5 New Words in the Oxford English Dictionary

Do you like words? Of course you do! If you are reading this, you are probably an English language student looking to improve your English. Well, you have definitely come to the right place! No language can be communicated without words! ‘But what about grammar?’ we hear you ask. Yes, grammar is extremely important and without some grammar it is difficult to understand the language you may be reading, listening to or even trying to use yourself. But without words, there is no grammar! How can you even produce a grammatically correct sentence if you don’t have the words to form it? So, what is one of the better ways to learn or check new vocabulary than to head to the Oxford Dictionary! Did you know that the Oxford Dictionary has 273,000 headwords? 171,476 of those words are currently used regularly. That is a lot of words! Did you know that the best thing about the Oxford Dictionary is that each year it is updated to include new words? So, what are 2020’s latest additions to the dictionary? Well, as you can probably imagine after this year, many of the new terms relate to COVID 19. Let’s take a closer look at 5 of the most important ones that you may need to use or understand. C-19 Contract Tracing Front Liner Physical distancing Zoom Simple definitions C-19 (n.) – A shortened version of COVID 19 Contract Tracing (n.) – Finding people who have been near someone who has an infectious disease. Contract tracing aims to tell these people that they should stay at home (self-isolate) for a period of time and not pass the disease on to other people. Front Liner (n.) – A person working closest to a difficult or dangerous situation. During the C-19 pandemic, doctors and nurses … Read more

Remi

Hi, I’m the Academic Intern!

Hey everybody! My name is Remi and I’m the Academic Intern at EC London. I am a 22-year old French boy who is working at EC until December. I’m from Dijon, which is located in the East of France. I am really proud to be French, as my country has much diversity to it. I like a lot the weather, the food and also the landscape. It is a nice mix of the countryside and the sea. In Dijon, I study Finance at Burgundy School of Business. I am very passionate about my studies and I am very much looking forward to working in finance in my future life. I started working at EC London because it is important for me to improve my English for my future work life. My friends recommended EC London to me and I am glad they did. The atmosphere at school is great. As an Academic Intern I work in the Academic office of the school. For me, it is very interesting to have an insight into this kind of work. I am preparing student’s timetable, class lists, exams etc. Apart from my tasks at work, I really like my colleagues. Everyone is very kind and always willing to help. I found great friends at EC London that make my time here a special experience. I chose to go to London because I like the city a lot. You can do all you want at any time, so it is never going to be boring. My favourite places in London are Camden and Covent Garden. The vibe in Camden and Covent Garden is just amazing, as there are many different kinds of people and everyone enjoys their time in the pub or in one of the amazing restaurants. I am very excited for my … Read more

Me

Hi, I’m the new Student Services Intern!

Hi everyone! My name is Lena and I’m the new Student Services Intern at EC London. I’m a twenty year-old German girl and I’m going to stay at EC London for three months. My hometown is located in the south west of Germany, which is pretty close to France and Luxemburg. After graduating from school, I started studying German, English and Italian for my Bachelor’s degree at Saarland University. Once I will have finished my studies, I would love to work as a journalist or in a cultural institution. I’m glad I got the opportunity to undertake this internship here at EC London. It is a great opportunity to improving my English but also to meeting students from all over the world. Due to this I can also improve my basic knowledge of French and Italian and maybe gain insights into other languages as well. I chose EC London because London is my favourite city and I think it is a great place to go for if you want to learn English. There are so many people from different nations paired with traditional British culture, so it is nice to see the multicultural atmosphere of the city. There are so many things to do in London, which is great because you will never get bored. When I walk around London on my own I usually go to the museums. I am a huge art lover and I am very happy that there are tons of great museums here. I also love London for its parks because I think it is really nice to have a walk in the country to take a break from busy times in the city. Living and working in a city like London is a great experience for me and so far I am enjoying my … Read more

Hello, I’m the new intern !

Hello, My Name is Dorian, I am the new Student Services intern of EC London. I’m 20 years old and I’m French ?. I was born in the real countryside of France in the south west. During my childhood, as every boy I loved playing video games and watching dragon ball (and I still love it ahahaha) I got a scientific secondary school diploma and then I entered in a business school in Bordeaux (famous French city for the wine in the south west). I am currently studying international business. I would like to get an MBA to become an export manager or another job related with international business in order to not live in France. I am interning in EC school because I want to improve my level of English., I’m also meeting a lot of people from all around the world (Chinese, Brazilian, Saudi Arabian, Russian etc…) which is very important for me to know the different mindsets of people to work abroad. I have been learning English since I’m 12 years old, and last year I got 6.5 at the International English testing system (IELTS) which has allowed me to continue my studies abroad. Next September I’m going to study in the international business school of Dublin and I will continue my life in Dublin instead of France. I am very excited about it especially that my life will be completely in English. I love travelling to discover something different, I especially love countries from the east of Europe (Scandinavian and Slavic countries), for example I have been in Norway… I’m also currently learning Russian for one year. Indeed, my business school is asking us to learn two languages in addition to French and as I mentioned before I like Slavic cultures that’s why I chose Russian. … Read more

