Three Benefits of Making Friends Abroad

1. Networking What do we mean by networking? The more international friends you make, the more places around the globe you’ll have chances in. For example, let’s say you know, a Brazilian, a Saudi, a German, a Korean and a Russian! Now you have networks in five different countries! That means if you’re ever looking for business opportunities, or job vacancies, or simple vacation, you now know enough people to help you and direct you to where you find the best jobs or opportunities in these five countries. Now imagine you know more than just one, from many different regions and provinces or even counties, imagine the network and references you’ll have! That’s one of the best things we offer at our language school! 2. Traveling for less Let’s say you’re happy where you are, and are comfortable with your job or business. Let’s say your country offers you the best opportunities for you, and you’re not thinking of relocating. However, you would still want to travel the world and see as much as you can! Who wouldn’t want to see all the countries in the world? If you made friends in as many countries as you can, those friends can help you find the cheapest but best places to visit. They will offer you help one where to go and where not to go. They will know the local cool places that are not crowded with tourists, providing a unique culture experience! Sometimes, they will offer you a place to stay for FREE! Because they’re the awesome local friend! 3. Learning new languages We all know that practice make perfect, and the best practice is with your native speaker buddy! If you want to learn a new language, English or German, Russian, or Japanese… etc, the best way to … Read more

My Experience, written by Kazutoyo Hayashi

Kazu is one of our awesome EC ambassadors. He is from Japan, and is currently studying in our pre-intermediate class. He is also signed up in our semi-intensive program. Here’s what he said about his experience at EC San Francisco. “I’ve already spent two months EC San Francisco. I’m having a great time here. On the first day, I couldn’t understand everything which was in English; school rules and information about San Francisco. But everyone who; teachers and my friends were very helpful. Thanks to everyone, I feel my English was improved a lot. I’ve learned that communication is important in conversation. EC has a lot of students who are from different countries. We have different accents and different cultures. We also have a lot of different personality differences. We’ve been staying here and respecting each other. I learned that respecting each other is important to get along. I’ve never thought about it before I came to San Francisco. I believe it’s going to be a great experience for me. Thanks to every student I met, I am having a great time here. I often ask teachers when I couldn’t understand. Teachers always help me. EC teachers are so kind to teach us. We really like them. I really think EC school is the best school. New students don’t need to worry. Also, our school has a lot of activities. I experienced yoga, hiking and traveling to Las Vegas etc. It was really fun. And we can make friends even though we have different classes”.   If you want to learn more, Please sign up for English Courses in San Francisco  

Our weekend trip to Los Angeles by Sandra Taschke

  We booked our weekend trip to Los Angeles trough Expidition America – a company which does tours & excursions for international students, groups and travelers in the U.S. On Friday morning we went to a meeting point where a bus had picked us up to get to L.A. Our first stop after the long ride was the Santa Monica Pier – it was really beautiful! We could watch the sunset while enjoying dinner at one of the food stands. There were also many wheel and roller coasters you could ride. After spending there two hours, the bus had taken us to our motel for check-in. Afterwards we went to the Walk of Fame – which was only 5 minutes away from our motel by foot. It was night time as we got there, so it looked really cool. After seeing the stars of the Walk of Fame, me and my friends went to a bar at this street. The next morning the bus had picked us up and drove us to the Griffith Observatory – where you can get a great view all over L.A. You can even see the Hollywood sign, even though it’s looks small from there. Inside the building of the observatory there are many space and science related displays for people who are interested in these kinds of things. After this, we went to Farmers Market. There were many food stalls and restaurants, where we could have lunch at. Me and my friends went to a restaurant there and had a very huge, shared mac and cheese bowl. Right after lunching we went to Venice Beach. We were walking at the Boardwalk where you could buy souvenirs and food and enjoy the view. And our last stop for that day was  Rodeo drive – the … Read more

