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There are few cities in the world that offer as much excitement as Miami and Miami Beach. Located at the south east coast of Florida (The Sunshine State), Miami offers an incredible array of activities and entertainment for every traveler. Whether you want to hang out at some of the world’s best beaches, check out the rich & famous in their yachts, hit some of the world’s most famous nightclubs, or even visit Disney World which is located only a few hours away, there are few places that offer as much as Miami – all year round!

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Linguaenglish opened our doors in Miami Beach in the spring of 2011. We offer a complete array of English programs in addition to Teacher Training and all inclusive Junior Programs. Of course, since we’re known for having the most vibrant and fun schools in the business, you can bet our Miami school is a place second to none!

The school building is situated in the heart of South Beach Miami on Alton Road which is very well known by locals for the great restaurants, shops and bars. Only steps away from the world famous Lincoln Road Shopping Mall, a short walk to the beach through the core of Miami Beach’s Art Deco district, and only minutes to many of Miami Beach’s most famous cultural sights. Attend Sol Schools Miami Beach and experience all that Miami Beach and Florida have to offer.

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Commonly referred to as the American Riviera, Miami Beach is an island situated adjacent to the City of Miami, connected by bridges and roads (it’s the cool part of Miami). The Island is home to some of the world’s most famous movie stars and athletes and is known for its year round sunny beaches, great shopping, world famous clubs, restaurants and entertainment.

Beyond the radiant sun, surf and sand, Miami Beach is home to a rich history as an entertainment and cultural destination. From world-famous Art Deco architecture to renowned nightclubs to designer fashions, there is so much going on in Miami Beach, it will take you weeks to cover this tiny island!

Boston is the capital and largest city of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and it is one of the oldest cities in the United States, founded in 1630 by Puritan settlers from England.


Here is a list of things you should know about the capital of Massachusetts:

  • John Hancock Tower: The building known as the John Hancock Tower, or colloquially simply The Hancock, is officially named Hancock Place. It is a 60-story, 241 meter tall skyscraper designed by I.M Pei and Henry N. Cobb. Because of its pure, crystal-like geometry and reflecting glass skin the view when you are close to the building is of the nearby historical buildings reflected with subtle distortions of color and shape in the Hancock Tower’s glass. As of 2007, it is the tallest building in Boston an the tallest building in New England.john hancock tower

 

 

  • Hatch Shell on the Esplanade: The “Hatch Shell”, as it has come to be known, is a center for large outdoor performances and open-air events. Emblazoned in Bronze lettering on the face of the steps are the names of some of the world’s greatest composers. Classical, local and internationals, Oldies, Blues, Jazz, and Rock and Roll performances are held from the spring through the fall amidst one of the most charming and historical cities of our nation. The most notable event happens every 4th of July as the Boston Pops perform to celebrate the nation’s Independence Day.Hatch Shell on the Esplanade

 

 

  • Paul Reverse House: Located at North Square, this house was built around 1680. It is the oldest wooden building still standing in Boston. Paul Revere lived here from 1770 to 1800. While living here, he performed the patriot acts that made him famous such as the Boston Tea Party and his night ride to warn the Lexington and Concord residents of the approaching British Redcoats.Paul Reserve House

 

 

  • Cambridgeside Galleria: Hip urban center with spectacular waterfront location, this mall offers more than 120 of Boston’s favorite stores, specialty boutiques and restaurants. Discover great shopping at Best Buy, Sears Macy’s, Apple Store and more. Enjoy casual dining or simply grab a bite to go and enjoy it on the waterfront. Galleria_in_winter

 

 

  • Cheers Bar: The original Boston pub that inspired the setting on the TV hit show “Cheers”.cheers

 

  • Chinatown: The only historically Chinese area in New England, Boston’s Chinatown is the third largest Chinese neighborhood in the country. Centered on Beach Street, the neighborhood borders Boston Common, Downtown Crossing and the South End. Chinatown is now home to many Chinese, Japanese, Cambodian and Vietnamese bakeries, restaurants and markets.chinatown

 

 

