Student Testimonial : Francisco Verdera from Spain

EC Vancouver Student Testimonial Hello and welcome everyone to our lovely blog! Meet one of our lovely students Francisco Verdera. He is originally from Spain and is 72 years old. Francisco carried alot of positive emotions and experiences throughout his time in Vancouver and Canada. It is safe to say that he was popular in all of his classes and between other students due to his positive nature and attitude. In addition, he took the opportunity to share his experiences in EC Vancouver and ideas about living abroad. Above all, this is what Francisco had to say about his stay in Canada and studies at EC : “ The organization of the school works very well. The classes are entertaining and fun. The teachers adapt well to the levels of the students. The host family is very nice and try to make you feel at home. With an open relationship.  I’m very well installed, having my own area, bedroom, living room and bathroom. I choose Vancouver and Montreal over other destinations because I want to improve my skills in English and French, and also visit places in Canada as much as possible. “ Similarly, it was a pleasure having him in our lovely school and wish him all the best! His positive energy always gave us a nice start to the day and a beautiful end as well. With that being said, contact EC Vancouver or visit our website to learn English in Vancouver and North America. We have levels ranging from beginner and elementary to complete proficiency and advanced. We also have test-based preparation exams like IELTS and Cambridge for all of your university needs and requirements. Nonetheless, thank you for choosing EC Vancouver and EC language Centres. We will truly miss your positive spirit and happy personality! Visit … Read more

Canadian Cuisine

Canadian Food and Local Favorites Are you interested in Canadian cuisine? Do you want try Canadian food and see what is it all about? If so, then there are large restaurant chains in Canada and around the world! These places are expanding day by day and can be found everywhere across the nation. The most obvious ones would be A&W, Boston Pizza, Tim Horton’s, Beaver Tails, Lobster, Cactus Club, Roadhouse, Booster Juice, Freshii, Smack, Whitespot, Burger King (believe it or not), Dairy Queen, also known as DQ,  Swiss Chalet, Warehouse, and much more! Most of these restaurants are on the cheap spectrum. You can find many Canadian restaurants near you and they usually include a wide variety of meals and options. So just go to any restaurant and order one of your favorite food or try something new like Poutine! Another favorite local foods is french fries and butter tarts. Poutine is by far the most popular and traditional dish of Canada. Eating out is a good way to get to know the city and culture. Study English Abroad and Explore North America! Studying English with EC Vancouver allows you to explore Canadian culture and Cuisine. expand your horizons when it comes to learning and speaking English. Here at EC, we have levels starting from basic elementary to complete advanced and proficiency. Nonetheless, we also have IELTS and Cambridge test preparation programs that will help you succeed in University. Studying abroad allows you to experience a new culture and meet new friends and people from around the world. We offer homestays and activity programs for various ages throughout the year. Visit our website or contact us today via our social media platforms to know more about our ESL programs and school. We have tours, activities, classes, and endless things to … Read more

Tips on Learning

Advice on Learning English Whether we speak to friends or go out to explore the city or culture, we always learn something new in our day and lives. Learning something new is very interesting but most importantly beneficial. Learning keeps your brain hungry for more knowledge and skills! Check out our tips on learning below: There are numerous ways and tips that will be helpful for your learning career and education. First and foremost is obviously hard work and focus. These two are the basics of everything successful. They are the keys of learning and improving. If you will not focus on your goals, then you cannot achieve them because you don’t prioritize it. Practicing and hands-on work is very important to learn so you have to try to practice on a daily basis. For instance, if you want to learn or perfect your English language, then you must practice it daily using the four skills, reading,listening, speaking and writing. Hard work on the other hand is also very important to achieve your goals. With hard work, you put dedication and time towards your goals which makes them achievable. if you want really to learn something new, you can learn something new every moment! Like for instance through games, TV, talking with someone, listening to others and reading books. There are many other ways where you can learn easily such as speaking with people and going out for adventures. Everyone makes mistake so don’t be afraid of making language mistakes because we always learn from our faults! If you have an interest to learn or improve your English as Second Language then you can learn easily do that by taking our English classes in Vancouver. Contact EC Vancouver or visit our website and social media platforms to learn more about … Read more

Experiences in Vancouver and Canada as a Student

Student’s Trips and Experiences in Canada Students who travel and go to other countries develop a strong sense of ethics and self-sustainment. During this time, student have different experiences in Canada regarding their trips, graduation, work and living abroad. When a student visits a new country, he or she are excited and nervous at the same time because everything is new and different for them. Some students are afraid or homesick because they think about how to survive abroad or how to arrange their studies and time abroad. Study Abroad in Canada and live new experiences! The experience of students is very interesting because they meet new people who are also from other countries. And due to this, they can learn more about other cultures, languages and people. They are able to make new friends and enjoy the different places the city and country has to offer. They also get experiences in every situation like how to manage time and their workload related to their studies and practicing their language, grammar, behavior and many other things. Most students don’t have their families with them abroad, and this can be very difficult but in return, students can stay in our home-stay families and accommodation where they feel most at home. They also have the opportunity to practice English at home, everyday. Nonetheless, students who study abroad get to see new places and experience a new culture. The experience in Canada is an essential one from start to finish  because between this time, students get different experiences from different situations. In the end, the student’s life is full of positive surprises and happy memories to carry forward. Contact EC Vancouver and EC Language Centres to learn more about our ESL programs in Canada and North America. Our programs offer various courses for … Read more

