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CISL SF Student Activity: Hiking in the Bay Area (and phrasal verbs with “walk”)

August 29, 2013

San Francisco is known for its culture, charm, food, architecture . . . the list goes on and on! But did you know that SF is also home to hundreds of incredible hiking trails? The trails in and around San Francisco provide a nature escape within an urban environment. If you are looking for a hike while studying English in San Francisco, check out our list of some of the more popular hikes in the Bay Area. This list of short hikes (just 1-3 hours) provides a perfect way to unwind after English classes at CISL. Lace up your hiking boots, grab some water and your camera, and lets go!

Hiking in the Bay Area

Angel Island Perimeter Road

Angel Island port

Ferries to Angel Island arrive in this port in Ayala Cove.

In the past, Angel Island has served as a Mexican land grant, an army artillery post, an immigration station, and even a quarantine area for sick soldiers returning to the U.S. from tropical islands: today it is a beautiful state park and a haven for bird-watchers and hikers. Expect to see beautiful rocky coves, sandy beaches, grasslands, and forests on this small island’s well-developed hiking trails. Old buildings–including soldiers’ quarters and small chapel–pepper the trails (which also provide gorgeous views of the city and the Golden Gate).

Angel Island view

View from Angel Island of San Francisco. Both photos from Wikicommons.

To arrive, you must take one of the two ferries that service the island. The ferry from Tiburon runs more frequently: for information about ferry service to island from Tiburon, call Tiburon Ferry at (415) 435-2131. There is also a ferry service from San Francisco from the Blue and Gold Fleet; however, it runs less frequently: for more information, call (415) 773-1188. Both ferries land at Ayala Cove on the northwest side of the island. Ayala Cove can be found on this Angel Island map.

 

Batteries to Bluffs Trail

Batteries to Bluffs

Batteries to Bluffs runs along the rock coast and provides a beautiful view of the Gold Gate Bridge. Photo from Yelp.

The Bay Area Hiker, a great website for hiking trails, says of this trail, “Think  of a dream San Francisco hike: a path overlooking the ocean, with gorgeous views of the Golden Gate Bridge, a peaceful place where you could sit and watch the waves crash, or get your morning exercise running through a scenic landscape while birds sing and flowers bloom.” Not bad for a two-mile hike that takes roughly one hour!

The Batteries to Bluffs trail runs along the rocky coast near the Bay, so you can always expect breathtaking views of the ocean. Although the trail is well-manicured and relatively easy, there are quite a few stairs, so be prepared to climb! There are also very few trees, so make sure to wear sunscreen if hiking on a sunny day (but don’t worry too much about the heat: the ocean breeze does an excellent job of cooling hikers down on hot days).

This little video on YouTube, made by a local hiker, shows some great footage of the trail.

Briones Regional Park

Briones

The rolling hills of beautiful Briones are surrounded by towns . . . but you’d never know from its secluded landscape! Photo from Briones Regional Park Facebook page.

Briones is a hidden nature park surrounded by the Contra Costa County towns of Lafayette, Walnut Creek, Pleasant Hill, Concord, and Martinez . . . but from many points in the park, you would never know: there is nothing but unspoiled land for miles. The hike offers beautiful rolling rolls covered in soft grass and flowers, and from the Briones Peak, the highest point in the park, there are breathtaking views of the area. Because the area is so secluded, wildlife such as foxes and deer are common sights. After spring rains, the wildflowers add a splash of color to the green landscape.

In addition to its hiking trails, Briones has an archery course, Briones Arches, which is accessible from the Crescent Ridge Trail. For more information, visit the Briones Archers website.

Coyote Hills Regional Park: Bayview Trail

Coyote Hills

A view of the marshlands of Coyote Hills. Photo from Wikipedia.

Coyote Hills Regional Park consists of marshlands that are home to much local wildlife–making it a popular hike for birdwatchers and animal lovers–while the flat trails make the park a favorite for bicyclists and joggers. A well-manicured picnic area makes for a perfect stop on your trip: the area has access to picnic tables, water, and barbecues. Campers can enjoy overnight excursions as well.

Those looking to learn more about the area wildlife can check out the Nectar Garden, a butterfly and flower garden located next to the visitor center, and get a free tour from a knowledgeable staff member. Guests can also check out the Coyote Hills Visitor Center, which has several exhibits on local wildlife, or check out the Tuibun Ohlone Village Site that is dedicated to the Ohlone people who once lived here. During a tour, visitors can tour an Ohlone-style family house and see the way of life for the Ohlone people. (Tours are by reservation only: call the visitor center at (510) 544-3220 for information.)

