Football at Cape Town Stadium: Ajax Cape Town vs Free State Stars

On Wednesday 23 October students went to a soccer match, Ajax Cape Town against Free State Stars in the Cape Town stadium. Ajax Cape Town is a South African football club based in the Parow suburb of the city of Cape Town that plays in the Premier Soccer League. Dutch Eredivisie club AFC Ajax is the parent club and acts as the majority shareholder which is why a lot of supporters were wearing beanies/caps and shirts of Amsterdam. We met with the students at 6 o’clock in front of the school since the game would start at 19:30. From the school we walked to the stadium – which is only 15 minutes from the school – on the ‘Fan Walk’ . When we arrived at the stadium it wasn’t that busy and so didn’t have to wait in a queue. Before we went to our seats we first bought some vuvuzela’s, beer, donuts and hotdogs aka the complete package for a soccer match! Luckily the school booked us some tickets nicely in the middle of the stadium so we had a nice view of the match. On our right were the real die-hard fans of the Urban Warriors (Ajax Cape Town). They were all in Ajax shirts and one guy was even dressed up as Ajax. The whole stadium was filled with sounds of the vuvuzela’s, which gave a nice touch to the atmosphere. Then it was 19:30, time for the game to start. It started with a lot of action, the first attack of Ajax almost ended in a goal already. But we didn’t have to wait long before the first goal was made. A defensive slip allowed Telinho to profit after just 14 minutes as Ajax ended a streak of five league matches and a cup game without … Read more

My First Week At EC!

Romina began her 8 week General English course last week Monday 14 October and recounts her first week at EC Cape Town: “Unfortunately I only stayed in this class for one week. Last Tuesday was my first day but I didn’t get nervous because my classmates welcomed me like one of them. Although I was new I was part of the class. Immediately they integrated me. Last Friday my classmates had the pleasure of receiving their results of a test they wrote. Everyone passed and would go one level higher next week. Congratulations for them! Well done! Because I just arrived last week, I didn’t have to write the test. That’s the reason why I have to stay in this level and can’t move on like the rest of my class. For that, I’m a little bit sad because we were such a good class. Why were we? The class was always like a team who held each other together and tried to help each other in every situation. Because of that nobody had to be shy and could be herself/himself. If you had a question you could ask someone all the time. By the way I was very glad to be the only Swiss in the class. So I didn’t have the opportunity to speak German or Rätoromanish. That’s also one of the reasons Why I could improve my English just after one week. Another reason is of course the friendly and funny teachers that we had. They taught us so well that the lessons were interesting all the time. Because of thus, I liked to go to school and I was always listening to them during the lesson. All these things, especially the teamwork helped me to learn a lot. Usually I have to feel good if I … Read more

“Eid” from Taiwanese eyes

Yesterday, I shared Murat Koç’s piece, A Taiwanese guy…from a Muslim eye where he wrote about his friend, Yank Lai from Taiwan. Murat was touched by his friend’s gesture of taking time off school to celebrate this auspicious day with his Muslim friends. Today, I present Yank’s story! Also an AY student, he has proven to be quite the popular one with both staff and students at EC Cape Town. Always respectful and polite, Yank is a shining example of an EC student – yet another young gentleman who is succeeding in a global community. Enjoy his piece and as always, please feel free to leave your thoughts and comments. Enjoy! ~Sheetal Makhan / AYC “Eid” from Taiwanese eyes by Yank Lai Muslim people have two Eids in a year, one was named Eid Al-Fitr, another one was named Eid Al-Adha. They are two of the most important celebrations in Islam. I would like to share my experience of joining Eid Al-Adha. In Eid Al-Adha, all the Muslim people of around the world traveled to Makkah, that is holy place for Muslims in Saudi Arabia. Muslims have to pilgrimage to Allah once in their life . This kind of worship to Allah is for six days. They sacrifice sheep, cows or camels for Allah and slaughter them. After slaughtering, they divide their meat to eat, to give neighborhood or friends, and also donate to poor people . I haven’t had any Muslim friends before I came to South Africa . So, I didn’t know anything about Muslim celebration. My friends of EC are from different countries like Turkey, Libya, Palestine and Saudi Arabia and they are all Muslim. On the day of Eid, I got up so early. I knew Muslims were used to wear white dress for specific days. So I … Read more

