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Meet with a native English speaker and talk about anything you want.

You can enjoy conversation over coffee (or even skype) once a week with a friendly person.

 I will pair you up with a partner who is a good match for you depending on your interests and schedule.


This is a very personal way to improve your English rapidly.




Conversation Partners


I have found the best people in New York City who love discussing many topics.


friendly, interesting, intelligent



I seek writers, artists, business professionals and teachers
who are familiar with the skills you need.





Work / Field - healthcare, analytics, administration, the arts
Interests / Hobbies - making music, exploring the city, photography, dancing, writing
"I believe everyone is an artist and should explore their dreams." 
Note: Anna's specialty is resume (CV) and cover letter revision.


Ilona Ilona

Work / Field- HR Strategy focusing on emerging markets

                       (studied philosophy and sociology at NYU)

Interests / Hobbies - reading, baking, event planning, singing
Ilona organizes many of the fun events with Nicole for Empire English.
She speaks to people in other countries by phone on a daily basis for her work.  
She has done voice competitions, broadway type musicals, and opera.
"I am interested in all sorts of things, especially if it involves COFFEE or weird and quirky stuff!"


Rich Rich 

Work / Field - ESL teacher
Interests / Hobbies - sports, camping, writing
 "What's up? I love being active, whether it's in NYC or escaping to the great outdoors."



Jonathan Wong Jon

Work / Field - Finance
Interests / Hobbies - Sports!!! (especially soccer)
"I grew up in upstate New York, with beautiful mountains that are famous for hiking. Nicole and I both grew up in the same hometown. And, like Nicole, I love traveling. I have a great passion for sports and as a side job, I am a basketball referee in NYC." 
Gabby Gabrielle 
Major:  Pre-Law, Art History and Writing (currently at Sarah Lawrence University)
Interests / Hobbies: writing, art, community service, public policy, cooking
"I'm always excited to meet new people. Everyone can learn from each other. In my spare time, I love taking my dogs (Judd & Leo) to the park. I also love taking cooking classes and traveling."


Work / Field
- writer, professor, audio engineer
- Founder and Editor of Nomadic Sojourns Journal  
- a doctoral candidate in Media and Communications at a European Graduate School 
Interests / Hobbies - outdoors & traveling
"I love to teach and know that there is always more to learn and further skills to acquire and hone. It is one of the most fun and rewarding things in the world to help someone with their English skills."

Work / Field:  Arts (dance/theatre, playrighting, journalism)
Interests / Hobbies: social dancing, visual arts/film/video, urban studies, travel
"I'm very interested in foreign languages and cultures, as well as history (especially NYC history)."


Tonica Tonica
Work / Field:  Teacher 
Interests / Hobbies: taking Bollywood classes, traveling, watching stand-up comedy
"Looking forward to meeting you and helping you improve your English."
Work / Field:  various freelance
Interests / Hobbies: history, languages, reading
"Where are you from? I love learning about new cultures and having intellectual conversation. My favorite thing to do is get out and take a walk with new friends or my dog."
Francis Francis
Major: Physical Therapy
Interests / Hobbies: working out, traveling, volunteering
"I'm a mellow, easy-going guy who always likes trying new things. Life hands us surprises every day and quite often those surprises are learning opportunities."
Tina Tina
Work / Field: English Teacher
Interests / Hobbies: scrap booking, editing
"I love children and animals... and all the wonderful things in life that make us HAPPY!!!"
 Mimi Mimi
Work / Field:  Graphic Design, Interactive Design, Web Design, Mobile Design
Interests / Hobbies: Cooking, Gardening, Beekeeping, Homesteading
"I really like a quiet evening with friends or spending the day outside with my bees or in my garden. Do you have any hobbies you love to do? Let's meet up and talk about them."
Scott  Scott

Work / Field:  copywriting, writing, marketing
Interests / Hobbies: volunteering
"Work can consume your life. Take a break every once in a while to relax and chat over coffee."
Work / Field:  marketing, advertising, HR policies and healthcare
Interests / Hobbies: local & national politics, sports, shopping
"I like to get out there and be active. Softball, snowboarding, kayaking, biking, you name it. And I can't wait for the latest trends! Fashion, celebrities, music... yeah, I keep up with it all."   

Work / Field:  auditor for New York State
(currently working on contracts and audits for a few projects, most notably the Freedom Tower and the Brooklyn Arena)  BSBA in finance from the University of Florida

Interests / Hobbies: sports, photography, FOOD!!!
"I really love playing flag football and I am a huge New York Jets fan! I also love watching movies, biking, and trying new foods."

Work / Field: psychotherapist with an LMSW

                     Lauren recently started a private therapy practice in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. 


Interests / Hobbies: concerts, art, reading, cooking, running, children, making things

"One of my specialties is dealing with people who are having a difficult time with transitions and adjustments. I know it is hard learning a new language, especially while living abroad."  


John  John
Work / Field:  food industry
Interests / Hobbies: sports, animal rescue, writing
"The most important thing in my life is my son. Isn't he adorable? We love pretty much any animal and every sport. What are your interests?"

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