Popular Languages in the World!

The most popular languages in the world! Lots of students come to the United States to learn English. Sometimes it may seem as if it was the most popular language in the world, little do you know, it’s not! Here’s a list of the top ten languages in the world according to the CIA World Factbook. 1. Mandarin Chinese – 882 million 2. Spanish – 325 million 3. English – 312-380 million 4. Arabic – 206-422 million 5. Hindi – 181 million 6. Portuguese – 178 million 7. Bengali – 173 million 8. Russian – 146 million 9. Japanese – 128 million 10. German – 96 million Do you speak any of these popular languages? Of course you do, you English speaker you! So if English is not the most used/spoken language in the world, then why should you study English? Well, if you want to get a job/live in an English speaking country or if you would like to do international  businesses such as trading, knowing English is becoming more common and EXPECTED. Although Business English courses are important if you are considering working in this field, you should also consider mastering conversational English! Why? Think about it: if you’re trying to sell a product, then the first thing to do is to build rapport (a friendly connect/relationship). When a client likes you as a person, they will likely buy the things you’re selling them! So come join us at EC Los Angeles to better your English! We offer English for Work as electives on top of our General English courses!

Christmas in LA

“Christmas In L.A.” (feat. Dawes) Woke up, the sun streaming in my room Warm beach from palm December afternoon You close your eyes Another year blows by Somewhere in the wind Just another lifeMy parents sent a Christmas card and then it’s true We understand you’re staying And we’re proud of you There’s a well-rehearsed disinterest in the atmosphere I don’t know if that’s what this time gave me Or if it lead me hereAnd I played so many parts I don’t know which one’s really me Don’t know if I can takeAnother Christmas in L.A. Another pitcher of Sangria In an empty beach café Another Christmas in L.A. Hold me tighter Carmelita I don’t know how long I can stayLeft a girl behind in my old man’s truck Sometimes I wonder where she ended up Maybe she got married, had a couple of kids Who do you think you’re fooling man? Of course she didI’m walking in that tennis bar Try and talk with Harry Bean I don’t know if I can takeAnother Christmas in L.A. Another casting call on Thursday For a job that doesn’t pay Another Christmas in L.A. Another burnout in a tank top It seems your basket is the case A fat protagonist in flip flops With an extensive resume From Echo Park to CatalinaDreaming of a white Christmas The one I used to know Tree tops glisten, children listen To sleigh bells in the snow Another Christmas in L.A… That is the brand new Christmas song by The Killers. The weather this Christmas is similar to the ones that have passed years before. It is a sunny 73 degree Fahrenheit (or 23 degree Celsius). Many stores are still open for last minute shoppers…It is just another day in LA…The freeways are still very busy … Read more

ECLA Teacher Feature: Lisa Gonzales

  Meet a Teacher – Lisa Gonzales      Lisa grew up in Cerritos, California and graduated UC Davis, California as a double major in French and International Relations. She loves playing and watching ALL sports, especially softball and baseball. She loves mushrooms and cheese and sunflowers and sunsets. During her time at EC she tries to learn about different cultures. She said “You never know what class conversation will lead to, and you never know who you will meet next and what interesting fact you will learn about their culture.” She decided to do the presentation about the Philippines because she wanted to share her personal experience with what was going on over there and let the students know that it was closer to home and that it affected one of their teachers, and not just a random person they may have seen on the news. She also wanted to educate them about the actual events that transpired AND about the country itself, for those who knew little about the Philippines. On Friday, December 13, EC Los Angeles English students had a chance to learn more about the Philippines and the typhoon the hit the country. One of our teachers, Lisa Gonzales presented a impressive lecture about the typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. Lisa gave a talk about life on the islands before the typhoon swept through as well as the aftermath of it. The Philippines, Lisa said, “look like an old man with a walking stick on the map”, consist of more than 7,000 islands. Typhoon Haiyan hit right through the islands about one month ago. To give you an idea of how devastating Typhoon Haiyan was, we can compare it to Hurricane Katrina: Katrina has been called the worst natural disaster in U.S. history, but Typhoon Haiyan … Read more

