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

Online English Virtual Quiz

With Covid restrictions in place, organising online English virtual social activities for students has been more challenging than in previous times. However, with the enthusiasm of our wonderful and energetic students at EC London, we have been able to host a successful regular activity in the form of a English virtual quiz. These quizzes have taken place on our EC Virtual platform, Microsoft Teams. This has enabled us to keep students in their bubbles for a successful and socially distanced social programme. Quizzes so far So far, at EC London we have hosted two quizzes. One quiz was about music and the winners of this quiz were able to choose the topic of the following week’s quiz. The topic they chose was movies. Here’s what was included in each one… Music quiz Our music quiz, created by our assistant director of studies, Daniel, consisted of 6 rounds. These ranged from a dancing round to a Tik Tok round. The winners were Melissa’s Army with our students, Mark, Erwan, Linus and Yujin. They then decided to Film quiz Our film quiz, created by our assistant director of studies, Andy, consisted also of 6 rounds, ranging from a picture round to foreign translation round. The big moment in this quiz, though, came in the bonus round where students had to recreate a famous film scene, taken from Lord of the Rings. Take a look at the picture below and decide for yourself who you think recreated the original scene best: Our winner on the day was Jeongwoon (picture number 2), but the others also submitted fantastic pictures that may have easily won on another day. Future social activities This week, we are planning to watch an episode from a British TV show. All students will be able to join online and talk … Read more

Saying Goodbye!

Almost three months ago, I started working as a Student Services Intern at EC London. At that time, I had absolutely no clue of how much this time will change myself. When I started working at EC, I was pretty much afraid of what is going to await me. As my hometown is very small, it was a big step for me to work in London and live there on my own. But thanks to my colleagues and friends at EC, it has probably been the best time I ever had in my life. Working at a language school like EC gives you the opportunity to work and get to know people from all over the world which is simply amazing. I have learnt a lot about foreign cultures and it was nice to hear different life stories from different people. Apart from the people I have met, living in a city like London never gets boring. There are so many things to do and see every day. Even though I have been to London quite a few times before, I saw so many new places. I got to know the city from a different view which made me love it even more. Last but not least, I would like to say a massive thank you to all my lovely colleagues at EC London. You have been amazing and made my time and working experience here a very special one. In these three months I have spent working at EC London, I laughed a lot and I also cried as it is now time to say goodbye. I will miss you a lot and you will always have a special place in my heart. Thanks for everything! Lena 🙂

A trip to Hyde Park Winter Wonderland

One of London’s most famous parks is dressing up for Christmas: Hyde Park has opened up its beloved Winter Wonderland. Since last Thursday, the whole park consists of little Christmas markets and a big fun fair. So no matter if you just want to have a stroll around the markets or ride one of the amazing roller coasters, Winter Wonderland will always bring you lots of joy. Winter Wonderland is divided into different parts. There is the big fun fair where you can find many different kinds of roller coaster like The Hangover or The Munich Looping. Speaking of Munich, Winter Wonderland offers you even more insight into Bavarian culture. The so-called Bavarian Village presents you with an Oktoberfest experience right in the middle of London. Traditional German foods like Bratwurst and Bretzel will come your way. The festive atmosphere gets even better as there is live music and DJs. Apart from the fun fair and the Bavarian Village, you can stroll around traditional Christmas Markets. Plenty of wooden chalets will inspire you. There is a huge selection of jewellery, clothing and handmade crafts which is a great opportunity to buy Christmas presents for your loved ones or even for yourself. No matter if you want to go ice skating or sing along at Christmas karaoke with your EC London friends, you can do all of that in Winter Wonderland. You can also visit one of the spectacular shows like Cirque Berserk, Paddington on Ice and so much more. Regarding all of these astonishing attractions, Hyde Park Winter Wonderland is definitely worth a visit. As there is a large diversity of choice, you will, for sure, find your own favourite place.

Christmassy

Christmas is coming!

Christmas is coming soon, so prepare yourself for a Christmassy-looking EC London. But before our school’s Christmas decoration pops up, you can enjoy yourself by walking around in London’s city centre. The Christmas lights have been on since last week and make London look even prettier than usual. Regent Street and Piccadilly Circus All over Regent Street and Piccadilly Circus you will find London’s classic Christmas lights. Huge golden angels are hanging above the street and are brightening your Christmas mood. This is the place to go if you’re looking for some traditional Christmas decoration.   Carnaby Street If you are looking out for some more colourful and diverse Christmas lights, head over to Carnaby Street. Known for its fashionable vibe, Carnaby’s Christmas lights are representing all that is cool. This year’s lights are ocean-themed. They have been designed in collaboration with an ocean conservation charity. The display was created out of 1.500 recycled bottles and repurposed fishing nets. Therefore, Carnaby’s Christmas lights are not only nice to look at, but, at the same time, have a special meaning behind them. Covent Garden Covent Garden also has his own Christmas decoration. These lights are mostly star-themed and make the area look even more beautiful than usual. This year’s Christmas Lights are as stunning as usual. No matter if by day or night, you will be amazed at how breathtaking they are.

