Ramadan

At today’s sunset, a month celebration named Ramadan will start. During Ramadan, Muslims fast (not drink or eat) from dawn (sunrise) to dusk (sunset) every day for one month. Let’s find out what Ramadan is and why they fast.

Ramadan is a holy month of fasting, introspection and prayer for Muslims, the followers of Islam. It is celebrated as the month during which Muhammad received the initial revelations of the Quran, the holy book for Muslims. Fasting is one of the five fundamental principles of Islam. Each day during Ramadan, Muslims do not eat or drink from sunrise to sunset. They are also supposed to avoid impure thoughts and bad behavior. Muslims break their daily fasts by sharing meals with family and friends, and the end of Ramadan is celebrated with a three-day festival known as Eid al-Fitr, one of Islam’s major holidays. Ramadan always falls on the ninth month of the 12-month Islamic calendar. Ramadan 2021 begins at sunset on Monday, April 12, and ends on Wednesday, May 12.

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COVID Vaccine Update!

From NYC.gov:

All New Yorkers 16 years of age and older are now eligible to be vaccinated! People who work or study in New York are also eligible. (Note, people who are 16 or 17 years old can only receive the Pfizer vaccine.)

Three COVID-19 vaccines have been authorized for use in the U.S. by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA): Pfizer-BioNTech (Pfizer), Moderna and Johnson & Johnson/Janssen (Johnson & Johnson). These vaccines have been shown to be very safe and effective in protecting people from severe COVID-19 illness, hospitalization and death. As of March 1, tens of millions of doses of vaccine have been administered in the U.S.

These vaccines are the best protection we have against COVID-19. No matter how old you are, COVID-19 can lead to complications and death. Even if you had COVID-19, it is important to get vaccinated because it lowers your risk of getting COVID-19 again and may prevent you from passing it on to others.

Also, getting vaccinated may protect those around you, particularly people who cannot get the vaccine, such as children. Vaccination, along with other prevention measures, can help us end the COVID-19 public health emergency.

Here are some ways to find a vaccination appointment:

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NYC COVID-19 Vaccine Finder

NYC COVID-19 Appointment Scheduler

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NY State Appointment Scheduler

Additionally, here are some tips about when appointments often become available from different suppliers:

CVS Pharmacy appointments often appear between 12AM and 1AM.

Walgreens/Duan Reade appointments usually appear later in the week.

NYC COVID-19 Appointment Scheduler is updated every 15 minutes, but more appointments appear between 11:45PM and 12AM.

NY State Appointment Scheduler is updated every 5 minutes.

NYC Health & Hospitals also has more appointments at around 12AM.

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Count Vs. Non-Count Nouns

Ready for some more grammar? Good.

This time we’re going to look at count and non-count nouns. Remember that nouns are people, places, or things.

Count nouns can be counted, which means you can also make them plural. Remember that plural means more than one. For example, the word “teacher.” Can you count teachers? Of course – one teacher, two teachers, three teachers, four teachers. The noun “teacher,” then, is a count noun.

Non-count nouns can’t be counted, and they’re almost always singular. Remember that singular means one. For example, the word “air.” Can you count air? Of course not – we never say one air, two airs, three airs, etc. So “air” is a non-count noun.

To learn more, watch the video above, then take the quiz to test your knowledge:

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April Showers Bring May Flowers

There’s a saying in English “April showers bring May flowers,” which means that although you might not like all the rain we get in April, it will help all the beautiful flowers grow in May. Which is kind of another way to say that sometimes you first have to experience something unpleasant in order to to experience joy later on. Here’s an old song using this phrase along with the lyrics – enjoy!

“April Showers”

Written by Louis Silvers and B. G. De Sylva

Performed by Judy Garland

When April showers may come your way
They bring the flowers that bloom in May
So when it’s raining, have no regrets
Because it isn’t raining rain, you know, it’s raining violets

And when you see clouds upon the hill
You’ll know they’ll bring crowds of daffodils
So just keep looking for a blue bird and listening for his song
Whenever April showers come along

And when you see clouds upon the hill
You’ll know they’ll bring crowds of daffodils
So just keep looking for a blue bird and listening for his song
Whenever April showers come along

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Stop the Hate Multilingual Resources

Here are a few resources in a variety of languages concerning anti-Asian crime and discrimination. Click on the images below to check them out!:

Haga clic aquí o en la imagen de abajo para leer un artículo en español de la BBC sobre la historia de la discriminación anti-asiática en los EE. UU .:

And here is a short history of xenophobia in the U.S. for intermediate to advanced English learners:

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Stop the Hate

Anti-Asian racism is not new, and we shouldn’t be silent about it anymore. Let’s get educated and speak out!

A gunman killed eight people at three Atlanta-area spas Tuesday night; six of the victims were women of Asian descent, sparking fears among advocacy groups that the killings may have been racially motivated.

Anti-Asian hate crimes have spiked 150 percent since the pandemic began, according to a recent study.

Suspect charged with killing 8 in Atlanta-area shootings that targeted Asian-run spas

People of Asian descent have been living in the United States for more than 160 years, and have long been the target of bigotry.

from The long, ugly history of anti-Asian racism and violence in the U.S. of the Washington Post

Click Here to read about the violence and racism that Asian immigrants and Asian Americans have faced since before the Civil War.

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