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...

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...

Golf Expressions in English
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Golf Expressions in English

Do you love to golf? This sport is incredibly popular in English, so it is not surprising that there are many golf expressions in English. How many of these have you heard? English also uses many expressions from other sports: read our Sports Related Idioms for more information! Golf Expressions in English Above/below par Golf...

CISL Career English Student Tatiane Learns Marketing with an Event Planning Company
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CISL Career English Student Tatiane Learns Marketing with an Event Planning Company

With CISL’s Career English program, students practice their English in the CISL classroom and then spend time at an American company. At their host company, students practice English in the office, in meetings, and through writing emails and creating documents. The CISL Career English program is the perfect way to gain important language skills for...

Meet our Japanese Liaison, Joseph!
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Meet our Japanese Liaison, Joseph!

Did you know that CISL has a Japanese Liaison? CISL staff member Joseph is Japanese and lived in Japan for more than 25 years. Now, we are lucky to have him as CISL’s Assistant Academic Manager and official Japanese Liaison. We interviewed Joseph to learn more about his life, his Japanese family, and his job at...

“SO” + Adverbs and Adjectives (+ Things that are “SO” San Diego)
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“SO” + Adverbs and Adjectives (+ Things that are “SO” San Diego)

In the English language, we use the word “so” in several different ways. Each way allows us to speak with more emphasis; some uses of the word “so”  are more typically “Southern Californian” than others. Learn the most common ways of using the word “so” here! “SO” + Adverbs and Adjectives (and Things that are...

Bodyboarding vs. Surfing (+ Surfing Vocabulary and Slang)
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Bodyboarding vs. Surfing (+ Surfing Vocabulary and Slang)

Surfing is a way of life in California, so it is no surprise that surfing vocabulary and slang are parts of the language on the West Coast! We are providing an infographic from Finbin (a website about water sports) about the bodyboarding vs. surfing debate. Do you know the difference? Have you tried both, and if so,...

Omitting “That” in Relative Clauses + 10 Fascinating Facts about SD
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Omitting “That” in Relative Clauses + 10 Fascinating Facts about SD

We all know that San Diego is famous for its stunning beaches and amazing weather, but the city is also impressive for many other things! Before studying English at CISL in San Diego, check out these 10 fascinating facts about SD. They give you a fun look at what makes America’s Finest City so great!...

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...