About me & my first day at EC – by Mayu

  My first day at EC: My first day at EC,I was nervous because I was worried about my school life. When I entered a classroom,I found many students around the world. I was excited to talk with them. I tried to talk Mexican girl and Columbian boy. They were friendly and kind so I got along with them quickly. That happens made me having a confidence so I asked them to have lunch together. Then we had good lunch at that time. If I hadn’t talked them, we wouldn’t become friends. They have already graduated and back to their country but we still keep in touch. I learned small brave makes a big relationship. I know it’s difficult to talk to strangers particularly people who speak different languages. But this is the most important to be friends. Something interesting about me: I’m from west of Japan. In Japan there are many kinds of dialects. My hometown’s dialect sounds angry (I don’t think so!). So when I talk to friends who speak standard Japanese they told me why I was little harsh. I try to speak mildly because I don’t want my friends feel not good. But I like my dialect. Japanese has formal and polite words to older people or workers or customers. Even though we use formal words just one year older people. I like that language culture. But it is a little bit difficult to become close friends with older people. To be honest I don’t have Japanese older friends. But I’m close with them like friends. My understanding is they are close older people. The reason why they are not friends for me is I guess because of formal words. So when I use formal words to them I felt to have a distance. What I want to … Read more

Mayu’s Food Recommendation!

  What are the places you recommend in SF? I recommend to go to the Doroles park. It’s a best place to chill. You can see downtown and dogs♡I enjoy seeing dogs and eating ice cream. There is an ice cream shop near the park. The shop’s name is “Bi-Rite Creamy”. The shop of exterior is cute and colorful. So you can enjoy eating ice cream and taking pictures. All my friends who went to there told me they liked the Doroles park. I hope you’ll have a good time at the park. Can you recommend us some restaurants? I highly recommend “Sotto Mare”. It is an Italian seafood restaurant located near Washington square park. The most popular item in the menu is “Best Damn Crab Cioppino”. It is based on tomato soup and there are many kinds of seafood and pasta. They serve their food in big bowls. So I recommend sharing with two or more people. My favorite dish is risotto!! When I ate it for the first time, my eyes opened so big. Because I had never eaten such a delicious risotto in my life. I think “Sotto Mare”is one of the restaurant that you should go to. What’s the best burger in SF? Do you know the most delicious burger shop in SF? Super Duper? In n out burger? The answer is a definite no! The most delicious burger sandwich is at “Pearl’s Deluxe Burgers”. It locates 10 minutes walk from Union Square. I can’t forget their burgers taste. Moreover their fries and shakes are also awesome. Especially strawberry shake is the best in the world. There includes strawberries pulp,so it isn’t artificial flavor!! I don’t go back home because of shake… What Japanese restaurant do you recommend? Then I recommend Japanese ramen restaurant “Waraku”(和楽). To be honest I didn’t trust any … Read more

My English Learning Experience by Mayu

  Tell us about your travels. I have been to the USA (of course!), Australia,Taiwan and Korea. When I was little, I lived in Arkansas in the USA for a couple of years, so I traveled all around the USA with my family. 19 years ago, I went to San Francisco. I can’t believe that I came back to San Francisco and now living here! I traveled to Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Lake Tahoe and Yosemite while I’m in San Francisco. When I was 16 years old I went to Australia to study English for a month. I went to high school with Australian friends. I didn’t only study English but also I hung out with my host family. For example, I went to Great barrier reef. It was amazing!! Ocean was like a crystal and I met a sea turtle in the sea. I want to go back again. The biggest thing of difference between the USA and Australia is English. I was confused about Australian accent. But it was a good experience to know Australian English for me. “Good day mate?” How did you deal with culture shock or when you’re homesick? Actually I’m easy to adapt new environment. I adapted San Francisco just for 2 or 3 days. So I don’t feel any culture shock or homesick. If I’m forced to say about culture shock is dangerous. When I was in Japan,I worked at midnight and went home alone by walking. But San Francisco is dangerous to go out at midnight alone as a non American woman. Not only San Francisco, most of the USA are dangerous at midnight for women to be walking alone. So after I came to San Francisco, I was careful not to go out midnight alone. Sometimes I go out at midnight at that … Read more