 

Crissy Field

Crissy Field

The Crissy Field hike takes you through an old airfield. Several historic sites are along the route, along with shops and cafes.

Called “San Francisco’s Best Urban Hike,” this beautiful walk offers views of the Bay, the Golden Gate Bridge, and the Bay Bridge while strolling through neighborhoods and nature. Throughout the walk, hikers encounter small shops, cafes, a visitor center and locals fishing, swimming, or enjoying the view. The path is well-marked and well-traveled, making it an easy route.

Land’s End

Lands_End

Nearly every view from Land’s End hike is stunning!

Located in the northwestern corner of San Francisco, Land’s End passes through hills full of cypress and wildflowers. It has views of old shipwrecks, access to the famous ruins of Sutro Baths (at one time the largest bath house in the world) and small beaches. Recently, the Golden Gate National Parks Conservacy added a new Lookout Visitor Center with a great ocean view.

Make sure to check out the labyrinth located at Eagles Point, at the end of the Coastal Trail. The labyrinth was constructed by local artist Eduardo Aguilera and is a great place to stop and take a photo.

Lands_End_Labyrinthe

The Land’s End Labyrinth was constructed by a local artist. Standing on it, you have a great view of the Bay.

Panoramic Hill-Chaparral Peak-Strawberry Canyon Loop 

Panoramic Hill

Photo from TripAdvisor.

With words like “hill” and “peak” in the title of this trail, it is no surprise that this 6.7 mile trail near Berkeley is quite the workout! Yet there are many rewards to breaking a sweat, including the opportunity to hike through eucalyptus and pine forests and view the Bay, Oakland, and San Francisco from high above sea level. Locals suggest taking this hike early in the morning or later in the afternoon because the view of the Bay with the coastal fog rolling in is breathtaking and serene.

Hiking boots are suggested on this trail because there are several parts with a lot of loose gravel. In addition, local hiking sites note that the trail is not incredibly well-marked, so keep your cell phone with a GPS handy, or print out this guide from Everytrail.com.

Happy hiking to our CISL San Francisco students! If you go on one of the these hikes (or any of the many others that the Bay Area has to offer) make sure to post a pic to our Facebook page!

To celebrate hiking in San Francisco, we are offering several phrasal verbs with “walk.” How many of these do you know?

Phrasal Verbs with “Walk”

Walk away

Definition: to leave an unpleasant situation.

Example: I won’t fight with you. I’m going to just walk away

 

Walk in on someone

Definition: to interrupt someone when they are doing something they don’t want you to see.

Example: I walked in on my roommate eating my chocolate! We laughed about it. 

 

Walk in to something 

Definition: to obtain something easily.

Example: He just walked in to his job. He’s so lucky. 

 

Walk something off

Definition: to go for a walk in order to stop focusing on something unpleasant.

Example: That was a huge meal. I’m so full! Let’s go walk it off

Example: After I got hit by the baseball, I walked it off

 

 

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Aviation English Vocabulary + What to Pack for Studying English in SD

August 22, 2017

Aviation English Vocabulary + What to Pack for Studying English in SDEnglish is the official language of the aviation industry; therefore, pilots and other aviation workers are required to have a high level of English. Do you know these aviation English vocabulary words? Learning them will help your career in this industry take off!

Aviation English Vocabulary

Airborne

Definition: In the air; flying.

Altitude

Definition: The vertical distance from the Earth (at sea level) to an aircraft in flight.

Cabin

Definition: The inside of the airplane where passengers sit.

Fuselage

Definition: The body of an airplane: the wings and tail are attached to the fuselage.

Hangar

Definition: A building at the airport where airplanes are kept when not in use.

Knot

Definition: A measure of speed. One knot equals one nautical mile per hour.

Aviation English Vocabulary + What to Pack for Studying English in SD

Land

Definition: The act of making the airplane contact the ground or water, ending the flight.

Landing gear

Definition: The parts of the airplane which support the airplane on land or water (usually wheels, although landing gear for planes that land on water include skis). Usually the gear is retractable and folds into the airplane during flight.

Pilot

Definition: The person who controls the airplane.

Propeller

Definition: A piece of equipment turned by an engine in order to help the plane fly.

Radar

Definition: A machine that uses radio waves to detect and locate objects. The objects are “seen” on a radar screen.

Runway

Definition: A surface or area on the airport designated for airplanes to take off and land.

