Cansu’s Life in Vancouver

Cansu is a Turkish student here at EC this year, who volunteered to share with us about life in Vancouver. Here is her story: Life in Vancouver I came to Vancouver last autumn. It was warm and rainy. There were lots of leaves with beautiful colors. They were everywhere around the streets. Most of the people are so helpful here. Sometimes, when I’m standing in the street, people ask me if I need any help. I had culture shock here. However, I felt much better after a month. I’ve been learning quickly about the city. I soon knew where I can go for shopping or for dinner. Now, I’m used to almost everything here. There are many things here that fascinate me, but my favorite is sightseeing. This is a city like no other! Vancouver is rich in natural beauty. I believe that the beauty of nature can have a profound effect on our senses. I made many international friends here. It is a good thing for me because I have experienced many different cultures now. We always find different kind of activities in Vancouver and we have fun together, so we can always have different experiences. For example, I tried Korean food for the first time with my Korean friends last week and I liked it. We go to pubs, parties, trips and different kinds of restaurants. All of these are awesome memories. It is very special because you can only experience it once in your life. Advice for other students There are many things here that fascinate me, but my favorite one is sightseeing, and I would really recommend it. You can see the Capilano Suspension Bridge, Stanley Park, English Bay, Granville Island, Canada place, Whistler etc. I also like Robson Street. ====== Do you want to get … Read more

Canada and Switzerland

Meret is a Swiss student here at EC this year, who volunteered to share with us about the differences between Canada and Switzerland. Here is her story: Hi, I would like to tell you about the difference between Vancouver and my home city. I will start with some background and then I will continue with the biggest differences. I live in Switzerland, in a very small city by the name of Schaffhausen. I grew up in the village next to Schaffhausen, call Neuhausen. It’s only 10 minutes away from the capital, Schaffhausen. Everything is very close. Ok, now the main part. I will start with some small insights in the differences regarding the restaurant/food, then people, transportation, and at the end, the residence. Weather and clothing I will skip, because there are almost no differences. RESTAURANT/FOOD: Here in Vancouver you can find a lot of cheap Asian restaurants. In Schaffhausen, is it very expensive to eat Asian food outside. Most of the citizens there go to Germany to enjoy an Asian meal. The nearest German village is only 10 minutes away from Schaffhausen by car. PEOPLE: Here in Vancouver, it’s like in Switzerland in the winter time. The temperature is between minus 5 and minus 10 degrees. But I can’t understand how it is possible that a lot of young women wear short skirts without tights. In Schaffhausen, you see only women with sneakers and 7/8 jeans. That surprised me. The people in Vancouver are very friendly. If you have a problem, they do not hesitate to help. In Schaffhausen, you can stay one hour with a city map at the same place and nobody will help you. The same is true when you are in a bar/club. The locals speak with the tourist and are interested in their stories. … Read more

Rafael’s EC Vancouver Experience

    Rafael is a Brazilian student who graduated from EC this year. Here is his story: Studying at EC I really had good time at EC Vancouver. I learned so much English. When I started to learn English at EC, I did’t know anything. In six months, I got to the intermediate level. I think that I improved my English a lot. The classes were very interesting, with different group activities. The teachers and staff were very kind and helpful. I made a lot of friends at EC, who I hope to meet again. I hope to study in EC again, in other schools around the world. Advice for Brazilian students I think the first piece of advice is to enjoy your time, because time goes by so fast. The second is that you have to study hard. English is not easy. Finally, if you start from scratch, don’t worry, everything will be better. I know it takes time. Follow Rafael on Instagram! ====== Do you want to get a better score on your TOEFL? EC offers TOEFL courses in Vancouver! Contact us to learn more!  

