Auld Lang Syne

Here’s an old song that many sing for New Year’s. It’s called “Auld Lang Syne” – it’s Scottish English for “old long since,” or “long long ago,” “days gone by,” or “old times.” Go ahead and listen to three different versions:

The song was originally written as a poem by Robert Burns in 1788, and it was later put to music. Here are the lyrics:

Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And days of auld lang syne!

For auld lang syne, my dear,
For auld lang syne.
We’ll take a cup o’ kindness yet,
For auld lang syne.

Have a Happy and Safe New Year! Remember, classes start again on Wednesday!

Korea and My Life

This post is by Class 2C and 2D Teacher Rob. Take a look at the photos, read what he wrote, then take a quiz to test your understanding.


Hi, everyone. After I finished college in 2005, I moved to Seoul, Korea. I lived there for one year and taught English to elementary school children. I moved back to America in 2006 when I was 23 years old. I really loved Korea; it was an exciting country with very delicious food and a fun night life. I learned to speak Korean and I had many Korean friends. My favorite food is called Dalk Do Ri Tang 닭도리탕 . It’s a spicy chicken stew.


In 2008 I missed Korea, so I went back and taught at a middle school in Seoul. It was my second time living in Seoul, and I had even more fun! My Korean improved and I made a lot of money and traveled a lot. I worked at a middle school in a rich neighborhood, where the children could speak English as well as American people. It was a very fun and easy job. I moved back in 2010 when I was 28. The second trip was better than the first. During my time in Korea I visited many countries in Asia: Korea, China, Japan, Taiwan, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, Thailand, and the Philippines. I liked Cambodia the best.


I met a Korean girl named Seolhee at an art party a few months before I moved back to America. We didn’t keep in touch and I forgot about her. Then one day I got an email from her; she said she was coming to America to study at a language school in New York. I didn’t care, but I decided to give her my phone number, and thought maybe I would show her around one time. She called me and we met. About 20 months later we got married. Pretty funny story, right?


My time in Korea was amazing, but now it’s time for me to settle down and not spend money or have any fun of any kind. But that’s life, I guess. Enjoy your twenties and do everything you can because once you get married it’s over! Now I’m 30. I became an old man, but I’m a happy old man.


In America

This is a post from Movie Class teacher Janel:

Watch the movie preview below and then take a quiz about it to test your comprehension and your English. The preview is for a movie about immigrants called In America. Watch and listen carefully – you may have to watch it more than once!


If the movie looks interesting to you, and you’d like to watch it, it’s available for free at the New York Public Library. Click here to take a look!

December 2012 Student of the Month

Ally Li
Ally Li

Our final Student of the Month for 2012 is Ally Li. Ally has been with us since 2009 – but, sadly, she recently had to stop coming to classes because she got a job. Her new job is with Project Hope. Two other students, Charles and Xing, also got jobs with Project Hope.

Ally is a great student, and she participates a lot in class. We’re sorry to be losing her, but we’re happy that she found a job that allows her to help other people!

Watch a video interview with Ally below, then read a story she wrote. Afterwards, you can take a quiz to test your comprehension.

Karma: The Owl That Saved My Life

by Ally Li

Years ago, I drove to another town for vacation. It was a wonderful small town with a beach, in the south of China. A man walked behind me when I hung out on the beach. He carried a bag and said to me: “I have an owl here. Do you want to buy it?”

“No,” I answered without hesitation.

But he didn’t go away, even as I sat on the beach facing the ocean. I still felt he was lingering nearby. After a while, he came and sat in front of me and opened his bag. Suddenly, pity welled up in my heart when I saw the owl: what beautiful eyes, even though he was suffering!

I began to haggle with the man. I got a good deal at last. I took the owl and drove to the hill and sought out a clearing. I cut off the cord on his feet, and then I released him.

I haven’t forgotten that scene and how gorgeous it was! The owl stretched his wings. He didn’t fly away immediately but circled around above me once, twice, three times… then he flew across the sky.

“Good luck and be careful, baby! Don’t fall into the trap again!” I stood and watched him until he disappeared from my sight.

It was getting dark and foggy when I was on my way home. The street lamps were broken. I couldn’t see anything clearly. However, I could tell the road was slippery and that I could skid. The brake was seized up in a flash. My car lost control and rushed at the railing. My mind was momentarily empty and frozen just then. For I don’t know how long, the car was spinning in the highway. It circled once, twice, three times and then stopped in a middle place, a bridge. I could see the Pearl River under it.

A thought came to my mind: The owl just saved my life!