path of  interpreter and translator! To get enrolled into Translation/Interpretation Program in any college or university you will have to pass the language proficiency tests, depending on the language pair you choose. Then you will start to acquire skills and techniques necessary to become professional translator or interpreter. Theory and Practice of Translation, Ethics of Translator/Interpreter, Comparative Linguistics, Cross-Cultural Communication, Vocabulary and Terminology of the Related Field are challenging and interesting courses, that are usually covered during studying. You may specialize in different industries: economics, business, law, medicine, technology, literature and many more. If you are have excellent memory, good listening skills, cope well with stressful situations - this may be a perfect career for you! The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that translation and interpretation is the fastest-growing career in the country. It is one of the 15 most in demand jobs nowadays. Some translators and interpreters make 6 figure salaries. On average translators and interpreters make $37.75 per hour, $78,520 annually. There are colleges, that offer Translators and Interpreters Certificate Programs. ASA college is one of them! We offer a 6 months program specifically designed to train bilingual individuals to become Medical Interpreters. Medical Interpreters provide a critical service helping people to overcome the language barriers in a healthcare setting. The program includes the following courses: Human Anatomy and Physiology, Comparative Linguistics, Consecutive and Simultaneous Interpreting, Sight Translation and Medical Terminology. Medical Interpreting course is taught by certified medical interpreters and healthcare professionals. The classes are held at  ASA College - Manhattan Campus, every Saturday from 9.30 a.m. to 3.30 p.m. Start to walk towards the career of your dreams! Don't hesitate! Join us for September, 10th start! Please, contact our admissions department to enroll! 1111111111 (1)  ]]> https://www.learnenglish-nyc.com/uncategorized/connect-two-languages-career-of-translator/feed 0 English Accents: from Great Britain to United States https://www.learnenglish-nyc.com/uncategorized/english-accents-from-great-britain-to-the-united-states https://www.learnenglish-nyc.com/uncategorized/english-accents-from-great-britain-to-the-united-states#respond Mon, 01 Aug 2016 17:35:01 +0000 http://www.learnenglish-nyc.com/?p=5542 Check out Amy Walker's famous video, which features imitation of the following accents:

Standard British, Cockney, British RP, Irish, Northern Irish, Scottish, Italian, German, Czech, Russian, French, Australian, New Zealand, Heavy Ocker Australian, Texan, Californian, Northwest, Toronto, Brooklyn, Deep Southern, and Trans-Atlantic.

Map of American English Accents:

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  • General American
  • New York City English
  •  New England English: Eastern Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Maine, Eastern New Hampshire and Eastern Connecticut.
  • Mid-Atlantic English is spoken along the urban corridor from Philadelphia to Baltimore.
  • Lowland Southern English is the “classic southern” accent. (Mississippi, Louisiana)
  • Inland English can be heard among Appalachian natives, Texans, and Tennesseans.
  • Great Lakes English: Chicago, Detroit, Buffalo, Rochester and Cleveland.
  • Upper Midwestern English: Minnesota, North Dakota and Iowa.
  • Midland American Accents: Missouri, Southern Indiana, Southern Illinois, Southern Pennsylvania, Kansas, Oklahoma.
  • Western American Accents: most of the Mountain and Western states.

Map of  British English Accents:

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  • Cockney is probably the second most famous British accent. It originated in the East End of London.
  • Estuary English (Southeast British) is an accent derived from London English and can be heard around Southeast England, and East Anglia.
  •  West Country (Southwest British) refers to a large swath of accents heard in the South of England, starting about fifty miles West of London and extending to the Welsh border.
  • Midlands English is the most famous of  Midlands English is Brummie (Birmingham English).
  •  Northern England English is spoken north of the midlands, in cities like Manchester, Leeds, and Liverpool and in Yorkshire.
  • Geordie usually refers to accent spoken in Northeast England.
  • Welsh English refers to the accents in Wales. The speech of this region is heavily influenced by the Welsh language, which remained more widely spoken in modern times than the other Celtic languages.
  •  Scottish English is the broad definition used to describe English as it is spoken in Scotland. Note that Scottish English is different than Scots language, a language derived from Northumbrian Old English that is spoken in Scotland as well.
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How to sound like a native speaker? https://www.learnenglish-nyc.com/uncategorized/5473 https://www.learnenglish-nyc.com/uncategorized/5473#respond Thu, 28 Jul 2016 21:56:15 +0000 http://www.learnenglish-nyc.com/?p=5473 444444444

Languages have different accents. Differences in accents are only pronunciation differences. Pronunciation affects how native speakers comprehend the speech being at the forefront of well-spoken English. A fun and effective way to build your new muscle memory is to learn the right pronunciation of the tongue-twisters:
  • Listen carefully to the video;
  • Pay attention to how each word sounds;
  • Repeat after the speaker slowly;
  • Learn how to say it faster!
  • Learn by heart and repeat trying to imitate the pronunciation.
  1. Peter Piper: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BUJlokD_daE

Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers; A peck of pickled peppers Peter Piper picked; If Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers, Where's the peck of pickled peppers Peter Piper picked?

