Star Student Alert: Alyssa

In our latest Star Student Alert, we present to you Alyssa Xie. Alyssa volunteered to speak in front of a large crowd at City Stories 2018, an annual gala benefiting University Settlement. She shared her experiences as an immigrant in New York City, and she did a great job. You can watch video above of her speech.

University Settlement provides support services to residents of the Lower East Side, and now offers programs in 31 locations across Manhattan and Brooklyn. Through the programs, it impacts 40,000 New Yorkers every year.

Way to go, Alyssa!

Idiom of the Week: Barking Up the Wrong Tree

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Meaning: To be looking in the wrong place for an answer; to be thinking incorrectly about a problem.


The man told the police that they were barking up the wrong tree and that he had nothing to do with the bank robbery.

You’ll be barking up the wrong tree if you ask him about English grammar because he doesn’t know anything about it.

Am I right or am I barking up the wrong tree?


Pop Quiz:

If you’re barking up the wrong tree, you…

A.  hit the nail on the head.

B.  got up on the wrong side of the bed.

C.  are on the wrong track.

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