Where in New York can you practice your English with native English speakers, get free drinks and snacks and view amazing works of art by some of the world's newest and most up-and-coming artists? I'm not talking about the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) or the Metropolitan Museum of Art (the Met). I am talking about the Chelsea art openings. A lot of our English students say that it is difficult to meet native English speakers and hard to get an opportunity to practice speaking English in New York. Indeed, it can be more of a challenge in New York than in other cities, but if you follow your interests, you will be more likely to connect with people who are interested in the same thing. So if you are interested in art and want to practice your English, keep reading for more details!
Why are the Chelsea art openings unique?
Chelsea (between 14th st and 30th St. and 7th Ave and the Hudson River) is one of New York's most famous art districts. However, it has a different feel from the big, but tourist-filled art museums like the MOMA or the Met. The atmosphere in Chelsea is full of energy with young and aspiring artists showing off their most recent work. The art openings are also a good place to go if you want to meet people and practice your English. They are usually held on Thursday evenings from 6-8pm but sometimes they are held on other days during the week or weekend.
Take a risk and strike up a conversation...
People at the galleries are usually friendly and will probably be happy to strike up a conversation with you about any of the pieces of art that you see. Of course, it will take a little bit of courage to initiate a conversation, but if you want to improve your English, taking risks is the best way. Also, if you are really excited about the art that you are seeing, people will be happy to talk about it with you.
Get to know New York on a deeper level:
So instead of always going back to the typical tourist museums like the Met. while you are living in New York, try the Chelsea art openings. You will get to know New York on a deeper level, you will have a chance to practice your English with native English speakers and who knows, maybe you will meet a future Picasso! Get more information on upcoming Chelsea art openings.
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