Witty Word Wednesday: Rambunctious

Every Wednesday EC Miami brings you a new witty, interesting and useful word!  Flex your English muscles and start to utilize it in your daily life! Learn this and more by joining us for English courses in Miami for international students!   rambunctious [ram-buhngk-shuh s] adjective 1. difficult to control or handle; wildly boisterous: 2. turbulently active and noisy: source This week’s word was chosen by: Amanda Ross-Gomez Center Director Why did you chose this word? “By day and by night I am surrounded by rambunctious energy.” Use it in a sentence! “I’m looking forward to welcoming my second rambunctious boy in a few weeks.“ “The students are a bit rambunctious on Friday afternoon.“ “After eating lots of sugar the children were particularly rambunctious.“

Witty Word Wednesday: Realize – Real Eyes – Real Lies

Every Wednesday EC Miami brings you a new witty, interesting and useful word!  Flex your English muscles and start to utilize it in your daily life! Learn this and more by joining us for English courses in Miami for international students!   realize  [ree–uh-lahyz] verb (used with object), realized, realizing. 1. to grasp or understand clearly. 2. to make real; give reality to (a hope, fear, plan, etc.). 3. to bring vividly to the mind. source real  [ree–uh l, reel] adjective 1. true; not merely ostensible, nominal, or apparent: 2. existing or occurring as fact; actual rather than imaginary, ideal, or fictitious: 3. being an actual thing; having objective existence; not imaginary: source eye  [ahy] noun, plural eyes (Archaic) eyen or eyne. 1. the organ of sight, in vertebrates typically one of a pair of spherical bodies contained in an orbit of the skull and in humans appearing externally as a dense, white, curved membrane, or sclera, surrounding a circular, colored portion, or iris, that is covered by a clear, curved membrane, or cornea, and in the center of which is an opening, or pupil, through which light passes to the retina. source lie  [lahy] noun 1. a false statement made with deliberate intent to deceive; an intentional untruth; a falsehood. Synonyms: prevarication, falsification. Antonyms: truth. 2. something intended or serving to convey a false impression;imposture: source This week’s word was chosen by: Dennis Ngyugen EC Regional Support Member Why did you chose this word? “I was given a task to choose a witty word. But I couldn’t choose just one word. So I found this play on words.” Use it in a sentence! “We realize life is too short sometimes. And then we see through our real eyes the things in front of us. And face the real lies that confront us.”

Student Testimonial: Aleksandar from Switzerland

EC students share with us why they chose to take our ESL Miami courses! Come meet one of our students in the spotlight, Alex from Switzerland! “I choosed Miami because the weather is beautiful and it’s never boring. Miami is never sleeping, everybody knows Miami.7 days a week, 24 hours per day is something in Miami. In March was the Ultra Festival, 100 year Miami Beach and spring break. The EC school organize a lot of different events. Their target is that all EC students keep in touch together, If you have any question you can ask the employees at the front desk , they are very friendly and helpful. Don’t be shy just ask them. I would say I improved my English pretty well and I met good friends from all over the world. While you are living here you are learning a lot about cultures. If you like the Latin influence and here a mix between studying and enjoying your life then I recommend the EC school in Miami.” Name: Aleksander Pajic Nationality: Swiss Course: General English 20 Level: Pre-Advanced

Student Testimonial: Caio from Brazil

EC students share with us why they chose to take our ESL Miami courses! Come meet one of our students in the spotlight, Caio from Brazil! “I choose Miami because I like to come here. I like EC because is a nice place to make friends. The best thing about the lessons are the teachers.” Name: Caio Looman Nationality: Brazil Course: General English 20 Level: Pre-Advanced

Witty Word Wednesday: Zephyr

Every Wednesday EC Miami brings you a new witty, interesting and useful word!  Flex your English muscles and start to utilize it in your daily life! Learn this and more by joining us for English courses in Miami for international students!   zephyr [zef-er] noun 1. a gentle, mild breeze. 2. (initial capital letter) Literary. the west wind. 3. any of various things of fine, light quality, as fabric, yarn, etc. This week’s word was chosen by: Michelle Brillouet Assistant Academic Director Why did you chose this word? “Zephyr is one of those words that not many people know about and yet has a beautiful sound and meaning. It is also used a Red Hot Chili Peppers song.” Use it in a sentence! “The weather is lovely! There is a nice zephyr in the air today.” “Have you heard that song by Red Hot Chili Peppers? The Zephyr Song?” “The hurricane turned into a zephyr that did nothing more than move the leaves.”

