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

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!

Free Class: Pronunciation Clinic!

Many students have hard time pronouncing certain English sounds that do not exist in their native language. At ECLA, we have Pronunciation Clinic on Wednesday at 11:00 and 2:15 in room 305. If you want to practice or improve your English pronunciation, come and participate in our Pronunciation Clinic! On Wednesday, November 6, EC students have a chance to work on their pronunciation with homonyms (words that are spelled and pronounced like another word but are different in meaning) and vowels with ‘R’sound.   For example, students practice how to pronounce homonyms: Destuct – Distract Through – Threw Horse – Harse Faction – Fashion And vowels with ‘R’ sound: Heard / Sport / Beer / Hard / Pear / Later   Come and join! This is a great chance to practice your pronunciation!

Best way to learn a different language!

Here at ECLA, we try our best to bring you fun, interactive ways to learn English. But did you know that along with school, making friends can help you learn English faster? Studies show that making friends with people who are fluent in the language you are trying to learn actually improves your English capabilities! Why? Simple, when interacting with English speakers, especially those who aren’t familiar your language, you’re forced to talk in the common language, in this case, English! Although it may seem difficult, it actually helps you in the long run. When talking to a native speaker, you learn new words that you are more likely to use because of your similar interests. A book can only teach you so much, luckily, there’s plenty of friends at ECLA that can help you become an English pro in no time!

EC Los Angeles Student Wins Contest!

The winner of the EC worldwide “Share Your EC Story” sweepstakes is EC Los Angeles student Marina Renner! She shared her story about what it is like to study English at EC Los Angeles and won a $50 Amazon gift card.  We are very proud of Marina and want to share her story with you as well: “EC is one of several schools in Santa Monica, Los Angeles, in which it is possible to learn languages. Most EC schools are modern and have a stylish appearance. They convey very professional from the start . I opted for the EC schools in Los Angeles. On my first day I recieved of a flood of information and I was shocked about the wide range of it . After that, a lot of nice teachers and staff were presented , who we got to know a little bit closer during a lunch with strawberries and coffee. I met many shy Japanese, a few other Swiss people and many other beautiful faces from around the world. At the EC school, you can make friends with more than 300 students from all over the world. For me it is a new, exciting challenge to see other cultures and to learn from other people every day. EC is a school where you don’t only learn English, it is much more special. Nonetheless they offer lessons with exceptional teachers, wich are a great asset to improve ones individual level of English. Everyone is involved and respected in exciting, vibrant activities. The minutes are not spent with boring exercises on stupid topics. No! Current issues such as the Israel – Iran conflict, fashion, movies, actors, music and arts are explained and demonstrated by teachers in different ways. The results are always exciting discussions where you do not even … Read more

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: http://imgur.com/account/favorites/HtcS9I0 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: http://imgur.com/account/favorites/3uwKFI6 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