Devils Peak Hike with Mark

Last Saturday 19 October students joined me for a hike up Devils Peak. The turnout for the Devil’s Peak hike was better than expected, seeing as it was arranged for a Sat morning… usually a ‘post party/recovery’ day. We made our way to the start of the trail, courtesy of 2 taxis and embarked on our ‘EPIC’ journey. The ascent up ‘Saddle Ridge trail’ was taking it’s toll and this was 15 mins into the trail. I soon had to help some students by encouraging them, very vocally, needless to say. The ascent was gradual but taxing. After about 30 mins we decided to stop off and have short break whilst waiting for some of the ‘stragglers’. Once they caught up we carried on up the ‘Ridge’. The trail was extremely popular that day as we encountered many outdoor enthusiasts, stopping them frequently with the inevitable question… “How much further?” As we finally got to the top of ‘Saddle Ridge’ we were ¾ of the way there. After a 15min lunch stop, we tackled the last uphill stretch. Most of the students were in high spirits as we summitted the ‘Peak’. The view from the top of ‘Devil’s Peak’ was awe-inspiring, magnificent, incredible, unbelievable and picturesque to say the least. It offers you a 360° view of Cape Town. What seemed like 100’s of photo-ops later and many questions answered by ME, we made our way back. We arrived safely at the car park, albeit lots of sore legs later. Here’s looking forward to the next ‘EPIC’ adventure! – Mark, teacher

A Taiwanese guy…from a Muslim eye

At EC Cape Town, we encourage our students that the bulk of their English learning will actually happen outside the classroom. While teachers merely provide the “tools” to students, it is ultimately up to them to use it correctly. Traveling to a foreign country to study English comes with unlimited possibilities and opportunities. Choosing to study at EC Cape Town gives students a taste of what it really means to live in a “rainbow nation”. Last week, our Muslim students celebrated Eid-ul-Adha (Festival of Sacrifice). A few teachers and students took the day off to observe this auspicious day which is celebrated by millions around the world. It was wonderful seeing everyone in such joyous spirits! For some, it was the first time having to celebrate away from their family. It always warms my heart to see students gravitate towards each other and create their own “home away from home.” AY student, Murat Koç from Turkey voluntarily gave me this piece of writing, where he shares his experience not only of celebrating Eid, but doing so with a friend of a different faith. I was so touched by it, because it truly captures what we at EC Cape Town strive for – encouraging our students to open their minds and evolve. This is a wonderful example of EC students succeeding in a global community! Enjoy and please feel free to share your thoughts/comments. ~Sheetal Makhan / AYC A Taiwanese guy…from a Muslim eye by Murat Koç Seeing and experiencing something for the first time always teaches us how people have different cultures and sometimes there is no distance. I was born in Turkey which has a 90% Muslim population. Coming to South Africa was the first time I left Turkey. To live within a mostly Muslim community has made me … Read more

French Electro vs Angolan Kuduru

From time to time, we get to catch a glimpse into some of our student’s talents. Two students who are quite hush about this are Chancy from Gabon and Denilson from Angola. It was discovered at our Valentine’s party in February this year that Chancy is extremely talented in break dancing. During an AY tutorial with Denilson, I found out that he dances Kuduro, an Angolan dance that originated in the 1980s. I invited the two young gentlemen to give a presentation about these dances. On Thursday, 17 October, both did an excellent job describing their dance styles and also gave a demonstration of each. Congratulations, Chancy and Denilson! Do you have any special talents or something you’re passionate about? If you’d like to share it with your peers, come and speak to Sheetal in the Academic Office (5.9) about giving a presentation. ~Sheetal Makhan / AYC

