Transforming Lives – Mission Accomplished: Meet Andressa Da Silva

Andressa Da Silva came to us from Brazil in an unusual way, selected in a special competition organized through the American consulate, the American Chamber of Commerce and Bridge. She is currently in the ninth week of her ten-week program and is making the most out of every single moment of this experience. Andressa has a positive attitude, magnetic personality and an amazing aptitude for learning English. I feel so lucky to have met this tremendous young woman and will be so sad to see her go. I invite you to learn more about her unique story below.

Amy: Tell me how you learned about Bridge.

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Meet Joelle Begic: Admissions Coordinator at BridgeEnglish Denver

Joelle Begic has a really fun laugh and I miss it. Since she changed positions here at BridgeEnglish Denver from the front desk to the administrative office, I don’t get to hear it that much anymore, however, I was able to catch Joelle during a break and ask her a few questions about her new job and about Bridge in general.

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Where Do They Come From? The Origins of Four Popular English Idioms

Sometimes when I am in class teaching a grammar point or vocabulary, or just having a class discussion, I find myself using idioms or expressions that are common to me but obviously not to a non-native ESL learner. As I notice the confused looks on my students’ faces I suddenly realize that the expression that I so nonchalantly just forced upon them has to be explained. But the strange phenomenon about English idioms is that most native English speakers have no idea what their actual origin is.

Sometimes when I am in class teaching a grammar point or vocabulary, or just having a class discussion, I find myself using idioms or expressions that are common to me but obviously not to a non-native ESL learner. As I notice the confused looks on my students’ faces I suddenly realize that the expression that I so nonchalantly just forced upon them has to be explained. But the strange phenomenon about English idioms is that most native English speakers have no idea what their actual origin is.

Sometimes when I am in class teaching a grammar point or vocabulary, or just having a class discussion, I find myself using idioms or expressions that are common to me but obviously not to a non-native ESL learner. As I notice the confused looks on my students’ faces I suddenly realize that the expression that I so nonchalantly just forced upon them has to be explained. But the strange phenomenon about English idioms is that most native English speakers have no idea what their actual origin is.

Sometimes when I am in class teaching a grammar point or vocabulary, or just having a class discussion, I find myself using idioms or expressions that are common to me but obviously not to a non-native ESL learner. As I notice the confused looks on my students’ faces I suddenly realize that the expression that I so nonchalantly just forced upon them has to be explained. But the strange phenomenon about English idioms is that most native English speakers have no idea what their actual origin is.

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Meet Adriana Arias: Diplomat and Former Executive Student at BridgeEnglish Denver

Adriana Arias was an executive student at BridgeEnglish Denver for two months in the Spring of 2012. Having a job in international relations for the government in Colombia, it is extremely important for her to be able to speak English fluently because a large part of her job is communicating with people from all over the world, in English. Adriana was a pleasure to have in class. Full of Latina fire, she expressed her opinions freely and with conviction, and outside of class she was equally fun, joining both students and teachers in social events and trips around Colorado. Her stay here was short but her impact on fellow students and teachers will endure. She has since been back to work in Bogotá and continues to study English and speak it whenever she can.

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Meet Aldi Sorel: Veteran Student at BridgeEnglish Denver

Aldi Sorel is someone to admire. He came from the Gabonese Republic, which is a sovereign state on the west coast of Central Africa, to be with his mother who had already been here for ten years. He has been at BridgeEnglish Denver longer than most of the teachers and he is for sure the veteran student here having been at Bridge since 2010. He came to the U.S. with practically no English skills whatsoever and was thrown into the Denver public school system before he could even communicate with anyone. He now speaks fluent French (his native tongue) as well as fluent English and this November, after two years of studying hard at Bridge, he plans to move on and go to university to start his career as a computer engineer.

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Idaho Springs: A Quick Hop From Denver to Small (Mountain) Town America

Idaho Springs may not be Aspen or Vail, but it is a small town with lots of history, eating, shopping, and outdoor sports that will give you a taste of Colorado’s beautiful mountains just a half hour or so from Denver. Perfect for a half-day trip or for an entire weekend, Idaho Springs – population 2,000 – packs in lots for students, their friends, and their families to do in a small area.

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Meet Shin Takeda: The Coolest Kid at BridgeEnglish Denver

Shin Takeda was one of the executive students at BridgeEnglish Denver for the past several months. Indeed, the publishing executive finally said his teary goodbyes to us all June 22nd when he graduated. Shin had become a friend to all and was well known for the ever-present fedora on his head and his hipster style. You would catch Shin during breaks outside chatting with the other students, talking about what happened last weekend or what everyone was doing the coming weekend. He was definitely part of the social circle at BridgeEnglish Denver. If there was a party, you could be sure that Shin was there.

But Shin was also a hard worker and his English had gotten so good that sometimes I forgot he was from Japan. We all miss him so much. Here is a little more information about the coolest kid in school.

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Meet Abbas Hassani, BridgeEnglish Student and Future Nobel Prize Winner

Remember that person in high school who was friends with everyone and always had something fun or exciting going on, the person who always knew where the parties were and what everyone was doing that weekend? At BridgeEnglish Denver, that person is definitely Abbas Hassani.

Abbas is without a doubt the “social director” of the school. If you want to know which bar everyone is going to on Friday night or which activities everyone is doing on Saturday, you’d better ask Abbas because he will be there, and, what’s more, he wants you to be there.

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