Happy New Year!

Are you ready for New Year’s? After Christmas day ends, the city will be quiet but 2014 ending soon. So we should be ready for the New Year, 2015. New Year’s Eve is celebrated in various ways in different countries. Many people in Canada have parties at home and club or bar. However, particularly in province of Quebec, some people spend the night ice fishing with friends. An important symbol of this day is fireworks. They set off on midnight between December 31 and January 1 to mark the beginning of New Year. January 1 is a statutory holiday in all Canadian provinces and territories. Schools and business organizations will be closed. In Vancouver, January 2 is ordinary day but this day is also holiday in province of Quebec. We hope you will get great experiences with your friend from all over the world in Vancouver. Have a nice holiday! EC Vancouver’s start date in 2015 will be on 2nd January. Visit link for more information. ====== Are you looking for an English School in Vancouver? Come to EC Vancouver and take the English Courses in Vancouver!

Shiho Kitabatake from Japan shares her EC experience!

Shiho Kitabatake from Japan shares her experience while attending the EC’s General English courses(Pre-Intermediate) in Vancouver. I am Shiho. I studied Vietnamese at university in Japan and I will become a worker next April. I decided to study in Vancouver because I had thought that if I could speak Vietnamese and English, I would be able to get a lot of various chances in the company. At first I had thought of going to another country but I changed my plan to Vancouver because I heard Vancouver was safe and wanted to learn about Canadian culture, not only English also beautiful nature places. I have thought that my judgment was good because Vancouver is a place which is comfortable to live because of the people, who is kind, But honestly the temperature is colder than Tokyo so I got cold several times. After school I went to many places, the park, and the art museum and so on. On holiday I went to the Rocky Mountain and Seattle with my friends. It is the memory which I will not forget in my life. There are a lots of classmates who are from Korea, Brazil and Saudi Arabia in EC Vancouver. I have never talked with a Brazilian and a Saudi Arabian before I came here. It is very interesting. If I did not study abroad, I could not get the experience that I have in my class in English with other friends from other countries. I often received a culture shock! To sum up, as one student to another, if I can suggest something to you, try new things! I hope you enjoy my writing. Thank you 🙂 ====== Are you looking for an English School in Vancouver? Come to EC Vancouver and take the English Courses in Vancouver!

Fun things to do for EC Vancouver students in December #6: Peak of Christmas

EC Vancouver students! The popular annual tradition has returned! You can experience the magic of the winter season on Grouse Mountain. Peak of Christmas has begun November 28 and is scheduled to end on December 24. There are many activities to attend and enjoy. You will get to meet Santa and visit his workshop, meet Santa’s reindeer in the wildlife refuge and learn about them, enjoy ice skating, and watch some Christmas movies on the big screen! Also, there are a few holiday dining events are waiting for you! Be aware! Many Peak of Christmas activities are only available until 4PM on Christmas Eve, December 24. For more information, please visit the 2014 Peak of Christmas website. ====== Are you looking for an English School in Vancouver? Come to EC Vancouver and take the English Courses in Vancouver!

Antonin Praet from France: A great alumni story!

Antonin Praet from France  shares his experience while attending the EC’s General English courses (High-Intermediate) in Vancouver. Sometimes, I think about my journey in Vancouver and adventures in the school. I immediately fell in love with this amazing city and now I cannot stop saying to myself “I will find a way to return one day!”. The words that I write here are not enough to provide you a complete description of the dozen days that I spent in Vancouver. Spending two short weeks at EC Vancouver provided me a life time experience. First of all, the institute allowed me to get to know people from around the world and helped increase my cultural awareness. Amazing places will never be amazing enough without amazing companies! I feel extremely lucky to meet this great students who were in the same situation like me. I still keep in touch with all of them. Then, I was blessed to study with great and dedicated teachers! I was delighted to discuss about diverse topics with a group of students, and above all to start writing again! It has been a long time that I have not expressed my mind in writing and in English. It is a delicious pleasure to write in a foreign language. I always want to translate my thoughts into English. The institute is extremely well organized and everything is ready to make students feel happy and encourage them to improve their English. Now, I feel more comfortable using English, for the simple reason that it is a pleasure to use it. Finally, the opportunity to study in Vancouver, such an exciting and modern city, was magical. Each district and street has something to offer. I had no I-phone, the only solutions to find my way were my map that I bought at … Read more

Fun things to do for EC Vancouver students in December #5: Festival of Lights at VanDusen Botanical Garden

Hi EC Vancouver Students! Festival of Lights at VanDusen Botanical Garden is around the corner!! It lets you experience a winter wonderland with over one million lights. Not only you can enjoy the Dancing Lights show on Livingstone Lake, but also photos with Santa, shadow puppet shows and more.   Furthermore, you will see Gingerbread Wood and Lantern Alley, themes areas, which are lit up with lights, so it is a good place to stroll with friends and family! This event is available from December 10, 2014 to January 4, 2015, except December 25 when the Garden is closed. Buying tickets online is recommended to skip the line-ups and avoid sold out dates. The price for adults (over 18) is $17.50 per person. Check out more information about the event on their official website. ====== Would you like to take General English Courses in Vancouver? Come to EC English Center in Vancouver!    