EC Staff join The Colour Run

On Saturday, 19 October a few of EC Cape Town staff members took part in The Colour Run (AKA “The Happiest 5k in the Planet“). Our team, aptly named “Orange All Stars” brought their best game to Sea Point Promenade bright and early and off we went. 5km went by like a breeze, but one wouldn’t expect anything less when you’re walking “The Happiest 5k..” with such great people. The Colour Run is not a race, but an event that celebrates “Healthiness. Happiness. Individuality.” The only two rules that participants should adhere to are: 1. Arrive in white. 2. Leave splashed in colour. …piece of cake! Before the race even began, people found themselves in the midst of a colour storm. The Colour Run is a wonderful initiative that promotes fitness and general well-being. While one feels that they’re getting a good work out, they’re doused with various colours (after every kilometer or by their group members) which ultimately results in fits of laughter and merriment all ’round. Did you know? The concept of throwing colours originates from Holi, a Hindu festival consisting of fun, music, dance and rainbows of bright colours. The annual festival is celebrated the day after the full moon in early March, a time for spring harvest  in India. During this time, everyone has a license to to relax and behave in a manner that isn’t usually considered “acceptable” like dunking family, friends and colleagues in pools of colour! At this time, race, religion and creed no longer exist and everyone is considered to be of an equal status. ~Sheetal Makhan / AYC

Slave Lodge

Students in Chimonay’s Pre- Intermediate visited the Slave Lodge, which was built in 1679 by the Dutch East India Company, and housed thousands of slaves between 1679 and 1811. Students learned about the long history of slavery in South Africa as well as viewing fascinating historical displays on the Cape on exhibition This is what some students had to say about the excursion: 1) This museum was beautiful place because It talks about history of slavery in South Africa. 2) This bulding was renamed to “slave lodge” in 1998 – Abdalrauf “Actually, I don’t know what can I say, but I’ll tell you I enjoyed yesterday. At first time I was affected by dizziness espicially when I entered the small part (area) that had 5000 slaves. It was difficult for me” – Entesar “I learned in the past there were some people controlled of other people and work for them as cleaner. So there were two kind of people in the past: just poor people and rich.” – Sawsan Omar “Yesterday we went to slave lodge museum to learn about history of S.A and effect of slavery in society. On the other hand it was a learning trip. One of the main advantages of this kind of trip is that we can study better than in the class. I’ve studied before about slavery but this museum helped me to learn more.” – Neda “It was so nice! I think that is a good idea to learn the language and learn the story of South Africa! Thank you for the experience!” – Fawzi

The Differences Between Luanda and Cape Town

Surely they are different cities, in terms of name, and hour, and languages and traditions and cultures. But both of them are cosmopolitan cities. So you will find more than 5 different cultures. The streets in Cape Town are bigger than in Luanda, it might be because Cape Town is also bigger than the Luanda. We don’t have many touristic spots in Luanda, but this is not the case in Cape Town. Some facts about Luanda: –          Every Friday there are parties in Luanda. So for those who love chilling, this is the right city for you. –          It is an expensive city, it means that when go to there make sure that you have enough money to survive –          Beware with the thief of course –          It is not so clean as people think –          The official language is Portuguese, but some people speak French, Arabic and English. In Cape Town you can have fun but both cities are good and I do recommend people to go there! Join EC Cape Town South Africa English school and study in one of the world’s most stunning locations- Cape Town! EC Cape Town is in the heart of the city, not far from all the action and attractions, with a view of Table Mountain from many of the classrooms!

Great Inventions To Make Life Better!

Students in Linda’s Intermediate class had to think of daily tasks and create an invention to make life easier or better Mohammed from Iran came up with a product called ‘Genius Gen’ which promises, after one injection, to make your memory better so that you can study effectively and also remember numbers- the latest in genetic engineering! Why is this product great? Because he can “save your time! Because we know time is money” Hajer & Yasmin from Libya invented the ‘Smart Cooker’ which allows you to cook a meal with no effort at all! All that is needed is to place all the ingredients in your ‘Smart Cooker’, select your type of meal and the time it needs to cook and wait. While you wait Hajer & Yasmin recommend relaxing, walking on the beach, or even taking the ‘the longest shower you could have..ever’! They add that the best thing about the product is that it will also clean itself 🙂