  • Theater District: Just next to Chinatown and across the park from Linguaenglish is Boston’s popular Theater District, host to an endless array of shows ranging from Broadway to opera and everything in between. The area is home to dozens of restaurants, a large multiplex cinema, and many other popular nightclubs for late night entertainment.theater

 

 

  • Ferry Station: Ferries go to several points around Boston Harbour including Boston Harbor Islands, Salem and Provincetown. Taking a ferry is a nice option for an excursion.
  • Mike’s Pastry: Mike has a 50-year history in baking, and his comprehensive knowledge of traditional baking techniques and recipes, gathered from all over Italy and the world, can be found and eaten in the world-famous Mike’s Pastry.mikes pastry

 

 

  • Institute of Contemporary Art: This museum is located right on the harbor and houses rotating collections of modern and funky contemporary art. It offers free admission after 5:00 on Thursdays ans also brings in free musical performers each week during the summer.ICA

 

 

  • Museum of Fine Arts: The MFA is one of the largest museums in the US and contains one of the largest permanent collections in the Americas. The museum was founded in 1870 and has been at its current location since 1909. With approximately 450.000 objects in its collection, this museum is one that might take more than one day to conquer! Luckily they offer free admission on Wednesdays after 4:00 so you can keep coming back week after week.MFA

 

 

  • Faneuil Hall and Quincy Market: For 150 years, this as the center of the city’s produce and meat industry and as an open forum meeting hall. Now, it serves the purpose of a festive center for shopping and eating. It is actually four great places in one location – Faneuil Hall, Quincy Market, North Market and South Market, all set around a cobblestone promenade where jugglers, magicians and musicians entertain passers-by. Just a short walk from Linguaenglish this is a great place to get some fresh air, a traditional Boston meal or a drink after school.Faneuil-Hall-Marketplace

 

 

  • JKF Museum: The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum is dedicated to the memory of our nation’s 35th president and to all those who through the art of politics seek a new and better world. Located on a ten-acre park, overlooking the sea that he loved and the city that launched him into greatness, the Library stands as a tribute to the life and times of JFK.JFK

 

 

  • MIT: The Massachusetts Institute of Technology was founded in 1861 in response to the increasing industrialization of the US. MIT’s founding philosophy of “learning by doing” made it an early pioneer in the use of lab instruction, undergraduate research, and progressive architectural styles. Today it is world renowned for its prestigious students.MIT

 

  • Haymarket: Haymarket Square is the name for the area where a busy open-air produce market is held each Friday afternoon and Saturday, rain or shine, all year long. Most of the vendors are oldtimers from the North End’s Italian community. Some have been working the market for decades , and some families have done it for generations. Prices are much lower than in supermarkets and haggling is sometimes possible, particularly late in the day when prices fall.market

 

  • Fenway Park: Fenway is the home ballpark of the World Series Champions, Boston Red Sox baseball club. Opened since 1912, it is the oldest of all current Major League Baseball stadiums. Fenway Park is one of the three remaining classics parks in the major league baseball. If you are here during baseball season, seeing a Red Sox game is an absolute must while you are here in Boston!fenway park

 

 

  • TD Banknorth Garden: Since its grand opening in 1995, more than twenty-four million people have come to this garden to see the arena’s famous tenants, the NHL’s Boston Bruins and NBA’s Boston Celtics. The arena continues to host today’s hottest concerts and the World Championship Boxing. The arena does have a museum to visit when no sports games are going on as well as a full gift shop to purchase all of your Bostons sports gear.td

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Celine came to our school in Boston from a town near Zurich called Affoltern am Albis, which is the smallest city in Switzerland! She is studying Psychology in Switzerland and came to the US to study English.

 


Why did you decide to come to Boston?

I knew that I was going to go to the west coast to prepare for and take the Cambridge Proficiency Exam in January. I planned to be here for at least 6 months, so I wanted to be sure I got the most out of my experience here, and I decided to come to the east coast before I took my exam to try it out. I thought about going to New York, but I wanted to try something different. My friend in Switzerland had just come back from a trip to Boston, and she had such great things to say about the city, so I decided to come here!