Fun things to do for EC Vancouver students in December #3: Santa Claus Parade Vancouver 2014

As Christmas is approaching, we can see the lights and Christmas decorations on the trees and stores. Also, one of the largest and most popular Christmas events in Vancouver, the annual Santa Claus Parade, is going to be held on Sunday, December 7! The parade will start at 1:00pm at Georgia and Broughton Street and travel around downtown Vancouver (see map below). This year, more than 30,000 participants will be featured during the parade. If you want to do some Christmas activities, you can also go to Coast Capital Savings Christmas Square in front of the Vancouver Art Gallery starting from 10:30am. You can enjoy activities like decorating gingerbread men and making Christmas tree ornaments. If you want more info, you can visit the official website. ====== Would you like to take General English Courses in Vancouver? Come to EC English Center in Vancouver!

Fun things to do for EC Vancouver students in December #2: Capilano Canyon Lights

Do want to see world of lights??? “Canyon Light” event is the right place for you. Capilano Suspension Bridge Park is a very popular holiday event. Its add sparkle to the holiday events. This event is for all age kids, elders everyone can see this world of lights. You will be amazed by lots of magical lights blinking across the Suspension Bridge, on the Face walk and all over in the park. There are so many activities that you can enjoy at Canyon Light event. This includes a scavenger hunt for children, gingerbread cookie decorating, sing-a-long carols with the Christmas band, and glass blowing demonstrations with Malcolm Macfadyen. DETAILS: Date: November 29, 2014 to January 3, 2015 Place: 3735 Capilano Road, North Vancouver, BC Time: 4-9pm – Park is open from 11am – 9pm daily (except Christmas Day) Cost: $32.95 for adults ====== Are you looking for an English School in Vancouver? Come to EC Vancouver and take the General English Courses in Vancouver!

Fun things to do for EC Vancouver students in December #1: Bright Nights Christmas Train in Stanley Park

Do you want to enjoy three million shining lights during Christmas season in Vancouver? Let’s visit Bright Nights Christmas Train in Stanley Park. Apart from enjoying the light, you will also indirectly help burn survivors and their family because, a portion of the sales of Bright Nights train tickets will go to the BC Professional Fire Fighters’ Burn Fund. Here, you will also enjoy some food stalls and band performances. So, what are you waiting for EC Vancouver students? Let’s go to Bright Nights Train on: Date : November 27, 2014 – January 4, 2015 Venue : Stanley Park Time : 10 am – 10 pm Admission : Approximately around $6.00 – $11.00 You can visit the linked website for more detailed information. =========== Would you like to study General English Courses in Vancouver? Come and study EC English Center in Vancouver!

Sho Ikeda from Japan shares his EC experience!

Sho Ikeda from Japan his experience while attending the General English courses (Low-Intermediate) at EC English language center in Vancouver! Hello everyone! My name is Sho Ikeda from Tokyo, Japan. I’d like to write about my days in EC Vancouver. I had a wonderful time here…. I attended EC Vancouver for three months. In Vancouver, there are a lot of English Language School. Why did I select this school? Because I heard there are a lot of students that come from different countries before I entered. Actually, Tokyo does not have many foreigners, so I wanted to meet foreigners and I wanted to know value of them. In fact, I got a lot of friends from different countries here. Everyone was very good people, I could get a glimpse of value of foreigners. Also I noticed important thing when I spent time with my friends here. I don’t like my personality before I came to Vancouver. I was very shy and serious. It is common personality in japan. I had thought I wanted to change my personality, but I’ve changed my mind because everyone respects each other’s differences. So I got to accept myself. “We are all different and all wonderful” This is a famous sentence in Japan. That’s precisely what I noticed. I was able to gain a lot of good experiences. Also, I was able to see awesome teachers and friends. Nothing can spare that I spent my time at EC. Actually, if there is one thing that impressive thing in my EC days, it is become a champion at a soccer tournament of Vancouver’s English Language school of 2014. Thank you for a great experience and also it is great to meet you all. I can’t thank you enough. I will never forget even one day in my EC days. … Read more

Hyewon Cathy Kwon: shares her EC experience!

Hyewon Cathy Kwon from Korea shares her experience while attending the General English courses (High-Intermediate) at EC English language center in Vancouver.  My name is Cathy from Korea. I decided to come here to improve my English skill for sure but at that time, before came here, I had no idea what I’ll have been through in here, Vancouver. What a fabulous experiences! Now I’m going to tell you about the amazing story I’ve had, about my experience. The summer time weather in Vancouver is like piece of heaven. Indeed that’s the reason that I choose to come Vancouver for study among with other cities. The clean sunlight without humid, wide blue sky and fresh wind can make you feel much better. The first place that I went to spend time with my friends was English Bay. There is no doubt that you can spend a great time at English bay with sunny weather. Playing volleyball, swimming and tanning for fun all these activities I did in summer time, my summer time was full of cheerful memories. I want to refer another nice places like Lynn Canyon. It is more quiet and calm as compared to English bay. Also you can enjoy swimming there. The water is cold enough to forget about hot temperature sometimes you can see people diving into the ice water. One of the unique thing in Vancouver is festival in every weekend on Granville Street. I remember Taiwan food festival. There were lots of Taiwanese Food like authentic Taiwanese style noodles and ice cream that I enjoyed. I think it is awesome because it give people chance to have the experience about other countries’ culture without visiting there directly. These kind of events can build up Vancouver as a multicultural city. If you visit Vancouver, you will have this … Read more