My EC Boston Experience – By Ray C. of Taiwan

Lap Quoc Luong of Taiwan (you may know him as Ray C) recently graduated from EC and will fly back to Taiwan today. Ray was a student here since March of last year and has gone from our Elementary level to Upper Intermediate. He served as a Student Ambassador and was well-known around the school for always planning fun dinners and outings for students, teachers and staff to take part in. He was also known for being a foodie and introducing everyone to good restaurants and unique dishes! We will truly miss his humor, energy and kindness around the school. Here is what Ray wanted to share about his experience at EC Boston, complete with a funny short story about an early experience trying to order a coffee in English at the local Starbucks. Enjoy!   I remember the first time I came to Boston. I couldn’t speak any English. I only knew the most basic words and expressions. I really appreciate the teachers at EC Boston for helping me. I’ve improved my English a lot. Coming here meant not just merely learning English. I have also made many friends who come from different countries. I’ve learned lots of interesting aspects of their cultures. I’m really delighted to have met them and I have had so much fun at EC Boston. I want to share about one of the funniest experiences I had in Boston with you. A few months ago, one day I woke up early because I had a morning class. That day, I was very tired so I needed a coffee. I went to Quincy Market to buy a coffee. This is what happened: Clerk: What is your name? Me: My name is Ray. Clerk: Sorry, what is your name? Me: My name is Ray. I also spelled out my name … Read more

Breaking News: EC Boston Fundraising Campaign!

  Breaking news: EC Boston has started the year READY to give back! Eight great students have volunteered to become part of this awesome project. Our objective = organize different activities and sell merchandising products designed by us to fund-raise money to send it to Care.org. Our money will be used to build a school!  The past weeks, we have been working very hard to create and prepare this beautiful campaign that will start next week! Come to our first activity next Wednesday, February 3rd to Dance for Charity: Hip Hop class for $5 with Jessica! Stay tuned for our February program! Let’s build a school together!! Learn more about English courses in the USA.

November in Boston!

What are you planning to do in November? Do you have plans for Tuesday, November 11th? It’s Veteran’s Day remember, so there won’t be any school. If you haven’t decided yet, I want to introduce some activities that you can enjoy.   The White mountains Have you ever heard about the White Mountains? They are located in New Hampshire and is well known for beautiful scenery. Especially watching fall leaves is one of the most famous events during autumn. Also, they have cable cars! If you are a person who doesn’t like to walk, you can use this cable car. It costs $16 round trip!   Apple picking Do you like apples? If you want to eat fresh apples, I recommend going apple picking. You can eat apples as soon as you pick them from the trees. In Massachusetts, there are some places that offer apple picking. Therefore, if you search a little bit you can find the place easily. Also, near there you can easily find food that includes apples like a apple cider, apple donuts, etc. I’m sure you would love it! Just try it!!   Ice skating! Those two activities that I mentioned before are a little bit far from the center of Boston. However, this activity is very close to our school. Have you noticed that Boston common has a pond? As the weather is getting colder, the pond is going to be an ice rink. They haven’t post the specific date yet, but normally it happens in the middle of November.  If you are a sporty person it would be a great experience! You can’t skate? No worries! They have lessons, so if you are interested in skating you can join the lessons! Are you ready to enjoy skating?   Written by Gayeong Lee, a Student Ambassador at EC Boston and a … Read more

Go Skydiving in Boston!

I went Skydiving two weeks ago. It was awesome and fantastic. I have never experienced anything like this ever! When my friends recommended this to me I was afraid. I asked my friend if she had done this before. My friend told me, “You have to go there!”. She explained this in such an exciting way that I decided to go there with my boyfriend. First, we couldn’t decide to buy the video and pictures of our jump or not buy? I bought only the video because I want to remember the whole thing and share my Skydiving. After that we took a class. That class was on how to fall down and to land on the ground to safely. Finally, we rode in small airplane. The plane could hold only five people. The pilot, my boyfriend, my boyfriend’s instructor, me and my instructor. After our departure, we could see the ground, sea and lake from the plane. Soon it was my turn to jump out of the airplane. At first, I couldn’t open my eyes and then when we were falling down our parachute was opening after that I could open my eyes. Next my boyfriend’s turn. As I was falling, I could turn and see everything. While I was falling down I didn’t want to land on the ground. It showed me such wonderful sights and all of it looks so small, so my feelings were like in the movie ‘Gulliver’s Travels’. I finally landed on the ground safe, but my boyfriends’ landing was terrible. He almost landed perpendicularly. He hurt his hips and stomach. We talked about how it was Skydiving. My boyfriend told me, “When you fell out of the airplane. You just looked like you disappeared so that made me afraid more. After, we wanted … Read more

Greenvironment Club at EC Boston

Greenvironment, which was set up by a few students and a teacher, Timothy. Having a meeting once a week, every Monday, we set out to consider recycling for environment that each person can do easily. As well, we research and find out how bad effects occur to environment when people do not care about recycling by throwing all garbage together into just one trash bin without any distinction, even if it could be recycled perfectly. Since I got interested in recycling by being one of the Greenvironment members, I’ve started to become conscious of some restaurants and cafes’ recycling systems and whether they have the recycling bins separate or not. Unbelievably, most of the restaurants and cafes where I visit haven’t considered it and they just had one trash bin, which was piled up with all kinds of trash in it. They did not care about it and seemed to be totally ignoring our world for their convenience and comfort. What I’ve seen of this situation has been really shocking as long as I have been aware of it. Thus, I thought I should recycle as a person at home, of course, and in EC Boston as well. The things that I can normally recycle are the plastic bottles, glasses and papers; in particularly, bottles and glasses should be rinsed out before being put into a bin and should not be with oil and organic things(food). I recognized that I should help the environment with consideration and responsibility for my world. Basically, the reason why I was able to change as a careful person about recycling is thanks to having been one of the members of Greenvironment. Before, we had an opportunity to make a presentation about our task. It’s about what’s going on in our world and what’s the … Read more

EC Boston Students go SKYDIVING!

