Pokémon Go London

  By now, you must be familiar with Pokémon Go, the latest Pokémon game for iOS and Android that uses VR (virtual reality) and real life locations to allow players to catch ‘em all. Here in London regular Pokémon are everywhere but one can also find many rare Pokémon, but you have to know where to look! Here are the top spots to find rare Pokémon in London. The Tower of London is one of the top places to find Pokémon, people have found Koffing, Tentacool, Hitmonlee, Sandshrew, Polywhirl, Dragonite. If you are on the way to the London Zoo, stop by a Regents park where you could be in luck with catching a Snorlax, Machop, Geodude, Mankey, Kabuto, Koffing. Forget about looking at the real animals in the zoo because you can catch a Electabuzz, Beedrill, Dratini, Doduo, Rhyhorn or Horsea instead at the London Zoo. Come for the touristic appeal, stay for the Pokémon. There are plenty of Magmar, Gastly and Horsea at Hampton Court Palace. The Shard is another main attraction in London where players can find an Abra, Magnemite and Seel. The ArcelorMittal Orbit in London’s Olympic park has been marked as the perfect spot to catch a Slowpoke, Jynx and even a Charmander! So go ahead and explore London, catching Pokémon and meeting fellow players. By Intern Lexi Gatt If you’d like to improve your English, check out the courses we offer at EC LONDON 30+

What is Sport and Exercise Psychology?

It’s almost impossible to watch a sporting event these days without someone mentioning confidence or motivation or mindset! Sport Psychology is becoming more accepted in mainstream sport, let’s find out why… Sport Psychology is the study of people’s behaviour, thoughts, emotions and experiences in a sport or exercise environment. It focuses on 2 distinct areas depending on the needs of the individual concerned: improving performance and improving well being. Generally we focus on one or the other with clients but there are occasions where the two crossover eg; managing one’s emotions can potentially lead to better decision making in competition or better reactions to mistakes = improvement in performance. This can also help to alleviate feelings of disappointment, frustration or anger at a performance which may cross over into life away from sport = improved well being. “Your your emotions affect your decision making…” How will Sport Psychology help me? Sport psychology is an individual process and every person’s needs differ. There is always development and improvement which can be made at any level of sport, whether amateur or professional. Sport psychology can help to see your sport and your performance from an objective and sometimes alternative perspective. It can challenge you to ask questions about things in your sport and performance that you take for granted. For example: How do you practice? Is it as close to competition as possible? Can you make it closer to competition? Have you tried practising challenging situations? If not, how will you react if you meet these situations in competition? “better decision making leads to improved performance“ What happens during a one-to-one Sport Psychology session? A one-to-one session could be in person or over Skype and can be in an office, at the practice ground or any venue of your choice. Typically, the … Read more

I scream, you scream, we all scream for gluten free, vegan “Cookies and Scream” Ice cream!

Cookies and Scream is a small bakery which offers a wide range of desserts, including warm and cool drinks. Cookies and Scream is multi-award winning, fully vegan and gluten free bakery in Camden Town, London. Every product is dairy, egg, wheat and gluten free. All bakes are low fat, low cholesterol and made with unrefined sugars. This means that nearly everyone can enjoy their incredible bakes, except for people who suffer from nuts and soya allergies unfortunately. They specialize in all types of cookies, brownies, cakes, pies and even doughnuts, all of which are incredibly tasty and fresh. You can purchase these bakes for take away or even sit at the cookie bar and enjoy a cup of coffee or a cookie shake with gluten free and vegan ice cream. Camden is a brilliant place to find cheeky snacks which are gluten free and also vegan meaning that they are dairy free and egg free. Camden is just a 20 minute walk away from Euston station in London, making it easily accessible to most people. So if you ever find yourself craving a tasty snack, you now know where to go! By Lexi Gatt (Intern)   If you’d like to improve your English, check out the English lessons for adults in London we offer at EC LONDON 30+

Carolina Ramirez at EC London 30+

Carolina arived at EC London 30+ the 9th May, and she was studying in our school for 12 weeks. We’re really going to miss her but she has very kindly agreed to share her experience of EC LONDON 30+ with you. She began at pre-intermediate and in just 12 short weeks she managed to reach upper intermediate, which is amazing progress. Well done, Carolina, we’re all very proud of you. Thank you and good luck with everything.     At the begin, i didn’t know to much about the way of life in London, i confess i was so nervous, to change my routine, my home my life. I came EC through my agency in Colombia, i choose this school, because it was for older people, wich doesn’t mean we are old people!, just the idea to share my learning with teenager got on my nerves so i took the challenge and came here, in spite of united states is closer to me, and here found an amazing place, full of new people with diferents experinces from a lot of beatiful countries. I haven’t had a lot of experience about english schools, this is my first experience, but i can say not just talking about quality, which is hight, that the environment is kindness, profesional and fun as well. I recomend EC London 30+ for all the people who want to learn english, here you’ll find good friends, an amazing city full of great expericences to do and a profesional team of teachers always ready to help you! I have still plenty to learn, but i’m sure my improvement has been successful. Carolina Ramirez, Colombian We can see Carolina enjoying with her classmates in her Intensive lessons, Everyday English.    If you’re thinking about studying English in the future, check out our … Read more

Students testimonials – May 2015

Have a read of some of our student’s testimonials this month!     Dear Sir or Madame, I enjoyed very much and learned good English. The best lesson I liked the business class. The teachers were very friendly and allways in a good mood. Best Regards, Marcel Marcel Werner Haueter, Swiss (Intensive English for work course, 3w) My stay at school was very good! I think I had improve my English. The teachers Teresa, Jess, Kristy and Ben were very helpful and nice I learnd much from them! Thans so much!!!! Monica Lozano, Spanish (Intensive English, 2w, pre-intermediate & Everyday English) I’m gonna recommended EC School to my friends. London is good choose to study English. Artur Kostowski, Polish (Intensive English, 1w, pre-intermediate & Everyday English) Check out our website if you’re looking for a business English course for adults in London. If you would like to practise your English online, try our Learn English website.

