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...

YouTube Vocabulary + Awesome Videos of SD
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YouTube Vocabulary + Awesome Videos of SD

We can’t hide our excitement for San Diego. The stunning beaches, the sunny skies, the gorgeous Downtown, the trendy neighborhoods and the charming seaside towns . . . there’s a little of everything for everyone in SD! Just when we think we can’t get any more excited, we see beautiful footage of San Diego on...

Meet our CISL Pathway Partner, Palomar College!
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Meet our CISL Pathway Partner, Palomar College!

CISL’s Academic Pathways program provides English students the opportunity to attend a college or university in the United States (often, without taking the TOEFL or IELTS exam!). Today on the CISL Blog, we are interviewing Yasue O’Neill, the Coordinator of International Education at Palomar College in San Diego. Yasue is an excellent resource for international...

SD Gaslamp + “nightlife” idioms
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SD Gaslamp + “nightlife” idioms

Sure, San Diego is all about beaches and beautiful weather, but did you know that Downtown San Diego is home to a beautiful, historic, and exciting area called the Gaslamp Quarter? SD’s Gaslamp Quarter, called “The Historic Heart of San Diego,” is located just a few streets from CISL San Diego. The streets are lined...

Best bike routes in SD and SF + biking vocabulary
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Best bike routes in SD and SF + biking vocabulary

There are so many ways to enjoy nature and stay in shape while studying English at CISL San Diego or CISL San Francisco. From the running routes to the hiking trails to the yoga classes, there is always something to do that will keep you in shape! Another great way to exercise while you are an...

Paddleboarding in Mission Beach + “Paddle” Idioms
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Paddleboarding in Mission Beach + “Paddle” Idioms

“Always behave like a duck. Keep calm and unruffled on the surface, but paddle like hell underwater.” San Diego is a dream for water sports lovers: the warm weather makes it possible to enjoy the water longer than other parts of the U.S., and the city’s many beaches provide the perfect places to surf, bodysurf,...

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...

“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...

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,...

San Diego’s Comic-Con + Onomatopoeia
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San Diego’s Comic-Con + Onomatopoeia

If you’re a San Diegan, you know that July means more than just summer and beaches: it’s the month of ComicCon! What is ComicCon? This convention, held at the Downtown San Diego Convention Center, is the largest and most exciting convention of the year. Celebrities and fans come from all over the world to celebrate...