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Dear friends, agents, and students;

We are approaching maximum capacity for the summer months of May, June and July.

We still have space in August, for those students who want to enjoy Vancouver in the summer. September and on are fully open.

So we will soon need to stop new registrations for these 3 months, May, June and July, in 1 or 2 weeks.

New registrations in this period will be accepted on a “First come, first served” basis. We will unfortunately need to reject some applications soon.
New Students who postpone from May or June and want to start in July are not guaranteed a spot. They can start in August or later.
Current students who take a vacation in May will not be guaranteed a spot in June or July, unless their vacation was scheduled at the moment of registrations. We will accept vacations flexibly if the return date is in August or later. If the intended return date was in July, a spot is not guaranteed.

We still have space in August, for those students who want to enjoy Vancouver in the summer. September and on are fully open.

English students in Vancouver enjoying school BBQ at the beach

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It’s that time of the year again; spring has sprung and the school barbecues are happening!

Beach volleyball, soccer, sightseeing and shopping tours, biking, and many more fun activities are waiting for you this month!

What could be better than having so much fun? Only one thing can, which is having fun while speaking English with your friends, teachers, and classmates!

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April Activities Calendar is ready for English students! Stay in touch with our activities coordinator to receive the most recent updates and advice on what to do after school in Vancouver.

Spring blossoms, sunshine, sightseeing, ocean kayaking, soccer, Sun Run, Umbrella Dance, and more… April is such a great month when the city of Vancouver begins to show its pink, fragrant skin (spring blossoms), deep blue ocean during bright days and glittering city lights at night, and huge green parks full of new adventures!

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Do you know when you bring and when you take something somewhere? It can get confusing because the meaning of the two words are very similar. If the direction of the movement is towards the speaker, the word “bring” is used. “Take” is used if the movement is going away from the speaker.

Here are some examples:

  • Please take this note to your teacher when you go to school.
  • Can you bring me a cup of coffee on the way back from school?
  • I will take these books to a charity to donate them.
  • Will you bring your umbrella when we go for a walk today?
  • Can I take your sunglasses to the beach today? I will bring them back in the evening.

Do you want to try it yourself? See if you can find the correct answer:

  • I ____ a plate of cookies to my brother. Before he ate one, he asked if I could ____ the plate to his friend first, and then ____ it back to him after his friend had a few cookies.

Share it on Facebook if you found the correct answers!

 
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Accommodation in Vancouver is among our preferred services at inlingua Vancouver. Have you booked your spot at our Student House, or arranged your homestay with a Canadian family?

homestay for international English studentsThe Homestay families are very good. They are carefully selected among the families who take a genuine joy and interest in doing Homestay and are happy to have students in their homes. you will be placed in a house with a Canadian family, no more than 45 minutes from inlingua Vancouver campuses, and who speak English as their main language at home. We can guarantee that there will be no more students who speak your same language. You can enjoy meals at home because you will be one of the family members.


The Student House is fun, safe, and comfortable environment where you can make new friends who are also learning English. Currently there are two houses located conveniently for easy commute to school. There are rules and limitations, but the two most important rules of the house are speaking English and and having fun with friends.


For more information about accommodation in Vancouver for international English students, visit our website or connect with our student house and homestay coordinators on Facebook:

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Do you like poetry? Do you write poems? You will be surprised to find out that you can write pretty entertaining poems while practicing English. An easy way to come up with an idea is using patterns to create a pile of words, and then connecting those words in a meaningful way. It doesn’t have to be too logical, nor has to follow each grammatical rule because poetry is a form of art; but you do need to connect the meanings by tying the story together.

Here is an example to practice verb consistency by using it as a pattern. Tense confusion is something you should pay attention to when writing in English.

The sun rose
Knocked on my window
The sound woke me up
And I saw the light
Opened the window
Welcomed the shine inside
Wore it on my skin
Like a dress made of silk
Radiating the fragrance of spring

Are you ready to play and create your own poem? Try it, pick the first memory that comes to your mind now and create a fictional story starting from there. Feel free to share it (as a comment or on Facebook) if you write one!  🙂

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Are you tongue-tied when you try to speak English? Do you want to know how to gain confidence in yourself and speak fluently? Even people who speak it at more advanced levels have started from the bottom. Use their secrets for your success!

