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Randy Cohen's Person, Place, Thing Podcast with Peter Gilliver, TLab Lecturer at Oxford

The new podcast hosted at The English-Speaking Union is now available.

TLab presented Peter Gilliver, the legendary Oxford English Dictionary lexicographer — and instructor in the TLab Programs — at a live presentation of Randy Cohen's Person, Place and Thing at The English-Speaking Union in New York. Gilliver shared behind-the-scenes insights at the Oxford English Dictionary. "It's the short words that are the hardest," he told the ESU audience. Love? Death? No. Shorter. Run and go. "I worked on the verb to run and it took me nine months, and one of my colleagues spent over a year on the verb to go." Host Randy Cohen is best known as the original ethicist columnist The New York Times.

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Join us for another TLab lecture by Shakespeare Birthplace Trust expert Darren Freebury-Jones on Monday, January 28 in NYC. Reserve now.

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ESU Immigrant Support Embarks on New Season

The dawn of the new year, 2019, saw the resumption of two of the English-Speaking Union's most icon programs: the English in Action (EiA) and the Andrew Romay New Immigrant Center (ARNIC). To mark the occasion, the ESU held a special kickoff lunch on January 9 at the English-Speaking Union house to welcome new and returning program members and program instructor. ESU Executive Director Karen Karpowich spoke briefly applauding all the program participants for their initiative, counseling them not to fear making mistakes as they master the English language. Program manager Rona Weitz made brief remarks, introducing program and ESU staff.

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New Year's Message from The Chairman

On behalf of the Board of Directors of the English Speaking Union of the United States it is my pleasure to extend hearty New Year's and holiday greetings to all of our members, and to all those who support the mission and the objectives of the ESU. 

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Happy Holidays

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Happy Thanksgiving from the ESU!

On Thursday, November 15th, past and present members of the Andrew Romay New Immigrant Center (ARNIC) gathered for the sixth-annual Thanksgiving celebration at the ESU. This evening is the highlight of the year for ARNIC members, many of whom are celebrating their first Thanksgiving in the United States.

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