Wednesday Word of the Day – Voracious

Are you ready for another Word of the Day? As Thanksgiving approaches, the thought of turkey and stuffing is on our mind… and it’s making our mouths salivate and our stomachs growl! I’m sure you have experienced a time when you were so unbearably hungry that you could probably eat anything and everything. Today’s Word of the Day will help you describe how you feel. Read on to learn more!

Learn tips on English grammar!

Grain of Grammar: I before E

  One of the reasons English is such a difficult language to learn is because English has so many grammar and spelling rules; but, we always break them! Take a look at this week’s Grain of Grammar from ECLA teacher, Carly, to learn some great tips!   Spelling tip: I before E Spelling in English is difficult. There are some rules you can follow, but there are always exceptions to the rules. However, it is still helpful to learn the rules of English spelling. Here’s a helpful rule: Put “I” before “E” except after “C,” or when sounding like “A” as in neighbor or weigh. – IE EXAMPLES: believe, fierce, friend – EI AFTER C EXAMPLES: deceive, ceiling, receipt However, there are exceptions to this rule. – EXCEPTIONS EXAMPLES: weird, neither Spelling in English is a difficult skill to master, but it will be easier to learn if you know the rules (and the exceptions)!   Want to study English in the USA? Check out ECLA today!

Meet Lucas from Brazil!

Meet Lucas, Student Ambassador from Brazil!

I’m Lucas Barreto Villalba from São Paulo, Brazil. I’m 20 years old. I’m still a university student, before coming here I was studying Information System at Presbyterian Mackenzie University. Actually, It was a hard decision to choose which city I would go to study abroad, I was thinking about going to San Francisco, Boston or Los Angeles. I had chosen Los Angeles because the weather is as hot as the weather in my country. I’ve started learning English for traveling thereafter I was keen on it. I’ve been taking class with a lot of different teachers, they are really friendly and funny. They have been helping me to improve my English skills. In my opinion, everybody should study abroad once at least, it’s the best experience ever. I’ve been living the best moments of my life here in LA.     Want to study English in the USA? Visit ECLA today!

Goodbye Kris! We'll miss you!

ECLA says Goodbye to Kris, Homestay Coordinator

A message from Kris: After almost 2 years with EC, it is with mixed emotions that I am making my departure. I have had so much fun working with all of you and have learned so much from EC and all of the students that I have worked with over the years.  It has been great working here and I wish I was able to stay longer. This decision was not a rushed one, and I thought about it long and hard. My fiancée and I have decided that there is no time like the present and we are taking the plunge and travelling around the world. I wish you all and EC the best.   Kris joined EC Los Angeles February of 2014. He has been an important figure here as a Homestay Coordinator, Arabic translator, and all around good- time keeping, fun guy! EC is very sad to see him go, but we wish him the best of luck for his exciting and boundless future! Thank you for all your hard work!   Want to study English in the USA? Visit ECLA today!

Hiking is a great way to meet people and practice English!

Get Active at EC Los Angeles!

Paul Suhr, our Center Director, has some advice to share with EC students….   Students ask me all the time – “What’s the best way to improve my English?” My answer?  “GET ACTIVE!” Get outside, meet strangers, hang out with friends (from another country), learn something new.  Just DO something – ANYTHING! Here are a few helpful websites that will give you some ideas of what to do with your friends, or how to make NEW friends.   For people who like the outdoors: Weekendsherpa Sign up for this newsletter and they will send you cool stuff to do on the weekends.   What’s your hobby?  Find other people that share your same interests!: Meetup   Join a Meetup Group and find out when they will meet next: LA Weekly For People who eat, breathe, love MUSIC.     So easy.  Just click on the genre you like (ie. Rock, hip hop, electronica) and you will see all the different concerts happening in the Los Angeles area.   Want to study English in the USA? Visit ECLA today!    

Learn tips on English grammar!

Grain of Grammar: I or Me?