Patricia’s Life in Vancouver

  Patrcia is a Brazilian student here at EC Vancouver, who volunteered to share with us about her experience. Here is her story: Life in Vancouver At first, I decided come to Vancouver because I needed to improve my English for my job. When I arrived here, in September 2016, I couldn´t imagine how my experience would be. I hardly spoke English, and I was afraid because I thought it would be impossible to communicate me with others people and to be able to do anything. I met many people from different countries. Although the most of people I knew didn´t speak English, just like me, we could talk about all kinds of things, like our countries, our culture, what we like to do in our free time, our jobs, touristic places, and language. In Vancouver, there are many options for leisure. Every week I found some different sightseeing places like Stanley Park, where I could ride a bicycle around the park, Lynn Canyon and the suspension bridge, where I got lost with my friend in the end of the trail (I thought I would freeze to death there), English Bay (the best sunset), Granville Island (the best market), Canada Place (the best ocean view), Rogers Arena, the Public Library, Queen Elizabeth Theatre (where I´ve watched the Nutcracker Ballet), the casino (I lost money but I was happy), and many pubs, like the Cambie, Tap Barrel, Belmonte, Cabana, and Library Square. hope that I can go to other places before I go back to Brazil next February. My favourite place while I was In Vancouver it was the Rocky Mountains. When I went there, in October 2016, I saw snow for my first time. It was amazing because in my country (Brazil) we don´t have snow. I was like child, … Read more

Rafaella’s Life in Vancouver

Rafaella is a Brazilian student here at EC this year, who volunteered to share with us about her experience. Here is her story: Life in Vancouver My life in Vancouver has been exciting. When I have class in the afternoon, I usually use the morning to talk to my parents and friends in Brazil. But when I have class in the morning, I usually try to discover a new place in Vancouver after class. I’ve been to “lookout”, which is a beautiful place for seeing the city, and to Metrotown, which is a good place for buying gifts. I didn’t find many restaurants. Normally, I go to McDonalds’ or Subway, but we have those in Brazil. As for restaurants that are different, I went to Five Guns and Tim Hortons, I didn’t like Five Guns a lot, but Tim Hortons I liked. I have made plans to get to know many other places. Advice for other students If you want to enjoy Vancouver in January, you should be prepared for the cold. Going to the mountains or skiing are really cool things to do.   ====== Do you want to get a better score on your TOEFL? EC offers TOEFL courses in Vancouver! Contact us to learn more!

Sydney’s CAE in Vancouver

Sydney is a Swiss student who graduated from EC this year. Here is her story: Studying at EC Coming to Vancouver has been the highlight of my year and something I’ll remember all my life. I couldn’t be happier about choosing EC Vancouver because it is a great school with a great learning system and great staff. I did the CAE course for three months, which is 30 lessons a week. One thing I greatly appreciated was the Vancouver-Tour we did before the course started. It was a great opportunity to meet everyone before the course started; we were able to make friends already. My class was mostly Swiss people, which didn’t bother me too much since we had to speak English in the school building anyways. I had great teachers – Nina and Jim were very patient and understanding. They are great teachers because they simplify things and make them easy to understand. The lessons were never boring because of the different topics we had every week. We played a lot of games in class and did little competitions, as well as partner- or teamwork exercises and field trips. The staff at EC Vancouver is really nice – they’re all very kind and always willing to help you. Overall I’d recommend EC to everyone because it’s an amazing school. I’ll definitely remember my time there because I was able to learn new things, open up more and meet new people. Some of the people I’ve met became my best friends and I strongly believe the friendships I’ve formed there will last a lifetime. Advice for Swiss students My advice for Swiss people who want to study in Vancouver is to open up and be as communicative as possible. Don’t be shy about your English and hang out with people from … Read more

