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...

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...

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...

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...