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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/

Friday, December 14, 2018 / Published in Activities, Events, Holidays, Learning English, 中文

 

December is a very festive month in Canada. You can see, hear, and feel the Christmas spirit everywhere. Many students asked, “We don’t have families here to celebrate Christmas with, and stores are closed early. What can we do for fun during Christmas?” Here’s a little guide to help you (based on your budget) spend a lovely time during “the most wonderful time of the year”!

Free or by donation:

Annual Gingerbread Showcase

Festival of Trees

Cookies and cocoa, Picture with Santa

Cookie Decorating at the Victoria Public Market

Government House Holiday Open House and Carol

Lights on the Gorge

Times Colonist 2018 Christmas Lights Map (Drive around the city to see some of the most amazing Christmas light displays!)

Note: Many of these free events are actually for good causes. The donated money all go to charities which then go to those in need. If you can, help support these events with whatever much you can. Sharing makes us all richer!

With a small budget:

Skate with Santa ($2.00 when you bring a non-perishable food item!)

Swim with Santa

With a bigger budget:

Ballet Victoria – The Gift (featuring one of our many talented students, Davide!)

The Magic of Christmas at The Butchart Gardens

Christmas at the Royal BC Museum

Christmas Workshop Series at the Victoria Public Market

Victoria has so much more to offer for Christmas! If you’re the artistic kind, try out some of the Christmas-themed workshops around the town to make wreaths and seasonal decorations. If you are into music, there are caroling performances here and there in town. Best of all, organize your own caroling group!

If you feel like getting out of town a bit, you can also head to Ladysmith for Festival of Lights, or to Sidney for Winspear Festival of Trees and Gingerbread Scavenger Hunt.  

A reminder: If you’re taking the public transportation to get around, it will be operating on a reduced schedule on Christmas Day and Boxing Day. And always remember to bundle up!

Friday, October 12, 2018 / Published in Activities, Community, Events

Check out three exciting events for international students in Victoria! Contact us if you need help buying a ticket.

It’s Showtime!

DATE: Wednesday, October 24
TIME: Doors open at 6 PM; event at 6:30 PM
LOCATION: Victoria Event Centre, 1415 Broad Street
TICKETS: FREE for performers; $10 for everyone else

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Thursday, June 14, 2018 / Published in Activities, Community, Events, Learning English

The sky is blue, the clouds are white, and the sun is golden… summer’s coming! What are your plans?

On Sunday June 17, you can go downtown to enjoy Victoria’s 3rd annual Car-Free Day. On this day, Douglas Street is transformed into a huge pedestrian area (walkers only  – no cars) with food stands, craft booths, music, and activities. You can enjoy walking around, or you can volunteer. (PS – It’s also Father’s Day in Canada, so don’t forget to call your Dad!).

 

Here is the website: https://www.carfreeyyj.ca/

 

Credit: Car Free YYJ Official Photographer

Click below to find out more about fun activities in Victoria this summer!

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