On July 5th, I headed to the place where I could have skydiving in one of the commuter rail stations, the southern. Even though I was a little bit late, when I arrived in the place, fortunately there were a few EC students who were still waiting for their turn. Having spent almost a whole day; because there was not only our group but other groups as well that were waiting for having skydiving, my girlfriend and I took a small airplane which seemed to carry maximum four people including experts. When my expert told me that we were on 3,000ft from the ground, I looked breathtaking, tremendous view, particularly Cape Cod, one of the most famous coasts in Massachusetts. The shape of the Cape Cod seemed to be folding an arm like the shape of croissant. I can’t still stop thinking the great spectacle because it would be the first and the last chance for me to have skydiving with the beautiful view. While I was jumping down, it was the beyond description; although I couldn’t breathe in free fall and my goggle was almost taken off, it was the most exciting feeling I have ever had in my entire life. Furthermore, when my expert opened the parachute, I fully observed all the small lakes as well as tiny villages which looked like it was made of legos. While going down with the parachute, I thought that I had sometimes felt fear of heights especially when airplane was taking off or I looked down the ground from the skyscraping building. However, after achieving this challenging sport, I would say I almost got through the acrophobia; but frankly speaking, when I took some attractions located in the top of one of the skyscrapers, named Stratosphere, in Las Vegas, I extremely … Read more

Day-Trip Ideas from EC Boston Students

This week I wanted to do something different. So, I decided to go some different places. I had heard about New Hampshire, Rockport and the famous city of Salem. On Saturday, we went to New Hampshire, one of my friends has a car, so, we went with him. It was funny because we don’t know anything about what we can do there. But, when we were arriving to the gas station we saw a tourist information store. So, there we planned our day. Our first activity was Cannon Mountain. It is a cable car. It is awesome because you can find an exciting  ride for all ages. Also, you can see stunning views including New Hampshire, Maine, Vermont and Canada. We saw the Canada’s flag, it was so exciting for us! After that we went to eat, we eat in an spectacular hotel the name is Omni Mount Washington Resort. This is the most beautiful hotel that I ever see. It is huge, so elegant and familiar. The food was delicious. I hate salmon. It was amazing. Finally, our next stop was The Basin, we saw beautiful waterfalls. This is a perfect place to make a picnic. This is a perfect place to go one weekend because there are many activities to do. It is a perfect place if you want to enjoy the nature! On Sunday, I went with a friend to Rockport and to Salem. These villages are located in north Boston. We took the community rail, it is not expensive, we payed around $20 per person from Boston-  Rockport- Salem – Boston. You should pay attention when you are going to take the train, in our case we took the wrong train. Can you imagine? The worst thing was that I didn’t know until the first stop … Read more

Student Ambassador writes about Ramadan

What is Ramadan? Ramadan is the ninth month in an Arabic calendar during people fast whole the month. Fasting during Ramadan is a fourth panner in Muslim religion. Fasting means stopping eating. People stop eating from before the sun rises to sun set. Ramadan doesn’t only consider about stopping eating , people do many things specific in this month. Moreover,fasting is good for health. Fasting during Ramadan teaches people a great lesson. In Ramadan people pray too much,they don’t say bad words,and they design to help people who are poor and sick. People become charitable. Muslim families become closer to each other. For intreats,they invite each other to eat together. Ramadan is the greatest month because it reminds people what they have and makes them think about poor people. People love having Ramadan because it’s special month for every Muslim. They will get blessing and givens from God. People celebrate the end of the month which is called Eid. They should wear new clothes. They have a nice breakfast. Families visit each other. Older people give kids a small amount of money. Ramadan and Eid are special events to every Muslim in the world. Manal is an Academic Year student and a Student Ambassador at EC Boston.

Student Ambassador, Andrea, shares her experience in Boston

Hello guys! My name is Andrea Martínez. I am 25 years old. I am from Caracas, Venezuela. I studied Business and I have been working in an important National Company in my country. I came to Boston because I want to improve my English for my social and professional life. I am a friendly and kind person. I love to meet new people and new cultures. So, this is the most appropriate experience to do that. I have been in here for five months. This is a very important historical, beautiful and very well located city of United States. If you are in Boston or you would like to come here I would like to tell you about my favorite things here. First, Boston Public Garden, if you love the nature and animals you should go to this place. It was built in 1837. It is a magic and peaceful park. There you can see a lot of squirrels, lovely tulips, and many ducks around the park. Also, you can find the statue of Mrs. Mallard and her 8 ducklings. On the other hand, another of my favorite places is The Port. It is very famous because is near  Aquarium station. There you can take a lot of ships, boats for water activities. But, it is a big place, so, you can admire the ocean, stay relax and enjoy the view there. Second, I love the sea food and Boston is the best place to eat it. You can find around the city this kind of restaurant and almost are excellent. Here I found the best oysters ever. Finally, when you live here you have a lot of facilities to travel. I have been in New York, Salem, Rock Port, and New Hampshire. There are interesting places to visit and … Read more

Musicians in Boston

As part of a class project, Collete’s Pre-Intermediate class interviewed street performers. Here is one conducted by student Mini Li. Students love the interactive way our teachers teach English! Interesting fact: street performers and musicians in Boston must get a permit before they can take to the streets. Would you ever perform on the streets? What’s your hidden talent? Leave a comment! 🙂