Now that you’re here, what would you say is your favorite spot in Boston?

I love Modern Pastry in the North End. They say that tourists love Mike’s Pastry and local’s love Modern, so I guess that makes me a local! 😀

 


Other than eating cannolis, what is your favorite thing to do in the city?

I love to play soccer with the students from Linguaenglish and Janet (an Linguaenglish teacher); I guess I just love everything with Janet – she’s the best. It’s so great to be able to interact with people from all over the world. Plus, usually we get to hang out after and play trivia or have a coffee or something. It’s always fun!

 


How would you say your English has improved since you came here?

I have been studying English for a while, so I think the thing I learned the most about are different American expressions and idioms that I can use to sound like a native speaker. Spending time with native speakers outside of the classroom, like after school or on activities, has really helped me the most. Speaking with my host family has been helpful, too. I live with a family in Winthrop and speaking with them in English every day has really helped me to learn the kind of things you don’t learn just by sitting in a classroom.

 


What is the best part about the classes at Linguaenglish?

The teachers. The teachers here are more than just teachers – they are family. They’re so helpful and encouraging and really try their hardest to make sure you are learning as much as you can, whether you’re here for 4 weeks or 4 months. And, I feel like they are also learning from me! I like to share things about my home and my country, and they are able to learn just as much as I do. It’s like we’re learning together; learning from each other. They layout of the school also makes it feel like a family. Everything is on one floor so you get to see everyone all the time.


If you could give students coming to Linguaenglish one piece of advice, what would it be?

Be open! Join as many activities as you can and don’t be shy. Everyone is a student just like you who wants to make new friends, so all you have to do is try!

Our mission is to provide English language training programs that are focused, accessible and affordable – all in a friendly, supportive learning environment that familiarizes our students with authentic New York culture.

Our clients are international students, professionals and tourists who are here to enhance their English skills for academic study, professional advancement or personal enrichment. We aspire to meet and exceed the expectations for quality and instructional excellence of those enrolling in our programs.


 

Linguaenglish New York uses the Communicative Approach in all of its language courses. Students speak only English from the first day. Our classes are lively and focus on real communication. This makes learning English an interactive, rewarding and enjoyable experience. We have a strong academic program and carefully-designed curriculum that allows students to improve their speaking, listening, reading writing and grammar. We offer at least 10 levels in our program so you will always have a class that’s right for you. When you’re not studying, you can join some of our school activities. We offer different cultural activities every week that will help you get to know New York City, make new friends, and practice your English outside of the classroom.

The school building is located in the heart of New York City! It is close to many subway lines and near some of New York’s most famous landmarks, like the Empire State Building!

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We have wooden floors, high ceilings and a lot of natural daylight because of the many windows. Our classrooms are clean, sunny, airy and spacious. The computer room offers free Internet and we have free Wi-Fi throughout the school building. You will feel the vibrant and friendly atmosphere when you enter the school and our friendly staff will make you feel at home from the first moment you enter the school.

 

 

 

Boston, Massachusetts is where the USA began. Located in the urban center of New England, Boston is the country’s most international city with visitors and residents from all around the world. Rich in history, with an impressive architectural heritage, Boston is also where the computer and biotech revolutions began and where academic life is most heavily concentrated. Boston may be best known for its many colleges and universities, which uphold a tradition of excellence in education. Boston is also known as the sports city of the USA. with the best sports teams in the country and the most enthusiastic sports fans.

Linguaenglish Boston  has been dedicated to providing English programs of the highest quality to international students since 1978.  By employing highly qualified and dedicated instructors and by utilizing a dynamic and comprehensive curriculum, our school provides the perfect environment for rapid language improvement and we also offer students extensive support services to ensure that their stay in the United States is culturally as well as educationally enriching.


Students who enroll at our school in Boston benefit from studying and living in a charming, world-class city that is young, vibrant, and unforgettable. Linguaenglish Boston is located in the best neighborhood in Boston, historic Beacon Hill, which is within walking distance of the Boston Common, the State House, Faneuil Hall Marketplace, Downtown Crossing and many shops, cafes and restaurants.

