An Ocean Adventure

There is nothing like sharing an interest that you have with your partners at our EC English school in Miami. Likewise, we appreciate any written work our students want to post on our blog. This time and inspired by the ocean view through the airplane window seat upon his arrival, Lukas Anrig (coming from Switzerland) was willing to share his dream come true of sailing across the Mediterranean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean. So there we go! Here is his testimonial:     “I bought a sail yacht in 2012 and started a big adventure with my family. With my wife we have two children, Nick and Laurelle, and my dog, Nina. We set off from Venice, Italy because in Switzerland we don’t have the sea. So in the summer of 2012 the adventure got started. We crossed the Adriatic Sea from Greece back to Italy. After many days, we were on the Balearic Islands. We learned a lot about handling the boat. Sometimes we had bad weather, big waves and strong winds. Our kids helped us direct the sail yacht and the dog was a nice company. After six months we arrived in Gibraltar, the door to the Atlantic. We had to wait for three weeks until the weather was fine. Then, it was possible to start heading towards Canary Islands. Five days later our anchor goes down in Lanzarote-a very nice bay. We visited different islands of the Canary Islands chain. We bought a lot of food, water, beer, and wine to be on board for such a long time. La Gomera was our last point in Europe. After eight days we arrived in Mindelo, Cape Verde. For five days the weather was really bad with storms and big waves up to 25 feet and 35 to 50-knot … Read more

Welcome 2020!!!

So, here we go again. New Year’s eve in South Beach. The vibes are definitely different around here. That is why all teachers agreed to devote five minutes in class to have students talk about New Year’s resolutions. Statements like these came out: “I want to improve my English”, “I want to exercise more often”, “I want to get new job”, and stuff like that. Right after that, we had the idea of taking advantage of our famous building on lovely Lincoln road. The 1111 Lincoln Road building has been an icon of South Beach and its majestic views. We all managed to get some time to get up to the rooftop of the building. At EC Miami on the last day of this year Sandy, one of our adorable teachers, took the initiative to get an amazing photo with teachers, staff and students from Elementary, Pre-Intermediate, Intermediate, Upper Intermediate, and Advanced levels. Sandy even brought in a couple of banners in red that added up to the message we wanted to send everybody. So you guys can get the picture of what went down during day time.       On the other hand, something cool to do at night is to go and enjoy the traditional super awesome fireworks show on Ocean Drive. It is thrilling to see visitors from across the globe coming all the way to Miami Beach to spend the holiday season. People do all kinds of stuff. Right on Ocean Drive between 5th and 14th streets, you get to see travelers walking up and down while the action is taking place. Everybody walking around with a look of great expectation in their eyes, having a drink, and willing to share a few words to wish a Happy New Year regardless where you all guys … Read more

Christmas in South Beach

Well, here we go again. It is the most special time of the year. Christmas time!!! Now, isn’t it? At EC Miami the USA School of English we are aware of what the deal is when it comes to Christmas. For our cool students being far from home is not a problem. Not at all if they ever want to come up with some fun plan to do with a friend or partner in Miami South Beach. This year, during the entire Christmas eve students and staff members of EC Miami kept in touch on our super awesome whatssap group in different ways. One of them was by sharing positive vibe Christmas messages wishing the best from one to another. Another way, was by uploading pics and videos we took along the way as Christmas Eve day went by. There was something truly unusual that we ran into on the group conversation thread, though. It was a wonderful pic with our students from Switzerland, Robin and Lars, on the beach. Here is how they have their say on their experience: “What’s better than a Christmas candlelight dinner at the beach with your best friend? All you need is a table with a nice tablecloth, a beautiful Christmas tree, a candle for a pleasant atmosphere and a delicious meal. (Unfortunately we only had enough money for one potato. Miami Beach is quite expensive…). Combined with a wonderful view of the ocean, the evening can only be great! Granted: The whole thing was a bit strange, but for the picture and the smiling faces it was definitely worth it!” Greetings, Robin and Lars. We just love the contrast between the pine Christmas tree, the sand, and the ocean. Anyways, as you can see, this is a perfect example of how our students … Read more

