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victoriaWhat better way to spend Victoria Day than by taking a trip to the city named after the Queen herself? Victoria Day, sometimes referred to as May Long, or May two-four (important note, a two-four is also Canadian slang for a twenty four pack of beer) is Canada’s oldest state holiday and marks the unofficial start of summer for Canadians.

Victoria is a hop, skip and a jump from Vancouver, just over the Strait of Georgia, an easy trip by public transit or, alternatively, you could rent a car and drive with friends (make sure to reserve a space for your car on the ferry).

Famous for its historic sites and fabulous architecture, Victoria is known as ‘The Garden City’, whether you’re interested in Killer_Whale_near_Victoria_BCwhale watching, shopping, or just walking around the beautiful sea front, there’s no shortage of things to do in and around the city center. Take a trip to one of the many beaches and spend a day in the sun admiring the gorgeous views. Spend the evening indulging in a delicious meal followed by some awesome craft beer and relax in one of the many airbnbs that offer affordable and comfortable accommodation.

A trip to Victoria is a must-do for anyone staying in Vancouver, so gather your friends and get packing!

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2016-Cloverdale-Rodeo-Poster_March1This weekend there is a huge Rodeo and Fair in Surrey!

What is a Rodeo you ask? Well, it’s a competition where people ride horses and bulls to show off their cowboy skills! It’s a great opportunity to see the life of a cowboy! The Rodeo is held in Cloverdale, which is a bit far from Vancouver, but it’s totally worth it! This kind of event only happens once a year!

Events at the Rodeo include: Bareback riding, bull riding and barrel racing. Bareback riding is where people ride horses without saddles. They have to show how well they can ride a horse without a saddle. Bull riding is where a bull(male cow) tries to throw off contestants and they must stay on for as long as they can. Barrel racing is where a person must guide their horse around barrels as fast as they can. The fastest person wins! These competitions will remind you of wild west movies!

Even if you can’t go see the Rodeo events you can still have fun! There is a Fair where you can eat greasy food from food carts, ride things like the ferris wheel, and win prizes by playing games! It’s like a small amusement park set up for one weekend! There will also be events like free concerts, a Lumberjack show, pig races, and a fine art show! There’s also lots of vendors so you can buy cool things.

To get there, take the skytrain to Surrey Central. The 320 bus will take you to the Cloverdale Fairgrounds at 64Ave and 176st in Surrey. There will be special busses running all weekend to make it easy to get there!

Check out the website for more information about the rodeo. Here’s information about the events and the Country Fair!

Go have fun!

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Welcome to Vancouver! I hope you brought an umbrella! 15584152085_57ea5de245_b

While Canada is known for its long, cold winters and lots of snow, Vancouver is not. We do not get a lot of snow, unless you are on top of a mountain. However, it does rain. A lot. Spring, Summer, Fall or Winter, an umbrella or rain coat is a very important thing to have! Here are some things to expect of the weather when you come to Vancouver.

Be sure to have a rain coat and good shoes for when it rains. If you don’t, you will get very wet! Even in the summer, people in Vancouver are known to carry an umbrella, just in case.

When it rains, it rains a lot. It is common for it to rain all day in Vancouver. Sometimes, it rains for a week. Even if you come to Vancouver in the summer time, expect rain.

It rains the most in the Fall and Winter. From October to January, expect around 15 or more days of rain per month. In Summer, from May to September, it is good to expect at least 5 days of rain per month. This can be depressing, but there are a lot of things to do around Vancouver even in the rain!

If you plan on doing outdoor activities like hiking when it has been raining a lot, make sure to find out where you are going is open. Sometimes mountain trails close because of rain. If they are still open, be sure to wear boots to protect your feet from mud.

Because it rains a lot, Vancouver does not get as cold as the rest of Canada. Usually, in Winter, the temperature does not go below 0ºC, but it is still important to have a scarf, or gloves. A warm coat is still important for Vancouver winters. In the Summer, it is usually around 20ºC, but sometimes it goes up to 25-28ºC. Perfect weather for sandals and shorts!

5438110187_73b6049c27_b Right now in May, expect rain as well as sunshine. It is starting to warm up, but it is still important to have a coat. It is starting to rain less, but there may be more rain than you expect so it is a good idea to see what the weather will be like online.

While it may be sad to see only clouds, remember: the beautiful forests and mountains around Vancouver would not be as beautiful without all the rain.

We know you will enjoy your time in Vancouver even if the weather is wet!

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Welcome to May!Inlingua Vancouver - Activities Calendar - May 2016

The weather is starting to get warmer and we are excited for outdoor activities! This month brings our first BBQ of the season as well as many outdoor sports! Join us for soccer, and beach volleyball! These free activities are a great way to get exercise and to socialize with other students.