Aviation English Vocabulary + What to Pack for Studying English in SD

Tail

Definition: The back part of the airplane.

Take-off

Definition: The part of the flight when the airplane reaches flying speed and becomes airborne.

Velocity

Definition: Speed.

Visibility

Definition: The distance at which objects can be seen and recognized. Smoke, fog, and storms can hinder visibility.

Aviation English Vocabulary + What to Pack for Studying English in SD

What to Pack for SD

What is something that everyone associates with travel? Packing! You don’t need a career in aviation to enjoy our list of things to pack before moving to San Diego. Make sure these items are in your suitcase before you begin your CISL adventure.

Bathing suit

Yes, even in the winter, a bathing suit is a good idea. Hotel rooftop pools (and even the beach!) will be accessible during warm winter days. (Don’t believe us? Check out these statistics about the weather in San Diego throughout the year.) These days aren’t an everyday occurrence, but they do happen! Don’t regret not having your bathing suit on a warm January day.

Casual clothes

Californians–especially San Diegans–are very casual. Jeans, t-shirts, sundresses, and comfortable sandals or sneakers are everyday wear for practically everyone.

 

Aviation English Vocabulary + What to Pack for Studying English in SD

Comfortable walking shoes

You will want to see the many sites of the city, and most are best seen on foot. Walk down the Embarcadero, explore the Gaslamp District, walk along Pacific Beach or Coronado, shop in La Jolla, or spend the day walking the beautiful outdoor mall in Mission Valley. Your feet will thank you for wearing comfortable shoes!

Exercise clothing

Californians love to exercise! From hiking to organized sports, there is always something to do. Make sure that you are dressed for these activities (and check out our Guide to Exercising in the U.S. for tips on how to stay healthy while studying abroad).

Light jacket

Even in the summer, San Diego is perfectly cool during the evenings. Always go out with a sweater or a light jacket so you can sit outside and enjoy the cool evening weather.

Sunglasses

These are a staple of any Californian’s wardrobe! The year-round sun will always make you want to grab your shades before going out.  

Sunscreen

Californians wear sunscreen every day, and you should, too. This is something you can get at most stores throughout the year, so if you don’t pack it, you can buy it as soon as you arrive. Make sunscreen application a part of your daily routine!

 

Come fly with us in beautiful San Diego! CISL San Diego offers Aviation English classes for students interested in (or currently working in) the exciting field of aviation. The Aviation English course teaches English skills necessary to meet the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) language proficiency requirements. It focuses on improving the client’s ability to communicate effectively and with confidence in all six skill areas specified in the ICAO Rating Scale: pronunciation, structure, vocabulary, fluency, comprehension and interactions. Contact CISL for more information.   

 

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10 Reasons You Should Study English in California

August 13, 2017

 

10 Reasons You Should Study English in California

It is the state of Hollywood, Napa Valley, Silicon Valley, Yosemite, stunning coastlines, and some of the U.S.’s most iconic cities . . . do we really need to make a list of OTHER reasons you should study English in California? We will go ahead and try, just in case you aren’t convinced you would have the time of your life on the “Best Coast.”

10 Reasons You Should Study English in California

10 Reasons You Should Study English in California

#1: Culture and diversity

New York likes to claim that it wins the “diversity award,” but California has some of the most diverse cities in the U.S. In fact, the majority of California’s population is made of minority races and San Francisco and San Diego have both been listed in the top 20 cities in the U.S. for cultural diversity. Settlers originally came from China, Japan, and even Russia (have you heard of the Russian River?) Today, immigrants from throughout the U.S. and around the world make California their home. The result? A state filled with open-minded people, many cultures, unique architecture, and delicious foods.

10 Reasons You Should Study English in California

#2: Natural landscapes

California has scorching desserts (Death Valley!), beautiful beaches (too many to count!), and everything in between. In one day, you can start your morning in Lake Tahoe (located in the Sierra Nevada mountain range), then you can end that same day dipping your toes in the waters of the Pacific Ocean. The most beautiful national parks, such as Yosemite and Redwood National Parks, are must-see natural landscapes.

10 Reasons You Should Study English in California

#3: Amazing food

California is famous for its beaches, but many people do not realize that the state has a massive agriculture industry. In fact, California’s agricultural industry is twice that of any other state! California’s 76,000 farms and ranches produce some of the highest quality vegetables, fruits, and meats. (This explains why there are so many great farmer’s markets for residents to enjoy!) Wine regions throughout the state produce world-famous wines, and olive trees are also common in this Mediterranean-style climate: the state has more than 400 olive growers and olive oil producers. Of course, with its proximity to the Pacific Ocean, fresh seafood is always an option in California. All of these high-quality ingredients create the tastiest California foods!