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With all the great things to do and see in Boston, we encourage all of our students to get to know Boston and their fellow students by participating in our chaperoned activities. Students who participate in our activities will enjoy visits to Faneuil Hall and Quincy Market, the Freedom Trail, the Museum of Fine Arts and professional sporting events of all kinds. Boston is truly the number one travel destination in the United States for travelers interested in history and culture. You will not need a tour guide to travel around Boston because its small size, safe neighborhoods and great public transportation system make it easy to visit all areas of Boston. Visitors to Boston also like to travel north to the mountains for snowboarding and skiing in the winter and south to the beautiful beaches of Cape Cod and Martha’s Vineyard in the summer.

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Halloween,  also known as Allhalloween, All Hallows’ Eve, or All Saints’ Eve is celebrated every year on the 31st of October by many people all over the world. It is a specific custom related to paganism, a term that developed among the Christian community of southern Europe during late antiquity to describe religions other than their own, Judaism, or Islam, the three Abrahamic religions.

But why did do we celebrate this tradition and what is it’s origin? 

According to many scholars, All Hallows’ Eve is a Christianized feast influenced by Celtic harvest festivals with possible pagan roots. The Encyclopedia Britannica describes Halloween as the following origin:

“In ancient Britain and Ireland, the Celtic Festival of Samhain was observed on October 31, at the end of summer…. The souls of the dead were supposed to revisit their homes on this day and the autumnal festival acquired sinister significance, with ghosts, witches, goblins, black cats, fairies and demons of all kinds said to be roaming about. It was the time to placate the supernatural powers controlling the processes of nature. In addition, Halloween was thought to be the most favorable time for divinations concerning marriage, luck, health, and death. It was the only day on which the help of the devil was invoked for such purposes.”

 

Initially, it was practiced only in small Irish Catholic settlements, until thousands of Irish migrated to America during the great potato famine and brought their customs with them. To some degree, our modern Halloween is an Irish holiday with early origins in the Celtic winter festival. Interestingly, in American culture, the rise in popularity of Halloween also coincides roughly with the national rise in spiritism that began in 1848.

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Why do we trick or treat on Halloween?

The idea of trick-or-treating is further related to the ghosts of the dead in pagan, and even Catholic, history. For example, among the ancient Druids, “The ghosts that were thought to throng about the houses of the living were greeted with a banquet-laden table. At the end of the feast, masked and costumed villagers representing the souls of the dead paraded to the outskirts of town leading the ghosts away.”

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Why do we wear costumes on Halloween?

Halloween masks and costumes were used to hide one’s attendance at pagan festivals or—as in traditional shamanism (mediated by a witch doctor or pagan priest) and other forms of animism—to change the personality of the wearer to allow for communication with the spirit world. Here, costumes could be worn to ward off evil spirits. On the other hand, the costume wearer might use a mask to try to attract and absorb the power of the animal represented by the mask and costume worn. According to this scenario, Halloween costumes may have originated with the Celtic Druid ceremonial participants, who wore animal heads and skins to acquire the strength of a particular animal in order to either scare away the ghosts or to keep away from being recognized by them.

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Why do we use pumpkins with faces on Halloween?

Among the Irish, who, as noted, prompted the popularization of Halloween in America, the legend of “Irish Jack” explains the use of pumpkins in order to symbolize “jack-o’-lantern”. According to the legend, a stingy drunk named Jack tricked the devil into climbing an apple tree for an apple, but then cut the sign of a cross into the trunk of the tree to prevent the devil from coming down. Jack then forced the devil to swear he would never come after Jack’s soul. The devil reluctantly agreed.

Jack eventually died, but he was turned away at the gates of heaven because of his drunkenness and life of selfishness. He was sent to the devil, who also rejected him, keeping his promise. Since Jack had no place to go, he was condemned to wander the earth. As he was leaving hell (he happened to be eating a turnip), the devil threw a live coal at him. He put the coal inside the turnip and has since forever been roaming the earth with his “jack-o’-lantern” in search of a place to rest. Eventually, pumpkins replaced turnips since it was much easier to symbolize the devil’s coal inside a pumpkin.