We also have many travel opportunities this month. Whale watching is an amazing way to see the beautiful coast of Vancouver and to see whales up close! We also have our Rocky Mountain tour or a trip to Whistler for those people who would rather get closer to our beautiful mountains.

If you want to participate these activities, be sure to register early! Space fills up pretty quickly.

Take a look at our May Activities Calendar for more!

 

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Free ice skating at Robson Square Ice Rink

Our students  ice skating at Robson Square Ice Rink.

Drinking hot chocolate, eating Christmas cookies and watching Netflix are great ways to keep warm during the winter however keeping active during the cold winter months is always better for one’s overall health.  Compared to other provinces in Canada, Vancouver’s winter months are pretty mild   so  you will find a lot of people out and about.

There are many outdoor activities to enjoy for every fitness level.   Skiing, snowboarding and snow shoeing  at one of the three local mountains, jogging around the sea wall, hiking  and even playing golf.  For those on a budget, I am happy to say that there are many free activities and events for you to enjoy– a favorite being ice skating.   Ice skating is a great winter activity that is  enjoyed by all age groups.  We   especially   look forward to ice skating at Robson Square Ice Rink which runs from  the beginning of December to the end of February.  Admission is FREE however if you do not have your own ice skates you can rent a pair for $4.IMG_6991

For many walking on ice  sounds challenging enough but be opened minded and take  risks.  You will never know unless you try.   Stop imagining yourself ice skating in the heart  of downtown Vancouver and come out and join us at Robson Square Ice Rink.

Don’t let the cold weather stop you from enjoying this beautiful city. Get out there and be active:)

 

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HAPPY NEW YEAR! To start the New Year off right, I want to share some important advice to prepare you for any future travel plans this year. Let’s get started with the basics.

 

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authorized toefl ibt centerWe are pleased to announce that inlingua Vancouver (Granville Campus), located Suite 300 – 816 Granville St. Vancouver, BC, Canada V6Z 1K3 is an approved ETS Certified Test Administration Site for the TOEFL iBT® Test.

For more information regarding ETS or the TOEFL iBT® test, please contact us at info@inlinguavancouver.com.

If you are interested in registering for the TOEFL iBT® Test, please visit www.ets.org/toefl/ibt/register.
For the latest information the TOEFL iBT® Test please visit the website www.ets.org/toefl.
For information about TOEFL iBT® practice materials, go to www.ets.org/toeflpractice and join the TOEFL® Practice Online community.

If you are interested in taking a TOEFL iBT® preparation course at inlingua Vancouver, please visit our website www.inlinguavancouver.com/programs/toefl or contact us at info@inlinguavancouver.com .

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english school esl student activities vancouver canada july 2015 calendarGet ready to see awesome firework shows on Canada Day (July 1st) and during Celebration of Light festival (on July 25, 29 and Aug 1). You might want to bring a picnic blanket and some snacks with you, as the shows will be very crowded and going there early to find a good spot might be a good idea. Make the most of it and practice speaking English while waiting for the shows!

Our outdoor activities will continue this month. Get some exercise and have fun while socializing with other English students at the soccer, beach volleyball, and cycling activities. Day trips to nearby cities and weekend tour to the famous Rocky Mountains are a must for the travel enthusiast ESL students. And of course, our famous school BBQ is a great way to relax, have fun, make new friends, socialize with the existing friends and English teachers.

Check out our July 2015 Activities Calendar to see more.

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inlingua_vancouver_english_students_conversation_classHave you ever wondered how does your brain process your language abilities when you speak in one language and not the other? Did you know that both languages are constantly active (readily available) when a bilingual person reads, hears, or speaks in one language?

Learning a second language reorganizes the entire language system in our brains! It is pretty amazing when you think about it.

It used to be believed that the activity of a person’s native language was present at the early stages of the acquisition of a second language. But now there is evidence that suggests activity of both languages when only one of them is in use, even when the person is very fluent in both languages.

This activity shows that a bilingual person acquires new cognitive skills (that engages also different parts of the brain that are not related to language) to use both languages, in addition to the skills related to the vocabulary, grammar, and the phonology of the new language.

Long term application of this knowledge seems to lead to excellent cognitive conflict resolution skills. Which is why it is not a surprise that the elderly bilinguals who have used both of their languages for many years are significantly more resistant to age related decline of mental skills.

Reference: www.apa.org/science/about/psa/2008/01/kroll.aspx

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Our Pathways Coordinator is organizing an education fair at inlingua Gastown campus on July 8th  from 1:30 to 3:30 pm. Six of our pathways partners will attend this fair: Royal Roads University, Thompson Rivers University, Capilano University, Vancouver Film School, Art Institute of Vancouver, Douglas College.

Each partner will have a student information booth setup in the pokies lounge where students can come and ask questions.

There will be some giveaways like free trips, inlingua gift items, as well as giveaways from the partners.

For more information about our Pathway Programs visit: inlinguavancouver.com/programs/upp

information booth with partner universities

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