Learn English with EC Vancouver and Canadian food

Exploring the city with EC Vancouver The city of Vancouver hosts many different cultures and cuisines that comes with it. There are many kinds and different types of restaurants in the lower mainland. Learn English abroad with EC Language Centres have the chance to experience a different culture and try different types of Canadian food! Take English in the City classes and experience the city while learning English! There are various restaurants like Chinese based, or Indian, Brazilian, Korean, Italian, and Japanese. There are many more in Vancouver and newcomers don’t need to miss their home food because there’s probably something for everybody! We take you first hand and let you practice your English speaking! You can find Canadian restaurants everywhere due to the diversity of the cuisine. There are different options to eat different types of food like soup based Pho, or deep fried Korean chicken, or strictly local vegan options. Vancouver has a wide variety of cuisines and many of the restaurants are cheap enough to enjoy with no remorse. This is one way to know more about the different cultures while exploring Vancouver’s environment. Learn English in Canada and try our Canadian food! You can enjoy a meal with your new friends from EC while also improving your English! Take English in the city courses with us and explore the city while learning English. There are number of famous restaurants like the Gold Stone bakery and restaurants, countless Sushi places, the one and only White Spot, Acqua restaurant & bar, Bao Bei Chinese Brasserie, and many many more.. There are many options for vegetarians and non- vegetarians and many restaurants offer take-out and food delivery for your convenience. You can enjoy food in great and warm environment. If you are craving something healthy and delicious just search the … Read more

Explore the Vancouver Aquarium Marine Mammals

The beauty of studying English abroad is that you can experience the city and the things it can offer! There are endless exhibitions, events, and activities in Vancouver. One of which is Vancouver Aquarium. This beautiful container has unique animals and marine mammals that you won’t find anywhere else! The Aquarium itself is located inside the beautiful Stanley Park. Discover the beautiful sanctuary that houses many different animals and beautiful creatures. It is home to thousands of species and aquatic life like otters, fish, frogs, tropical fish, penguins, and much more! The aquarium also has a 4-D Theatre and the various exhibitions and immersive experiences throughout the year. The aquarium doesn’t offer entertainment, but also valuable information towards keeping our ecosystem, habitat and animals safe while also co-living with humans! Connect to the natural world! Explore what the city of Vancouver has to offer! If you love helping Marine mammals and animals, then every visit to the Aquarium counts! It is also fair to say that each visit makes a difference towards animals. Because the organization is known for its rescue and rehabilitation of marine mammals. Its both a win-win situation! Your visit to the aquarium helps support the ocean protection efforts! The aquarium is a part of the not-for-profit organization Ocean Wise. This means that every visit to the aquarium helps saving animals and ensures a safe future for them! So it is truly an ocean wise initiative for all marine mammals and animals! Above all, EC Vancouver Language School offers many programs and city excursions that allows you to experience the city at its finest! Contact EC Vancouver to learn more about our ESL programs and courses in North America and the world. Nonetheless, we have levels starting from basic elementary and intermediate to complete proficiency and test … Read more

Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden

A Ming Dynasty Scholar’s Garden If you want to know about Chinese Canadian traditions in Canada, then certainly Chinatown is thee spot to visit! Dr. Sun Yat-Sen classical Chinese garden is a beautiful and well decorated Chinese garden. It is located in the heart of Chinatown Vancouver. The garden was built in 1986 and commemorates Chinese culture, heritage and history in Vancouver. Take time to wander and encounter the beautiful nature. Moreover there are two sections in the garden. The free section, and the paid entry one. In addition, there are many plants, unique rocks, lily-covered ponds, and symbols in the garden. The various symbolism makes it more attractive and beautiful. The weather limestone rocks are in fascinating shapes and forms. Above all, it offers a dynamic harmony within the garden and Feng Shui. Vancouver’s very own Classical Chinese Garden That is to say, Vancouver’s Chinatown hosts many events and festivals throughout the year. The main even is the Chinatown parade, which takes place in August 1st. The other festivals and events include the mid autumn moon festival, the winter solstice festival, the Chinese New Year festival and many more! Similarly, you can walk along the garden and sample the Chinese tea they offer. This place is fantastic for taking pictures and experiencing Chinese culture. Closeby places include the Chinese culture center museum and archive, Canada place, Stanley park and Main Street Science World. Likewise the various shops and restaurants in Chinatown. Experience Diversity in Canada Nonetheless, take English classes in Vancouver and improve your English while exploring a beautiful city and country! Therefore, studying with EC Vancouver allows you to experience the different cultures and places in Vancouver and Canada. Contact us today via our website or social media platforms to learn more about our English programs and Test … Read more

5 Benefits From Studying Abroad and Making Friends

There are many benefits from studying abroad and making friends from around the world. Studying in a foreign country may sound difficult, but it is actually easy because you meet great people and have amazing experiences that helps you grow as a person and human being! Canada is an amazing place to study and live in. There are many benefits from studying English at EC Vancouver as well. We cater for our student experiences and offer a community for people to explore the city and make lifelong friends! Our English classes offer the best educational methods and teachers who are interactive and always helpful.   1 ) Share and make happy memories! It is all about learning and enjoying yourself at the same time! The best of two worlds! Here at EC, we make sure that you meet people from around the world and have the opportunity to experience the city!   2 ) Enjoy the city with the company of people and friends! Studying abroad can be tough for certain people because we can’t live away from our families or friends.. However, when you meet new people abroad, you feel that you have made a new family and friends that you can count on! You will be shocked to know that you may share similar likes of music and movies!   3 ) Practice English and study together! It is important to practice English. It is even better to practice with someone who is in the same class as you because you share and learn similar material!     4 ) Building connections for future work and opportunities. Making lifelong friends and sharing experiences with others is important. You can find your next international business partner or peer. You’ll never know! 5 ) Meet friends in their home countries. … Read more

5 Beaches to visit in Vancouver and why

Vancouver is beautiful all year long, with amazing views and climate, the city lives between the west coast mountains and greens. The beaches are one of the many attractions of the city and thus there are many activities and things to do in Vancouver. However, we would like to share 5 beaches that are close to EC Vancouver and Downtown that can be enjoyed all year long! With that being said, there are many activities to do at the beach whether its laying down and reading your favorite book or listening to your favorite album, or even taking a nice long walk, or going for a swim… or even surfing! Below are 5 beaches we recommend you to visit during your time here : Inside the Downtown Vancouver core English bay beach: English bay beach is one of the most popular and crowded beach in Downtown. Specifically, it is in the west of the Downtown peninsula and false creek. Highly recommended for the beautiful sunset! Oh, and the polar bear swim! Sunset beach: Sunset beach is a beautiful beach close to English Bay. It is located in the west end, near Burrard bridge. We recommend this for a beautiful walk and sunset viewing! And soccer! Second beach : Lovely beach to visit inside Stanley Park. Popular for its cycling route and rest stops.   Outside the Downtown Peninsula Kitsilano beach: A popular choice outside of Downtown Vancouver. It is located at the north edge of Kitsilano. You can surf, swim, take a nice long walk, or even play basketball and volleyball! Lots of events happen here all year long. Jericho beach: Jericho beach is located at west of the seaside. Hot destination for a nice picnic, eh? Spanish banks: Spanish banks are series of beaches in Vancouver that is located … 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