Happy Easter!

Happy Easter!

Words and expressions that are commonly used in Easter.


TOEFL Prep Course in New York

The TOEFL Prep Course is finally here!

If you are in New York City in March, April, May, and/or June, you’re welcome to join us.

This intensive course helps students improve in all areas of English language, prepare for the TOEFL test, and help them feel confident and well-prepared for this test. You will practice specific sections of the test while you develop the language skills needed for the exam and improve your test-taking skills in English. The work includes improving conversation skills, listening comprehension, reading, writing, and grammatical correctness. Students will participate in classroom activities, such as oral presentation, group work, and discussions.


  • Your teacher will be Cynthia, a certified ESL teacher who has taught and prepared students for the TOEFL for more than 5 years.
  • The lessons are fun, engaging, and memorable learning experiences.
  • It’s affordable. Most NYC TOEFL courses are more than $500. This one is much lesson.



This session is part of a 10-session series on select Sundays. You can join us at any or all of the sessions. It is 4 hours from 9:15 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. The schedule is below. Click on the desired date for more information and to reserve your spot.

Speaking and Listening Practice Websites

Many of my students have asked me, “Cynthia, how can I improve my speaking skills in English? I don’t have a conversation buddy who is a native English speaker.” So, I hunted for different websites that can help people improve their listening and speaking skills. These are some of the best in the world wide web.


Everyday English in Conversation

Enjoy learning conversational English online!  accompanied with carefully designed exercises, follow the recommended steps and practice at your own pace.


Topics Include:

  • Communication
  • Eating
  • Emotions
  • Fashion
  • Friendship
  • Health
  • Housing
  • Life
  • Memory
  • Money
  • Romance
  • Shopping
  • Time
  • Traffic
  • Traveling
  • Vacation
  • Weather
  • Work


Talk English!

TalkEnglish.com developed the “Click, Listen, and Repeat” functionality. In most of the lessons, you read the sentence, click on the sentence to listen to the sentence, and then you can practice speaking by repeating after the audio file provided by a native English speaker. This proven method strengthens your reading, speaking, and listening all at the same time and makes learning English easy. You will improve your English speaking using this method.


Topics Include:

  • Pronunciation Lessons
  • English Speaking Basics
  • Regular English Lessons
  • Business English Lessons
  • Interview English Lessons
  • Travel English Lessons
  • Idioms and Phrases


ESL Fast

This website looks cluttered with ads, but it is helpful for beginners. It features over 25 conversation topics, in which students hear conversations and repeat them for practice.


Some topics include:

I. Small Talk
II. College Life
III. At the Library
IV. Transferring to a University
V. Socializing
VI. Dating
VII. Renting an Apartment
VIII. Taking the Bus
IX. Daily Life
X. Shopping
XI. At the Bank
XII. Food
XIII. At a Restaurant
XIV. Buying a Car
XV. Driving
XVI. Health
XVII. Employment
XVIII. Unemployment
XIX. Travel
XX. At a Hotel
XXI. Buying a House
XXII. Selling a House
XXIII. In a New Neighborhood
XXIV. Crime
XXV. Voting