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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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TED 2014 logoVancouver will be hosting TED conference on March 17-21, 2014. The world’s intellectuals and thinkers will be watching and participating in this event. The greatest minds will present “ideas worth sharing”, as they put it. It will be a unique event to celebrate TED’s 30th anniversary. The tickets are very hard to get, but the registration for TED 2014 events will open on Monday, February 11, 2013.

It seems that Vancouver is a hoping to keep hosting the annual TED conferences until 2020.

You can volunteer to translate TEDTalks to your own language if you are confident with your English.

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inlingua Vancouver staff is welcoming you to a great year in 2013!

We speak English only at school, but if you need assistance in your own language before coming here, or if you run into any problems that we can help in Vancouver, our team is happy to provide you assistance in your own language. You can contact us by phone, by email, or some of us through Facebook. Our Facebook Page is an open community where you can reach us for casual topics, non-urgent questions, or to share your photos, stories, ideas with us.

Visit our website for our contact details. Here you can find some contact details below the image:

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Juan Palacio (email) – Executive director (marketing support for all markets / main contact for Saudi agents and Saudi Bureau).

Nory (email)– Director and accommodation coordinator.

Izumi (email)– Marketing director for Japan and Taiwan.
Facebook: www.facebook.com/izumi.hance

Sujin (email)– Marketing director for Korea.
Facebook: www.facebook.com/sujin.inlinguavancouver

David (email)– Marketing director for Brazil, Colombia and Venezuela.
Facebook: www.facebook.com/dsmeke12

Nancy (email)– Marketing director for Mexico, Latin America and Spain.
Facebook: www.facebook.com/nancy.inlinguavancouver.3

Maria (email)– Marketing director for Russia, CIS region and Eastern Europe.
Facebook: www.facebook.com/100004100840566

Junior (email)– Online Marketing & Brazilian Counseling
Facebook: www.facebook.com/junior.vancouver

Ana (email)– Online Marketing & Counseling in Spanish
Facebook: www.facebook.com/ana.atinlinguavancouver

Jane (email)– Social Media Marketing, Graphic Design, and Marketing Support.
Facebook: www.facebook.com/janedenizmen

inlingua Student House (email)
Facebook: www.facebook.com/InlinguaStudent.House

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You can download the inlingua Vancouver ESL Activities Calendar for January 2013. Every day is an opportunity to speak English!

inlingua Vancouver ESL Student Activities - January 2013

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inlingua Vancouver will be closed from December 24, 2012 until January 2, 2013. We will be open again on January 2nd.

We wish you a Merry Christmas and a fulfilling, happy New Year in 2013. Enjoy the holidays with your friends, relatives, and loved ones.

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You can download the inlingua Vancouver ESL Activities Calendar for December 2012. Every day is an opportunity to speak English!

inlingua Vancouver ESL Student Activities - December 2012

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