Goodbye Valeria

Today is the last day of one of our wonderful student ambassador, Valeria! Valeria joined us from Cartagena, Colombia. She is 17 years old, and loves to play soccer and hang out with her friends. She came here for 3 months to study English, and enjoy making friends with her classmates. She loved the city, and even the bad weather didn’t stop her from getting out and helping us with activities. Just a couple of weeks ago she lead a group of EC students through mud and snow, as they hiked up Dog Mountain. She is also very outgoing, and had no problem flaunting her advanced English skills as she made announcements to several classes about upcoming events. As she leaves, Valeria says that she will remember the kind and helpful staff of EC. As for us, we will remember great her great personality and initiative. See you later, Valeria! ————- If you want to enjoy great activities Canada, you can learn English in Vancouver with EC!

4 Transit Apps to help you to move around Vancouver

Currently, mobile applications are making our life easier. Here in Vancouver, they are useful as well. When it comes to public transportation, Transit app (Apple Store / Google Play) is the most popular. You can use it to find the next bus, or to find out how you can get to any place around the city. However, if you are a little bit anxious and can’t wait for the bus, you can use the Radar app (Apple Store) to track the exact location of your next bus. Just in case you don’t have data on your phone and can’t connect to a Wi-Fi network – which is pretty rare in Vancouver, you can use the Metro CA app (Apple Store) and take advantage of the offline maps for Canada Line, Expo Line, Millennium Line and the 97 or 99 B-Line bus. If you’re just lazy or in a rush, just open the Yellow Cab app (Apple Store / Google Play) and get a taxi, anytime, anywhere. Whether you use apps or not, walking around and discovering the city is always a good idea! ————- If you want to spend some time exploring Canada, you can learn English in Vancouver with EC!

May Long Weekend – Victoria Day 2016

This long weekend, all of Canada, except Quebec, will celebrate Queen Victoria’s birthday. Victoria. Day is a statutory holiday, also known as “May Long Weekend”. EC Vancouver will be closed on Monday 23rd so you can enjoy the long weekend with lots of activities. The weather won’t be as good as it has been in the last 2 weeks, but it will be good enough to go outside. Here are two special events that you can enjoy this long weekend: Cloverdale Rodeo – taking place in Surrey , this 4 day event includes cowboys competitions, amusement rides and other activities. More info at http://www.cloverdalerodeo.com/ Whistler Go Fest – Running from Friday to Monday, Whistler is full of outdoor recreation. Experience some music, sports, arts & culture, clinics and much more in this great outdoor festival. More info at http://www.greatoutdoorsfest.com/ ————- If you’re interested in getting to know more about Canadian culture, you can learn English in Vancouver with EC!

Richmond Night Market 2016

Summer is almost here! The days are getting longer and many more events are happening. The Richmond Night Market, the largest night market in North America, takes takes place from May 13 to October 10, 2016. This Asian-themed market features about 140 food stalls and over 400 retail vendors. You can taste delicious food like barbecued skewers of meat and seafood, bubble tea, mango desserts, and more. Also, retail vendors with jewelry, clothing, phone cases, and more at inexpensive prices are there to empty your wallet. Just don’t forget to bring plenty of cash! This year, life-sized dinosaurs are also waiting for you at the market. These dinosaurs  move, roar, and even spit out water! The market is open from 7pm to midnight on Fridays and Saturdays and 7pm to 11pm on Sundays and holiday Mondays. It is located at 8351 River Road (nearby Bridgeport Station) and the regular admission price is be $2.35. Please visit at http://richmondnightmarket.com/ for more information. ===== Thinking about taking IELTS test in Vancouver? Check out our IELTS classes in Vancouver!  

Canadian Coins

Here in Canada, you may hear some unusual names for things, like “chesterfield” and “toque”.  One of the most unique and commonly used words in Canada is “loonie”. Has anyone ever asked you for a loonie and you didn`t know what to do? Well, next time hand them a 1-dollar coin. Yes, we know, it’s a silly word for currency. But the 1- dollar coin has an image of a loon, so it’s only appropriate than to call it loonie, right? As a matter of fact, Canadians like the loonie so much that they call the 2-dollar coin something similar, the “toonie”, even though it has the image of a polar bear. Here are the names of all the Canadian coins, so that you don’t get confused the next time you’re buying a coffee: Penny – 1-cent coin Nickel – 5-cent coin Dime – 10-cent coin Quarter – 25-cent coin Loonie – 1-dollar coin Toonie – 2-dollar coin ————- If you’re interested in getting to know more about Canadian culture, you can learn English in Vancouver with EC!

