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Learn Some Funny English Idioms!

At Bluedata International Institute, we are dedicated to helping international students learn English and improve their language skills. Idioms are an interesting part of the English language. These phrases sound strange but don't have a literal meaning. For example, when you say something "costs an arm and a leg," it doesn't actually mean you have to give your limbs to buy it - it simply means something is very expensive.

Explore some funny idioms with illustrations from Roisin Hahessy on BoredPanda.


Illustration by: Roison Hahessy


Student Life at Bluedata

Bluedata International Institute is renowned as an exceptional ESL school in New York City that thoroughly prepares students to excel in higher education and in business settings. We understand traveling to another country can be a rewarding, yet challenging experience, which is why we provide extensive support to our students. Students at our ESL school can take advantage of our optional housing assistance, which include local home stay programs and private apartments.

If you’ve never participated in a home stay program before, we encourage you to give it serious consideration. By temporarily living with an American host family, you can fully immerse yourself in American culture. You’ll also have plenty of opportunities to practice your English skills outside of your ESL classes. If you decide to try a home stay program, Bluedata will introduce you to host families in NYC. If you decide you would prefer a private apartment, you should be aware that the NYC housing market is notoriously difficult to navigate. However, Bluedata makes the process of finding an apartment easier for you by helping you explore apartments with reasonable rent in the area.

International students are invited to learn more about their options for accommodation. You can contact Bluedata International Institute at (917) 780-4855.


Tips for Preparing for the TOEFL Exam

The TOEFL exam has long been considered the gold standard of admission for international students who are applying to American universities and colleges. TOEFL scores are also accepted by a wide range of other organizations. If you need to achieve a high score on the TOEFL exam, an English school in New York City can help you reach your goals.

Working on Your Reading Skills

One of the most effective ways to rapidly improve your reading skills is simply to read as often as you can. Read a variety of materials in English, including academic books, popular fiction books, magazines, newspapers, and even advertisements. Although word comprehension is critical for success on the TOEFL exam, you should also master the skill of quickly skimming a passage to gain a sense of the main idea and supporting points. While you read, keep an English dictionary nearby. Make a habit of looking up any new words you do not understand and add them to a weekly vocabulary list that you can study.

Improving Your Listening Skills

Many ESL students have trouble with their listening skills. It can be difficult to pay close attention to a conversation while trying to interpret the meanings of individual words. To improve your skills, practice having conversations with your ESL classmates, people you meet around the town, and with your host family, if you’re using a home stay program. You can also listen to audiobooks and CDs of lectures for some extra practice.

Practicing Speaking English

Practicing speaking in English frequently throughout the day can help you ace the speaking portion of the TOEFL exam. You can expect to practice speaking in your ESL classes. However, you can also ask your classmates if they would like to get together after class to practice English. You can even practice speaking by yourself. Read a passage from a book out loud. Then, using your own words, discuss what your reaction to the book.

At Bluedata International Institute, our students work through intensive ESL classes and our TOEFL prep course. In our TOEFL prep course, our teachers help students learn valuable test-taking strategies to help them achieve high scores. For more information about our intensive courses, call us at (917) 780-4855 or browse our website.


Applying for a Student Visa

Are you interested in attending an ESL school in the U.S.? Students from around the world have the opportunity to do so by obtaining a student visa. Before you can apply for a student visa, you’ll need to apply to the ESL school. When the school sends you a letter of acceptance, you’ll also receive an I-20 form. Then, you can obtain a student visa application. When you fill out the application, be sure that you understand all of the rules that apply to foreign students in the U.S.

For the next steps in the student visa process, watch this video. It offers a step-by-step guide to staying in the U.S. while learning English. You’ll hear about starting the student visa application process at your local U.S. consulate or embassy and you’ll learn what you should do if you’re already in the U.S. on another type of visa, but want to change your status to that of a student.

Bluedata International Institute welcomes inquiries from international students who are interested in attending our English school in New York City. Give us a call at (917) 780-4855 or browse our website for more information about traveling to the U.S. to study English.


What Is a Student Visa?

A student visa is a document that allows citizens of other countries to travel to the U.S. and legally stay there for a period of time while pursuing academic achievements. For example, you could obtain a student visa if you wish to attend an ESL school in New York City. The ESL school can help you master your English skills, which you can then use to apply to a U.S. university or college.

Academic Institutes

The student visa, which is in the visa category “F,” will allow you to study at a private elementary school, conservatory, seminary, high school, and university or college. It also allows you to attend a language training program or other academic institution. Before you can obtain a student visa, you must apply to the ESL school and be accepted for admittance.

SEVP Approval

Not every school in the U.S. is approved to accept international students. The school you apply to must be approved by the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP), which is part of the National Security Investigations Division. You can search for approved schools on the website of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement or you can contact the ESL school directly to ask about SEVP approval.

Application Process

Once you’ve identified the English school you wish to attend, you must apply for admission before you can apply for your student visa. Once you’ve been accepted for admission, the school will send you a Form I-20, which you’ll use to apply for a visa. Then, you must complete your student visa application form. If you complete the form online, you can also upload your photo at this time.

Visa Interview

After submitting your application for a student visa, you’ll need to schedule a visa interview at your nearest U.S. consulate or embassy. While you wait for your interview, you must pay the non-refundable visa application fee and compile the required documentation. After your interview, you’ll be informed if your visa is approved, denied, or requires further review.

Since 1997, Bluedata International Institute has been providing international students with an enriching language learning experience. If you’re thinking of applying to language schools in New York City, we invite you to explore the ESL classes available at Bluedata. Visit our website or call (917) 780-4855 for more information.


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