Thanksgiving at EC Miami

    It’s that time of the year in which celebrations can not be passed up in Miami the USA School of English. The fall in the USA comes along with Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. This year, in the last week of November we had a yummy Thanksgiving lunch on Wednesday November 27th. We had an awesome time to share all together in which our students, teachers, and staff members at EC Miami had the pleasure to enjoy amazing food such as: the quintessential roast turkey, turkey stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans, corn, dinner rolls, cranberry sauce, pumpkin pie, and finally to wash all these down, refreshing apple cider. It is always nice to sit with people and have food together while having a little chat on plans for the long weekend-as a matter of fact, the longest weekend of the year here in the USA.     As another part of our Thanksgiving celebration at EC Miami, we asked students to write down what they are thankful for. The whole point was to have them read them out loud in the students lounge before enjoying all of that amazing food. It’s meant to be a special activity to express gratitude, and it is amazing to see how many positive and heartwarming things our students are grateful for. Here are some of the most relevant gratitude statements: “I am grateful for being healthy and having family and friends”, says Qendrim from Switzerland in Intermediate. “I am grateful for my beautiful wife and family. I am grateful that we are all healthy and happy. I am also thankful for everyday I can watch the sunrise and sunset”, says Joseph, the teacher of our elementary level. Finally, I am thankful for a happy life, that my mother is still alive, and … Read more

Breakfast and English

Hi Everyone, Can you eat,learn and have fun at the same time ? Yes…only in one English School in Miami ,our school. Last Thursday, our students from the Pre-Intermediate level had breakfast with their teacher Rafael Perdigon at Einstein Bros on Alton Rd.It was a great opportunity to welcome Flaminia ,a new student from Italy.We also celebrate a very special week with our students from Saudi Arabia.Our charming Saudi students were very excited to share this time with their classmates from Italy,France and Turkey. Ammar,Ali,Faris and Abdullah explained to us how the Kingdom was founded.They also gave plenty of details on how the Anniversary of KSA ( Kingdom of Saudi Arabia)  is celebrated all across the country.There are really so many reasons to admire such an amazing nation and civilization. While we were having our delicious bagels,coffees and juices (some of the students were more conscious about their diets than the teacher) the students were given some activities to complete in their coursebooks.Reading comprehension,pair work and multiple choice questions were part of our menu too.They learned new vocabulary,new idioms and expressions.They used all this content to describe important landmarks,historical buildings,sites,and tirelessly spoke about their hometowns. It was very interesting how a couple of locals approached our class and asked some questions about our English courses ,but even more interesting than that,was the excitement of the students when they gave details about our school.It is so rewarding for a teacher to see the students interacting in English when just a couple of months ago their English was so limited. So,if you are around Lincoln and Alton, in our sunny city of Miami Beach,and you feel like learning English,or just feel like enjoying a place where multiple nationalities and cultures interact ,drop by 1111 Lincoln Rd Suite 301.We’ll be eagerly waiting for … Read more

What to do for New Year in Miami

What to do for New Year in Miami

Dear all our beloved students, if you are staying in Miami and you don’t know what to do for New Year. Here are some suggestions for you. City of Miami Beach New Year’s Eve Celebration The experts at the city of Miami Beach New Year’s Eve Celebration are fully capable. Grab a blanket and dip your toes in the sand as you gaze into the sky for a free fireworks spectacle at midnight on Ninth Street at Ocean Drive. Midnight Sunday, December 31, at Ninth Street and Ocean Drive, Miami Beach. Pitbull’s New Year’s Revolution Welcome 2018 in true Miami fashion with our hometown hero and friends at Pitbull’s New Year’s Revolution. 8pm Sunday, December 31, at Bayfront Park, 301 N.Biscayne Blvd, Miami. General admission is free, VIP tickets cost $295 to $495.  Wynwood NYE 2018 Eat your way through 2017 at various food trucks, dance your way into 2018 with Miami DJs, and count down to  midnight with the rest of Miami’s weirdos. 8pm Sunday, December 31, at Mana Wynwood, 2250 NW Second Ave, Miami. Free Disco Gold Edition at Electric Pickle Bring out your fanciest gold looks and head to Wynwood for free admission, a midnight champagne toast, music from the Electronic Pickle’s resident DJs, and special secret guests. New Years’s Eve just feels chicer when you’re dripping in gold. 10pm Sunday, December 31, at the Electric Pickle, 2826 N.Miami AVe, Miami Beside these four, there are other events and activities for New Year in Miami.   Find out more about EC’s ESL Courses in Miami

