Tips on How to Make Friends at EC Montreal!

Being a visitor in a new city can be a challenge. Everything is new and different. The transition and adjustment process is always easiest with the company of others. We have put together a few tips on how to make friends during your stay at EC Montreal! 1. Smile and make eye contact: you will be meeting new people every week at the school. Make an effort to introduce yourself to new faces. The easiest way to accomplish this is to smile and make eye contact. The rest will come easily. Follow the smile with a “hello” “where are you from?” 2. Ask questions: in general people love to talk about themselves. If you ask questions and listen, people will find you warm and approachable and will want to spend time with you. 3. Participate in as many EC Montreal activities and academic extras as possible. EC Montreal staff plan weekly free activities and academic events at the school. Make sure you attend. These activities are great ice breakers and give our students an opportunity to interact with each other and bond over common themes. 4. Participate in as many EC Montreal evening and weekend activities as you can. When you are outside of school and in an entirely social setting, people let their guard down and are more likely to feel relaxed. Join the group dinners, sports activities, tourist attractions and weekend excursions. Discover Montreal with your classmates. They will soon become your close friends! 5. Stay active on the EC Montreal Facebook page to stay current on all the upcoming activities and events and chat on-line with your classmates and new friends! 6. Try having lunch with new students every day! Students leave every week, don’t fall into the habit of eating with the same people every day. … Read more

Antonio Fagundes From Brazil: “It was a very fruitful experience…”

Antonio Fagundes was studying at EC Montreal with his wife for the past 4 weeks.  Friday was his last day at EC.  Here is what he wanted to share with everyone about his EC experience: We (me and my wife) had a great experience at school. Initially, we were kindly welcomed by Ana, who was extremely helpful, understanding and receptive. The school environment is great, cheerful and healthy. My teachers, Pooria and Shayan, were fantastic. Enthusiastic, lively, funny and intelligent. I had the opportunity to meet colleagues from around the world, and to study English discussing interesting and challenging topics. It was a very fruitful experience. Join us to learn French in Montreal.

Agathe Kocher From France: “I would recommend EC with pleasure…”

Agathe Kocher is a lovely young lady from France participating in EC Montreal’s General English programme.  This is her last week at EC Montreal.  Here is what she wanted to share with everyone about her EC experience: translated from French I chose this destination because Montreal was a city that I always wanted to visit and because here they speak English.  I feel that this experience has improved my level of English and oral production.  I am a lot more confident and more at ease with the language. My favorite activity was the trip to Niagara Falls!!  What I most appreciate about my experience were my classes and the closeness I felt to my teachers.  I honestly enjoyed the ambiance in the classroom and around the school.  I would recommend EC with pleasure. Join us to learn French in Montreal.

Beatrice Morini From Italy: “EC is a very good language school…”

Beatrice Morini is a lovely young woman from Italy participating in EC Montreal’s General French programme.  She is a multi-destination student who can’t get enough of EC!  This is her last week at EC Montreal.  Here is what she wanted to share about her EC experience: I first studied at EC New York in November 2017 and had the opportunity to meet a lot of people from all over the world.  I then decided to take up a French course and come to EC Montreal where I spent 1 month learning French grammar and enhancing my speaking skills. I honestly think that EC is a very good language school as the professors are extremely qualified and know how to behave and relate to students! I will probably take up a new adventure with EC next year! Join us to learn French in Montreal.

Kayla Ruettimann From Switzerland: “I felt at home here right away…”

Kayla Ruettimann is a teenage student from Switzerland participating in EC Montreal’s French as a second language programme.  This is her last week at EC Montreal.  Here is what she wanted to share with everyone about her EC experience: I came here because I love Canada and I definitely wasn’t disappointed.  The people here, among them my host family, were very nice.  I felt at home here right away.  I found a lot of new friends here from everywhere in the world.  For example; Brazil, Mexico, United States, Austria and Belgium. Also going to school here helped me to lose my fear of speaking French.  I was able to learn in a friendly and warm environment.  This will be one of my favorite memories. Join us to learn French in Montreal.

Elena Unceta From Spain: “My stay was a completely amazing experience…”

Elena Unceta is a lovely 20-year old young woman from Spain participating in EC Montreal’s General French programme.  This is her last week at EC Montreal.  Here is what she had to say about her EC experience: My stay was a completely amazing experience.  I enjoyed so much Montreal and now I am able to speak French way more.  I want to thank my teachers and host family.  I am so grateful! But my biggest win was making a lot of international friends!  See you Montreal! Join us to learn French in Montreal.

Igor Martinez Silva From Brazil: “I liked the activities…”

Igor Martinez Silva is a young man from Brazil participating in EC Montreal’s Semi-Intensive Bilingual programme.  He will be finishing his programme at EC Montreal next week and wanted to share his EC experience with everyone.  Here is what he had to say: I chose to come to Montreal because Canada is a bilingual country. I learned a lot of new skills in English and some in French.  My English skills improved a lot and I am still working on my French. My favorite activity was the bowling.  I really liked all the activities.  I have made friends from Brazil, Belgium, Switzerland and Italy.  The social leaders are all very charming and attentive. Join us to learn French in Montreal.

Lucrezia Taddei From Italy: “I would like to come back…”

Lucrezia Taddei is a lovely young lady from Italy participating in EC Montreal’s General English programme.  This is her last week at EC Montreal.  Here is what she wanted to share with everyone about her EC experience: I chose this destination because I have some friends that live here that are hosting me.  I chose the EC school to improve my English and meet new friends. This experience has helped me a lot.  I spent a very emotional time and I have met people from all over the world. I created important friendships during this month but I also learned a lot of interesting things. My favorite EC activity was the weekend trip to Toronto and Niagara Falls. I feel in love with EC Montreal and I would like to come back next year! Join us to learn French in Montreal.

Merry Christmas in July at EC Montreal!

Today is July 25 and every year on this day, EC Montreal celebrates Christmas in July!  This type of event is very popular with summer camps in North America! It is a fun way to get together will all our students and spread some holiday cheer!  We decorated all the tables with Christmas decorations and served festive treats; cupcakes, cookies, candies, popcorn and we served a delicious holiday punch. Santa Claus came to visit and took pictures with all our students.  It was a lovely way to spend the morning on a hot and humid summer day in Montreal! Merry Christmas in July from all of us at EC Montreal! Join us to learn French in Montreal and take part in all the fun this summer!  

Matsuri Japon Festival Hits Montreal This August!

There’s so many festivals and street events in Montreal in the summer, you can almost loose track!  One coming up that celebrates Japanese street food is hitting the city on Saturday, August 11 from 11 am to 8 pm.  It’s called the “Matsuri Japon” festival and takes place at the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre of Montreal, located at 8155 rue Rousselot which is about a 10 minute walk from the Fabre Metro station. Check out the Facebook event here! It’s free to enter the festival grounds!   Take a French class in Montreal and check out the vibrant cultural scene our city has to offer!