LA is experiencing a heatwave now!

Wednesday Word of the Day: Heatwave

heat wave/ heatwave noun Definition: a prolonged period of abnormally hot weather. California, and especially Los Angeles, is known for it’s wonderful weather. While states like New York will see snow in the winter, Los Angeles stays around 70 f degrees (21 c) during the day! However, Los Angeles often experiences an increase in temperature. Take this week for example, every day the temperature is in the high 80s (high 20s c). When the weather is hot for more than 1 day, we call it a “heat wave!” You can think of “heat wave” like you think about waves in the ocean. The wave comes building force (it gets hotter and hotter) until the wave finally breaks (it’s the hottest temperature you can imagine), the wave covers the sand and then slowly goes back to sea (the heat slowly cools down). Opposite from a summer heat wave, which can be very humid, winter heat waves are usually very dry. Please make sure to drink a lot of water and use sun screen. Did you enjoy today’s Word of the Day? Looking for full immersion English classes in Los Angeles? Visit ECLA today!

Would you consider yourself loquacious?

Wednesday Word of the Day: Loquacious

One of the more beautiful aspects of English is that we have so many words to choose to describe different things. For example, if you come to school after not sleeping enough the night before, you could say your are tired, or sleepy – lethargic, listless, sluggish or even soporific! Today, we’ll learn a new word you’ll want to show off whenever you can! Loquacious (adjective) lo·qua·cious lōˈkwāSHəs/ Definition:talkative, talks a lot. The word Loquacious comes from the Latin root of “loqui”, which means to speak or “loquacis”, which means talkative. Loquacious is one of those big words that is not often used in daily English, but if you slip it in, you will sound really smart. Examples of loquacious used in a sentence EX 1: Peter: “Charlene is a loquacious teacher!”          Alice:  “Yes, she is always telling us stories about her life” EX 2: Ahmed is usually a quiet student, but when the class discusses sports, he becomes loquacious. Now you know the loquacious definition! Looking for full immersion language classes in Los Angeles? Visit ECLA today!

Come to ECLA in the winter and enjoy the balmy weather!

Wednesday Word of the Day: “Balmy”

The best part about living in Los Angeles is, without a doubt, the amazing weather. While the rest of the United States is shivering in the cold and snow, Angelenos (and EC Los Angeles students) are enjoying the winter in the nice, warm sun. There are many ways to describe this weather, which brings us to today’s Wednesday Word of the Day…   Balmy (adjective) balm·y ˈbä(l)mē/ Definition: pleasantly warm. Instead of the long, hot days of summer, Los Angeles is enjoying a balmy winter, with temperatures as high as 68 degrees F (20 degrees C). The word balmy has is rooted in English. Here’s an example of how to use balmy in a sentence: George: How’s the weather today..should I bring a jacket? Martha: It’s quite balmy outside, a light sweater is enough! Looking for some full immersion English courses in Los Angeles? Visit ECLA today!

Merry Christmas, everyone!

Wednesday Word of the Day- Yultide Definition

Yule·tide (noun) yule·tide ˈyo͞olˌtīd/ Yuletide Definition: Christmas time. The word Yule comes from Old English, giuli, which was what the Anglo-Saxons called the two-month mid-winter period of time. The word, giuli, comes from Older English geol or geola, which comes from the Old Nors word jol, which was the name for the heathen feast that later became the Christian Christmas feast.  The word Yuletide is old but became popular again the first part of the 20th century – there are even Christmas songs that use the term! Examples of Yuletide in a sentence: “Let’s enjoy this yuletide by singing Christmas carols and spending time with family!” Just a reminder, EC Los Angeles will be closing at 2PM tomorrow (Dec 24), and will be closed Friday (Dec 25) in observance of the Christmas holiday. Your Thursday schedule may have changed so please check with your teacher today. Want to study English in USA? Check out ECLA today!

Get your ticket for ECLA's Winter Soirée!

Wednesday Word of the Day – Soirée

  One of the most interesting things about English, is the fact that many of our words actually belong to other languages! Having a wider vocabulary will give you more opportunities to express yourself. This week’s word is popular and always has a feeling of fun – take a look!   Soirée (noun) soi·rée swäˈrā/ Definition: an evening party or gathering, typically in a private house, for conversation or music. The word soirée comes from French. The root – soir means evening. This word was popular in the 1800s but came back in fashion during the 2010s! An example of how to use soiree is used. Abdullah:  “Are you planning on going to the soirée EC Los Angeles is planning on December 19th?” Sayako: “Oh you mean the Winter Wonderland Dance! Yes it will be an evening party full of music, food and fun!” EC Los Angeles will hold it’s Winter Wonderland Dance on December 19th, 2015 (Saturday). Tickets are on sale for $20 this week only! (Next week, tickets will be $25) Stop by the front desk and get your ticket for this magical soirée!! Study English in the USA and learn more awesome words like these!

Will you gormandize this Thanksgiving?

Wednesday Word of the Day – Gormandize

Happy Wednesday everybody! In honor of Thanksgiving, we have a food related “Wednesday Word of the Day”! After the delicious Thanksgiving is that one day of the year when society says you can eat as much food as you want. Whether it be turkey, stuffing or pumpkin pie, people often eat until they’re so full, they can’t think about ever eating another bite of food again. (At least until after a nap!)   gor·man·dize (verb) \ˈgȯr-mən-ˌdīz\   Definition 1: the action of indulging in or being a connoisseur of good eating. Definition 2: to eat greedily.   The word gormandize comes from the French words gourmand and later gourmandise. It was in popular use during the 1800s but has fallen out of fashion in modern time. An example of how to use “gormandize” could be “I plan to gormandize the delicious Thanksgiving meal my family is cooking this year due to my voracious appetite.” Gormandize doesn’t always have a positive feeling; for example “My sister is so greedy, she always gormandizes the pumpkin pie!”   So now you know a colorful, new word! We at ECLA hope you have a wonderful and safe Thanksgiving holiday filled with delicious food and warm feelings.   Want to study English in the USA? Visit ECLA today!  

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Grain of Grammar: Their, There and They’re!

Hey there! Have you ever had trouble knowing which “there” to use? Read below to learn how! Their “Their” is used when we are talking about something that belongs to 2 or more people. ex: “Tell your students to bring their books tomorrow!” “Their” books means the students’ books!   There “There” is used when we are talking about a place or a direction. ex: “The post office is over there. —>” In this sentence, “there” is talking about the direction someone is pointing to. ex: “Oh! Tell me about Hawaii! I have never been there.” In this sentence, “there” is referring to Hawaii. (I have never been there/ I have never been to Hawaii). It sounds silly to saw Hawaii twice, so in this case,we can say “there” instead!   They’re This “they’re” is a contraction. This means that it is actually two words combined into one. Do you know which words? They’re is a combination of They and Are. We use “they’re” when we are talking about 2 or more people doing something. ex: “Did you hear about Abdullah and Sayako? They’re getting married!!” In this sentence, “they’re” is talking about Abdullah and Sayako. While “they are getting married” is definitely perfect English, “they’re getting married” sounds more natural.   Now you know the differences between their, there and they’re!   This type of grammar problem is very common, but very important to learn – especially in a business situation. Want to learn business English? Visit ECLA today!

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!

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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!

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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!