Information for events and activities happening in the Victoria community.
Have you noticed REV’s newest student? Her name is Q. She walks around the school, greeting students and demanding scratches. It’s impossible to ignore her! We love having a dog at the school.
Actually, there is another reason to have her here – we are studying her behaviour in preparation for our newest adventure. On April 1, 2020, REV will open REV Puppy – Real Dogs, Real Barking! That’s right – we are going to teach people and dogs! You can sign your dog up for obedience classes while you are learning English.(more…)
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.
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.
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?(more…)
It is important that you do all of these activities EVERY DAY. If you are not living in an English-speaking country where you can go to shops, recreation/sports centres, restaurants, etc., and practice English, you need to spend as much time as possible each day doing something in English for at least a couple of hours. This will help you to practice thinking in English, too.
TV and Radio to improve listening
CBC News Listening (CELPIP Listening All Parts)
CBC TV Listening (CELPIP Listening All Parts especially Parts 4 & 5)
Websites to improve fluency (listening and speaking)
Rachel’s English Ben Franklin Exercises Listen to each video several times and repeat what Rachel and her guests say. If you practice these often you will improve your listening and speaking skills in a few weeks, even if you are not in an English country!
Songs to improve fluency
Listen to these songs and try to learn them. If you do this it will definitely help your ability to hear and speak English more quickly! Do not focus on YOUR pronunciation of the words that you see, focus on LISTENING TO THE SINGERS PRONUNCIATION OF GROUPS OF WORDS and you should do the same.
Have you seen this meme on your Facebook or other social media?
Or this cartoon from Raeside?
Why do Victorians find them so funny?(more…)
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.(more…)
Brrrr…. Do you feel cold? I do! Victoria is currently having a cold snap. This means a sudden drop in temperature. The weather forecast says that it is going to be clear and cold until Friday. After that, we will return to our usual cloudy and rainy winter weather. https://weather.gc.ca/city/pages/bc-85_metric_e.html
Have you noticed that the school is a little chilly? How about other public buildings? There is a reason for that. Many buildings in Victoria are heated using natural gas. In October, there was an explosion in a natural gas pipeline in BC. The pipeline is fixed now, but the company can’t provide as much gas as usual. As a result, they have asked businesses and homes in BC to turn down their thermostats (reduce the temperature inside) to save gas. You can read more about this story here: https://www.timescolonist.com/news/local/natural-gas-shortage-could-last-all-winter-households-urged-to-conserve-1.23497101
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!