Ingry’s Studies in Vancouver

Ingry is a Colombian student who graduated from EC this year. Here is the story of her studies in Vancouver: Studying at EC At first, I felt a little bit nervous about all I was able to find in Vancouver, but EC’s kind staff made me feel comfortable and safe. I have wonderful memories in this awesome cosmopolitan city. One has the potential to experience a lot of different places. In my opinion, it is a perfect city because you can find a natural part and a modern part together. In my case, my favorite places are the forests, mountains, clean air, rivers, beaches, and lakes. Secondly, EC Vancouver has some activities every week that can help you to know more about this city. I visited Deep Cove, Capilano, Lynn Canyon, Stanley park, Elizabeth Park, English Bay, VanDusen Garden, Deer lake, Lighthouse Park, Whistler, Rocky Mountains, UBC Botanical Garden, Cleveland Dam, Kitsilano Beach, Victoria, Granville Island, Vancouver Aquarium, Grouse Mountain, Roger Arena, etc. If you go to Vancouver, you will enjoy these places and fun activities. Finally, if you are planning to come to Vancouver, this school is an excellent option because you will meet a lot of people from different countries and you will understand your behavior. You will have a fantastic time improving your English and experiencing new cultures. Advice for Colombian students Do not feel afraid about a new country, because a lot of opportunities and incredible people are waiting for you. ====== Do you want to get a better score on your TOEFL? EC offers TOEFL courses in Vancouver! Contact us to learn more!

Janina’s Life in Vancouver

Janina is a Swiss student who graduated from EC this year. Here is her story: Trips and Activities in Vancouver It was my first time in Canada and I wanted to see more than just Vancouver. In order to do so, I booked tours with Discover Canada Tours, which offers a range of trips to different places in Canada and the USA. My favourite trips were Seattle and Tofino. The tour-guides organised everything and made sure that we had a great time. If I stayed home for a weekend, I usually met with friends or went for walks in downtown. There are lots of sights and beautiful beaches to see. I enjoyed bringing my camera and capturing my little adventures. Advice for Swiss students Be curious and open-minded. Your language stay is a great opportunity to see different cities and make new friends to share your experiences with. As for the school, there are tons of Swiss students in EC. If you really want to improve your English, don’t speak in your mother tongue. Follow Janina on Instagram!   ====== Do you want to get a better score on your TOEFL? EC offers TOEFL courses in Vancouver! Contact us to learn more!

Seoyeong’s Life in Vancouver

  Seoyeong is a Korean student here at EC this year, who volunteered to share with us about her life in Vancouver. Here is her story: Life in Vancouver I arrived in Vancouver on December 3rd. I’m here to learn English. I have stayed here for over a month. I think that this city is very beautiful, because there are a lot of stunning places that are peaceful and filled with nature. So I love it. My homestay is good too. However, I was little disappointed, because my family has a baby. Before I came to Vancouver, I didn’t know that they were about to have a baby. Sometimes, I have to wake up because the baby is crying and being noisy. At first, it was very stressful, but now I’m okay. I love my school, my classmates and my teachers. Actually, I was worried about only using English, even during the class. I think I can’t speak English well. But every teacher gave me the courage, and I think that that’s why I am here. Advice for other students You have to go to CANADA PLACE, and you should do FLY OVER! It’s amazing and you will realize that Canada is such a beautiful country. I really liked it and I will try it again. You also must go to the Rocky Mountains. I didn’t go there yet, but I will go to the Rockies in March with my boyfriend! Follow Seoyeong on Instagram! ====== Do you want to get a better score on your TOEFL? EC offers TOEFL courses in Vancouver! Contact us to learn more!

Tristan’s Friends in Vancouver

Tristan is a French student, who has made some great friends in Vancouver. This is what he had to say about the people he met: My life in Vancouver is very different from my life in France. My first thought about making new friends in Vancouver was “I can’t find friend like this in my home city”. I made a lot of new friends from different countries, and they are very good friends. Kanata is my best friend here and he is from Japan. I met him at a pub and we had a good time, and after that, I saw him at school and he became my bro. I also have good friends from different countries, like Luis and Amparo from Spain, Kento and Yuki from Japan, and some other guys from around the world. But of course I haven’t forgotten my friends who have returned home. Follow Tristan on instagram! ====== Do you want to get a better score on your TOEFL? EC offers TOEFL courses in Vancouver! Contact us to learn more!