Idiom of the Week: From the Bottom of My Heart

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Meaning: To be very honest; to be speaking truthfully.


I think you’re the best mom ever. I mean that from the bottom of my heart.

I’m speaking from the bottom of my heart when I say I’m glad to be here today.

You can tell he’s speaking from the bottom of his heart – it looks like he;s going to cry.


Pop Quiz:

What’s the opposite of from the bottom of my heart?

A.  Sincerely

B.  Insincerely

C.  Deeply

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Here are some photos from a recent outing our students took to the M’Finda Kalunga Community Garden to do some spring planting prep work. More on the garden below…


M’Finda Kalunga Community Garden is a kind of “communal backyard” for those who live and work in the area. By volunteering to participate as gardeners, we express a shared interest and commitment to gardening, as well as acknowledging that we are also here to maintain the garden as a community green space.

In exchange for this small patch of nature, we’ve agreed to be active participants in the maintenance and growth of this valuable community resource. Members have responsibilities which, when shared equally among all of us, are not time consuming or difficult.

The M’Finda Kalunga Garden means “Garden at the Edge of the Other Side of the World” in the Kikongo language. It is named in memory of the “second” African American burial ground that was located on nearby Chrystie Street between Rivington and Stanton Streets.

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New Literacy Review!

Last night we celebrated the release of the Literacy Review, Volume 17 at NYU. The Literacy Review is an annual collection of writing by adult education students throughout New York City, and it is produced and published by the NYU Gallatin Writing Program, under the leadership of Professor June Foley. Advanced Writing Class student Marilia Valengo, along with many other adult literacy students across NYC, read before a crowd of over 200 people.

In the video below you will see writers included in this year Literacy Review talk about their writing – watch for Advanced Writing Class student Murielle Mobengo at the 1:05 mark:

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Idiom of the week: Jump Down One’s Throat

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Meaning: To respond angrily, often unexpectedly, to what someone has said or done.


Whoa, you don’t have to jump down my throat.

He jumped down her throat because he thought she was not listening to him.

Why did you jump down his throat when he just tried to give you his suggestion?


Pop Quiz:

If you were about to jump down someone’s throat, what would you feel?

A.  Angry.

B.  Upset.

C.  Excited.

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Idiom of the Week: Pick Someone’s Brains

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Meaning: To ask someone a lot of questions in order to learn something new or get information.


I’d like to pick your brains about buying a house because I know you used to be a real estate agent.

May I pick your brains for a few minutes? I have some questions about what it’s like being a new immigrant in New York.

I need some tips on improving my English – can I pick your brains for a few minutes?


Pop Quiz:

If you wanted to pick someone’s brains about maintaining a healthy lifestyle, whose brains would you pick?

A.  A dietician’s.

B.  A plumber’s.

C.  A fitness instructor’s.

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