Archive for January, 2014

Zurich: Some interesting facts

Monday, January 27th, 2014

LSI school director Ian Cryer has put together some fascinating facts about Zurich for this month’s blog item. For instance, did you know …

Albert Einstein attended the University of Zurich, where he later became professor.75 percent of the people that live in Zurich do not own their own accommodation, they rent. 

Tina Turner lives in a surrounding suburb of Zurich.


There is no primary or junior school for children on Wednesday afternoons.


Public transport is very popular in Switzerland. Zurich main station (right), with 2915 trains visiting every day, is the most frequently-served railway station in the world.


Zurich is the largest city in Switzerland with a population of 380,000.


Zurich has been acclaimed (six times in succession!) as the city with the highest standard of living in the world. In 2012 Monocle Magazine rated it the most ‘liveable’ city in the world.


There is one restaurant for every 180 inhabitants.


Zurich’s Street Parade, which takes place in early August each year, is probably the largest techno-dance party in the world.

Albert Einstein

Albert Einstein

Zurich train station

The Bahnhofshalle

Zurich Street Parade

Zurich Street Parade

Best Entries for the LSI Photo Competition

Friday, January 24th, 2014

In December 2013 LSI ran a photo competition for all our students worldwide. Students were asked to take photos of well known LSI locations but photographed in such a way that it wouldn’t be immediately obvious where it was shot. There were some great entries and in the December blog we announced the winner Pedro Ramos Parra . Here is a short selection of the best of the rest!


Monica Magallanes Space Alessia Chignoli
Photo was taken by Mónica Magallanes in Paris. Check out the mirror – Voila! The Eiffel Tower. Space Photo was taken by Alessia Chignoli in London. Photo entitled ‘Escape from the Underground’.
Yannick Strumpler Space Karen Artiguas
Photo was taken by Yannick Strümpler in San Diego. 1 America Plaza the tallest building in SD. Space Photo was taken by Karen Artiguas in Brighton. Viewpoint at the end of Brighton Pier.


Celebrating 60 Years at LSI Zurich

Thursday, January 23rd, 2014

Hanife with Charlotte Burgat

2014 is an important year for LSI Zurich. We have been teaching languages here for 60 years. Our history started in the middle of the Cold War. A young Swiss graduate, Charles Jenny, came back from an educational visit to the UK with a vision: to open an English language school in Zurich and start promoting study abroad programmes at one of the language schools that had recently opened their doors in London. He named his school „Two Cities Club Ltd“ and went into business in the autumn of 1954 – in a couple of rented rooms with copies of Reader’s Digest as course books.

60 years later and the school is still here. „LSI Switzerland Ltd“ now teaches 5 languages locally and sells courses abroad at over 15 LSI schools worldwide. Our longstanding collaboration with LSI began in 1980. In 1999 we became a full LSI school and German is now the main language we teach. Charles, however, is not forgotten. Were it not for his vision of bringing people together through the medium of learning a foreign language, our school would not be here and there would be no 60 years to celebrate. So, why not join us . . . in our jubilee year?

Working and Studying at LSI – a perspective from London Hampstead student Hanifé Turan

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014

French student Hanifé Turan’s first encounter with LSI was back in April 2011 when she worked as an office assistant at LSI London Hampstead. As part of her University studies in International Management in Orleans, Hanife needed to carry out a work placement and as her specialism was in marketing and tourism, the post at LSI seemed perfect. Those first three months at LSI were hard work but rewarding.

“I was given different things to do but mainly it involved welcoming the new students, arranging and accompanying them on social activities and assisting Andras, the school registrar. I loved it but the best bit of the job was being responsible for the social programme. I loved researching the activities and creating the info sheets for the students’ activity board as I felt this was one area where I could work independently and show my initiative.”

After her first stint at LSI, Hanifé returned to France to carry on her studies including further work experience in the historic harbour city of La Rochelle. “Getting work, especially in the tourist industry in France, is highly competitive so I’m sure my work experience at LSI was a key factor in helping me to get my job in La Rochelle.”

After finishing her University studies in July 2013, Hanifé decided to return to LSI but this time as a student. Her plan had been to study for one month, but a chance meeting on the streets of Hampstead with LSI Managing Director David Immanuel changed all that. David remembered Hanifé from her previous trip and asked if she would be interested in working at LSI Oxford with juniors attending the summer school. Hanifé jumped at the opportunity and once again found herself in charge of the social activity programme. “I took them ice-skating, punting on the river, to musicals in London, to Warwick Castle and Stratford-Upon-Avon, the birthplace of Shakespeare. It was great. I loved Oxford too. It’s a small city so it feels friendly and homely, and most of all safe.”

Currently Hanifé is back at LSI London Hampstead for a third time and this time she is totally committed to studying . “I’m enjoying being a student and I really feel like I am learning a lot. The grammar classes are especially useful and I am meeting students from around the world who I know I will keep in touch with. In fact I am still in contact with LSI students from my first trip in 2011. It’s a really great place to work and study. Everyone is so friendly and helpful!”

Her plans for the future? “ I am currently on a gap year as I still have one last University exam to do in June. After that though, I’d love to find a job in marketing or tourism in the UK or maybe Canada. I’d even love to work at LSI again if possible.”

Watch this space …

Hanife with Charlotte Burgat

Yankee Swap and Festive Fun in Boston

Thursday, January 9th, 2014

The annual LSI Boston Holiday party was lots of fun! Students and staff participated in the festivities, which included pizza and other treats, music, and a gift exchange. Many students shared conversation about holiday traditions in their home countries. It is always a special experience to see students teaching each other about their own cultures as well as learning about American culture.

For the gift exchange, students played a game called a “Yankee Swap.” The rules are that each person should bring a small gift, no more than $10, which can be either serious or silly. All wrapped gifts are put on the center table for all to see, then everyone chooses a number from a hat. The order of the numbers is the order in which students choose a gift from the table. One by one, students choose a gift from the table and unwrap it so that everyone can see what the gift is.

The fun part of the game is the option to “steal” someone else’s gift. If a person unwraps a gift from the table, they can decide to keep the gift if they like it, or they can decide to steal another gift that someone else already unwrapped. Some of the gifts included chocolate, jewelry, stuffed animals, ornaments, books, mugs, games, and Boston souvenirs. It is a lot of fun and there are lots of laughs at the good-hearted stealing. We look forward to next year’s holiday party!

boston party With Presents LSI Boston students stealing presents during the Yankee Swap