New English Words in 2017

Merriam-Webster has added more than 250 words to its dictionary in 2017. Thanks to social media in politics, a new definition of “troll” has been added, as has the inclusion of “alt-right.” Meanwhile, the Oxford English Dictionary has added the term “fatberg,” a body of cooking fat that has hardened after being poured down a …

How to Decorate Your Dorm Room for the Holidays

With Christmas and the holiday season approaching, New York will be lit up with activities, shopping, and decorations. If you have a dormitory through ALCC, here are some quick, inexpensive ways to add the spirit of the holidays into your dorm room. The Mini Tree Is a Must A decorated artificial tree brings instant Christmas …

6 Ways to Learn a Language When You’re Busy

Learning a new language is time-consuming, especially if you are not immersed in it. But contrary to popular belief, there are ways to work in a lesson without sitting in a classroom all day. Here are some easy ways to put your daily routine to work with just a few spare minutes a day. One …

Words to Get International Students in the Holiday Spirit

Every December 25th, billions of people throughout the world celebrate Christmas Day. Because different cultures have so many traditions to celebrate Christmas and the many other holidays celebrated in America, it’s helpful to know how this annual event is discussed in English. The following are some words and phrases to help improve your holiday vocabulary …

Our Favorite New(ish) Flashcard App for Language Learning: Tiny Cards

Most students are probably familiar with flash cards and have used them in some learning environment. Tiny Cards, a new app from Duolingo, takes that familiar format into the digital age with flash cards that can be accessed right from your phone. Tiny Cards can be a good tool to help you learn a new …