Thursday, September 20, 2018 / Published in Learning English

It’s that time of year again… the leaves are falling, the nights are cooler, and people all over Victoria start drinking pumpkin spice lattes. Fall has arrived!

Do you like this season? Victoria normally has a very nice fall. Especially in the first few weeks, the weather is often dry and clear; this means blue skies, golden sunshine, and orangey-red leaves. I love it! Soon after, the rains will start to come. The fallen leaves will become slippery, and the sidewalks will be full of puddles – so watch your step!

What do we eat in fall? This is when Canadians start to cook more winter dishes. These include soups, stews, and anything with squash in it. We also like to drink pumpkin spice lattes, gingerbread lattes, and peppermint mochas. Some people complain when coffee shops start offering these drinks at the end of August!

What about fall activities? Well, some people will go camping on the weekend. It is a little colder than in August, but September is our last chance to get out into the forest, so some die-hard (crazy, committed) camping fans will still do it! Most farmers markets run until the middle or end of the month as well, so don’t miss this chance to stock up on (buy lots of) local vegetables.

Orange leaves, hot drinks, and cool weather… have a great fall!

Thursday, April 05, 2018 / Published in Learning English

Rain, rain, go away!

Come again another day!

These are the lyrics to a well-known children’s song. How do you feel about the rain? Does it make you feel “down” or sleepy? Is it refreshing? Does it remind you of home?


Wednesday, March 28, 2018 / Published in Learning English

“Weird and wonderful” is an English expression that means “strange and unusual, but in a lovable way.” It’s an affectionate way to describe friends who are unusual but still awesome.


…Sound familiar? That’s because our school is definitely a weird and wonderful place to study! If you need proof, just check out this photo of me in a banana costume.


At REV, we laugh. A lot. We cheat at board games – and then laugh about it. (Cheating is fine as long as you do it in English, right?!). We ask you to do strange projects, like taking apart a printer and using the pieces to build a model of a famous building. We get you to read children’s books to each other using expressive intonation (no robots at REV!). We let you decorate the entire school for Halloween. We give you advice like “stop studying.” And…we let you sit in Drew’s chair!



What a happy place to work and study! I’m so blessed to be a part of this team. If you haven’t met us yet… welcome! And if you have met us already, please come back to say “hi.” Welcome to weird and wonderful Real English Victoria!