The population diversity’s influence on California cuisine is clear: San Diego’s Little Italy restaurants serve hand-made pastas and wood oven-baked pizzas; delicious Mexican food abounds, and California-style sushi (a unique fusion of California produce and Japanese food) are popular meal options. Of course, when all else fails, there’s the best (and freshest) fast food: In-N-Out!

10 Reasons You Should Study English in California

#4: Exciting cities (and charming towns)

Los Angeles, San Francisco, and San Diego are world-famous favorites, but California also has many small towns with charm and beauty. Explore mining towns such as Julian and Nevada City to feel as if you have been transported back in time; gorgeous towns such as Yountville and Cambria are perfect for weekend trips.

10 Reasons You Should Study English in California

#5: The coolest English accent (and slang)

Maybe we are biased, but the West Coast really is the “Best Coast” when it comes to its accent! The California accent was made famous by Hollywood, and many think it is the most clear and easytounderstand accent. Learn how to speak like a Californian in our article How to Speak Like a Californian and pick up some surfer slang with our Surf Slang Guide.

10 Reasons You Should Study English in California

#6: Active lifestyle

With the beaches and beautiful weather, is it any surprise that Californians love to exercise? In California you can find state-of-the-art gyms, incredible yoga and Pilates studios and instructors, fun classes such as Body Pump and Barre, and Crossfit. You can also enjoy the weather and go hiking, take part in water activities such as surfing and kitesurfingcanoeingkayaking, and paddleboarding. During the winter, try some of the nation’s best skiing in Lake Tahoe, Mammoth, and Big Bear.

10 Reasons You Should Study English in California

#7: Sunsets

There are no words to describe the California sunset over the water. For many Californians, stopping to enjoy the sunset is a daily occurrence: just become friends with a few Californians on Instagram and you’ll see how beloved the sunsets are. Learn how to describe the sunset with our Guide to Sunset Vocabulary.

10 Reasons You Should Study English in California

#8: Laid-back people

Is it any surprise that the same people who stop to watch the sunsets and love to surf are also happy, laid-back individuals? Californians are often told they are the friendliest people in the U.S. Come see for yourself!

10 Reasons You Should Study English in California

#9: Fun neighborhoods

San Diego’s Little Italy was voted one of the best neighborhoods to live in the United States, while San Francisco is home to famous neighborhoods such as the hippie area of Haight-Ashbury. From famous neighborhoods such as these to more hidden gems (like San Diego’s surfer-filled Ocean Beach), there is an area that matches the personality and interests of everyone.

10 Reasons You Should Study English in California

#10: Daytrips to incredible locations

It’s difficult to grow tired of California’s beautiful cities, but if you ever feel the urge to explore, the rest of California is waiting for you! Napa ValleySanta Barbara, Yosemite, Hollywood . . . even neighboring Las Vegas is a quick trip. Where will you go, what will you see, and who will you meet?

Since 1972, CISL has provided students with quality English instruction in the small classroom setting (never more than 8 students per class)! Learn more about CISL’s San Francisco and San Diego locations (and its many programs, including Executive English, Cambridge CAE and FCE, and Career English) by visiting the CISL website

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Why You Should Take Your Cambridge Course in California

June 27, 2017

According to Cambridge ESOL, each year more than 5 million people take the Cambridge Exams in 130 countries. With so many options, why should you take your Cambridge course in California? Here are just a few of the reasons to consider taking your Cambridge course and exam in the sunniest and happiest U.S. state.

Why you should take your Cambridge course in California

Why You Should Take Your Cambridge Course in California

(and how to choose the school that is right for you)

Studying on the beach is the best kind of studying

Sure, libraries and coffee shops are great (and cities such as San Diego and San Francisco have great coffee culture and amazing libraries!) but at the end of the day, it’s preferable to enjoy the beautiful California weather and study while working relaxing on the beach. Enjoy California’s 840 miles of coastline while also improving your English (and your tan)!

Why You Should Take Your Cambridge Course in California

Friendly, happy people

What is the best way to practice English? By making friends who are native speakers! Californians are said to be the friendliest and happiest people in the United States. In a recent study, 12 California cities were in the top 20 happiest cities in the U.S., including both San Francisco and San Diego.