Saudi Arabian Cultural Day at EC Miami

EC Miami celebrates and highlights our incredible group of students from the Royal Saudi Naval Forces with Saudi Arabian Cultural Day! This awesome group has taken our ESL Miami courses for one whole year, and we will be sad to see them go! But to celebrate their time here, we turned our student lounge into a Saudi Arabian festival complete with flags, music, and a feast for the entire school! It was such a fun event! Congratulations to all of our RSNF students who are graduating and leaving us this week! It has been so wonderful having you here over the past year and you all will be missed! Have a safe trip home and come back to visit us soon!

Student Testimonial: Pascal from France

EC students share with us why they chose to take our ESL Miami courses! Come meet one of our students in the spotlight, Pascal from France! “It’s time to say good bye to EC Miami but not to the USA! For me, EC Miami was a really good choice. First, because, Miami has a wonderful weather (except few very bad cold and windy days in wonter, but so few!) and it makes the people happy… and it is always easier to wake up at 6pm when the sun is there..! Secondly, I have appreciated the EC team, they are very efficient and experienced, they really take care of your request. We have always found the right answer to all my questions along these 6 months. Then my English level is quite much better than it was! Talking, writing, listening… if you follow the main rule “speak always English” and if you work strongly, the result is huge. Now I feel ready to go ahead on the “year aborad” and complete this big immersion/formation in the USA. Then, the best for the end… the friends!!! I have met so many wonderful people from Korea, Japan, Syria, Switzerland, Turkey, Italia, Iceland, Germany etc… etc… nice conversations, nice memories, nice parties, nice afternoon on the beach! I’ll keep in touch, I swear! So sun, sea, good work, super school team, friends… EC Miami… what else? Special thanks to: Kathy, Willy, Alli, Alexis, Chris, Francesca, Alfred, Lynnette, Michelle…” Name: Pascal Acquaviva Nationality: French Age: 54 Course: Intensive 30 Level: Pre-Advanced

American Breakfast at EC Miami

What better way to kick off the weekend, than to have a big American brunch with all your friends? EC Miami hosted a traditional American breakfast for all our students here in our very own student lounge. We served up more than just ESL Miami courses! The day’s menu included scrambled eggs, pancakes, bacon, grits, blueberry muffins, french toast, banana bread, bagels, hash browns, orange juice and chocolate milk. Almost the entire school came out to participate in the activity! It was so much fun! “One of the best ways to learn about another country is to try what its people eat. Breakfast is considered to be the most important meal of the day by Americans, so I decided that it would be a fun learning experience for our students. They learned and sampled the basics of a traditional American breakfast such as pancakes, scrambled eggs, bacon, grits, hash browns, potato wedges, French toast, blueberry muffins, and bagels. I hope it was a really fun and memorable experience.” Kimberly Kelso EC Miami Designated School Official

Witty Word Wednesday: Procrastinate

Every Wednesday EC Miami brings you a new witty, interesting and useful word!  Flex your English muscles and start to utilize it in your daily life! Learn this and more by joining us for English courses in Miami for international students!   procrastinate [proh-kras-tuh-neyt, pruh-] verb (used without object), procrastinated, procrastinating. 1. to defer action; delay: verb (used with object), procrastinated, procrastinating. 2. to put off till another day or time; defer; delay. source This week’s word was chosen by: Jessica Mulcahy Lead Teacher – CAE Why did you chose this word? “Procrastinate is a good word because everybody does this in their life but some people might not know that there is a word to describe this exact behavior.” Use it in a sentence! “Should I do my homework, or keep procrastinating?” “I always procrastinate with laundry.” “We’ve been procrastinating long enough. Let’s get down to business!”

Student of the Month – Anna Novikova

Student of the Month – April 2015 Anna Novikova Pre-Intermediate 2 Student’s Hometown Moscow, Russia Student’s Miami Recommendation Hello! My name is Anna. I’m from Russia, Moscow. This is my first experience in USA, in EC school and in Miami. I glad to meet new people, see new places and take new knowledge. I hope to improve my English, because EC school Miami is very modern, administrative staffs are very friendly and teachers are very professional. I can recommend to spend a lot of time walking at Miami, because it is incredible city. You can find many sport activities, to visit modern districts, Wynwood, nightclub “Fifty”, natural park “everglades”, riding on the fast boat, Southern Point Park Pier, and of course basketball game with Miami Heat. Come join Anna and check out our ESL Miami programs!