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Grain of Grammar: Play, Go, Do!

  Hello everyone! Welcome back to Grain of Grammar! Since the weather is getting nicer, we are going to talk about a grammar point that we can use every day when we go outside! Let’s talk about the difference between PLAY / GO / DO for sports!   What sports do we use the verb “play”? Basketball, baseball, tennis, soccer What sports do we use the verb “go”? Swimming, hiking, fishing, golfing, running What sports do we use the verb “do”? karate, exercise, yoga, aerobics Can you see the difference? • Play is used for sports played in a group or team • Go is used for sports that end in –ing • Do is used for sports played by yourself or not in a team   In this table there is a list of sports and activities that collocate with these verbs:  Next time you invite your friends to go outside, ask them “Do you want to play volleyball or go swimming?”   Looking for English Language Courses in the USA? Visit EC Los Angeles today! Follow us on Facebook!

Santa Monica is a great place to bike!

EC Los Angeles Activities 4/11 – 4/15

Here are this week’s EC Los Angeles Activities! Monday Welcome Drinks @ Barneys Beanery Time: 2:15PM Cost: $5+ Join some new arrivals and classmates who have been here for a while for some snacks and a drink! Barney’s Beanery is a famous Los Angeles restaurant! Join us at Barney’s Beanery! Tuesday Bike Along the Coast Location: Meet in the 3rd floor lobby Cost: $15+ Time: 5:45PM – 7:00PM Bike along the coast with Paul and watch the sunset!   Thursday Dodger Game Cost: $75 Time: It’s the start of Baseball Season! Friday EA All Ages Party Cost: $20 for ticket (+$20 for transportation) Time: Evening It’s Friday! Join EA and dance the night away at this all-ages party!   Looking for English Language Courses in the USA? Visit ECLA today! Follow us on Facebook!

Visit Hogwarts today!

Wizarding World of Harry Potter

By: Cyril TODAY I AM EXCITED TO ANNOUNCE: The Wizarding World of Harry Potter Grand Opening @ Universal Studios Hollywood That brings me back because I read the first Harry Potter’s book about 20 years ago and this is where it all started: I got hooked! Followed by the other volumes of this series came the movies. It was a very interesting experience to see my favorite books being adapted onto the big screen, things that were just so detailed in the books finally “came to life” in a way! But today  we are taking it to a whole different level with The Wizarding World of Harry Potter! It opens officially at Universal Studios Hollywood TODAY April 7th! Complete with the Hogwarts Express, Hogsmeade village, Hagrid’s cabin and a highly immersive ride through the towering Hogwarts Castle. I gotta check it out, you gotta check it out, we all do! If you ever get a chance to go please don’t hesitate to share your pictures with us J EC has a lot of (hidden) Harry Potter’s fans! You can join Expedition America and visit Universal Studios through EC!   Searching Google for ESL Los Angeles? Stop by ECLA today! Follow us on Facebook!

Learn tips on English grammar!

Grain of Grammar: Future Forms

It is time for another “Grain of Grammar” lesson! These short posts help clarify some of the most frequently-made mistakes in the English language. Whether you are an ESL student learning English in USA for the first time or a native English speaker, we hope you find these quick tips useful. Today we will be discussing future forms: “Will + base form” or “going to”? Students are always very confused by these two forms of the future, he is the trick: “Will” is used for future plans you’d like and “going to” is used for future plans you are pretty certain are going to happen. For example: “I will have children one day” is something I know I want (plan) but not sure when it will happen or if it will happen at all. “I’m going to go to school this summer”  I already applied or paid and I know for sure this is happening. But like every part of English there are exceptions! For example, if you see someone that needs help and you decide you are going to help them you don’t say: “I’m going to help you” –  this we would use if we are planning on helping them later on. But instead you use: “I will help you” because in this case it means that you volunteer to do so. To leave you on a sweet note also think of that fact that we say “I will love you” not “I’m going to love you” <3   Looking for a Los Angeles English Center? Visit ECLA today! Follow us on Facebook!

Visit the Getty Center with ECLA!

EC Los Angeles Activities 4/4 – 4/8

Here are this week’s EC Los Angeles Activities! Monday Welcome Drinks @ Barneys Beanery Time: 2:15PM Cost: $5+ Join some new arrivals and classmates who have been here for a while for some snacks and a drink! Barney’s Beanery is a famous Los Angeles restaurant! Join us at Barney’s Beanery! Wednesday Mario Kart Location: Rm 311 Cost: Free! Time: 5:45PM – 7:00PM Let’s have some healthy Mario Kart competition!   Thursday Getty Center Cost: Free Time: 2:15PM This is one of California’s best museums! Friday Soccer Tournament with EA Cost: Free Time: 3:00PM Join EA for a friendly soccer match with other international students Let’s play Soccer!   Looking for English Language Courses in the USA? Visit ECLA today! Follow us on Facebook!

April Fools is a day of fun!

What is April Fools Day?

  It’s the start to a new month, and a very special day indeed! April 1st is famous around the world for being a day full or jokes and pranks – we call it “April Fools Day! What is April Fools Day? The origins of April Fools Day are not clear, but it is known that throughout history, many cultures have had their own version of this holiday. For example, in France, children celebrate Poisson d’Avril or April Fish Day. On this holiday, children tape pictures of fish to the backs of their school mates. When the picture is discovered, they say “poisson d’Avril!” In Saudi Arabia, the whole month of April is open for a prank – but just one! In Portugal, April Fools is celebrated on the first Sunday and Monday before lent. Traditionally, people throw flour on each other. In India, jokes are played on March 31st for the Holi festival. People throw colored dust and wear body paint to welcome Spring. In Denmark, April Fools is actually celebrated in May. The day is called Maj-kat which means May Cat! In Ancient Rome, Romans celebrated “Hilaria” the day after the vernal equinox. On this day, people dressed up/ disguised themselves as whatever they wanted. In Jewish culture, the holiday Purim is celebrated in Spring. For this holiday, everyone dresses up in costume and has fun!   Note from the author: When I was a child, a played an April Fools joke on my parents: I put salt in the sugar bowl, and sugar in the salt shaker. When my dad added “sugar” to his coffee, he got upset at the saltiness and blamed my sister – it was great!   Does your culture have a version of April Fools Day? Tell us about it!   Looking for English classes … Read more