App Attack!

It is a great time in history to be learning English as a Second Language.  Why?  Because of all the apps!  With your phone or tablet you can practice anywhere without needing to carry around a heavy textbook, and the bonus is that most of the apps are fun to use.  (I’m telling you, this is way better than the French-language learning labs I had to do!  Seriously. Does anybody else remember listening labs?)

Here are the top 5  grammar applications I recommend.  They all supplement the CultureWorks curriculum, and they’re free!

Parts of Speech:  Knowing the grammatical names for each of the sentence parts in English is extremely important.  Knowing how they work together, like pieces of a puzzle, is even more important.  I like the design of this app a lot.

Nouns:  This is a great app to refresh your skills on common nouns, pronouns, nouns as subjects, nouns as direct objects…very easy to use!  The name is kind of boring though, isn’t it? If I made one, I’d call it Noun Town, for sure.

Verbs:  Both of these apps are useful, but we all know that irregular verbs can be tricky.  Warm up your thumbs for some crazy good verb action! (Use head phones for the Irregular app.  People might think you’re crazy on the bus.  Of course, the bus is a socially acceptable place to be crazy…)

Vocabulary:  Ok, so this isn’t grammar, technically. But be honest, it’s hard to practice any grammar unless you’ve got vocab!  Don’t let the silly cartoon owl fool you, this app has great wisdom inside.

Each of these apps are available in the Apple App Store.  Do a search for ‘English Grammar’ and you’ll be amazed at how many there are.  If you find them for Android or Windows devices, please let me know in the comment section below!

International Student Award

Alumni continuing at Brescia and King’s are encouraged to apply for this scholarship.

These bursaries are awarded annually to full-time students in any undergraduate program based on financial need – preference given to CultureWorks graduates.

Please pick up an application form with further details from Brescia or King’s.
Applications must be submitted to the university by:
Brescia – Sept. 30
King’s – Oct. 10

Best of luck!

Your Friendly Canadians

Ah, Canadians!  Don’t you just love them?

If Canadians were animals, countries would fight over who could keep them in their zoos, like panda bears.

If Canadians were food, there’d be a line up outside their restaurant a million blocks long, like that soup place on Seinfeld.

If Canadians were a natural disaster…wait.  Hang on.  Canadians would never be a natural disaster.  Scratch that.

If Canadians were a gadget, they’d be a limited edition and we’d have to keep them in our pockets for fear of losing them, like Google Glass.

If Canadians were fashion, you’d have to wear sunglasses to protect yourself from its awesomeness, like something out of Bjork’s wardrobe.

Why do we love Canadians?  Because they’re friendly, of course!

Canadians will open the door for you even when you are hundreds of meters behind!

They’ll apologize when you bump into them in public, when clearly it was your fault!

Sometimes Canadians will give you the ‘thanks’ and ‘sorry’ combination.  For example, when paying for a taxi but taking too long to leave the cab!

They’ll talk to you (often about the weather) and they’ll actually listen and care what you have to say!

Canadians make eye contact and ask, “How are you?”, and mean it!

Canadians like to wave on traffic at stop lights…from their cars!

They shovel the snow off each other’s driveways in the winter.

They’ll even pay for your coffee if you forget your wallet at Tim Hortons.  (Well, not always, but it’s happened to me before, so, there’s that.)

From shopkeepers to policemen to teachers, Canadians are some of the friendliest people in the world.  If you have chosen to come to Canada, you’ve chosen wisely.

P.S. Sorry that this post was so long.  And thanks for reading it.  Sorry.  Thanks. 🙂