Grocery Stores in Vancouver

Local Grocery Stores Everyone knows that Vancouver is an expensive city but there are some cheap places and grocery stores like Dollarama, Walmart, Canadian Superstore, IGA, Safeway and many other stores that are affordable. Check out our mini list below for the recommended grocery stores during your stay here in Vancouver. There are many other places to shop and visit, however these are the recommended ones we suggest: There are many places to shop for groceries in Vancouver! You just have to look around! Dollarama: is one of the cheapest stores and you can find it literally anywhere across the mainland! You can find anything in there for just $1, $2, $3 or $4 and it is the best way to save money! There are home decoration things, food, flowers, snacks, stationery and so many other things. This kind of shop is also called Dollar tree or Dollar store. Walmart: Walmart is also one of the best budget-friendly places. It is popular in North America as a whole and its famous for its variety. You can find anything within one place like decoration stuff, electronic things, clothes, food, snacks, bedding, towels, and so much more. If you’re looking for something specific, then you will most likely find it at Walmart or Canadian Superstore. Canadian Superstore: this is the best and one of the biggest place to shop for groceries and home supply. You can find everything you need at one place like electronics, house-ware, snacks, food, appliances, and clothing. There are number of varieties and different locations across Vancouver. IGA: IGA in Downtown Vancouver is located on Burrard street. This is a small-town market to grocery shop. There is a large bakery, pharmacy, and a bistro that makes fresh food everyday! A similar kind of grocery store is also called … Read more

Coffee Shops in Vancouver

Coffee Coffee Coffee! Everybody loves Coffee! Most people love coffee and they can’t work or literally wake up without drinking coffee. Here in Vancouver, there are number of coffee shops that you can find anywhere like Tim Horton’s, waves coffee house, and Starbucks. Along with the local ones like Nemesis, Revolver Coffee, Café Artigiano, and Breka Bakery & Café. Below is a short list of few places that are worthy of your visit and stop. Tim Horton’s: Tim Horton’s is one of the most famous, cheap and busiest places to find and drink coffee. there are a lots of donuts and muffins, as well as breakfast items and sandwiches. You can find timmies almost everywhere across Canada. Lots of timmies are opened 24 hours so you can eat your breakfast, lunch and dinner there without worrying. Waves Coffee House: waves coffee house is one of the best coffee houses in town.  There are many food options to eat with coffee like sandwiches, banana bread, waffles, muffins and so on. Café Artgiano: Café Artigiano is a lovely place to sit and eat in. There are a lot of options regarding coffee and this is one fancy place you should visit! Trees Organic Coffee: One of the best places to eat and relax. Not to mention their famous cheesecake which you should definitely try it out. Breka Bakery & Café: Breka bakery & café is one of the best 24/7 places. It is sweet and affordable. This place is popular for their cheesecakes and sandwiches, so make sure you try one out! You must try any of these places during your time in Vancouver. Coffee shops in Vancouver are the best places for your break or to spend time with your friends. Visit EC Vancouver to learn more about our ESL classes … Read more

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Ice Cream in Vancouver

Cool your heart with some of the best Ice Cream in North America Everyone likes ice cream. Do you? I hope you do! Because ice cream is loved in every season of the year. Most people can’t live without eating ice cream because it’s simply delicious and heart-cooling! So, that’s that! Ice cream is arguably one of the best desserts ever invented. There are various flavors of ice cream like chocolate, vanilla, strawberry, mint chocolate, pralines and cream and so on. Chocolate is almost everybody’s favorite. If you are craving some good ice cream, then we will tell you a few around Vancouver that carries one of the best in North America. You can find ice creams anywhere in restaurants, shops, ice-cream parlous and convenient stores. Ice Cream in Vancouver However, the Vancouver weather makes it more delicious specially in snow. below are some of the local favorites to eat ice cream: Bella Gelateria: Bella Gelateria is one affordable place for ice cream that carries many special flavors. Did you know that you can taste the flavors before you make your pick? Dairy Queen: Also known as DQ. Dairy queen is the ice cream as well as fast food restaurant. You can find it literally everywhere in the lower mainland. La Casa Gelato:  la casa gelato is the best and most famous place for ice cream, and they have 500 flavours of ice cream. The atmosphere of the shops is very cool. D’oro Gelato & Coffee: D’oro gelato is a great place to eat and hang out. They have not only ice cream, but also great breakfast, dinner, lunch and coffee. Above all, take courses of English in Vancouver and explore the beautiful city of Vancouver and its distinct culture. There are endless places to visit such as hiking trails, … Read more