A Runway Model in San Francisco

Here at EC San Francisco, we get students from all around the globe. We have students working in all professions you can think of. We have students of all ages! But to have a student studying English with us, and is actually a runway model… That’s rare! So, we would like you to meet Vanessa from Brazil! She’s a walk-in student. Here’s her story. Venessa Adamatti is a Brazilian model, from Feliz, which means Happy, Brazil. She is 25 years old. Vanessa never thought of modeling. She has never thought of career until one day an scouting team found her when she was sixteen years old. They flew her to Sao Paolo to meet the agency. Later on, she won a modeling contest, and signed up with them. She’s been working with them for the past nine years with the blessing of her family. The best part she loves about her job is being able to travel. She traveled around the world to places, such as, Milan, Paris, Porto, Lisbon, New York City, and currently in San Francisco. Moreover, she loves the fact that she made friends from all around the world. She described them “different people, from different places”. She decided to come to San Francisco because her boyfriend moved to the States. The model wants to be with him, but she also thought it was going to be a great opportunity to improve her English. Vanessa found us on the internet. She was looking for the best schools in San Francisco. Then, she read some reviews and luckily, she found us. She walked in and visited many of the school. We were the lucky chosen ones. Her favorite time in EC  consisted of participating in the activities. She also loved how our classes are communicative; we incorporate pair … Read more

Student of the Month of May

  Our San Francisco’s team of teachers selected Sihyun (Sirena) from the Advanced class to be our May student of the month for her hard work and her ongoing efforts to better herself. She’s always helping other students and leading awesome activities. She tries to also educate fellow students about feminist issues. When we asked her about her time at EC so far, she said the following: “As a student from EC SF, I have experienced many valuable moments. When I first came to San Francisco, I was so nervous but thanks to my teachers and friends, I could easily get used to my life here. Being an student ambassador is an amazing thing. Even though English is not my mother tongue, I really like expressing myself and enjoy the communication with friends from different countries. I have been here for 7 months now. Time flies, but I will try to enjoy the rest of my days at EC SF. Thanks to everyone and everything that has become a part of my precious memories”.   Here at EC English San Francisco, you can be part of a great community. 

Aziz’s experience with IELTS

  “At last! I scored 6.5” – our brilliant student ambassador, Aziz Aziz is a student from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. He joined EC in March 2018 after receiving a full scholarship from the Ministry of Education in his country. The reason he joined us was to achieve a proficiency level that qualified him to register for the IELTS: a requirement to get accepted in a university. When he started, we placed him in the Elementary level. He worked hard through levels to reach Upper Intermediate. He finally qualified to take the IELTS for the first time, and then five more! He needed a 6.5 score, but he kept getting 6. We worked with him on a daily basis training him for the test. He’s achieved the highest level of proficiency at EC! He’s been here for over 60 weeks. Aziz has got 6.5. Finally, he graduated to attend college here in the U.S. on a full scholarship! We will miss Aziz and wish him the best of luck!   Do you want to attend our English Language School? Visit our website!

Abigail showing off her engagement ring!

Abigail from Brazil said “YES!”

      There’s no motivation stronger than the motivation of Love! Abigail’s first visit to San Francisco was back in August, when she and her fiance Tristan decided to meet face to face after a long long-distance-relationship. He invited her to the best city by the bay for a week. When she learned that she loved him so much, she decided to stay in SF, killing two birds with one stone; be with him & take English courses in San Francisco  Abigail first met Tristan on Social Media. He fell in love with her pictures and the awesome personality she displayed. The only barrier that they could overcome (because love conquers all) is language! He speaks a bit of Spanish, she speaks a bit of Spanish, she had limited English, and with the language of Love they managed. On March 9, in Lake Tahoe, where they were having a mini-vacation, he popped the question, and she said “YES!”. It was magical, it was snowy, and she came back flaunting that blue diamond!  We wish them a happy life! We can’t wait for the big day!