inlingua Vancouver is celebrating Women’s Day by empowering women of any age or ethnicity by teaching them English. English is the official language in 54 countries. Many more people in different countries speak English too, because it’s such an universal language.
Leaning English opens doors to new learning opportunities, to observation of being a woman in different cultures, to share their experience as a woman, in addition to the professional benefits of it. We want women from every country to have a say in what matters, and that’s why we are giving them the power of language, helping them to Speak English Now!
The Career Development Program (CDP) is targeted at young workers in the first few years of employment. They’re university grads, mostly in marketing, IT, engineering, hospitality management, who have come to Canada for a 1 year intensive language immersion program.
Vivian, one of our ESL students who was in CDP is talking about her work experience in Vancouver on the video below.
Let’s face it – English is a crazy language.
There is no egg in eggplant, nor ham in hamburger; neither apple nor pine in
English muffins weren’t invented in England or French fries in France.
Sweetmeats are candies while sweetbreads, which aren’t sweet, are meat.
We take English for granted. But if we explore its paradoxes, we find that quicksand can work slowly, boxing rings are square and a guinea pig is neither from Guinea nor is it a pig. And why is it that writers write but fingers don’t fing, grocers don’t groce and hammers don’t ham?
If the plural of tooth is teeth, why isn’t the plural of booth beeth? One goose, 2 geese. So one moose, 2 meese? One index, 2 indices?
Doesn’t it seem crazy that you can make amends but not one amend.
If you have a bunch of odds and ends and get rid of all but one of them, what do you call it?
If teachers taught, why didn’t preachers praught?
If a vegetarian eats vegetables, what does a humanitarian eat?
Good food can give you more energy, boost your mood, protect and improve your physical and mental health. All of these are important factors that influence your learning abilities. What are you doing to reach your peak performance to learn English?
Health Canada has some tools that can help you find out how much of what you need to eat.
Sandra’s suggestions for keeping up your English fluency after you leave inlingua Vancouver.
So you’ve had a great time learning English at Inlingua in Vancouver. You have made good progress but you are worried that you will forget what you learned. You have wondered what will happen when you go back home: Will you lose your English because you don’t have anyone to speak to? What can you do to keep improving your English fluency?
Here’s a list of things you can do:
Watch English movies with (or without ) English sub-titles; you can watch the same movie more than once so you can study the dialogue; choose a movie that’s fun, but also one that will teach you some English phrases that you want to be able to speak. Here are some sites that help you learn English using videos:
Voice of America (VOA) Special
English Study – http://www.manythings.org/e/voa.html (American English); check out tabs – “Listening & Speaking” and “Reading (with MP3)”; enhanced English on Youtube, too
TED talks – http://www.ted.com/talks (Very interesting topics for more advanced learners; even the teachers love to listen to TED talks!)
Start an English conversation group: get together with a group of people who all want to practice their English; meet at a coffee shop, tea house or someone’s home; choose topics in advance so you can prepare vocabulary and phrases in advance.
Stay in touch with friends you made at Inlingua using skype or other on-line resources, so that you can chat
in-person or on-line, and maybe even a video-chat!!
This year the Japanese Cultural Night will be in Gastown campus on February 3rd at 1:30 PM. The tickets are available ($5) from Serena or at the reception from Yoko and Linda. Experience Japanese Culture, food, and activities. Invite your friends, roommates, classmates too!