California is a diverse state with people from all over the world. Politically, Californians are left-leaning (Trump is not someone a Californian loves!) and are proud of the international aspect of their state. This openness and inclusion makes California a friendly and welcoming place for international students of any ethnicity or background.

Why You Should Take Your Cambridge Course in California

Expose yourself to accents other than British/Australian

The world does not speak one form of English, but many: with a Cambridge course, you will learn the standard UK spelling and pronunciation through the texts and practice tests; in your everyday life in California, you will learn the standard (Hollywood) English that people around the world agree is the easiest to understand and most clearly spoken. In the end, you get the best of both worlds (and speak some California slang when you return home)!

Cambridge is known for using non-native speaker accents on its exams, so this is a priority when it comes to language learning for CAE and FCE. When choosing a school, make sure you select one with high population diversity. This will allow you to meet people from all over the world and become accustomed to different accents.

Why You Should Take Your Cambridge Course in California

Well established, accredited schools

From beachy San Diego to urban San Francisco, California has many language institutions for you to choose from. When selecting a school, make sure that you think about a few things, including:

An emphasis on speaking within the curriculum. The Speaking Module of the Cambridge exams is incredibly difficult, and many students need extra help in this area. Make sure that your school provides an emphasis on speaking so that you have a lot of chances to practice and improve.

Class size. In order to improve your English (especially in speaking), you will need lots of feedback from your instructor. Schools with small class sizes will allow you to spend more one-on-one time with your teacher so that you will improve quicker.

Student diversity. Part of being an international student is meeting students from around the world: make sure that your school has a diverse student population!

Accreditation. The most important accreditation organization in the United States is the Commission on English Language Accreditation. This organization is recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and is specifically for English language learning schools. The standards are very high for a school to be accredited: the school must complete a very long application, attend workshops, write reports, and have visits from the CEA staff. The accreditation process includes looking at the school’s curriculum, teachers, staff, and administration; additionally, CEA considers factors such as how schools rate student achievement and progress. Use the CEA search to see if your potential school is accredited.

Bonus: if the school is also a Cambridge Testing Centre, you know that they are Cambridge approved!

Cambridge Testing Centres are highly trusted

A Cambridge experience doesn’t have to happen in the UK! The process of applying to be a Cambridge Testing Centre is difficult, and all centres (usually schools) have many visits and inspections from Cambridge. If you take your course and exam at a certified Cambridge Testing Centre, you are assured that you are getting a Cambridge approved experience. When booking your course, make sure you choose a trusted Cambridge centre.

Why You Should Take Your Cambridge Course in California

A healthy lifestyle

It’s not just the sunshine and Vitamin D that keep people healthy in California: the state’s citizens are known for being some of the most active and physically fit in the U.S. Learn some water sports, play basketball or tennis or volleyball in the many parks or beaches that surround you, go hiking on trails that go through the city, or enjoy some of the most impressive gyms, boot camps, and yoga studios in the world. In the winter, grab your skis and see why the state once hosted the Winter Olympics!

 

Why You Should Take Your Cambridge Course in California

Great food (and drinks) for study breaks

Stay healthy with California’s obsession with fruits, healthy drinks, and avocados . . . and then cheat a little with the most delicious California burritos, sushi, and burgers. (It’s all about balance!) On the weekend, celebrate a hard week of study by exploring the microbrew beer culture of California or visiting some of its beautiful, world famous wineries.

 

Why You Should Take Your Cambridge Course in California

Accessibility

California’s many international airports make it easy to arrive and to travel on weekends. San Diego’s airport, for example, is located next to Downtown San Diego. A cab ride from the airport to Little Italy (where many international students stay) is less than 10 minutes! From San Francisco’s international airport to the city’s Financial District (where many international students live) is less than 25 minutes. San Diego, San Francisco, and Los Angeles international airports offer non-stop flights from many locations year-round, including the following:

  • Amsterdam
  • Berlin
  • Dubai
  • Hong Kong
  • Istanbul
  • London
  • Paris
  • Tokyo
  • Zurich

 

Why You Should Take Your Cambridge Course in California

Diversity

The majority of Cambridge classes in the U.S. are taken by Swiss students . . . but not in California. California Cambridge classes are more diverse because the state is also an ideal destination for many Asian students, so a Cambridge course in California is more likely to have students from countries such as Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan. Additionally, Cambridge is now accepted by U.S. universities, so more and more students from other countries are enrolling in these courses. When choosing an English language school, always ask about the student diversity.

