Living Like the Locals In order to fully embrace the American culture while living in Los Angeles, it’s important to find an activity you enjoy where you can participate with the locals! Here, Student Ambassador Yilmaz (Turkey) explains how playing “streetball” (outdoor basketball) helped him to improve his English: The past few weeks, I was trying to find the best activity to help me understand and be a part of the American culture. Luckily, I just figured out an activity that I like, which also helps me to improve my English — streetball. I just went to a park which is only 5 minutes walking distance from the school. Actually, I’ve already played many times at this place. However, I recently decided to start doing this regularly because after 2 months of being in Los Angeles, you feel like you should act more like a resident and less like a tourist. Learning English Along the Way I remember my first time playing streetball. Although I’m in a high level class in school, I couldn’t catch most of the things they were saying during my first game with them. They were speaking very quickly, and they weren’t saying some letters in their words. But, after some time, I got used to it. Their arguments about the game decisions, their overreactions to a simple block or point (to pump themselves up), their slang, idioms, etc… I really like hearing all of this on the court. By playing streetball in LA, I am able to learn some unique English phrases, make friends who are very cool, and meet with guys that I expected to meet while dreaming about my future US experience — all while doing the sport that I like most. I advise everyone to do things they like, where they have … Read more

Places to Go: Melrose Ave.

Famous Streets There are so many vibrant, artistic, and unique streets to visit in Los Angeles: Hollywood Blvd., Abbot Kinney, 3rd Street in Santa Monica, and many more. Among these famous places to visit, we have Melrose Ave. Here, Student Ambassador Kim (Switzerland), tells us all about Melrose! My Experience on Melrose Today I’m going to share my experience on Melrose Avenue. It is a very fancy avenue with a lot of different places to take pictures. I went there twice during the weekend and it was not crowded. You can eat good food in some cute little restaurants. It is maybe a little bit more expensive that other places, but still reasonable. Instagram Tour I had a lot of fun taking pictures with all of the famous walls: Paul Smith’s Pink Wall, Made in LA Wall, and one of the very famous Wings Walls. It’s pretty cool to take pictures there for your Instagram 😀 Let’s have more followers!! Famous People You can also go to the Vintage market street — you have to pay $5 to enter, but it’s a very nice experience and if you are lucky, you can maybe even see some famous people. Actually, when I went there I saw Jaden Smith — it was so exciting!! I advise you guys to go there and to have enough room on your cellphone to take pictures!! I hope you will like it as much as I did. — Kim, Student Ambassador (Switzerland) Find out more about General English Course in Los Angeles Post Edited By: Ashley Lee