  1. Theophilus Thadeus Thistledown: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q48bG4EznXM

Theophilus Thadeus Thistledown, the successful thistle-sifter, while sifting a sieve-full of unsifted thistles, thrust three thousand thistles through the thick of his thumb. Now, if Theophilus Thadeus Thistledown, the succesful thistle-sifter, thrust three thousand thistles through the thick of his thumb, see that thou, while sifting a sieve-full of unsifted thistles, thrust not three thousand thistles through the thick of thy thumb.

  1. Woodchuck: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DomQR9wIArs

How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood? He would chuck, he would, as much as he could, and chuck as much wood as a woodchuck would if a woodchuck could chuck wood.

  1. She Sells Sea Shells by the Seashore: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MyJJ1Tpm9Dg

She sells sea shells by the sea shore. The shells she sells are surely seashells. So if she sells shells on the seashore, I’m sure she sells seashore shells.

MIT researchers claim they've created the hardest tongue twister ever:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NDE2ynfVxqY There are useful online tools for developing English pronunciation skills. See the most popular ones below:
  1. The English Accent Coach: http://www.englishaccentcoach.com/;

  2. English Pronunciation Podcast: http://www.englishpronunciationpod.com/;

  3. IOS Application: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/english-phonetic-symbols/id552866502?mt=8;

ABA's Jawbreakers  offer educational videos on how to pronounce different words:  ]]>
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Freedom Party® NYC 13 Year Anniversary https://www.learnenglish-nyc.com/uncategorized/freedom-party-nyc-13-year-anniversary https://www.learnenglish-nyc.com/uncategorized/freedom-party-nyc-13-year-anniversary#respond Thu, 30 Jun 2016 20:04:37 +0000 http://www.learnenglish-nyc.com/?p=5447 July 2 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm - Free!