EC Miami Students and Teachers Are Thankful For… :)

What are you thankful for? Taking time to think about the question can actually be good for your health. “Research suggests that individuals who feel grateful experience lower blood pressure, improved immune functions, recover more quickly from illness, and can more effectively cope with stress,” explains Shilagh Mirgain, PhD, a health psychologist with UW Health (University of Wisconsin). “Gratitude has one of the strongest links to mental health, more so than even optimism.” And the benefits can be life-long. A sense of gratitude can reduce the lifetime risk for depression, anxiety and even substance abuse disorders. But, what does it mean to experience gratitude? “What we’re talking about is the appreciation for what is valuable and meaningful in life,” explains Mirgain. “And the first step is to begin creating an awareness of what you are grateful for in life.” USA TODAY So, Here are what EC Miami students and teachers are thankful for. Let’s take a look at these lovely moments that were captured on Thanksgiving Day at EC Miami.  🙂   Find out more about English lessons in Miami at EC Miami.

Veterans Day - EC Miami will be closed.

Veterans Day

EC Miami will be closed on this Friday (November 10th 2017) due to Veterans Day. For those students don’t know about this day, here are some more information about Veterans day. In the USA, Veterans Day annually falls on November 11. This day is the anniversary of the signing of the armistice, which ended the World War I hostilities between the Allied nations and Germany in 1918. Veterans are thanked for their services to the United States on Veterans Day. It is marked by parades and church services and in many places the American flag is hung at half mast. A period of silence lasting two minutes may be held at 11am. Some schools are closed on Veterans Day, while others do not close, but choose to mark the occasion with special assemblies or other activities. Veterans Day is officially observed on November 11. However, if it falls on a week day, many communities hold their celebrations on the weekend closest to this date. This is to enable more people to attend and participate in the events. Federal Government offices are closed on November 11. If Veterans Day falls on a Saturday, they are closed on Friday November 10. If Veterans Day falls on a Sunday, they are closed on Monday November 12. Public transit systems may follow a regular or holiday schedule. Find out more about EC’s ESL Courses in Miami

EC Miami Celebrates Halloween 2017.

EC Miami Celebrates Halloween 2017.

Halloween is one of the most awesome festival in America, especially in Miami. Over the centuries, Halloween transitioned from a pagan ritual to a day of parties, costumes, and sweet treats for kids and adults. There are many symbols associated with Halloween. These include the ghosts, witches, wizard, bats, black cats and spiders. They represent for the night, darkness, death and spiritual world. Besides, there are also a range of objects such as blood, fire, pumpkins, bone and skulls….They are all available in stores as decorations for the Halloween season. EC Miami definitely couldn’t miss this special holiday. We are not only teaching ESL Courses in Miami but also giving our students cool activities during their time here. We would like to give our international students the greatest Halloween experiences in America. The whole school was decorated in Halloween theme. We also organized a costume contest, pumpkin carving competition and a party for everyone. All the staff and teachers also dressed up in different characters. Everyone looked stunning in their costume. It was such an amazing day. We did have a blast! 🙂      

Do Not Know Where to Eat? – Yelp

  We often find ourselves struggling finding out what to eat for a meal or what to do in a new area you have never been to. Moreover, if you are not a local, you have no idea which restaurant is good or not. We are here to help you out! Have you heard of application called, Yelp? This is a mobile application that stores users’ review on specific restaurant, activity, bar and so forth. Through this app, you can grab an idea what kind of food a restaurant has and what their best-seller is. You may expect users’ honest opnion. Some people even give a restaurant only one star. The coolest part of this app is that it has a wide spectrum, ranging from food, nightlife, and beauty & shop. You can also view them as a map-view on your phone, which allows you to make sense easier and know where a closer restaurant is. See how detail information it offers is. Official website is: http://www.yelp.com/miami-beach-fl-us