Top 10 Universities in California

Do you ever dream about coming to a university in America, especially in the beautiful golden state of California? Ever seen movies like Van Wilder or American Pie 2, where all the characters have crazy parties, drinking, and not much studying? Well, not all students or all universities are like that. Sure, many students live by the motto, “work hard, play harder,” but many of the top universities in the U.S. or top universities in California will only choose the best of the best students. That means that you have to be the best in your class, take the right classes, have impacted your community in some way such as volunteering at hospitals or raising money for charity, have great test scores, and/or be in a sports team. So why go to universities in California? Because some of these universities are known internationally! They have great programs, research opportunities, and professors that are the best in their fields. But how do you get there?! EC Los Angeles English School can help! We offer University Admissions Service to help you with your applications! Below are the top 10 universities in California based on the 2013 America’s Best Colleges 1. Stanford University, Stanford U.S. News rank: 4 (tie) Tier: 1 Institutional type: private Setting: suburban Total enrollment: 17,833 Tuition and fees: $37,881 2. University of California—Berkeley,Berkeley U.S. News rank: 21 Tier: 1 Institutional type: public Setting: urban Total enrollment: 35,409 Tuition and fees: In-state: $8,352; Out-of-state: $30,022   3. University of California—Los Angeles, Los Angeles U.S. News rank: 24 Tier: 1 Institutional type: public Setting: urban Total enrollment: 39,650 Tuition and fees: In-state: $8,228; Out-of-state: $29,897 4.  University of California—San Diego, La Jolla U.S. News rank: 35 Tier: 1 Institutional type: public Setting: urban Total enrollment: 27,520 Tuition and fees: In-state: $8,798; Out-of-state: $30,819 5. University of Southern California, Los Angeles U.S. News rank: 26 Tier: 1 Institutional type: private Setting: urban Total enrollment: 33,747 Tuition and fees: $39,124 6. University of California—Davis, Davis U.S. News rank: 42 (tie) Tier: 1 Institutional type: public Setting: urban Total enrollment: 30,568 Tuition and fees: $9,364; Out-of-state: $31,385 7. University … Read more

Camping and such by Paula

  Camping is one of the most popular forms of leisure and travel in the United States.  I’ve heard dozens of stories from friends about their camping experiences. It doesn’t even matter what time of the year it is! There are people who like to camp in the blistering cold snow, and others who like to embrace the hot dessert heat.  However, the most recognized form of camping would have to be in the woods, with big tall trees, lakes, mountains, hiking trails, and tents and sleeping bags.  Yet, I have lived in the United States for more than fourteen years and have never gone camping in my life.   I’ve always loved nature and would go hiking in Malibu whenever I had time.  But it wasn’t until now, that I’ve finally experienced my first American camping trip! How could I go camping without having any camping experience? Without any camping supplies?  Luckily, Escape Campervan made it extremely convenient and easy to go camping! Escape Campervan is a company that rents out customized vans that includes a queen size bed, a fully stocked kitchen (sink, stove, dishes, utensils, and REFRIGERATOR!), and everything that a person who has never gone camping (a noob) would ever need!  The company came to promote their vans to students studying English at EC Los Angeles and I was blown away at the packages they offer. An Escape Campervan representative named Phil offered a great deal for my friends and I for renting one of their vans. It was too good of an offer to pass up, so I made the decision to go camping for the first time ever! Phil suggested that my friends and I go to Big Sur and visit the Pfeiffer Beach! I Google’d it and it looked so amazing! Cool crisp skies, … Read more

THE DRAMA ELECTIVE IS BACK!

CALLING ALL ECLA STUDENTS!!!!! THE DRAMA ELECTIVE IS BACK!!!!! Take Drama for English Learners with ALEX FOX. In this class we use “Impulse English” exercises and “Scene-Work” to teach you how to think in English. This is a great class if you want to improve your confidence in speaking, listening, pronunciation, and group work. If you are creative, like to play games, and have fun, this is the class for you! This is also a great class if you are into acting, or the HOLLYWOOD film business! Drama Elective is in every Tuesdays & Thursdays! Sign up Now!