Happy New Year from EC Toronto!

Happy New Year! Korean and Chinese people celebrate New Year’s Day at the start of the year on the lunar calendar and have done so for thousands of years. It is one of the most important holidays on their calendar. New Year’s is a family holiday, and the lunar New Year is a three-day event in Korea.  Most people try to return to their family homes to spend time with relatives and honor their ancestors. The traditional New Year’s meal is a soup of thinly sliced rice cakes (duk gook).  Because all Koreans turn a year older with the start of each New Year (and not on their birthday), many people tell their children that they can’t get older unless they’ve eaten some duk gook. 🙂 Here is a typical Korean meal in honour of ancestors who have departed this world.     EC Toronto wishes all our Korean and Chinese students a very Happy New Year!  And if you are not yet a student at EC Toronto, you should be! EC offers various English Language courses, including basic courses in Toronto!

Groundhog Day

January came and went, February is nearly here! February 2 is groundhog day.  According to the legend, if it is cloudy when a groundhog emerges from its burrow then spring will come early; if it is sunny, the groundhog will supposedly see its shadow and retreat back into its burrow, and the winter weather will continue for six more weeks. What do you hope the groundhog sees? We hope that he does not see his shadow!  

A wedding!

                                      Remember this couple who met at EC Toronto?                                          Simon and Luana were married on November 16, 2013 in Brazil.   Congratulations from all of us at EC Toronto!

EC Toronto student recommends karaoke for learning English!

This was written by a former EC Toronto student, who came to our school with no English and finished at the Low Intermediate level. He is now helping us in the school office as an intern — an amazing guy! Hi guys! My name is Dhouglas and I have been here in Toronto since February 2013. I’m here to tell you guys one funny and very effective way to learn English in Toronto (for me). I’m talking about Karaoke!  I come from Recife in Brazil and Karaoke rooms are not common there, so when I arrived here in Toronto I hung out with some Asian friends and we went to a Karaoke room. It was really great this experience. I can’t speak Korean or Japanese so I have to sing English songs. Now, I always go with some friends to a karaoke room because it is starting to be easy to sing songs in English (but that does not mean that I am a good singer LOL) and if you can sing you also can speak in English. The best thing about all this is because rooms are private so only your friends will listen to your beautiful or not so beautiful voice (I fit the second option). So guys, Toronto has several ways to have fun with friends and this is one of them. That was my tip for how to learn English and have fun here in Toronto. Do not forget to call me when you guys are going to some karaoke room! === EC offers various English Language courses, including basic English courses in Toronto.

Media Studies at EC Toronto

Anyone who is in the High Intermediate or Advanced level can take Anthony’s Media Studies class on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons as part of their General English 30 lessons per week program at EC Toronto. And the best part is that they will be able to work on our What’s Up EC? newspaper! Here is a sample of what was included in the December edition! HOW TO SURVIVE YOUR FIRST WINTER IN CANADA? As winter time is coming, I would like to put my knowledge to good use. Adapting to a new country always takes patience and time, so here there are some tips and tricks. First of all, buy warm clothes. No jacket will ever be as warm as a Canadian one. You need to save money because winter clothes are not cheap. In contrast, the best way to keep your body warm is to dress in layers. Outdoors it is freezing but indoors it is often very warm. Forget about short skirts or low-rise pants and invest in sweaters, good socks and long shirts. The cold also draws the moisture from the air as well as your body. It is not uncommon to find your hands, face and lips chapped. Your face (nose, lips and eyes) are exposed to the harsh winter elements like wind, snow, and sun. Prevention is the key! A nourishing lip balm is a must. However, not only does your face need care, your skin also gets dried, chapped and cracked. It is necessary to take care of your whole body. Surprisingly, the weather can change very fast in Canada. First thing to do in the morning is check the forecast.  Sunny days can be extremely cold like -20c. Do not believe what you see beyond the window. Sunny days do not mean warm … Read more