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...

Must-try SD foods + Food-related idioms
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Must-try SD foods + Food-related idioms

American is not just burgers: every CISL student knows this (although every CISL student knows where to get the best burger, too)! But aside from burgers, what should you eat when you’re studying English at CISL in San Diego? We have a list of student favorites. How many of these have you tried? And how...

Business English: Phrasal Verbs for Meetings
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Business English: Phrasal Verbs for Meetings

Phrasal verbs: they’re everywhere! These pesky verb + participle combinations find their way into everything . . . even business correspondence. Prepare yourself for the business world with these phrasal verbs that are commonly used before, during, and after meetings. Business English Phrasal Verbs for Meetings Note: some of these phrasal verbs have several meanings....

Business English: Expressions about working (and studying!) hard
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Business English: Expressions about working (and studying!) hard

We all work hard, but do you know how to express this in English? The following expressions are incredibly helpful for the ESL classroom and the English-speaking workplace. These are useful expressions to know if you are going to interview in English, but also great to use when talking about how much you study! Expressions...

Business English: Marketing Vocabulary and Expressions
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Business English: Marketing Vocabulary and Expressions

From surgeons to CEOs, we have had the pleasure of teaching students from many professional backgrounds in our CISL Intensive, Business, and Premier classes! Today on the CISL Blog we are looking at Marketing Vocabulary, which is something our business, advertising, and sales students need. As you can see, however, you don’t necessarily need to be...

“Thank You for Being a Friend” Lyrics and Vocabulary
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“Thank You for Being a Friend” Lyrics and Vocabulary

“By the way, I’m wearing the smile that you gave me.” -Unknown  It is important to be thankful, especially for those of us who are lucky enough to study abroad, make lifelong friends from other countries, and have the experience of a lifetime in California. As a reminder, we are looking at a classic American...

Useful Expressions and Vocabulary for CAE and FCE Speaking Part 1
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Useful Expressions and Vocabulary for CAE and FCE Speaking Part 1

At CISL San Diego and San Francisco, we are proud of how well we prepare our Cambridge ESOL (FCE & CAE) students: our wonderful teachers make sure that students have the language skills necessary to excel, and the numerous practice exams in our test preparation classes ensure that students completely understand the test requirements and format. Today we are looking...

Business English: Making Formal Requests
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Business English: Making Formal Requests

Many languages have a formal and informal way of expressing oneself. Do you know how to formally and politely ask for something? People who use English in business settings must do this often. Let’s take a look at some useful phrases to help you get your way.*  Making Formal Requests in Business English Would it...

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Visiting Old Town + English words with Spanish origins

Have you been to Old Town San Diego? If you are looking for a slice of San Diego history (with a side of tasty Mexican food), then this neighborhood is for you! According to the Old Town website, “Old Town San Diego is considered to be the “birthplace” of California. San Diego is the site of...

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Slang from the U.S. South + Delicious Southern food in SD and SF

CISL has written several articles on California slang and the California accent, American English vs. British English, and Northern California vs. Southern California slang . . . but we have never looked at one of the most well-known dialects in the U.S.: the South! Today we are looking at some Southern slang that is also...