Classic American Hot Weather Desserts + Idioms with “Cool”
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Classic American Hot Weather Desserts + Idioms with “Cool”

What are you going to do to beat the heat this summer? You can of course cool off by visiting any of California’s beautiful beaches, surfing, canoeing down the Russian River, escaping to the mountains of Lake Tahoe, or cooling off with some tasty, classic American desserts. How many of these have you tried, and how many of...

Idioms with “wave” + SD’s Wave House
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Idioms with “wave” + SD’s Wave House

Since sunny SD is synonymous with sunshine and beaches, it’s time we dedicated a post to the word “wave” and  some of its many idioms! A post about waves wouldn’t be complete without mentioning one of the coolest places to catch a wave in San Diego: Mission Beach’s Wave House! Do you know these idioms with “wave?” And have...

Must-try SD foods + Food-related idioms
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Must-try SD foods + Food-related idioms

American is not just burgers: every CISL student knows this (although every CISL student knows where to get the best burger, too)! But aside from burgers, what should you eat when you’re studying English at CISL in San Diego? We have a list of student favorites. How many of these have you tried? And how...

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St. Patrick’s Day inspired drinks you should know + Irish expressions

There’s Guinness, there’s a glass of whiskey . . . but there are also plenty of Irish inspired cocktails that you should try this month! Have you sampled these tasty drinks? St. Patty’s Day Inspired Drinks Irish Coffee Irish whiskey, hot coffee, and brown sugar syrup are combined and then topped with whipped cream. Drink...

Grammar Lesson of the Month: Three Word Phrasal Verbs + Things to Look Forward To While Studying English at CISL
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Grammar Lesson of the Month: Three Word Phrasal Verbs + Things to Look Forward To While Studying English at CISL

It’s Phrasal Verb February! To “celebrate,” we are taking a look at three-word phrasal verbs that are commonly used in English. What is a three-word phrasal verb? To understand, we must first look at “regular” (two-word) phrasal verbs. Phrasal verbs most often follow this construction: verb + particle Examples: I decided to take up surfing while...

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Common English Prefixes + the best places to start your day in SD

January is coming to an end, but we are still thinking about beginnings: specifically, the beginnings of words, and how we begin our days while living and studying English in beautiful San Diego. Learn all about prefixes, and enjoy our suggestions for ways to begin your day while studying at CISL! What is a prefix,...

Visit Santa Barbara! (And learn some Cali slang)
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Visit Santa Barbara! (And learn some Cali slang)

The road trip possibilities for a CISL San Diego or San Francisco student are endless! From crazy Las Vegas to relaxing wine tasting in Napa, there is always something fun to do in beautiful California. Today we are looking at one of the most stunning places in the state: Santa Barbara. It’s good enough for...

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Slang from the U.S. South + Delicious Southern food in SD and SF

CISL has written several articles on California slang and the California accent, American English vs. British English, and Northern California vs. Southern California slang . . . but we have never looked at one of the most well-known dialects in the U.S.: the South! Today we are looking at some Southern slang that is also...