Celebrating Thanksgiving in the U.S.
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Celebrating Thanksgiving in the U.S.

Halloween has passed, the daylight hours are getting shorter and shorter, and the weather has turned colder. Every American knows that this means one very important thing: Thanksgiving is coming! Many students are curious about the origins and the traditions of Thanksgiving and we are happy to share this information with them. The Origins of...

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Career English Student Success: Hyebin’s Talent Scout and Marketing Experience!

CISL’s Career English program allows international students to master English skills and then spend time with an American company. Our student Hyebin recently completed the Career English course by spending time with Gaslamp Event Management, a marketing company that also is a talent management company for models. Hyebin provided us with some information about her...

California Surfer Slang for English Students
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California Surfer Slang for English Students

If you’re in California studying English, one thing is certain to happen: you’ll pick up some California slang! Not surprisingly, a lot of California slang has its roots in the surfing culture. Below are some words often used by surfers, but you don’t have to be a surfer to use these slang words; in fact,...

Career English Student Success: Desiree’s architecture firm!
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Career English Student Success: Desiree’s architecture firm!

CISL’s Career English Program provides students an incredible opportunity to learn English in a small classroom setting, then spend time at an American company. Desiree, from Switzerland, shared her experience with Studio E Architects. Thanks for sharing, Desiree! After spending four months learning English at Converse Languages School in San Diego, Desiree began the Career English program....

A few things I’ve learned during my time in San Francisco
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A few things I’ve learned during my time in San Francisco

By CISL SF student, Cornelia   The back door on Muni only opens if you step down. You can smell Marijuana almost all the times. Don’t try to understand the trash bin rules. There is no simple explanation. The people who like being naked in public aren’t always good looking. Hugs, no handshakes. Perfumed garbage...

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My Experiences as a Volunteer in San Francisco

by Roman (Germany), CISL San Francisco student After three months in San Francisco it is time for me to go back home to my normal life. But before returning to Germany, I want to look back to an amazing summer in California. I started with a language course of four weeks at CISL in the...

San Francisco’s Neighborhoods
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San Francisco’s Neighborhoods

by CISL SF student,  Cornelia Ineichen Growing up in a Swiss city with 80,000 habitants, moving to San Francisco was quite a big thing. When you’ve never lived here before, this venture can be confusing. This town is kind of weird if you have no idea what’s awaiting you. All in all, San Francisco is...

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WHAT IS YOUR NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTION?

By Cornelia Ineichen, CISL SF  Student I’ve always found the concept of New Year’s resolutions an odd one. If there’s something you want to achieve, and you want to reach that goal, why wait to start? You should start the moment you have that thought because the longer you put something off, the harder it...

Don’t Call It Frisco!
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Don’t Call It Frisco!

by CISL SF student, Cornelia Ineichen Most of our world’s big metropolises have some kind of a nickname – e.g. “The Big Apple“, “The Windy City“ or “Sin City“. What about San Francisco? PARIS OF THE WEST Sales Promoters used this nickname around the late nineteenth century to attract tourists to visit San Francisco. But...

Rent a car in SF with “Getaround!” It’s so easy!
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Rent a car in SF with “Getaround!” It’s so easy!

By Cornelia Ineichen, CISL SF  Student  Usually, as a student in a foreign country, you don’t own a car there. Of course, San Francisco offers a lot of possibilities with public transport, taxis etc. But what about the freedom of driving pleasure? This is where Getaround comes into play. This online service allows you to...