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Mastering the TOEFL Exam

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As an international student, you might be required to pass a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) exam to enter certain programs or obtain certain jobs in America. Use the following tips to ensure that you pass the TOEFL exam:

Enroll in a language school that helps you improve your English skills so you can understand and pass the test easily. Start taking ESL classes well before you need to take the test so you have plenty of time to learn everything you need to become competent in the language. Invite some of your classmates out for social occasions where you can all practice your new language skills together. When you take the time to prepare, you will have a much better chance of passing the test.

At Bluedata International Institute, we give you the tools you need to learn English in New York City. We want all of our students to enjoy a welcoming learning environment that helps them succeed. To learn more about our classes or how to enroll in the program, visit us online or call (888) 826-6449.


Understanding How Bilingual Minds Speak Two Languages

From vocabulary to grammar and syntax, there are a lot of elements a person must learn in order to master a second language. Keep reading to learn more about how the brain manages to remember all of this new information so a person can officially become bilingual:

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The Use of Different Brain Functions

Although science is just starting to study the effect of bilingualism on the brain, they are starting to see some connections that can explain one’s ability to learn a new language. Some studies have found that bilingual people have a thicker cortex in both brain regions. Others have seen an increase in the white matter, which protects the nerves and simplifies the way the can communicate. As science continues to study the structure of the bilingual brain, they should be able to find even more connections that explain a person’s ability to learn a new language.

Activities that Strengthen the Brain

Scientists have also begun researching links between bilingual people and dementia and Alzheimer’s. Bilingual people tend to start showing signs of dementia about 4.1 years later than monolinguals and signs of Alzheimer’s about 5.1 years later. Researchers believe this is because the ability to speak multiple languages strengthens the brain and keeps it active longer. These active brains have the ability to fight off diseases better than their less active counterparts.

Better Multitasking Skills

Since a bilingual brain has to remember twice as much vocabulary and syntax as a monolingual brain, it is often able to multitask faster. A 2013 study from the University of Kentucky showed that bilingual people could switch between a variety of ideas faster than monolingual subjects.

If you want to expand your language horizons, sign up for the language school at Bluedata International Institute. Our ESL classes in New York City give you the chance to perfect your English skills for your personal, professional, and academic life. To learn more about our programs, visit us online or call (888) 826-6449.


Download this App to Help Improve Your American English Skills

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If you are ready to learn English, the Learn American English app on iTunes can help you do it. When used in conjunction with ESL classes, this app helps you master the language faster to improve the way you communicate in your personal, professional, and academic life.

This app provides different skill levels that feature vocabulary, grammar, and syntax help to make it easier to understand the way the English language works. With personalized word banks and advanced search functions, you can be well on your way to incorporating English into your daily life.

Use this app with your ESL classes at Bluedata International Institute to decrease the amount of time it takes you to master English. No matter your current skill level, our courses can help you improve. To learn more, call (888) 826-6449.


How to Use the New York City Subway

The New York City subway can seem overwhelming to someone who is new to the city. If you are planning to move to Manhattan to attend a language school, it is important to learn how to get around. Use the following tips to navigate the subway so you can always get where you need to go:

How to Use the New York City Subway - Bluedata International Institute

Buy a MetroCard

You need to have a MetroCard in order to ride the subways and busses in New York City. You can choose to put money on the card each time you ride or buy an unlimited MetroCard for seven days or thirty days that allows you to use public transportation as many times as you want. The subway stations that are marked with a big green dot have machines where you can purchase these cards but the stations with a large red dot do not.

Figure Out Where You Want to Go

Before you pass through the turnstiles, you should look at the subway map to see which train will take you where you need to go. If you are not currently on the right line, you should find a station where you can transfer to the station that you need. Look whether you want to take the train uptown or downtown to be sure you are in the right part of the station. If you are still confused, you can ask one of the MTA workers for help.

Use Public Transportation Etiquette

When riding the subway, using etiquette can help you and your passengers enjoy the best experience. If you have to stand, you should hold onto the pole instead of leaning so other people can also hold on. Do not put purses, bags, or your feet on nearby seats to allow fellow passengers to sit. When you enter the train, move to the center of the car so others can easily get on and off.

If you are ready to learn English, come to Bluedata International Institute. Our ESL classes give you the edge you need to master the language. Call (888) 826-6449 to learn more.


The Many Benefits of Being Bilingual

Bilingualism opens doors and expands minds, improving career prospects and enhancing cognitive skills for those who gain fluency in more than one language. To learn more about the ways in which you can benefit from learning a second language, watch this brief news interview.

In the interview, internationally renowned linguist Ingrid Piller discusses how knowing two or more languages can improve your ability to focus, as well as enhance other cognitive functions. As a bilingual, you will also reduce your risk of developing Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia.

Would you like to reap the benefits of bilingualism? If you are an international student who would like to learn English in New York City, an ESL class at Bluedata International Institute can help you on your way to becoming bilingual. For information about our courses, student life, or our commitment to foreign language acquisition, call (888) 826-6449.


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