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EC Activity: Sea Kayaking

  What comes to mind when you hear California activities in the summer? You might think water activities, such as kayaking, surfing and snorkeling. We realized that we haven’t organized a sea kayaking activity in the Bay Area since the school was launched. Therefore, we organized a sea kayaking activity two weeks ago! It was foggy in the morning, but it became clear and sunny when we started to do sea kayaking, so we were lucky! Fifteen of our students joined the activity, and for some of them it was the first time to go sea kayaking. Even though some of the students didn’t know how to use paddles to move forward or back, it didn’t take long to get used to it. Each student had a partner, and they needed to work together and row at the same time in order to move in the same direction.     The location for the activity was near the Bay Bridge and AT&T Stadium, so we could see the wonderful San Francisco city view from the ocean. It was a little difficult to move forward against the strong waves when we were near the Bay Bridge, but the students didn’t give up rowing through the Bay Area. We really had a good time sea kayaking together, so we decided to do the same activity in August? If you are interested in sea kayaking, please join us!!! It is always a fun activity to do with students! If you would like to study and have fun in San Francisco, check out our English courses in San Francisco!!!

Learn English Through Sports

As Superbowl Sunday approaches, EC San Francisco’s social calendar is full of sports-related activities for students. Playing sports is an excellent way to learn English with friends. Whether you’re interested in indoor sports, such as bowling or yoga, or sports that you can play outdoors, there are plenty of fun-filled activities coming up. Are you interested in trying the all-American tradition of rolling heavy balls down a narrow lane and trying to knock down white and red pins, while laughing, cheering and drinking beer with all your friends?If so, then you should definitely join Bowling with Drew on Wednesday, January 28th. The group will meet at the front desk at 5:45 and head out to Mission Bowling Club near 16th St. BART station.  You can sign up at the front desk. If you prefer a more relaxing exercise routine, how about joining the Free Yoga classes with Jessica on Thursday, January 29th? There are so many health benefits of yoga, including improving flexibility, posture, and strength while keeping you from getting sick during cold season. The class starts at 6pm in the student lounge, and some mats are provided, but you may also bring a towel. There is no special equipment needed. Anyone can join. Sign up at the front desk. The excitement continues into the weekend as Americans throw parties and hit the pubs for Superbowl Sunday on February 1st, in order to watch the most important football game of the year. Superbowl Sunday will be attract many football fans to sports bars, which are excellent places to learn about American sports culture and practice English with native speakers. If you prefer soccer to football, then you could join the ever-popular Soccer Game in Japantown with Wasim. Students and their friends gather and play soccer on an outdoor field in Raymond Kimball Playground every Sunday. … Read more

EC San Francisco Students Learn English and Enjoy Professional Basketball!

Basketball Warriors VS Thunder 15th November 2013: The USA and sports are always associated, and especially NBA basketball and their star athletes. To have our own idea about this topic some students and I bought tickets for an NBA match in order to find out about the famous ambiance during a basketball match. We watched a match between the Golden State Warriors and the Oklahoma Thunder, two really good teams but we were not able to predict the incredible match that these awesome teams would offer us. All of the EC San Francisco English School students took BART to the Coliseum in Oakland. When we arrived the first thing that we noticed was the number of people walking in the direction of the stadium and we could also see that most of them were for the local team, the Warriors. We finally arrived in the stadium we had to find our sits, and then find some foodJ. All of us chose, let me say, the traditional American meals: hamburgers and chicken wings. Once the stadium was full the match began… and we couldn’t believe how exciting the game was! We were not bored for even a second and the last 5 seconds of the game were just magical. The Warriors won as the buzzer rang and gave a taste of a Hollywood movie to this epic end. An incredible experience! More than that during each quarter some activities and shows were organized to keep all spectators excited. Some were really strange like a girl showing how flexible she was, touching her forehead with her buttocks. In conclusion I could only suggest you to try an NBA match, it’s for the moment the best experience I have had in the USA. Simon Jeckelmann, Switzerland

Weird American Activities in the Eyes of Our Intern, Kanami!