Why You Should Take Your Cambridge Course in California

 

Since 1972, CISL has provided quality English language training to students from around the world. It is accredited by the Commission on English Language Accreditation and is also a certified Cambridge Testing Centre. CISL’s 8 student policy provides students the opportunity to improve their English in a small classroom with one-on-one attention from their qualified instructor. Contact CISL to learn more about studying for the Cambridge Exams in San Diego or San Francisco or watch our video about Cambridge courses below. 

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The 5 Best Sunset Views in SF + Sunset Color Vocab

June 21, 2017

California sunsets are one of the best things about living in this beautiful state. When you’re studying English in San Francisco, be sure to enjoy the sunset each evening! These locations offer the 5 best sunset views in SF.

How amazing are the sunsets in California? Take a look on Instagram and you’ll see! Each of these photos were posted within the last day, which shows how amazing the California sunsets are.

The 5 Best Sunset Views in SF

Twin Peaks


Wear comfortable shoes and grab a jacket: the wind at Twin Peaks can be strong, and the hike up is a bit of work! Once you’re at the top, you have stunning views of San Francisco. Stay after sunset and watch the lights of the city come on: this view is beautiful any time of the day.

Twin Peaks: 501 Twin Peaks Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94114, USA

Lands End

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Lands End is a park in San Francisco that has many hiking trails, including the famous oceanside California Coastal Trail. San Franciscans use this trail to run and hike, but they also take a moment to stop and enjoy the sunset from the beautiful view of the Golden Gate Bridge from Mile Rock Point and Mile Rock Beach.

Lands End: 680 Point Lobos Ave, San Francisco, CA 94121, USA

Bernal Heights Park (and Summit)

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Bernal Heights Park is built on a hillside, and its park and trails provide stunning 360 degree views of San Francisco. Enjoy the trails and the view past San Francisco: on a clear day, you can see surrounding cities in the Bay Area such as Daly City.

Bernal Heights Park: 3400-3416 Folsom St, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA

Corona Heights Park

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Corona Heights Park is next to the Castro and Corona Heights neighborhoods in SF. The views, which are unobstructed, allow visitors to see Twin Peaks, Downtown San Francisco, and beyond. Be careful: the steps leading up to the top do not have handrails, so it can be a little scary!

Corona Heights Park: Roosevelt Way & Museum Way, San Francisco, CA 94114, USA

Alamo Square

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This park has views of the most famous houses in San Francisco: the Painted Lady Victorian houses! Alamo Square Park was just renovated and re-opened in May, 2017. In addition to enjoying the architecture of the mansions surrounding the park, visitors can see San Francisco City Hall, Golden Gate Bridge, the Bay Bridge . . . and beautiful California sunsets! 

Alamo Square: surrounded by Webster Street (east), Golden Gate Avenue (north), Divisadero Street (west), and Fell Street (south)

Best Sunset Views in SF

Sunset Color Vocab

How do you describe the beautiful clouds, the amazing colors, and the effects of the ever-changing sunset over the Pacific Ocean waters? These colors will help you

Shade:

Definition: the intensity of a color (whether it has more light or dark to it).

Example: Look at the many shades of pink in tonight’s sunset!

Hue

Definition: a color or shade (similar to the word “shade” . . . although an artist could explain that they are different! For learning English, think of “hue” as a synonym for “shade” or “color”).

Example: Last night’s sunset had so many beautiful hues.

Color + ish (blueish, pinkish, etc.)

Definition: a color similar to the one used in the word, but not exactly the color. (Use this word when you don’t know the exact color you’re describing.)

Example: The sky was a blueish, purplish color: it was so lovely.

Stunning

Definition: very beautiful.

Example: What a stunning view . . . and sunset.

Ablaze

Definition: on fire.

Example: The sky was ablaze during the red and orange sunset.

Cast (verb)

Definition: to cause light or shadow to appear on a surface.

Example: The sun cast its light on the clouds and created a stunning sunset.

Ray

Definition: the streaks/lines of light (from the sun).

Example: The sun’s rays were shining through the clouds as it set.

Best Sunset Views in SF

Radiant

Definition: bright.

Example: The radiant sunset was impossible to capture in a photo. You had to be there to really see  it.

Crimson

Definition: a shade of red (often used to describe the sky).

Example: The crimson sky turned into a deep blue.

Glow

Definition: to shine brightly.

Example: It looked like the sky was glowing.

Trace

Definition: a hint of something; a touch of something.

Example: I could still see traces of orange in the sky an hour after the sun set.

Share your California sunset photos to Facebook and be sure to tag CISL and add #CISL to your photos!

Photos from Pixabay.