2010 Young Learners Programme at EC Cambridge

After an incredibly successful ’09 summer for everyone on EC Cambridge’s Classic programme, it’s all systems go for 2010. If you want to be part of the fun, you can find all the information you need on our Young Learners programme here.  The summer programme begins on 20 June, but you’d better book soon if you want to guarantee your place. See you there!

Joke of the Day – Liver & Cheese

Three handsome male dogs are walking down the street when they see a beautiful, enticing, female Poodle. The three male dogs fall all over themselves in an effort to be the one to reach her first, but end up arriving in front of her at the same time. The males are speechless before her beauty, slobbering on themselves and hoping for just a glance from her in return. Aware of her charms and her obvious effect on the three suitors, she decides to be kind and tells them, “The first one who can use the words ‘liver’ and ‘cheese’ together in an imaginative, intelligent sentence can go out with me.” The sturdy, muscular black Lab speaks up quickly and says, “I love liver and cheese.” “Oh, how childish,” said the Poodle. “That shows no imagination or intelligence whatsoever.” She turns to the tall, shiny Golden Retriever and says “How well can you do?” “Um. I HATE liver and cheese,” blurts the Golden Retriever. “My, my,” said the Poodle. “I guess it’s hopeless. That’s just as dumb as the Lab’s sentence.” She then turns to the last of the three dogs and says, “How about you, little guy?” The last of the three, tiny in stature but big in fame and finesse, is the Taco Bell Chihuahua. He gives her a smile, a sly wink, turns to the Golden Retriever and the Lab and says…. Liver alone. Cheese mine.

Did you learn English at EC Cambridge?

Have you taken an English language course with EC Cambridge? Here’s a great chance to share your experience with other English students. Mylanguagetravel.com is a new website for language learners. The site lists language schools as well as comments from students. Time to tell the world about your wonderful time at EC Cambridge: http://www.my-language-travel.com/language-school/EC-CAMBRIDGE

Cambridge Examinations

Just a quick word about the Cambridge Exams. EC has the most students signed up for the ESOL Examinations out of all English Language schools in Cambridge. FCE: 11 students CAE: 25 students CPE: 6 students If anyone has any questions about their exams, please ask Madge or Natasha at the school building. Best of luck to all of you!

Cambridge – Quick Facts

Cambridge by the Numbers: Population: 120,000 ( city ); 130,000 ( metropolitan ) Elevation: 49 m / 161 ft Average Rainfall: 53 cm / 21 in Average Snowfall: 25 cm / 9.8 in Average January temperature: 2°C / 36°F Average July temperature: 16°C / 61°F Facts: Time zone: GMT Electricity: 240 volts AC, 50Hz; square three-pin plugs are standard Country code: +44 Area Code: 1223 3,000 bike were reported stolen between April 2005 and March 2006. Did you know? Cambridge University was established in 1209. King’s College Chapel, built by King Henry VI in 1446, is one of the University’s most impressive landmarks. One of the most famous rock’n’roll bands of all time formed in Cambridge: Pink Floyd. Syd Barrett was brought up in the city. Roger Waters, the other co-founder, later went to Cambridgeshire High School for Boys with him. You are not allowed to play tennis in the streets of Cambridge by law.

EC World Cup

As you all probably know, the EC Cambridge teams were not exactly the stars of the EC World Cup. Starting with the Cambridge A***Kickers, they, or should I say, we lost our first game 9-0 against London Galaxy (who, in all fairness turned out to be the champions). After that A***Kicking, we were too demotivated to even remotely try to score a goal. Cambridge Wolves did somewhat better… they ended up losing 9-2 againt London Galaxy, which wasn’t as bad as the A***Kickers at least. Cambridge Utd were the stars of Cambridge. They made it to the Semi-Final where they lost to London Galaxy with a score of 4-3. They then beat Brighton C with a score of 4-1 which put them into 3rd place. Well done to all for the great turnout and for your team spirit… (except for Cambridge A****Kickers who should be shamed of themselves 🙂

Quirky Collective Nouns

Some of you are learning about collective nouns here at EC English Language School. One of the many oddities of the English language is the multiplicity of different names given to collections or groups, be they animals, birds, people or things. Many of these collective nouns are evocative, and extremely clever. We should all know the common ones: like a parliament of rooks; a run of poultry; a herd of bison; a pod of dolphins; a colony of ants; a swarm of bees; a school of cod; a shoal of herrings; a tribe of natives; a cortège of mourners and many, many others. However, I’ve searched the internet and found some new, different, amusing and perhaps, funny quirky English collective nouns, which may make you smile: 1. A jam of tarts 2. A sentence of judges 3. A load of cobblers 4. An expectation of midwives 5. An annoyance of neighbours 6. A melody of violinists 7. An impatience of wives 8. A conflagration of arsonists 9. An illusion of magicians 10. A horde of misers 11. An exaggeration of fishermen 12. A yearning of yesterdays 13. A ponder of philosophers 14. A nucleus of physicists 15. A portfolio of stockbrokers 16. A flush of plumbers 17. A corps of anatomists 18. A bodge of DIYers 19. A scoop of journalists 20. A decanter of publicans