Putting the pieces together

One must take into account the different aspects that make their English better: knowing and choosing appropriate vocabulary, learning correct grammatical structures of sentences, clear pronunciation,  correctly placed phonetic accents, not to mention the pace and intonation. You must work on all of these points if you want to improve your spoken English.

Two-way process

When it comes to interacting with other people, it involves both speaking and listening. Pay attention to how the other person uses different strategies to communicate effectively with emphasis on certain words, expressions or paraphrases like “You know what I mean?” / “Do you agree?”.

It’s not just what you say…

Nonverbal communication is very important, even for native speakers. Use gestures, body language and facial expressions to accompany your words or emphasize what you say. And always study what the other person says with his body language.

Sing a song in English!

Music is an excellent way to improve your spoken English, practice rhythm of language and learn new expressions. Look up the lyrics of your favorite songs online and then sing along. You can also improve listening skills by writing down the song lyrics yourself instead of looking them up.

Take a chance!

You need to have a positive attitude to improve your English. Take every opportunity to practice. Talk to people at parties, help a tourist who seems to have been lost or simply answer questions that your teacher asks during English classes.

Think in English every day.

This is a good way to improve your speaking and you can practice anywhere, anytime. At home, you can talk to yourself while cooking food or doing chores. Try to describe what you see around when you are taking the transit. Recall what happened during the day before going to sleep at night.

Listen to your own voice.

You might not like hearing your own voice, but this is a very effective way to find out what you need to improve on your spoken English. Record yourself while you talk and then listen to the recording or get advice from someone who’s a native English speaker.

Keep a voice journal.

Record your voice diary in English every night instead of writing it down. At the end of the year you’ll remember the important things that have happened as well as track the progress you have made.

Learn English at inlingua Vancouver.

If you feel that you need more practice and want to interact with people who want to learn English as you do too, why not take an English course at inlingua Vancouver? It is one of the most prestigious language schools in Canada, and you can speak English from your first lesson. Plus you’ll make friends from different countries and enjoy your time in beautiful Vancouver; a clean, safe city with high living standards. It will be a pleasure having you at inlingua Vancouver! Do not miss this opportunity to learn English now.

Make English-speaking friends.

If you really want to learn English, you need to be with people who know how to speak this language. This does NOT mean that they have to be native speakers only. English is a language spoken by millions of people worldwide, mainly as a second language. Therefore learning to understand different accents is also important.

Experience the great advantage of learning English at inlingua Vancouver!

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The last ski and snowboard trips of this season will be during March. Make sure to sign up for these activities on announced dates to secure your spot. Sightseeing and shopping trips, hockey games, playing soccer, any many other activities will continue as usual this month. Speak English everywhere!

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Family Day, Valentine’s Day, Chinese New Year, hockey season, school trips and more… Who said winter is boring? Have a look at our upcoming ESL student activities and mark your calendars!

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We are celebrating Chinese New Year at the student lounge this Friday (February 8, 2013). Don’t forget to RSVP of Facebook if you are coming. The details can be found here: www.facebook.com/events/285459248248205/

Have you ever wondered why red is so popular among Chinese? The mythological stories might be the reason.

According to tales and legends, the beginning of Chinese New Year started with the fight against a mythical beast called the Nian. Nian would come on the first day of New Year to eat livestock, crops, and even villagers, especially children. To protect themselves, the villagers would put food in front of their doors at the beginning of every year. It was believed that after the Nian ate the food they prepared, it wouldn’t attack any more people. One time, people saw that the Nian was scared away by a little child wearing red. The villagers then understood that the Nian was afraid of the color red. Hence, every time when the New Year was about to come, the villagers would hang red lanterns and red spring scrolls on windows and doors. People also used firecrackers to frighten away the Nian. From then on, Nian never came to the village again. The Nian was eventually captured by Hongjun Laozu, an ancient Taoist monk. The Nian became Hongjun Laozu’s mount.

 

 

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