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!
After beating another language school about a month ago we decided to play another soccer match against the team that originally beat us. We were eager to prove that we were the best soccer team out of all of the South Beach language schools. Juan led the activity and said that it was a small team at first and he was worried because EC Miami had four people and the other team had 12. EC Miami was definitely outnumbered, but then everything changed. Suddenly, a group of 10 more EC students showed up with cheerleaders too! The match started quickly after that and our team consisted of primarily Italian and Spanish students, but we also had other nationality players too. The goalie, Badr from Saudi Arabia who was the first person to sign up for our soccer activity, did a great job and we won the game 6-3. The students played their hearts out and it was a close match against Rennert’s great team. During the game, there was a stunning double rainbow over South Beach and the EC Miami players said it was a lucky sign that they would win. They were right! (Can you see both rainbows in the picture?) After the game they jumped around and celebrated, but they couldn’t party for too long because the rainbow was a sign that rain was coming!
After a great soccer match a few weeks ago against another English language school on the beach, we decided to play again versus yet another language school. This time we met at Flamingo Park and played 8 on 8. It was a great match and EC Miami won! The teams disagreed about the final score, but it was either 2-1 or 3-1 depending on who you ask. We had a fantastic turnout for the game with almost 30 students attending and we were excited to have such a great cheering section in addition to super athletic players. The players worked together very well and they were led by some of our fearless Brazilian students. Unlike last time when we only had a few people, this time EC Miami’s soccer team had too many people and we had to use a lot of substitutions. We needed the subs because it was extremely hot. Our cheerleaders were doing a little more tanning than cheering with all of the hot weather! In the end, everyone had a great time and we were happy to leave Flamingo Park as champions for the day. Now, we have to see what other teams in South Beach aren’t too scared to play our EC Miami team!
Last week during Chill & Chat we discussed the European Soccer Tournament, which is happening right now in the Ukraine and Poland. The “cup” began a few weeks ago, and now there are only four teams remaining in the semi-finals: Portugal, Italy, Spain, and Germany. The semi-finals will be this week on Wednesday and Thursday. The final match will be on Sunday and all games are played at 2:45 (Miami time). We have students at EC Miami cheering for their countries, but last week at Chill & Chat we discussed vocabulary in English related to soccer (football). How many words do you know related to this popular sport? Take the quiz below to find out and then check your answers on Facebook. What is the person called who decides about penalties and red and yellow cards? What is the person called who does not score goals, but instead protects his/her team’s goal? What is it called when a person passes the ball to his/her teammate using their head instead of their feet? What do a few players on the team make when they are trying to stop a free kick from going in the goal? What is the place called where the players play the game? This week in Chill & Chat, we will be talking about dance. What words do you know related to dance? What are tap, lifts, or dips? Come this week on Thursday at 2:45 to find out the answer to this question and to expand your vocabulary!