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...

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...

“Heat” Expressions in English + Water Parks in California
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“Heat” Expressions in English + Water Parks in California

The weather is heating up, but in California there are plenty of places to cool off! In addition to exploring California’s many beautiful beaches, lakes, and rivers, CISL students have the option of enjoying some of the world’s best water parks. Check them out: but first, learn some expressions with “heat!” Expressions with “Heat” In...

Top U.S. majors for Pathway students
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Top U.S. majors for Pathway students

Are you considering getting your degree from a U.S. college or university? With programs like CISL’s University Pathway, you easily can! First, you attend CISL classes and complete Converse’s rigorous English for Academic Purposes program to make sure that you have the English skills necessary to succeed in the American university classroom. Then, you work...

5 Golden Gate Bridge Facts + Idioms with “bridge”
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5 Golden Gate Bridge Facts + Idioms with “bridge”

It’s a world famous landmark, #1 on Trip Advisor’s list of “Things to do in San Francisco,” and it’s the undisputed symbol of SF. The Golden Gate Bridge is special for so many reasons! But did you know these facts about the most famous bridge on the West Coast? 5 Golden Gate Bridge Facts It’s...

5 Business Idioms for New Employees + Ways to connect in SD and SF
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5 Business Idioms for New Employees + Ways to connect in SD and SF

The business world is the world of idioms: from sports related expressions to idioms about financial problems, office conversations are filled with phrases and expressions English learners quickly pick up! If you are a new employee (or, if you are a CISL Career English student and are spending time at an American company), the following...

Idioms about “Importance” for TOEFL, IELTS, and Cambridge CAE and FCE
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Idioms about “Importance” for TOEFL, IELTS, and Cambridge CAE and FCE

Are you planning to take a proficiency test (like IELTS or TOEFL or Cambridge FCE/CAE)? If so, your writing, reading, speaking, listening, and grammar skills will be tested. But what exactly is an examiner looking for, and how can you improve your score? One of the most important things that you can do is learn to...

5 Positive Idioms + Places in SF that make us happy
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5 Positive Idioms + Places in SF that make us happy

Are you a “glass half full” or a “glass half empty” type of person? In English, we ask this question to find out if a person is more positive or more negative. Regardless of your tendency to be more or less positive, these idioms about hope and positivism are incredibly useful! Five Positive Idioms Every...

What to Pack for CISL’s Berkeley Juniors Program
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What to Pack for CISL’s Berkeley Juniors Program

Are you coming to California to study English at one of our camps for teens, such as our program at UC Berkeley? If so, you’ll soon need to start preparing for your trip by doing some packing! (And maybe a little shopping, which we all know is the best “homework!”) Our packing guide includes the...