EC Los Angeles 2019 Wrap-Up

2019 was another wonderful year for EC Los Angeles because we spent it with our amazing students! If you are interested in learning English in the United States, EC Los Angeles will not only offer you valuable courses but also take you to fun activities, making your experience unforgettable. Check out some of our 2019 activities to see why we love EC Los Angeles! ONLY IN LOS ANGELES Los Angeles owns the first Universal Studios theme park and the first Warner Bros. Studios, both of which are in the home of the U.S. film industry – Hollywood. For that reason, one of our favorite activities is to go to TV show tapings! In the past year, we went to live TV shows taping at Warner Bros. Studios and saw many celebrities in person. For example, Joey Tribbiani from FRIENDS always has live shows in Studio City. And guess what: The ticket to see him is free! Besides sitcom tapings, we also went to America’s Got Talent: The Champions. That night, former winners and finalists from 194 countries and regions gathered in LA to perform the best AGT show of the year. If you are a sports fan, you are going to love LA! Lakers and Clippers for NBA, Dodgers for baseball, Rams for football, LAFC for soccer…you name it! Earlier this year, we had an All-You-Can-Eat Dodgers Game with our students. If you love food and want to catch a home run ball, then you should join us next time! The other big game that attracts people from all over the world is the Lakers game. In October, we went to see Lakers vs. Warriors. LeBron James and Anthony Davis were there! Our students enjoyed a great time watching that intense game – only at EC Los Angeles ? Do … Read more

Ice Skating

Ice Skating….at the Beach!

  Every holiday season, Downtown Santa Monica brings a little ice skating to the beach-side community.  The corner of 5th Street and Arizona Avenue is transformed into ICE at Santa Monica, a premier outdoor ice skating rink. The 8,000 square foot rink by the beach offers residents and visitors a little taste of winter without the bite. Students at EC Los Angeles had a great time skating, enjoying some of the live entertainment and food from an array of food trucks.  Just one of the many exciting activities that ECLA puts on for student’s every month.  The activities are a great way to meet new people and make new friends – and of course, to practice your English speaking skills! For more information about studying at EC Los Angeles, visit our website: English Language Center Los Angeles You can also find out more about the activites that we run by visiting our Facbook page:

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!

Pun Intended!

Do you know what a pun is? Have you ever heard the phrase, “no pun intended”? Well, puns are a form of word play that suggest two or more meanings of a sentence/saying. It uses multiple meanings of words or similar-sounding words to create humor! There are four different types of puns: homophonic pun, homographic pun, homonymic pun, and compound pun. 1. Homophonic pun is the most common type. The word homophonic, or homphones, means words that sound alike, but do not have the same meaning. Source: Check out this pun from the upcoming movie, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2! This is a movie about foods that have come alive. In this scene the main character screams, “there’s a leek in the boat!” …A leek is a vegetable, but a leAk (pronounced the same way) is a crack or a hole. This is an example of a homophonic pun because the two words sound exactly the same, but have different spellings and two very different meanings. 2. A homographic pun can be created in two ways. One, by using a word that has two different meanings; two, by substituting a word with the exact same spelling as the word for which it was substituted Corduroy pillows are making headlines. This pun/joke uses the word headlines in two different ways. The corduroy could be extremely popular and is being talked about in a newspaper or magazine. Or the corduroy is creating creases or lines on your forehead after you have slept on it! 3. Homonymic pun exploits both homophones and homographs!   Souce: The two meanings of the word plus as “mathematical symbol of addition” and as “an advantage” are being used to create humor. 4. Compound puns are made by using a string of two or more words that … Read more

Learn English Quickly in LA with these Pronunciation and Spelling Tips!

With many rules and exceptions, learning English as a second language can be very difficult. So how can students learn English quickly in LA? By reading “The Chaos” aloud, a poem written by Dr. Gerard Nolst Trenite, you can quickly improve your pronunciation skills and see the irregularities of English spelling. If you don’t know how to pronounce certain words, then ask a native speaker! The Chaos Dearest creature in Creation, Studying English pronunciation, I will teach you in my verse Sounds like corpse, corps, horse, and worse. I will keep you, Susy, busy, Make your head with heat grow dizzy; Tear in eye, your dress you’ll tear; So shall I! Oh, hear my prayer. Pray, console your loving poet, Make my coat look new, dear, sew it! Just compare heart, beard, and heard, Dies and diet, lord and word. Sword and sward, retain and Britain (Mind the latter, how it’s written!) Made has not the sound of bade, Say-said, pay-paid, laid, but plaid. Now I surely will not plague you With such words as vague and ague, But be careful how you speak, Say break, steak, but bleak and streak. Previous, precious, fuchsia, via; Pipe, snipe, recipe and choir, Cloven, oven; how and low; Script, receipt; shoe, poem, toe. Hear me say, devoid of trickery: Daughter, laughter and Terpsichore, Typhoid; measles, topsails, aisles; Exiles, similes, reviles; Wholly, holly; signal, signing; Thames; examining, combining; Scholar, vicar, and cigar, Solar, mica, war, and far. From “desire”: desirable–admirable from “admire”; Lumber, plumber, bier, but brier; Chatham, brougham; renown but known, Knowledge; done, but gone and tone, One, anemone; Balmoral; Kitchen, lichen; laundry, laurel; Gertrude, German; wind and mind; Scene, Melpomene, mankind; Tortoise, turquoise, chamois-leather, Reading, Reading, heathen, heather. This phonetic labyrinth Gives moss, gross, brook, brooch, ninth, plinth. Billet does not end like ballet; Bouquet, wallet, mallet, chalet; Blood and flood are not like food, Nor is mould like should and would. Banquet is not nearly parquet, Which is said to rhyme with “darky.” Viscous, viscount; load and broad; Toward, to forward, to reward, And your pronunciation’s OK. Rounded, wounded; grieve and sieve; Friend and fiend; alive and live. Liberty, library; heave and heaven; Rachel, ache, moustache, eleven, We say hallowed, but allowed; People, leopard; towed, but vowed. Mark the difference, moreover, Between mover, plover, Dover, Leeches, breeches; wise, precise; Chalice but police and lice. Camel, constable, unstable; Principle, disciple; label; … Read more