Expat Life In New York – What It’s Really Like

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“There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.”

William Shakespeare, Hamlet

It’s generally not a good idea to view things in black and whiteentirely good or entirely bad. Nothing illustrates this point better than the story of one of my favorite students, Osnat. She told me about her expat life in New York, and I am here to share it with you.

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Top 10 Football Idioms Used In English

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Soccer Or Football?

Football or soccer? Soccer or football? Before we start with our list of football idioms, let’s throw some light on this. The quick answer is, if you are in North America, South Africa or Australia, then it’s soccer. Otherwise, it’s football. But why is it that they keep calling it “soccer”? According to a paper by University of Michigan professor Stefan Szymanski, surprisingly enough, the Brits might be the ones to blame. Continue reading “Top 10 Football Idioms Used In English”

How To Boost Your Spoken Business English With 5 Powerful Tips

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‘I have learnt English for many years. I can do grammar activities well, I can read and write correctly, but now I need to present my company and negotiate with customers, and speaking is too difficult. Why are my speaking skills so bad? How can I understand foreign people better? How can I improve my Business English?’  

– Comment from English student on Quora

Have You Ever Found Yourself In Any Of These Situations?

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Expat Homesickness – 3 Ways to Deal with it and Heal from it

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You hear the term ex-pat a lot.

I’ll be honest. I never really knew what it meant until I started teaching ESL. I associated the term with retirees sipping piña coladas on islands in the Caribbean. Just in case you are like me and don’t know the definition, the Oxford Dictionary defines an ex-pat as a person temporarily or permanently residing in a country other than their native country.

Come to find out, the term actually applied to me. Who knew? My guess is that it might apply to you, too. You see, I’ve lived in Germany twice in my life. I lived their temporarily while studying and later while doing an internship. And, let me tell you…

I did not make a good expat. There was neither piña colada drinking nor much enjoyment at all for that matter. In fact, I was terribly homesick both times.

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