Idiom of the Week — “Dry Up”

  The rain …  The Rain!  When does it ever stop?  When I was a child, after a heavy rain it felt like it took hours for it to dry up outside so I could go back out and play with my friends.  In Florida, after there are hurricanes, there can be so much water that it takes days to finally dry up.  When there is so much water outside, driving and moving around can be rather difficult, so waiting for everything to dry up is the safest course of action you can take. Obviously to dry up means simply to dry.  A phrasal verb for you to add to your idioms!  Another example of what you can learn here at EC Miami, your favorite of the US language schools!

Idiom of the Week — “Clear Up”

It’s summertime here in Miami, and the weather is becoming rather predictable:  Sunny and hot, then the clouds roll in and it rains, then the clouds clear up and it is sunny again.  This is the typical weather in a tropical climate.  Many students get frustrated when they look outside in the afternoon and see clouds forming, not realizing that it will clear up in a couple of hours.  Often, the afternoon will have rain and then clouds clearing up within the same hour!  Once it rains, the humidity clears up tremendously and then the weather is much more comfortable. Clear up, when talking about weather, means that it becomes sunny!  Another week, another idiom for your English course in the US!

Staff Member of the Month — Mark Little!

The Staff Member of the Month is Mark Little, one of our Full-Time Instructors here at EC Miami.  Students looking at US language schools may see him around! Hometown: Washington, D.C. Mark’s Miami Recommendation: Get off of South Beach and experience the rest of Miami and South Florida!  Catch a Marlins game at Marlins Park and check out Little Havana.  Swim with dolphins in Key Largo.  Go snorkeling in the Keys!  There’s so much more in South Florida than the clubs. Mark’s English Advice: Step outside of your comfort zone and take a chance.  Learning a language is not easy, but it doesn’t happen just by looking at a book and writing answers.  Talk to people.  Read in English 30 minutes a day.  Put away your bilingual dictionary/translator.  The more you depend on translating to your native language, the more difficult it will be.  If I can learn another language, you can do twice as well!

Student of the Month — Inaha Hwang!

Taking her English course in the US since last December, our Student of the Month for June is Inaha Hwang from High-Intermediate! Hometown: Gangnam, Seoul, South Korea Student Thoughts: Miami has a log of wonderful places and EC Miami is located in one of the famous places in Miami.  There are good restaurants and shopping places.  Also, EC Miami is very close to Miami Beach, so after school, students are going to the beach together.  I’ve been in Miami for six months and I’ll stay two more months.  EC teachers are really nice, friendly, open-minded.  We can enjoy a lot of activities with them.  My English has been improving since I came here. Mark’s comments about Inaha: Ina has been wonderful ever since she arrived.  I have truly enjoyed watching her embrace her English studies and also her new appreciation for the Rolling Stones (courtesy of her teacher).  She is a great example for our students!

Academic Lecture – Eric Talks SCUBA!

  Another month, another Academic Lecture for our students taking an English course in the US.  Today, Eric (who has come back to South Florida after spending a few months working in Alaska!) spoke about one of his personal passions:  SCUBA diving. SCUBA (short for Self-Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus), is very popular here in Florida.  No matter where you are in the state, you are never more than one hour away from the ocean!  Eric spoke to the students about the different equipment that is needed to safely go diving, what you can expect while underwater, and brought in some of the equipment for the students to examine.  The underwater pictures were particularly stunning, showing moray eels, sharks, rays, turtles, and dolphins. Check back in a few days to see some of the student essays from today’s activity!

Idiom of the Week — “Die Down”

  Summer is a busy time for us here at EC Miami.  We got a lot more students from all over the world looking for US language schools (it is, after all, vacation time!), and it really doesn’t start to die down until the end of August.  The number of students that we have here at the school also tends to die down near the end of the year, in December.  When the student numbers die down a little, some teachers will take time off; while others will take advantage of the quieter times to to get some long-overdue work done. Clearly, we’re not talking about people actually dying – that would be too negative a blog post!  Die down simply means to reduce in strength (“The wind died down after a few hours”), or to reduce or diminish — such as in the above examples talking about the school and students.  Another idiom for your collection!

Join The EC Miami World Cup Group!

It’s Easy!  It’s Fun!  IT’S FREE!!! The World Cup is starting tomorrow in Brazil, and the students and staff here at EC Miami are super excited.  WE ARE SUPER EXCITED!  In order to help everyone get into the spirit, we have created a group on Yahoo! It’s easy to join.  All you need is a (free) Yahoo! ID. Just go to this link, and sign up!  The password is the same as our wireless password here at the school.  Something a little different in addition to your English course in the US!

Idiom of the Week – “Roll In”

  During the summer in Florida, it’s common for it to rain in the afternoon.  It’s just a typical aspect of life in the tropics.  The sun is out all morning and early afternoon, but then you start to see the clouds roll in.  If you’re laying on the beach, the clouds typically roll in behind you.  In San Francisco, it’s just as typical to see fog roll in early in the morning.  Back here on the beach, the tide is constantly rolling in — the ocean never stops moving! “Roll in” means to approach from a distance, over land or sea.  The opposite (which you have probably already guessed), is roll out.  One more (two, actually!) idiom to add to your growing list!  Practice using your new idioms with your classmates during your English course in the US!

Meet Mandy, Our Newest Student Ambassador!

Of all the US language schools she could have chosen, Mandy decided to come to EC Miami.  And we’re so glad she did, as she’s one of our new Student Ambassadors! Hi everyone!! My name is Mandy, and I’m a new Student Ambassador. I’m 21 years old and I’m from the Italian part of Switzerland. My native language is Italian, but I also can speak a little German, French, Spanish and of course the one we are here to learn or improve, English! I’m a friendly and upstanding person, who loves parties, fitness and meeting new people. So, if you need some help, you want to celebrate, or do some activities do not hesitate to contact me; I will try to do my best ! Enjoy Miami! =)