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Food spots-Mercato Metropolitano

London is like heaven for food lovers. There is a large number of nice places to eat and so many interesting foods to try. One of my favourite spots to eat out is Mercato Metropolitano, which is located close to Elephant&Castle station in South London. Mercato Metropolitano offers a widespread selection of international dishes. Their freshly-made food options include German Bratwurst and Kaesespaetzle, Venezuelan Arepas, Thai Food and classics like Italian pizza. Other than that, there are also loads of different drinks to try. Regarding the outstanding cocktails, beers and soft drinks, you should not be thirsty after. Interior & Exterior Apart from its amazing food, Mercato Metropolitano’s interior and also exterior is just impressive. Inside it looks like an old factory building with a high ceiling and a black scaffolding. This style of a building creates a nice atmosphere for street food places. You can simply pick up your food and sit down on one of the benches. Or you enjoy it while walking around in the hall and let the aura of the place have an influence on yourself. The food itself is sold in small colourful stalls or trucks which makes it an even more special experience to buy food Outside of Mercato Metropolitano there are loads of palm trees, lampions and hanging chairs, so it is a nice place to go to within the warmer months. There you can enjoy an unforgettable evening out with your friends by sitting in one of the hanging chairs and taste the delicious food and drinks. Mercato Metropolitano is definitely worth a visit, as it is different form other famous street food places in London like Borough Market or Camden Town and a bit of an inside tip. If you want to discover a more extraordinary food experience, this is … Read more

Neal's Yard

Hidden Places in London-Neal’s Yard

As London is such a large city, it has many places to discover. There are some incredibly cool ones that are a bit harder to find, so there are some kind of insider tips. One of these tips must be Neal’s Yard. It is a hidden courtyard in Covent Garden which consists of little shops and colourful houses. Therefore, Neal’s Yard is a really nice spot to take pictures because it adds a little splash of colour to your camera roll or even Instagram feed. Other than colourful houses, the courtyard offers little shops to spend your time in. There is a cute-looking hair salon called ‘Hair by Fairy’ and also the quite famous cosmetic brand ‘Neal’s Yard Remedies’. This brand is based in Neal’s Yard and sells organic beauty products. They are well-known for aromatherapy and essential oils, as well as good-smelling skincare, hair care and bath salts. So if you want to treat yourself with some relaxing new beauty essentials, Neal’s Yard Remedies is the place to go. If you are hungry, head over to Homeslice. The small restaurant is really nice place to eat pizza, as they have many interesting toppings to choose from. These might be mushroom, ricotta, pumpkin seed and chili or even cauliflower shawarma, tahini, pomegranate and chickpea. Other than that, they also offer vegan options. If you are looking out for a healthier food option, try Neal’s Yard’s Wild Food Cafe. Wild Food Cafe is all about wellbeing which is why they focus on plant-based food. You can choose from salads, vegan burgers and tasty vegan desserts. As for the cheese lovers, you are going to admire Neal’s Yard Dairy. Founded in 1979, they sell high quality British and Irish Farmhouse cheese. Regarding the above, Neal’s Yard is a fascinating little spot in … Read more

Last Blog in London

Feedback on my life in London since May Hello, I arrived the 20th of May in London to work as an intern in EC London. Thanks to this job I have an incredible chance to meet a lot of people from many different countries all around the world. They could be my colleagues or simply students in the school where I am working. This amazing internship allows me to speak and work only in English everyday, to learn so many different facts about countries around the world and of course to make friends to hang out in London. I also improved my working skills which is important in order to get experience for my studies (working in English with customers from many nationalities etc…) But the most wonderful thing which happened to me in London was just to meet amazing people from all around the world and to know them, speak with time, spend time with them, discover London with them. That’s the incredible thing with EC School, to speak only in English with even people who come from the opposite of the world, it is really interesting. Personally I met amazing people thanks to EC London, I shared with them so many beautiful moments in London that I am not gonna forget. Thanks to them I had 3 perfect months, maybe the best of my life. I am leaving London with such perfect souvenirs that I will remember forever. Thank you very much for everything. Dorian

Places in London

Hello! It is Dorian again! I’m the new intern at the EC Euston reception in EC London? Today I’m going to talk to you about the different places where I have been in London since I arrived. The place which impressed me the most is sky garden, it’s a garden with a pub on the top of a big building. From this place you can look at all London. It’s just amazing because you are at the fiftieth floor of a building in a very beautiful green garden watching at the beautiful city of London all around you. Obviously, it’s much better when it’s about 9pm because you can see the sunset. More importantly, it’s free! Another place which marked me a lot was Camden Town. It’s a market street where you can buy various interesting things. That’s a good place to buy for example covers for your phone, British souvenirs and clothes. The street is very beautiful because many shops have their own special design. Words cannot express how stunning they are, you need to go to see by your eyes! The funniest part for me is that I can negotiate prices with all the sellers. In the most cases they will tell you that a keyring costs 10 pounds but you can tell them “ok its too much I will take it for 4 pounds” and eventually you will buy it with 6 pounds (it’s just an example). Personally, I enjoy the process of bargain so much! Additionally, it’s the punk rock neighborhood of London where you can find the true punk English people who are interested in tattoos and piercings and so on.   For me these two places are crazy and are absolutely “a must to do” in London. Dorian.

“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.