2 Apps to keep up with your English

The most important thing when you’re learning a second language is keep practicing. Sometimes you need to go back home and it’s hard to find way to continue your studies. Here you’ll find two of the most popular apps to keep up with your learning. Duolingo is the most famous app for people that want to learn languages. You can set how much time you want to spend per day and you get notified to study. It’s addictive! You can challenge your friends as well, creating a competition and see who is improving faster! The app is available on App Store, Google Play, for Windows and for online. Another app is called HiNative. This app is all about community. You can exchange knowledge with native people and have them correct your pronunciation, asking them how can you say a specific word or if your sentence is right and many other things. This app is also available on App Store, Google Play and online. ==== Planning to come to Canada to improve your English? Find out more about Study English in Canada.

compass Card

Compass Card

If you’re coming to Vancouver soon, or you’re here and a bit confused about the compass card, here is a simple guide that will solve your problems and allow you to enjoy this beautiful city as much as you can. Here is the difference between the cards: Adult Compass Card The most commonly used card – it can be loaded with pass products or Stored Value for pay-as-you-go trips. Concession Card Eligible for seniors 65 years and older and youth 14-18 years with valid photo identification proving age, and children 5-13 years. (Not available at Compass Vending Machines) Compass Tickets Available from Compass Vending Machines and DayPasses are great for occasional adult or concession riders/visitors. What is Compass Card? The Compass Card is a reloadable card that is used to take public transportation around Vancouver and Metro Vancouver area. It allows you to use the buses, skytrain and the seabuses. How much does it cost? The card itself costs CAD$ 6. How can I load it? You can load it at a Compass Vending Machine located at any skytrain station, or by phone calling 604.398.2042, or even online at compasscard.ca. How can I register it online? Why should I do it? It’s important to register your card online right after you buy it; if you lose your card, you can just buy another one and transfer all your money to your new card. To register, all you need to do is to go to the Compass card website. How does the monthly pass work? One of the coolest things about the Compass Card is the monthly pass. It allows you to take the public transportation without worrying about the payment every time, except if you’re changing zones. Be careful! Check the zone you are living in here in Vancouver and … Read more


Check out the Vancouver Art Gallery!

If you want to do more than just Study English in Canada and have a great experience in the city, you should check the Vancouver Art Gallery, the fifth-largest art gallery in Canada and the largest in Western Canada. Founded in 1931 and located in the former main courthouse for Vancouver, the gallery hosts great exhibitions, like the one about Picasso’s muses presented last year. Besides that, its permanent collection contains more than 10,000 artworks, mostly by local artists. The price range is about CAD$6.19 to $52.38. Also, they offer the admission “pay what you can” on Tuesdays, which means you can pay whatever you think is valuable to check the exhibitions. To check what’s going on there, go to the VAG website.

Vancouver Public Library

Vancouver Public Library

One of the things that will really help you to Study English in Canada is starting to go to the Vancouver Public Library. Everyone who lives in Vancouver have the right to use it and can get a library card. In 2013, they had more than 9.5 million items including: books, ebooks, audiobooks, CDs, DVDs, magazines and more, and the collection have been growing every single day! The most exciting part is the fact that there is a library in almost every neighbourhood, so, for example, you don’t need to go Downtown to visit the library if you live in Burnaby. The collection is divided in 22 different branches around the city and everything is available on the website to check out. Hint: The collection of books and audiobooks is pretty big, and you normally can find both versions of the same book. So, why not improve your listening and reading at the same time, eh?!

Canadian coins

Loonie? Toonie? It’s Canadian money!

Knowing the Canadian currency is really important if you’re going to stay in Vancouver for a while. As in many countries, Canada has its own names for the currency – coins to be more specific -, and they don’t help you at all to understand the amount of money you’re dealing with! To make your life way easier, the image below explains the name, the amount and has a little picture of how the coins look: So, it’s a bit complicated, isn’t it? Find out an easy way to Study English in Canada with EC!

Vancouver's Bike Share System

Meet Vancouver’s Bike Share System!

A couple of months ago, we showed you how to move around Vancouver using the best apps you can find. For those that are into cycling, it’s time to show you how Vancouver’s public bike share system works. Mobi by Shaw Go was launched last summer and became very popular because it is fast and simple to use. All you need to do is download the app (App Store / Google Play) or visit mobibikes.ca to register. About the cost, there are many ways you can pay – daily, monthly, or annual pass – but for all of them a credit card will be required. Vancouver’s Bike Share system was made for casual and short rides but you don’t need to worry. The city also has lots of local bike rental shops. If you want more than an hour ride, we recommend you check a local bike shop near you. ==== Come, explore Vancouver and Study English in Canada with EC!