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Learning English, meeting people and having fun at CISL!

By Dianne Kuijs, The Netherlands (CISL San Diego Student) After all the preparations, the journey to San Diego, and all the first impressions of the city, I began my lessons at Converse International School of Language (CISL) last week. Although I was already settled in San Diego, as I walked into the building of CISL...

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Feeling at Home in a New City, San Diego!

By Linda Sintniklaas (CISL San Diego Student) After a rollercoaster of emotions and events and 15 hours of travelling you finally arrive in America, at San Diego Airport. Wow, was what I thought, I’m in America. After all the preparations that have been made I’m finally here and it feels good immediately. In the central...

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Can I Survive Language School?

By CISL SD student, Dianne Kuijs (The Netherlands) Do you like adventure? Do you like getting in touch with people from many different countries and cultures? Have you always wanted to learn English or wanted to improve your English? If you answered yes to any of these questions then I have the golden tip for...

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SHOPPING in San Diego, California

By CISL San Diego student, Nicolas Sayo (France) If you are a shopping addict or if you just like shopping, San Diego is the ideal place. There are clothes for everybody : fashionistas, bargain hunters,  sportsmen, etc… San Ysidro, 40 minutes south of San Diego by trolley, is my favorite shopping destination. San Ysidro, just...

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Balboa Park: a natural place in the center of San Diego

If there is one place where one could linger for several days, it’s here: the 490 acres of Balboa Park are home to fifteen museums, an art colony, theaters, restaurants, clubhouse botany, zoo A field of “petanque” on grass and a plethora of buildings with various architectures, which blends Spanish baroque, southwestern and traditional contemporary...

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VANTAGGIO: Converse student residence

It is the place where the students normally sleep during the travel.You have a suite with everything you need (shower, microwave, fridge…). The place is very well located in Little Italy very close to downtown, the center of the city and Converse. There are more than 300 students so it is very easy to meet people from all the...

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CISL San Francisco – blog entry by Isabelle (France, Premier Course)

To Wanda, “I’m sorry, I haven’t done my homework”… What is my excuse today? After three days, I’m still feeling jetlagged or maybe I should look for another explanation of being tired. As a matter of fact, I attend class all day long and in the evening I run to meet Bill and participate in...

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CISL San Francisco – blog entry by Jinny (Korea, Premier Course)

In our school activity, I went to the Castro theater to watch the primier of “Alice in Wonderland”. This was the first time that I went to an old style movie theater where an organist plays the organ before the movie starts. And I also saw a lot of people who dressed up in costume....

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CISL San Francisco – blog entry by Jose (Spain, Level 7)

The day I arrived in SF, I was nervous because I hadn’t practiced my English for a long time. I had to speak with a police officer when I arrived at the airport, so I was afraid about having difficulties understanding him. It was surprising when the officer talked to me in Spanish, and the...

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CISL San Francisco – blog entry by Ah Young (Korea, Level 8)

This story happened the first week I came to San Francisco. The first time I went to an American restaurant for brunch, I looked over the menu and just selected an item which included eggs. I thought it was done but the waitress asked me “How do you want them?” All I know about cooking...