Central Park, SummerStage 

New York, NY

Freedom Party® NYC is the longest running Friday-night party in NYC history. Freedom was created in 2003 by Herbert Holler, DJ Cosi and Marc Smooth. Today, it is a bona fide nightlife institution, with monthly events in Chicago and Washington, D.C., as well. Freedom continues to fill it's dance floor each week with fun, beautiful people from all over the globe looking to have an unforgettable, true NYC party experience! Check this video to see Freedom Party NYC 12th Anniversary:  ]]>
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Free Dance Master Class and Show https://www.learnenglish-nyc.com/uncategorized/free-dance-master-class-and-show https://www.learnenglish-nyc.com/uncategorized/free-dance-master-class-and-show#respond Thu, 30 Jun 2016 17:48:05 +0000 http://www.learnenglish-nyc.com/?p=5432 Maimouna Keita School of African Dance presents its Annual International Dance Conference & Concert in New York City. The Master Class will be West African dance class taught by members of Maimouna Keita Dance Company. They will present dances that are a celebration of an arranged marriage between two people with different backgrounds, Bambara from Mali and Wolof from Senegal. Please, see Maimouna Keita School  performances below: Maimouna Keita Dance Company / Master Class: July 1 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm  Herbert Von King Park Marcy Ave., Tompkins Ave., bet. Greene Ave. and Lafayette Ave. Brooklyn, NY    ]]> https://www.learnenglish-nyc.com/uncategorized/free-dance-master-class-and-show/feed 0 Focus Your Attention Outwards https://www.learnenglish-nyc.com/blog/focus-your-attention-outwards https://www.learnenglish-nyc.com/blog/focus-your-attention-outwards#respond Thu, 23 Jun 2016 20:34:59 +0000 http://www.learnenglish-nyc.com/?p=5327 "The Power of Vulnerability" (2013) What is the best thing we can offer to people? The answer is usually love and support. But, sometimes it’s hard not to get overwhelmed by the negative emotions that unhappy people have. Would  sympathy be enough? And how to develop empathy?! We've provided some insights on how to become more characterized by empathy. Even though other person’s thoughts and feelings usually seem to be a grey area - the neuroscientists recommend to play games! 🙂 According to them, “mental models” created during game play help people "to make sense of the world". Practising “active imagination” proves to be useful, too. Active imagination is a cognitive methodology that uses the imagination as an organ of understanding. Try to imagine what other people are going through. Cognitive neuroscience has shown a strong correlation between mindfulness and empathy. Instead of judging and jumping to conclusions, it’s wise to analyze the opposing view points first. Start on the other side and work your way back. Untitled-1 There is a tool for getting to know what your partner may be going through! It's called the “empathy reflux” which comprises describing their emotions and connecting it to the reasons why he/she is experiencing it. A renowned psychologist Dr. Paul Ekman created the F.A.C.E. program. It's an online training tool that helps us to learn the facial expressions and improve emotional awareness. The so-called "empathy gap" forms when we don’t have to rely on or cooperate with people. The gap can be filled with intentional connecting with others, even if don't need their help or company. There are many organizations that try to empower empathy  "One World - Empathy in Action" is among them. Lili Lapenna from MyBnk is designing programs that teach children financial literacy, while employing empathy. She aims at changing the way young adults relate to finance, money and enterprise. I hope that all of us will practice empathy, and it will improve our life and the lives of those around us!    ]]> https://www.learnenglish-nyc.com/blog/focus-your-attention-outwards/feed 0 Beyond the Classroom https://www.learnenglish-nyc.com/blog/beyond-the-classroom https://www.learnenglish-nyc.com/blog/beyond-the-classroom#respond Thu, 05 May 2016 19:47:58 +0000 http://www.learnenglish-nyc.com/?p=5261 What is the interview about: 3 students share with us their experience at New York Language Learning Center. A little bit about the students: Azra has come to the United States from Montenegro. She has been studying English for 4 months. And is truly a wordsmith! Adem is learning how to present his ideas and communicate well. Diego from Columbia has impressed with his future goals and the heart for humanity! It’s great to see how successful all of them have become. Our program will leave no one behind! We offer you a chance to improve English in a short time. There are ways to register for the classes right now!  ]]> https://www.learnenglish-nyc.com/blog/beyond-the-classroom/feed 0 How to overcome the fear of asking questions https://www.learnenglish-nyc.com/blog/how-to-overcome-the-fear-of-asking-questions https://www.learnenglish-nyc.com/blog/how-to-overcome-the-fear-of-asking-questions#respond Tue, 03 May 2016 21:25:48 +0000 http://www.learnenglish-nyc.com/?p=5209 Albert grunted. "Do you know what happens to lads who ask too many questions?" Mort thought for a moment. "No," he said eventually, "what?" There was silence. Then Albert straightened up and said, "Damned if I know. Probably they get answers, and serve 'em right.” Terry Pratchett, Mort What is the value of asking questions? - To get the answers. And they are there to unlock our minds and free our thinking. Unfortunately, many people struggle with asking questions. But, how would you get the answer otherwise?! Have you ever been embarrassed or laughed at for asking a “dump” question? Or is it the fear of rejection? The value of asking questions can’t be over-rated. Very often you have a question on your mind, you are doubting and thinking whether to ask it or not for a while and you never do! Afterwards, you usually recognize that it wasn't a good time to be shy. In college, students are very cautious of asking questions. Language barrier may stand on the way, too. They don't want to be perceived as being not knowledgeable or ignorant. Isn't it hard to learn without asking, though? As Ken Robinson said, “If you’re not prepared to be wrong, you’ll never come up with anything original.” Quit “living in the question”. Allow your mind to look for the answers and you might as well find them! BLOG_Quiestions2  ]]> https://www.learnenglish-nyc.com/blog/how-to-overcome-the-fear-of-asking-questions/feed 0 The Chart of Grammar Tenses https://www.learnenglish-nyc.com/blog/the-chart-of-grammar-tenses https://www.learnenglish-nyc.com/blog/the-chart-of-grammar-tenses#respond Mon, 02 May 2016 16:27:03 +0000 http://www.learnenglish-nyc.com/?p=5176 KARTINKO copy How many verb tenses are there in your language? 