Weird American Activities –GO SHARKS!-   Hi ECSF students and blog readers. My name is Kanami. I have been working at EC San Francisco since the beginning of October. This is my first time to write a blog and I am really excited about it. Today, I want to talk about an American hockey game I saw a couple weeks ago as my first article. I went to watch the game of San Jose Sharks and Phoenix Coyotes at the SAP Center in San Jose on November 2nd.  When I first got there, I was totally amazed by the scale of everything around the stadium. It was so huge and there were so many advertisements around. Both teams have a mascot and they are so entertaining. People just really loved their team. The majority of people there were Sharks fans of as it was their home game. People were screaming for Sharks and waving their arms up and down as if they were sharks biting people. A guy sitting next to us spilled all his beer on my friend’s new jacket because he got into the game too much.  I was too shy to scream like the Americans but I ended up being so enthusiastic about the game. Honestly, I did not know that ice hockey is really famous here and I didn’t know the rules before I went to see it but I found that I really enjoyed myself and liked it even if the Sharks lost the game in sudden death. I found out that if you are a really good player on the team, it is like you are you are a Hollywood celebrity. Watching sports always make us one big group even if we are complete strangers which is really good for especially international students like us. … Read more

Student Ambassador Yohko Kayahara Explores Free Yoga in San Francisco!

  The other day, I went to an AY lecture about Yoga by Laura and learned that there are a lot of yoga studios in SF. When you hear the word “yoga”, what comes to your mind? I think although most people think yoga is difficult, yoga is simple and easy. Of course, some poses are so difficult, but most teachers know the most important thing in yoga is to enjoy yourself. So how about doing yoga without thinking too much?  If you want to try to do yoga, there are many opportunities for you in SF. For example, I know two places we can do yoga for free. First, we can take part in a yoga class every Tuesday from 6:15 p.m. at Grace Cathedral.There are a lot of people, but the light is dim, so if you don’t do yoga well, nobody looks at you. But you need to bring a yoga mat. YOGA ON THE LABYRINTH  http://labyrinthyoga.com/     Another option that we can take part in is a yoga class every Friday, Saturday and Sunday morning. The place is called “prAna” and is a yoga clothing shop near Japantown and you don’t need a yoga mat. prAna San Francisco http://www.prana.com/life/retail-stores/san-francisco-store/     In addition to the two yoga class, we have a chance to do yoga under the sky. Although I haven’t been there, I want to go there in the near future. Free Rooftop Yoga Sundays at Lombardi Sports http://sf.funcheap.com/free-rooftop-yoga-sundays-lombardi-sports-27/ It is said that yoga is good for our health and mind. If you are scared to go by yourself, please invite me!  

Student Ambassador Chulkyun Jeon Reflects on College Football at UC Berkeley! GOOO BEARS!

  I went to the UC Berkeley football game with my classmate to watch an NCAA football game with the California Golden Bears versus the Portland State Vikings last Saturday. I have never seen a football game, not even through broadcasting. It is not a famous sport in my country, Korea. However, I wanted to know why many people in America are so enthusiastic about football. To tell the truth, I would like to watch a 49ers game in the stadium. Unfortunately, the ticket price was more expensive than I expected. Therefore, I tried to find a cheaper ticket or watch an amateur game. While I was web surfing, I found a match for the CAL Bears versus the Portland Vikings at UC Berkeley. Besides, the ticket prices were not so expensive. It was such a great opportunity to watch a football game in the stadium. I went with 13 ECers. Most of the ECers didn’t know how to play football. However, they also wanted to watch a football game. The day of match, the weather had never been better. Before the game, there was a performance by the big band and cheerleaders. They made the atmosphere of the stadium fill with excitement. The game took almost 4 hours. However, nobody felt bored during the game. Personally, the result of the game was not important. To feel the atmosphere of the football game was more important than the score. In the end, the CAL bears won the game. I could feel a true spirit of camaraderie during the game. Besides, to watch a football game gave a whole new meaning to me. I’d like to watch a game again. Of course, I highly recommend watching a football game in the stadium whatever it will be a professional game or amateur … Read more