Students often come to ECLA to learn business English; proper grammar is an important part of communicating well in any business situation! Read about one of the most common mistakes English speakers make, and how you can fix it…. Language Tip: I or Me People often have trouble deciding whether to use “I” or “me” when speaking English. Usually this problem happens when talking about things you do with other people. For example, should you say “John and me went to the store” or “John and I went to the store?” Here’s an easy trick to remember: Think of the sentence without the other person’s name. Then decide which one is better. John and me went to the store. John and I went to the store. That way you can see that “John and I went to the store” is the correct option. This quick trick is a great way to help you remember when to use “I” or “me!”   Want some more tips on grammar? Check out our other “Grain of Grammar” blog posts!

Come bowl with EC Los Angeles!

ECLA Activities Nov 9 – Nov 13

Happy Monday, Everybody! Here is this week’s list of super fun activities offered by EC Los Angeles! ECLA has some of the best ESL school activities around! Monday Let’s go Bowling at Bowlmor! Time: 8:00PM -> Cost: $17.50 Come bowl with fellow students! For just a little over $17, you can rent shoes and enjoy unlimited bowling until 1AM!!   Tuesday EA Meet and Greet Location: Santa Monica Pier! Cost: Free!! Time: 1PM – 4PM Join Expedition America at the pier and mingle with international students from different ESL schools in the Santa Monica area! This is a great chance to make friends from other countries, and use your English in a natural setting! Wednesday VETERANS DAY -> NO SCHOOL! On this day, we say thank you to all the veterans who serve the United States and make this a safe country to live in! School will be closed on this day. Thursday Language Cafe Location: 2nd floor student lounge Cost: Free!!! Time: 5:30PM Grab some coffee or a snack and join your fellow students and some teachers for our ECLA Language cafe! It’s your chance to practice English outside of the classroom!   Friday Join Expedition America on a trip to San Diego!! Cost: $265+ Time: Friday – Sunday Leave LA on Friday morning and spend the weekend visiting sites like Old Town, Coronado Island and La Jolla Cove!   Want to study English in the United States? Visit EC Los Angeles today!

I'm sleepy.

Wednesday Word of the Day – Petrichor!

Have you ever gone outside after a rain storm and smelled the air? Did you know there is a word for that scent? Read about it here!     Petrichor (noun) [pet·ri·chor] /ˈpeˌtrīkôr/ Definition: A pleasant, distinctive smell accompanying the first rain after a long period of warm, dry weather; the scent created when rain falls on dry ground. Example sentence: Other than the petrichor coming from the quickly drying grass, there wasn’t any sign that it had rained at all. History: The word “petrichor” was first used in 1964. It was used in an article written by British and Australian scientists. The word is derived from the Greek word “petra,” meaning “stone” and “ichor,” which is the blood of the gods in Greek mythology. From Greek, the word roughly translates to “stone-essence.” Today, it is a unique word used to describe the lovely smell of rain on the ground. Source: Oxford English Dictionary —   *Vocabulary tip: when looking for the meaning of a word, use a student’s dictionary, not a translator. Try Merriam-Webster’s Learner’s Dictionary: Want to learn English in the USA? Visit ECLA today!

Halloween Poem

Halloween Poem (Rap) by Riccardo Ronzio

  Last week, some students wrote a Halloween Poem! Here is one of our favorites 🙂   This is my chance to become a rapper I can catch ghosts like Ghost buster Nightmare is dark with Freddy Krueger Nothing is fast like my scooter Write is not stuff for kids You have to start from the streets is not enough a crown to become a king I know some kings with on the head only pumpkins You need bravery to win a battle, I know some prince without castle. What do you do on Halloween? An inflammation versus an alien Acceleration are all on-line Now even the skeletons have WiFi, You have to be creative to make freestyle, I have finished, goodbye!     Want to study at a Los Angeles English center and write poems like a pro? Visit ECLA today!