Archive for August, 2017

Thank You to LSI Brisbane

Sunday, August 20th, 2017

Hello everyone! My name is Adriano Felix and I come from Brazil. I’d like to tell you about my time at LSI.

Six years ago I was a student at LSI Brisbane and I gotta say that it was one of the best experiences ever! The staff were so helpful and kind. Considering that I couldn’t speak a word of English, it was a hard job for them. They really made me feel like I was in the right place and such an amazing atmosphere.  I would say that  it was at LSI that I met some of my best friends. I was really living the dream!

I’ve never taken the opportunity to thank  the people who helped me along the way. Especially as they made my days easier while studying there. I don’t even know if they are still working there but I would like to say a big thanks to David, Sandy, Chris and the whole LSI crew.

After studying at LSI Brisbane I decided to stay a bit longer in Australia, and guess what? I met my wife, a beautiful Australian woman. Yet another reason to say thank you to LSI. IT’s down to LSI that I was able to speak to her and even more, I convinced her to marry me . Now we are living in Brasil and waiting for our first baby. Perhaps I should stop here, but really the whole point of this message was to say a huge thanks to you guys, and keep doing it right!

Thanks to LSI Brisbane - Adriano with wife

 

WW1 Trenches Breeding Ground for Modern English

Tuesday, August 15th, 2017

Most of us, at some point in our lives, will indulge in a spot of  ‘binge drinking’. Perhaps some of us will be lucky enough to have a  ‘cushy’ job. Ever wondered when these modern English terms were first coined?

Recent research carried out by the British Library shows that many terms in current everyday English were first used in the tumultuous environment of the First World War trenches. British Library documents covering the period 1914-1918 unveil terms such as  ‘washed out’, ‘fed up’, ‘snapshot’, ‘bloke’ and ‘blind spot’. Many of these words reflect the soldiers attempts to convey the exhaustion and brutality of their existence in the trenches. Unsurprisingly the documents also revealed new euphemisms for dying such as ‘pushing up the daisies’ and ‘snuffing it’.

According to the British Library researcher Walker, “It was a very creative time for language. Soldiers have always had a genius for slang and coming up with terms. This was a citizen army – and also the first really literate army – and at the end of the war, those that survived took their new terms back to the general population.”

Soldiers in the trenches coined many modern English phrases

Read more on the Guardian.

Soccer is coming to San Diego

Sunday, August 6th, 2017

Adding to San Diego’s already existing attractions, it now appears that major soccer league is coming. NASL (the North American Soccer League) have just announced the setting up of a new club in the city ready for the 2018 season. Initially the team will play at the University of San Diego. However plans are afoot to build a purpose built stadium complex. The city will be home to NASL’s 10th club, following  the recent addition of  the San Francisco Deltas. Find out more about the new club.

LSI San Diego plans to add trips to the soccer matches to our 2018 leisure programme for our students. Alongside our famous beaches the soccer will be yet another fun thing to do during a stay with LSI.

Soccer coming to San Diego

University Pathway with Berkeley City College

Thursday, August 3rd, 2017

LSI is now able to offer our students a great new University pathways partner. This opportunity is open to students with a high level of English who have completed an intensive course with us. Once LSI students have matched these criteria they can then transfer to Berkeley City College (BCC). Luckily BCC is conveniently located just across the street from LSI Berkeley!

Berkeley City College

Berkeley City College is a highly respected community college. Students can complete the first two years of their undergraduate college credit, working towards their four year Bachelor’s Degree.  Once the student completes their program at BCC they can then apply to state universities throughout the USA. As students will have already done two years at BCC they will need to do just two more to complete the four year  degree.

This new pathway partner is a great new addition to our growing lists of partners. More information can be found on our website.