6, 23, 4 or 16? It’s a sure thing, that there are major grammatical differences between your language and the one you’re trying to learn. You might be surprised that some languages don’t have verb tenses. Mandarin Chinese is one of them. Instead, they have aspects, mood makers and vocabulary to express time. Tense and aspect are important means for organizing discourse. Many linguists exclude future as a pure tense in English language, because the auxiliary will may be used to express volition. In English grammar there are 2 main tenses: Past and Present, and 4 aspects. Aspect is a verb form that indicates time-related characteristics, such as the completion, duration, or repetition of an action. Let’s explain the aspects with the help of the verb “to go”: to go - is the indefinite aspect. It indicates the repetition of an action. to be going - is the continuous aspect. It indicates the duration of an action. to have gone - is the perfect aspect. It indicates the completion of an action. to have been going - is the perfect continuous aspect. It indicates the duration and the possible completion of an action. Ken Hyde from the University of Delaware English Language Institute said that it’s better to understand grammar tenses as part of a gestalt rather than as separate from each other. The unbeatable way of learning the verb tenses is doing a lot of exercises! Not in the gym, but on the web-sites below: islcollective.com speakspeak.com nonstopenglish.com Of course, these brief remarks about the function of tense and aspect barely touch the tip of the iceberg. It's important to clearly understand what type of action you want to express, before you say something. However, some people are supporting the following idea. Nigel Caplan from Cambridge University Press stated: "There is no good reason to learn how to master every possible verb tense in English. In fact, for the purposes of academic writing, three tenses—present simple, past simple, and present perfect—are sufficient."  Do you agree? Regardless of the answer, please, take a look and download the Chart of Grammar Tenses! It will come in handy! ]]> https://www.learnenglish-nyc.com/blog/the-chart-of-grammar-tenses/feed 0 How to step out of your comfort zone and start making American friends? https://www.learnenglish-nyc.com/blog/how-to-step-out-of-your-comfort-zone-and-start-making-american-friends https://www.learnenglish-nyc.com/blog/how-to-step-out-of-your-comfort-zone-and-start-making-american-friends#respond Fri, 22 Apr 2016 18:26:35 +0000 http://www.learnenglish-nyc.com/?p=5048 Not so long ago, I had a chance to talk to a couple of international friends. They told me how lonely, isolated it feels at times. That's true, easy-going and welcoming people are hard to find. How would you even approach them to simply say “Hi”? The brief survey conducted by me shows the following results: Q: "Is it easy to make friends with Americans? How many American friends do you have?" Lichao from China: "It’s next to impossible. I don’t have American friends." Victoria from the Philippines: "No way." Alan from Latvia: "Americans are friendly people. But it’s difficult to make friends with Americans." It definitely takes a lot of courage to break the fear and melt the ice! However, don't assume that American people are not open to spending a quality time with someone from a different country. What would stop you from having a wonderful chat? Here are the questions for the conversation to start: - “Hello, you look (happy, worried, excited, hypnotized). Am I right? What’s going on? - “What’s your career or long-term goal?” - “What movie do you recommend me to watch?” - “Do you cook?” “What are your favorite restaurants/clubs?” - “Do you keep pets?” - “Where do you reside?” - “Have you ever been to Europe or Australia?” - “Anything exciting you are working at right now?” The other important point is to learn how to write and say your new friend’s name. Expect the American people to be curious about the culture of your own country, that’s right!
  • Be ready to share your own adventures, give some travel advice.
  • Stay on top of the daily news, politics and celebrities extravaganza.
  • Create a business card. A simple detail that helps to save a precious time.
The other piece of advice is to join various conversation and interest clubs. Those are the perfect spots for bringing new people into your life. These are my favorite ones: The ASA Conversation Club with Prof. Derek Baylor! They meet every Thursday from 2.30 p.m. to 4.30 p.m. at Room 838,  ASA College, Manhattan Campus. IMG_1694_cropInternational Students at ASA College, 1293 Broadway, New York, NY 10001, (212) 672-6450 67th Library, 328 East 67th Street, New York, NY 10065 conversation club. They meet every Saturday from  11 a.m. to 1 p.m. It's organized by The New York Cares volunteer organization. The Friends of the United Nations English Club provides opportunities for advanced-level English learners to interact  with native speakers, while exploring the City. The English-Speaking Union of the United States promotes communication and open exchange of ideas among the world's speakers of English. Member series include British Mystery Book Club, Poetry Night, Play Reading, and British Cinema. There will always be something that you and a new friend have in common. “Hey, we should grab a coffee/have a lunch sometime?!” is a great way to invite them. In NYC there are plenty of chances to connect and explore. See the upcoming exhibits, that offer a chance to learn more with your friends: Guggenheim Museum Peter Fischli David Weiss: How to Work Better, through April 20th, 2016 ex_Fischli_Weiss_1024_crop MoMa Marcel Broodthaers: A Retrospective, through May 15th, 2016 Marcel-Broodthaers_crop White Cabinet and White Table, 1965, image courtesy MoMa The most important is: "Be smart! Be brave! Don’t Worry About Making Mistakes!"]]>
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