Thursday, June 06, 2019 / Published in Community, Important Dates, School Closures, Updates

Dear Friends,

The past three years have been full of laughter, learning, and love. We have been very lucky to meet inspiring people from all backgrounds, and we strongly believe that we have had the best students. Our students are the ideal learner: curious, open, kind, and passionate. It has been a joy helping all of you, and we are so proud of everything that you have become.

Sadly, due to reasons beyond our control, we must put the school up for sale. As a small local business, we have worked hard for three years and we hope that we will be able to continue our record of excellence in education with a new buyer. However, if we are not able to sell the school, our last day of business will be June 28, 2019.

Your support has lifted us higher than we could have gone alone, and no matter what happens, our connection to you remains. Thank you for being part of this incredible adventure.

We want to let you know that classes will still be fun, useful, and full of interesting information until the end of June.

We would love to reconnect with our old students and make new friends. From now until the end of June, pay what you want for our classes. You choose how much you want to pay for classes.

With Love,

Everyone at REV

Although our future is uncertain, we believe that our school philosophy is the educational model of the future. In these past few years, we have helped to spark positive changes in the ESL industry in Victoria. We ask that you continue to carry on our passion. Push for change. Work hard to give students the education that they deserve. It is our responsibility not just as a global community, but as role models for the generations to come. We must help each other become the best that we can be.

Thursday, May 30, 2019 / Published in Activities, Community, Learning English

With the recent beautiful weather in Victoria, everyone is going outside. It’s the perfect opportunity to meet new people and practice your English!

But what do you talk about? As an ESL student, one of the first questions you will likely be asked is “Where are you from?” It’s a easy way to start a conversation, but what do you say after?

There are many different options for continuing this conversation. You could ask:

  • Have you ever been to [my country]?
  • Have you done a lot of traveling?
  • Are you from the island? (This question is a common one. It means “Were you born on Vancouver Island?”)
  • Have you been to [this event] before?

Now it’s time to say good-bye. How do you leave the conversation? You could try one or more of these phrases:

  • It was nice talking to you.
  • Thanks for the chat.
  • I wish we could talk more, but I’ve got to go.
  • I’ll hopefully see you around. (Meaning: “I hope to see you again.”)

Not sure what to do this summer? There are a lot of festivals, events, and activities that you can attend. Check out the following links for events around town:

https://www.tourismvictoria.com/see-do/festivals-events/calendar-of-events

https://downtownvictoria.ca/events/

https://www.eventbrite.ca/d/canada–victoria/events/

Wednesday, April 24, 2019 / Published in Uncategorised
The gang with a special guest.

Three years ago, we opened the doors to our school for the first time. Since then, we’ve had countless students come to our school. We have had the privilege of being able to work with the most incredible and talented people. Every student we’ve had has given so much to us, and we can’t thank you enough.

Now it’s our time to give back. As our gift to you, we’re excited to share a super special sale with you for our 3-Year Anniversary.

The sale will end on May 24, so please come in before then.

Learn more English!

Thursday, April 04, 2019 / Published in Community, Learning English, Updates

We’re super excited to announce that we’ve won the Best Speaking School of Victoria again this year! This is the second year in a row that we have received this award. Thank you, Canada Study!

Thank you so much to all of our students, business partners, friends, and family. We are so proud of everyone that we work with. We made this school for you, and we will continue to work hard to give everyone the help that they deserve.

Come and talk to us anytime!

Tuesday, March 05, 2019 / Published in Food, Guest Post, Learning English, 中文

Meet Chris Chen, one of our students here at Real English Victoria. Originally from Taiwan, she has been studying as a full-time student for only three months. She wrote a post about her experience on her Facebook and has given us permission to repost it on our blog. Thank you, Chris! We’re so proud of all that you’ve accomplished in your short time here.

Snowy Chris! Victoria had the most snowfall in all of Canada for the month of February.

From reading to conversation, it’s my goal. Now I can do it.

First time when I came here, I just could say, “My name is Chris, I’m from Taiwan, nice to see you, yes, no, thank you, and I’m fine.” That was it.
Last year my daughter recommended the school to me, so I came here to study for 2 months.

Real Life English Program with Penny.
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Tuesday, February 26, 2019 / Published in Community, Learning English

Last week, we had Mary Chan from The Homestay Kitchen Podcast come by for an interview with Greg. They talked about how homestay families can make things better and easier for students and about being open to students’ culture.

Have you stayed with a homestay family before? Sometimes it can be hard to find a good homestay at a reasonable price. However, if you’re able to find a family that fits, living with a Canadian family can be a very rewarding experience. Many students and homestay families become long-lasting friends. I personally know many students and homestays who ended up switching places after because the homestay family went to visit the student in their home country!

But how do you know who’s a good homestay and who’s not?

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Tuesday, January 29, 2019 / Published in Holidays, 中文

What is Lunar New Year?

Lunar New Year is the new year of the Lunar Calendar. The lunar calendar follows the cycles of the moon and is commonly used in East, South, and Southeast Asia. Because the lunar calendar follows the moon, the new year will always fall on a different day every year. In the West, we usually use the Gregorian calendar where the new year always falls on January 1.

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Friday, January 18, 2019 / Published in Learning English, Travel

This past December I took a trip to Japan – again.

I’ve been to Japan three times. It’s a country where you can stay in the same place for weeks and still feel like you haven’t even begun to discover any of its secrets. There’s always something curious waiting to pique your imagination, and there’s always something for everyone. From little harbour towns to sprawling urban meccas, mountain hot springs to pristine beaches, and generations-old family businesses to over 200 Michelin-star restaurants, this island nation of 127 million people has it all.

During my latest trip, I went to Tokyo for the first time. People are used to tourists in Tokyo. English is everywhere – until it isn’t.

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Thursday, December 20, 2018 / Published in Events, Holidays

Canada is a multicultural country. We celebrate so many different holidays, from Diwali to Lunar New Year to Eid. We also celebrate Christmas, the biggest holiday of the year. Some people and businesses start to prepare months in advance. Thinking about the perfect gift for a loved one can be a stressful experience and some people take months to decide. Sometimes you’ll even see Christmas decorations in July!

But what do Canadians do to celebrate Christmas? We all have ideas of Christmas. We think of snow, Santa Claus, Christmas trees, a hot fireplace, turkey and roast beef, and Christmas lights. However, not every Canadian family has the same Christmas traditions. Some families might not celebrate at all, while others go all out in their traditions.

Here are some Christmas traditions that are familiar to many families across Canada.

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Thursday, December 06, 2018 / Published in School Closures

Real English Victoria will be closed from December 24 to January 1 for Winter Break. We will reopen on January 2.

We wish you a relaxing holiday season and a Happy New Year! See you in 2019!