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...

San Francisco Mission District Dining Guide
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San Francisco Mission District Dining Guide

“There is no better food neighborhood in America than San Francisco’s Mission District.” -Paolo Lucchesi, San Francisco Chronicle   San Francisco’s Mission District is known for its restaurants, art, shops, culture, and Latino/Latina history. If you live in the Bay Area, then a trip to the Mission District isn’t just a one-time experience: it’s something...

Best Burritos in San Diego
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Best Burritos in San Diego

If you come to San Diego and don’t eat a burrito, did you really experience San Diego? The city is famous for its Mexican food and has some of the most delicious burritos. Best Burritos in San Diego Best California Burrito: The California burrito is probably the most famous burrito in Southern California. A California...

SD Beach Barbecue Guide + BBQ Idioms in English
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SD Beach Barbecue Guide + BBQ Idioms in English

San Diego is famous for its beaches, but few students take advantage of the many facilities the beaches offer! Did you know that you can have a barbecue on many of San Diego’s beaches? Some even have barbecue pits for you to use. Check out our SD beach barbecue guide before organizing a trip with...

Food/Drink-related Countable AND Uncountable Nouns + Little Italy Coffee Shops
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Food/Drink-related Countable AND Uncountable Nouns + Little Italy Coffee Shops

Countable and uncountable nouns: what are they, and why are they important? Read on to learn about these two categories and discover some words that can be both countable and uncountable nouns . . . like the word “coffee.” Then learn about some of San Diego, Little Italy’s coolest coffee shops! Countable and Uncountable Nouns...

Weekend getaway: exploring Portland (+ some Portland slang!
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Weekend getaway: exploring Portland (+ some Portland slang!

Living and studying English in San Francisco or San Diego is a dream to many international students: the cities are alive with options for activities, festivals, shopping, eating, socializing . . . the list goes on and on! As great as SD and SF are, we encourage our students to see more of the U.S.:...

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...

SF’s SoMa “StrEat” Food Park + Ordering Vocabulary
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SF’s SoMa “StrEat” Food Park + Ordering Vocabulary

San Francisco is known as being a hub of cultures, so it comes as no surprise that you can find incredible food in the City by the Bay! But after checking out the clam chowder bowls of Pier 39, eating some chocolate from Ghirardelli, and trying some of the fusion restaurants in San Francisco, there’s...

The best SD Instagram accounts to follow + hashtag vocab
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The best SD Instagram accounts to follow + hashtag vocab

“Nowadays, social media is the easiest place to go to find something.” -David Nail Instagram isn’t just the place to post the perfect selfie: it’s an excellent tool for finding out what’s going on in your community! Check out these awesome Instagram accounts based in San Diego and enjoy the travel tips, restaurant recommendations, and...

San Diego burger joints + burger and toppings idioms
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San Diego burger joints + burger and toppings idioms

American food isn’t all about cheeseburgers and fries, but let’s be honest: the burgers and fries here are absolutely delicious! Sometimes you just need a classic cheeseburger topped with all the “fixings” (melted cheese, ketchup, mustard, crisp lettuce, onions, and tangy pickles) and some warm, crispy, and salty fries . . . and San Diego...