Five Surprising Myths About Learning a Second Language

There’s no denying that learning English is difficult, but learning a second language can help enrich your life. At ALCC, we’ve helped many international students learn English while seeing and experiencing the culture of New York City. As a result, we’ve heard many myths about learning a new language. Here are some of the most …

Unusual Facts About American Culture

As you’re learning English as a second language, we want to help you expand your understanding of American culture. Knowing these unusual facts can make interactions with Americans more fun. Americans are Friendly Smiling at strangers is something Americans tend to do, so don’t let it unnerve you. When waiting in lines or traveling by …

A Bloke in a Lift Wearing a Nappie? Common Word Differences in American, UK, and Australian English

While English is technically one language, many words (especially slang) vary across American, British, and Australian English. These common English words have different meanings in different countries. Students can keep this helpful resource in mind when learning English, regardless of which dialect is studied. Spelling Differences While spelling varies in all three countries, there are …

Don’t Get Discouraged: Five Ways to Start Making Progress Again After A Slump

When learning a new language, it’s normal to run into roadblocks along the way. Getting past these struggles is an important step in becoming fluent. Here are five ways to avoid feeling discouraged when learning English or another foreign language. 1. Think About Goals When you first started learning a language, you probably set a …

Common English Phrases and Their Origins

English is one of the most difficult languages to learn, in part because there are so many seemingly nonsensical rules and techniques. At times, the language can even be difficult for native speakers to grasp! Although the best way to practice the language is through conversation, it helps to understand that English has some commonly …