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...

San Diego burger joints + burger and toppings idioms
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San Diego burger joints + burger and toppings idioms

American food isn’t all about cheeseburgers and fries, but let’s be honest: the burgers and fries here are absolutely delicious! Sometimes you just need a classic cheeseburger topped with all the “fixings” (melted cheese, ketchup, mustard, crisp lettuce, onions, and tangy pickles) and some warm, crispy, and salty fries . . . and San Diego...

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...

5 ways to unwind in SD + words for relaxing
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5 ways to unwind in SD + words for relaxing

After a long day of studying English at CISL, you need to relax a little . . . and the laid-back California culture is perfect for doing so! Here are some suggestions for ways to unwind: but first, five words for relaxing to use as you talk about this important part of a study/vacation. Five...

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...

Suggested reading for ESL students (+ the beautiful new SD Library!)
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Suggested reading for ESL students (+ the beautiful new SD Library!)

Downtown San Diego is known for its beautiful Coronado and Bay views, gorgeous Petco Park, (home of the Padres baseball team: go Pads!), its exciting Gaslamp District filled with restaurants and bars, and . . . the library. The library? Well, San Diego’s new central library might not be something that the city is “known”...

Top Reasons to Study English in Beautiful California
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Top Reasons to Study English in Beautiful California

Are you thinking of studying English in California? The state’s laid-back culture, beautiful beaches, and amazing weather are of course appealing . . . but what else makes California so special? We asked some of our California natives and then compiled a list of some of their favorite things about living in The Golden State....