Matthias Pohl having English for work lessons at EC London 30+

Matthias has very kindly allowed us to share his experiences at EC London 30+ with all of you. This is the testimonial he wrote on his final day, last Friday. Matthias Pohl is a consultant who decided to study English for work for 3 weeks and, according to his teachers, was a great addition to all of his lessons, really throwing himself in and making the most of every class.       + People over 30 years old + Funny teacher, very friendly + After the first day, I know it was the right decision to book an English course at EC London 30+ + Good prices in the cafe + EC London 30+ is in a good area in London – Nothing I’ll be back 🙂 Matthias Pohl, German Thank you, good luck with everything and we hope to see you soon! Check out our website if you’re looking for a English for Work course for adults in London. If you would like to practise your English online, try our Learn English website.

“EC London 30+ concept sound to be a fantastic option”

After 7 weeks, we have to say goodbye to one of our students as he is finished his English for Work course. Here is the testimonial of Eduardo Nunes, from Brazil, he finished his intensive English course in EC london 30+ last Friday.       London was not my 1st option to learn English. I was looking for small/calm city to stay. But EC London 30+ concept sound to be a fantastic option. And it really was a surprise. EC London 30+ was exactly what I was looking for. The best teachers, classmates, staff, location… everything was perfect. I’ll recommend to my friends and I’ll be back! The extra activities were the best way to interact with other students and enjoy the city. Thanks EC London 30+!!! Special thanks to: Georgia, Matt, Chris, Clare, John, Matthew, Adam and Sara!!! Eduardo Nunes (Brazilian) Thank you so much Eduardo from EC London 30+ team. We hope to see you soon 🙂 !! Check out our website if you’re looking for an Intensive English course  in London or if you are interested in learning more about EC London 30+ If you would like to practise your English online, try our Learn English website.

Vanessa tells us a little bit about her English lessons!

Just last week we had to say goodbye to one of our students, Vanessa. It was wonderful to have Vanessa at the school; she really threw herself into her English lessons and according to her teachers, she was a pleasure to teach. She has very kindly given us a brief description of her English experience at EC Covent Garden 30+ and her lessons:   I chosed this destination because I was interested to learn English for the holidays with my family and my travel agency “Sprachen ch” recommendet it. I learned at the same time interesting topics , I learned to have confidence to talk. I improved my pronunciation, and my favourite Ec activity was to speak with my group in the scholl.I like this sistem to learn because is profesional and easy. I would recommend my friends this scholl. The staff in Ec have a nice relatiochip and are very helpful.I’ll remember the moments where we laugh together.   Thank you for everything Vanessa, good luck with all of your future holidays and your English practice. We hope to see you again in the future.   If you’re thinking about studying English in the future or doing adult English courses in the U.K., check out our website.

St David’s Day is coming your way!

What’s coming up in March? Do you love to socialise? If so, then here are two days that you can be part of next month. Learn about what these days mean, some fun facts and how to improve your English below. St David’s Day    When is it? On the first day of March we celebrate St David’s day in honour of the Saint David of Wales who died on that day in 589 AD. Who is St David? He was a Celtic monk who lived in the 16th Century and spread the word of the religion Christianity across Wales. His most famous story is of him standing on a hill and preaching about Christianity… then the ground on which he was standing rose up… and the huge crowd could hear his words. How do British people celebrate this day? Some children wear the national dress of Wales which is a tall black hat and a red cloak. Most people mark this day by wearing the Welsh emblem which is a small daffodil or leek. You usually see magnificent yellow daffodils at the start of Spring which is a very exciting occasion for British people! Why? Because the sun is coming! Goodbye Winter! Want to hold your own Welsh dinner party? Welsh cuisine is wonderful! Try making ‘Cawl’ a dish made with lamb & a mixture of Welsh vegetables like leeks & swede and of course a fusion of herbs like rosemary, thyme & parsley.   If you’d like to improve your English, follow this link and learn more about English parties! What can EC students do to celebrate St David’s? London loves different cultures & celebrating them to the maximum! You can be in the heart of it all.  Near to EC Covent Garden is London’s Welsh centre for … Read more

Weekly Grammar Question: Changes over time!

If you’re anything like my students studying English in the U.K., at some point in your student life you’ll have been confused by the Present Perfect and the Present Perfect continuous. Well, rest assured, you’re not alone. But that doesn’t mean they are impossible, check out these examples below of the present perfect and present perfect continuous being used to describe change over time, and then have a look at the meaning / use underneath.   So I moved to South Korea for a year about 6 years ago, leaving all of my friends behind. My closest friend at the time was a guy named Stephen. We’d known each other for years. I’ve drawn a picture of him for you. As you can see, he didn’t really look after himself very well. He was the nicest guy you’d ever meet in your life and was an amazing friend but when it came to being fashionable or doing exercise, he was a disaster. After a year in Korea, I returned home and immediately went over to Stephen’s house to say hi to him and his family. Well, you wouldn’t believe the person who opened the door. I’ve drawn another picture for you to give you an idea of what he looked like. So, as you can imagine, I was extremely impressed. “What has happened to you?!” I said. Obviously, the surprise was clear on my face as he just smiled and said the following:   Well, I met a girl a few months ago and everything has changed for me. I’ve been shaving every morning now and moisturising twice a day so my skin has cleared up. I’ve also been exercising a lot more, I’ve taken up jogging and yoga and I’ve lost quite a lot of weight. I’ve been jogging twice a week … Read more