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...

5 Fall Activities to Enjoy as an ESL Student in the U.S.
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5 Fall Activities to Enjoy as an ESL Student in the U.S.

“I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.”  -L.M. Montgomery, author of Anne of Green Gables Are you studying English in the United States during the fall? You are in for a treat!* Enjoy some of these American fall traditions! *in for a treat: an expression meaning you will experience something...

5 Things You Should Do in Your First Week as an International Student
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5 Things You Should Do in Your First Week as an International Student

Moving to the U.S. to study English is exciting, but it can also be a little scary! Follow these suggestions for the 5 things you should do in your first week as an international student at CISL San Diego or San Francisco and you will feel adjusted and comfortable in your new home in less...

English Capitalization Rules + A Trip to Sacramento, California’s Capital
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English Capitalization Rules + A Trip to Sacramento, California’s Capital

Do you know the basic English capitalization rules? Stick with these simple guidelines and you will understand the majority of the times that we capitalize something in English. Basic English Capitalization Rules The first letter of the first word of a sentence This basic rule is something we always follow in English. The thing I...

The 5 Best Sunset Views in SF + Sunset Color Vocab
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The 5 Best Sunset Views in SF + Sunset Color Vocab

California sunsets are one of the best things about living in this beautiful state. When you’re studying English in San Francisco, be sure to enjoy the sunset each evening! These locations offer the 5 best sunset views in SF. How amazing are the sunsets in California? Take a look on Instagram and you’ll see! Each...

Celebrating Mardi Gras in the U.S. + Mardi Gras vocabulary
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Celebrating Mardi Gras in the U.S. + Mardi Gras vocabulary

Mardi Gras is here! Are you celebrating? Both San Diego and San Francisco host incredible events for Mardi Gras, but before enjoying the parties, make sure that you know these Mardi Gras-related vocabulary words (and the traditions they are associated with). Celebrating Mardi Gras in the U.S. Mardi Gras Vocabulary  Fat Tuesday “Fat Tuesday” is...

Weekend getaway: exploring Portland (+ some Portland slang!
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Weekend getaway: exploring Portland (+ some Portland slang!

Living and studying English in San Francisco or San Diego is a dream to many international students: the cities are alive with options for activities, festivals, shopping, eating, socializing . . . the list goes on and on! As great as SD and SF are, we encourage our students to see more of the U.S.:...

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...