Learning English through Songs

Do you enjoy listening to music? Make learning English fun by listening to music and singing out loud. There are many benefits of using songs to learn English: it is a great way to expand your vocabulary and improve your pronunciation, and it will make a huge difference in the learning process. Here are just a few reasons why you should use songs to learn English: Pronunciation. Singing along helps you to pronounce the correctly and link those words together. Vocabulary. Songs have a lot of vocabulary, and the best part is that the words used are often very useful. Songs typically don’t have complicated words used in high-level academic English. Instead, they have words used in the everyday language, like slang and idioms used by native speakers. Grammar. It’s true that some songs don’t always have the perfect grammar, but they can still help you get familiar with general grammatical patterns. Culture. Music is culture, it teaches you about behaviours, and if you’re familiar with popular songs and artists, you have something to talk about. It’s fun! It improves your mood; you can enjoy yourself by singing, without being afraid of making mistakes. And besides, it’s easy to listen to songs. You can do it on your way to school, in the shower, in your room – almost anywhere! While music is a great help, the best way to learn is often through a fun and interesting class. Visit EC and find out how you  can learn English in Vancouver.

North Vancouver Shipyards Night Market 2016

From May 6th until September 30th, 2016, the Shipyards Night Market takes place every Friday night from 5pm to 10pm.  The market is smaller than the ones in Richmond, but it has totally different atmosphere. It’s full of joy and energy and it provides an amazing view. At the market, you can find locally made products, food, and art. There will be also live music and other performances from all over BC on the Shipbuilders’ Stage. To top it off, the market also have a beer garden! If you are 19 or older, you can enter the beer garden to taste local craft beer and cider, as well as Betty’s Vodka Iced tea. The market is located just east of the Seabus station. For more information, please visit www.northshoregreenmarket.com. ===== Thinking about taking IELTS test in Vancouver? Check out our IELTS classes in Vancouver!

Goodbye to our Wonderful Intern, Soo

Today is Soo’s last day at EC Vancouver. Sue has been our intern for the past 3 months and has been not only a great help, but also a great person to be around. This is what Soo has to say about her experience: It was a nice working with great people and hanging out with friends from other countries at EC English. I am leaving this school today but I will be in Vancouver for another couple of years.  I started a new life here in Vancouver, where I am now working, studying and meeting new friends.  So far, this school is one of the best places where I have worked. Please enjoy in Vancouver and I hope you guys can achieve all of your dreams and goals. Be yourself and keep going! See you EC family! Working as an intern is yet another way for students to learn English in Vancouver. Contact us to learn more!

Guiellrmo’s EC Story

  Guillermo joins us from Spain and has been an EC Student since early October. In addition to working hard on his English, Guillermo has been doing a lot of fun things around Vancouver. Here is Guillermo’s EC Story: “After six months in Vancouver, it’s hard not to say that I´m not in love with it. Even despite the rainy winter and the long nights, Vancouver gives us the opportunity to enjoy a real international experience. This is not only because of the diversity at the school, but also the many Korean, Japanese, Brazilian, and other kinds of restaurants. The friendliness of the people and the respect that they show will make you feel at home. As Canadians often do, you can watch a hockey game, ski or snowboard and hike. Just never forget your backpack! EC Vancouver makes it do that all the students are comfortable. In the last six months, I have been meeting amazing people, and making friends from around the world. I know they will always been there if I visit Turkey, Korea, Brazil, Switzerland, Italy, Iran, France, Spain, Mexico, and a whole lot of other countries. Learning English opens your world to many possibilities.”   Just like Guillermo, you too can study English in Vancouver. Please contact us to learn more!

Vancouver European Festival 2016

Are you interested in exploring European cultures? The 19th Annual European Festival will take place on the weekend of May 28 and 29 at Swangard Stadium (3883 Imperial St in Burnaby’s Central Park). Last year, around 10,000 people visited the festival. The two-day event will allow people in Vancouver to experience various European cultures without leaving Vancouver. There will be musicians, dance performers and artists showcasing their creations. Also, there will be a marketplace with vendors selling all kinds of European food, souvenirs, and clothing. The festival passes are $9 online, and $10 at the gate. Please visit the website if you want to know more about the event or if want to purchase the tickets. ====== Thinking about taking IELTS test in Vancouver? Check our IELTS classes in Vancouver!