“SKYGARDEN” LONDON’S HIGHEST PUBLIC GARDEN

If you are looking for a unique experience, what better way to finish your day with a beautiful sunset?                 Last Sunday, I went to this gorgeous place with my friends at the end of the day. The Skygarden is a free public space where you can see the most wonderful 360-degree view across London. It is located on the 35th floor. In addition to the beautiful view, there were a lot of greenery.                   It was very relaxing and soothing because the place is spacious. We stayed for almost two hours, just the time to take a lot of pictures and to drink a cocktail. Two beautiful restaurants and two bars are located there. We ordered one of their cocktails named “Tropical Island”, which was very good. Moreover before heading there, you can take a look at the restaurants and bars’ menu directly on their website.                         However if you would like to visit the Skygarden during weekends, make sure to book your tickets online on Monday. You should be quick because tickets get sold out in a blink of an eye! Don’t forget your ID card to enter in this place because there is a check in.   People are very welcoming in London, I am sure that you be able to Learn English Abroad and have a great time.

My first experience in London

Hello, my name is Alice, I am 22 years old. I am studying my fourth year at the Burgundy School of Business in Dijon, a small town in France. My main fields are Management, Finance and Marketing. Currently in a gap year, I have been in London for two months. At the beginning I worked in a charity shop to improve my English and to have a new professional experience. Then I started an internship at EC English School London and I am here until the end of August. I am assisting the accommodation coordinator. Indeed, students can take their accommodation with EC London, we have many residences and house families to propose you. I have got the great opportunity to do my internship in this company because I think it’s the best place to work and to study. All the people are very welcoming. In addition, I can say that it is a wonderful experience to work with people that come from all around the world. In London, I share a flat with other people near Canary Wharf. There are many beautiful places to see in London. If you want to keep in the loop, don’t forget to watch every week the articles that we write on this blog !

London : World’s Best Destination

Dubai, Marrakech, Tokyo, Paris, Bali, Phuket, Barcelona, Istanbul… On a list of the 25 best-rated destinations in the world, London now holds the first place ! The Capital of the United Kingdom is now named as ‘world’s best destination for 2019’ in TripAdvisor’s annual Travellers’ Choice awards. Apart from the fact that this city is just amazing, how can we explain this position? There are several reasons explaining that top place. One of them is that London is full of activities. Indeed, you can find beautiful parks, museums (free for some of them). In London you can also find some of the best restaurants and an amazing nightlife for young and old people. As you can see, everybody can be quickly addicted to that London life! Moreover, during the past 12 months a lot of exceptional events happened in London, such as the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and the Football World Cup, which attracted lots of visitors, creating a buzzing atmosphere in the capital. It has been 2 months since I started my London life and I just can’t get enough of every place that I am discovering each day when I leave EC School, and even more on weekends. What I really like here in London is the number of activities but also, ( and especially) the diversity of restaurants, because food is my number one passion. Here are some pictures of London that I have taken since my arrival. Enjoy!                                                            If you would like to take part of ‘the London life experience’ and Learn English Abroad , then join us at EC School London and discover … Read more

World Book Day 2019

On Thursday 7th March 2019, we celebrated the World Book Day at EC London ! That day is also known as ‘World Book and Copyright Day’, or ‘International Day of the Book’. It is an annual event organized by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, in order to promote reading, publishing, and copyright. It was a way to ask yourself how reading can improve your English learning process! I can speak about my own way of english learning and especially my love for that language, which started when I was thirteen or fourteen years old, through the poems that I was reading in books, and that I still read on social medias, at twenty-two years old. We invited all the student to come at the main reception to share with us their favorite quotes from books they read. Here are some of the quotes that the students wrote:   ‘And when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it’ – The Alchemist   ‘ It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.’ – The Little Prince        If you would like to take part of similar events and activities, then you should come and join us at EC English School London  🙂 Cheers, Maryam

New intern at EC London

Hi everybody! My name is Maryam, I am a 21-year-old moroccan student from France. I am studying foreign languages (english and spanish) applied to Business and Trade, in Avignon University. It is my third year and and for the last semester of my Bachelor’s degree I was given the opportunity to study or make an internship abroad, that is the reason why I have chosen the beautiful city of London! During my stay, I live in a host family with my friend from France and two other amazing girls. This is already my second week at EC London and I feel very comfortable, I learned a lot from Dan, Siham and Alice. The staff is very nice to me and so are the students. During the week I have several things to do, I begin on Monday with welcoming the new students. I take photos of them for their student ID cards. I am also in charge of answering phone calls, sending emails, chasing students and much more. It is my first experience as an intern, and I really like it. To sum up : I am 100% sure that I will miss this school and this city. If you would like to know more about us and Learn English in London please come to school to visit us! Thanks for reading, Maryam ♥

Feedback from a Russian student!

Hi, My name is Grigoriy, I’m a previous student at EC London from Russia. I chose to attend to EC because they offer the opportunity to study in cities and countries all around the world. I got two birds in one stone, travelling and studying, which I found really convenient! Another reason why I picked EC is because of the really good prices they offer. It is not too expensive! I would describe EC London as perfect and fantastic! Everything was good. The most unforgettable memories of EC are the positive relationships between each other and the great atmosphere! My favourite places to hang out in the evenings are different ones, but in Sunday afternoon I prefer Leicter Square. I would definitely recommend this english language school London to a friend, actually I would recommend EC to all of my friends. Best Wishes, Grigoriy