Top 10 reasons to study English in the US in 2019
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Top 10 reasons to study English in the US in 2019

Do you want to study English? Have you always dreamed of visiting the United States? If so, keep reading. According to Research Gate, a professional network for scientists and researchers, ‘enhanced communication skills in English can result to not only an improved social life, but also better job opportunities in the future’. In this blog,...

Christmas in California: 5 Holiday Traditions to Experience
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Christmas in California: 5 Holiday Traditions to Experience

Will you be studying English in California during the winter? Experience the holidays, Southern California style! Whether you are on the state’s white sandy beaches or in the Sierra Nevada mountains, you can have a “white” Christmas in California. Christmas in California: 5 Holiday Traditions to Experience  See Disneyland at Christmastime Disneyland is known for...

5 Fall Activities to Enjoy as an ESL Student in the U.S.
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5 Fall Activities to Enjoy as an ESL Student in the U.S.

“I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.”  -L.M. Montgomery, author of Anne of Green Gables Are you studying English in the United States during the fall? You are in for a treat!* Enjoy some of these American fall traditions! *in for a treat: an expression meaning you will experience something...

Celebrating Mardi Gras in the U.S. + Mardi Gras vocabulary
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Celebrating Mardi Gras in the U.S. + Mardi Gras vocabulary

Mardi Gras is here! Are you celebrating? Both San Diego and San Francisco host incredible events for Mardi Gras, but before enjoying the parties, make sure that you know these Mardi Gras-related vocabulary words (and the traditions they are associated with). Celebrating Mardi Gras in the U.S. Mardi Gras Vocabulary  Fat Tuesday “Fat Tuesday” is...

Christmas Pop Songs + Holiday Vocabulary
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Christmas Pop Songs + Holiday Vocabulary

The holiday season is here, and with it comes the traditions of this time of year: drinking eggnog, giving gifts, hanging stocking by the fireplace, ice skating, and of course decorating the tree! Another holiday tradition? Famous pop stars often produce a Christmas or holiday-themed album. Sometimes the songs are old favorites remade to fit...

Nicknames for Santa + the Origin of the Word “Nickname”
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Nicknames for Santa + the Origin of the Word “Nickname”

The holiday season means delicious foods, celebrations, decorations, and the appearance of a strange man in a red suit who flies through the air with eight reindeer. Christmas is indeed a strange holiday! To celebrate, we are taking a look at this iconic figure, Santa Claus, and his many nicknames. The name “Santa Claus” is...

Grammar Lesson of the Month: Irregular Verbs in Christmas poetry
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Grammar Lesson of the Month: Irregular Verbs in Christmas poetry

One of the most difficult aspects of learning English is the language’s irregular verbs. These verbs make it tough for students to correctly use grammatical structures that require a past tense or past participle verb, such as the Simple Past, the Present Perfect, or the Passive. Students spend hours practicing long irregular English verb lists,...

Grammar Lesson of the Month: Preposition/gerund combinations + things a CISL student can be thankful for
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Grammar Lesson of the Month: Preposition/gerund combinations + things a CISL student can be thankful for

November 1st marks the day that Americans put away their Halloween decorations (and costumes!) and turn their focus to the next exciting holiday: Thanksgiving! Many Americans consider this to be their favorite holiday because of the warm traditions surrounding it: dinner with friends and family, lots of delicious home-cooked food, and a holiday focused on...

“Leaf” expressions + fall activities
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“Leaf” expressions + fall activities

“To ask why we fall in love is to ask why the leaves fall. And to ask how we stay in love is to ask how the trees stay.” -Jinvirle Fall is here! With this season comes fall traditions, such as Halloween, pumpkin carving, haunted houses, Thanksgiving, and the famous pumpkin spice latte that many...

Running vocabulary + running routes in San Francisco
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Running vocabulary + running routes in San Francisco

San Franciscans are some of the most in-shape people in the U.S., and it’s no wonder why: the city’s abundant farmer’s markets selling fresh California produce and the numerous parks and open spaces suit those who love the outdoors! San Francisco’s terrain and cool weather also make it a runner’s paradise. Whether you’re a novice...