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How did we get the tradition of telling ghost stories?

It became a natural expression of Halloween to tell ghost stories when dead souls were believed to be everywhere, and good, mischievous, and evil spirits roamed freely. These stories further originated as a personal expression of these beliefs.

 


Here are some terms that might be useful during this the custom festival:

  • Trick or Treat: Children in costumes travel from house to house asking for treats such as candy (or, in some cultures, money) with the phrase “Trick or treat”. The “trick” is a (usually idle) threat to perform mischief on the homeowners or their property if no treat is given to them. It typically happens during the evening of October 31. Some homeowners signal that they are willing to hand out treats, for example by putting up Halloween decorations outside their door. Others might simply leave treats on their porch.
  • Boogeyman (US) /Bogeyman (UK): Imaginary ghost that is used to scare children. (f.ex. “Did you check under the bed for the boogeyman?”)
  • Cackle: to utter a shrill, broken sound or cry, as of a hen
  • Jack-’o-Lantern: is a carved pumpkin, or turnip, associated with the holiday of Halloween and named after the phenomenon of strange light flickering over peat bogs, called will-o’-the-wisp or jack-o’-lantern.
  • Petrify: an extremely frightening experience causing one to be petrified and terrified at the same time.  example:  when I kicked the dead hog in the belly, it split open and baby possums and blood came running out of the inside…I was p-p-p-perified!
  • Spine-Tingling: is a reaction to either being spooked (e.g. an animal sensing danger) or a human hearing/feeling/seeing something so personally moving that it sends chills down their body.”

 


British English and American English seem both versions of the language have the same roots, the last 400-odd years have produced some pretty strong variation in the English language that can seem worlds apart. Depending on the region, American and British English have large differences in spelling, pronunciation, vocabulary, punctuation, and tenses. Here are just a few:

 


1) Spelling:

Many differences between American and British English stem from Latin-derived spellings and Greek-derived spellings. Those differences are seen in the unstressed endings to words such as:

Latin-derived spellings:

American English British English
Color Colour
Behavior Behaviour
Honor Honour

Greek-derived spellings:

American English British English
Organize Organise
Dialogue Dialog
Analyze Analyse

 


2) Pronunciation:

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There are some words that are spelled the same in both dialects, but that are pronounced with a distinct stress on difference syllables: controversy and schedule are just a few. The word ‘aluminium’ in Britain and the English colonies has a curious extra letter and syllable added, to make it ‘alumini-EE-um.’ Then there are words that have both differing spelling and pronunciation: defense (British version: Defence) and axe (British version: ax).

 

 


3) Vocabulary:

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Some words in one dialect may have a completely different meaning in the other, or vice versa. A ‘boot’ to an American would be a pair of shoes, but to a Brit, the boot would refer to the trunk of a car, as in: ‘just getting my tire out of the boot’. So to keep your miscommunications to a minimum, here are some helpful translations:

American English –> British English

Cookie –> Biscuit

Pharmacy –> Chemist’s

French Fries –> Chips

Highway –> Carriageway

Trash –> Dustbin

 


4) Dates:

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In the UK, dates are usually written differently in the short (numerical) form. Valentines Day 2015, for example, is 14/2/15, with the day preceding the month. On the contrary in American English it’s written 2/14/15. This way can be quite confusing, when writing letters or arranging a meetings. In fact British refer to the day/month/year structure, the Americans prefer to write in the style of month/day/year. So make sure that you know with whom you communicating in order to avoid misunderstandings.


5) Punctuation:

The most common form of differing punctuation is seen through titles. In American English titles such as Dr., Mrs., Ms., Mr., are spelled with the use of a period, while its not uncommon for the British version will omit the period altogether.

All in all, you’ll find that written forms of British and American English vary surprisingly little, while the most noticeable differences will be in the spoken form of British English. Winston Churchill once said: “England and America are two countries separated by a common language.” True then, true now, but perhaps we can make the gap a little bit smaller. Or, as the Brits might say, make it teeny.

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