Running routes in Vancouver

Posted by Jimmy Fryers

Apr 22, 2014 3:36:00 PM

New to the city and thinking about taking part in one of the many marathons or shorter races? I'm sure that you'd like to enjoy some of the great sights of the city during your run, so here are a few running routes that are quite easy to follow and let you take in Vancouver's beautiful scenery at the same time. 

You can check the full list of races taking place in Vancouver during 2014 here.

Probably the most iconic race in the annual calander is the BMO Marathon and Half Marathon. This year upwards of 15,000 people will be taking part in the races on May 4th. 

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Topics: vancouver, destinations

Great places to eat in Vancouver: Tips from a local

Posted by Livio Capalbo

Apr 21, 2014 10:05:00 AM

I've lived in Vancouver for 2 years and these are some of my favourite retaurants, some of which are a little less well known. 

How many have you been to? Do you agree with this list. 

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Topics: vancouver

Cycling in Vancouver

Posted by Livio Capalbo

Apr 20, 2014 5:05:00 PM

One of the best things about Vancouver is being able to use a bike for transportation. The city aims to become the greenest city in the world by 2020 (Greenest City 2020 Action Plan), and one of the pillars of this plan is to expand bike routes.

Currently the city has more than 255 km of streets and bike paths geared for bikes and this number will increase in the coming years. The city will also implement the Bicycle Share system this year. 1,500 bikes will be offered at more than 125 stations located at various points of the city.

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Topics: vancouver, destinations

Differences between Canadian colleges and universities

Posted by Jimmy Fryers

Apr 15, 2014 12:41:00 PM

I spent much of 2011 trawling the internet trying to find information about studying in Canada in 2012 and the differences between Canadian colleges and universities. I wanted to get a good qualification but I also wanted to minimise the number of years I was going to study and the amount it was going to cost me.  

This was a long and stressful year, and even though I did a lot of in-depth research,there was still huge knowledge gaps in the information, which led to me making several mistakes in the process.

I hope this article helps you to get the information you need to make the right decisions when planning to study overseas.

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Topics: Canadá, work and study

A list of the best things to do in Sydney, Australia

Posted by Jimmy Fryers

Apr 12, 2014 4:55:00 PM

Sydney is an amazing city with so much to offer that it’s very difficult to pick the best ones and put them in a short list. Even though I’ve visited Sydney several times I wanted to get the perspective of a local to make sure the list had a wide range of activities to suit a variety of interests. To help me achieve this I contacted my old friend, Reece Proudfoot, for some input.

Reece is a Sydneysider that enjoys the arts and keeping active outside. In his work for the WWF, he actively keeps involved in the community and his advice is much appreciated. 

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Topics: Australia, destinations, sydney

Business English: Interrupting in a meeting

Posted by Jimmy Fryers

Apr 10, 2014 5:31:00 PM

This blog gives you the English sentences you need to interrupt a speaker during a meeting. 

Everybody knows that interrupting somebody when they're talking can be rude.

However, sometimes it's necessary to ask questions in order to fully understand what the speaker is saying. If your first language is not English the speaker will likely be expecting you to ask more clarification questions, so you should be prepared to do it when needed. 

If you follow the polite sentences included in this article then you should be fine. 

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Topics: business English

The best counties to study English abroad

Posted by Livio Capalbo

Apr 10, 2014 2:15:00 PM

This annual ranking developed by Legatum Instutute is a great source of information to help you decide which are the best countries to study English abroad. Besides the overall ranking, it's important for international students to compare education, health, safety and security,

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Topics: Canadá, UK, Malta, Australia, South Africa, Ireland, USA, New Zealand, destinations

How the kind people of Vancouver helped me when I was hit by a car

Posted by Kei Akita

Apr 9, 2014 4:36:00 PM

I had a miracle experience. Oh my goodness- I was hit by a car!

On the weekend, I was walking on Main Street, which is close to my house, to go to the cafe. I had to cross the road so I made sure the light was green and kept walking.

Suddenly, there was the sound of the heavy braking and two cars crashed in front of me. After they crashed they didn't stop and kept coming towards me. I was so scared!

I tried to avoid them but one car hit my knee. Fortunately, the contact was light and I was only slightly hurt. In total three cars crashed.

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Topics: Canadá, vancouver, International Content Creators

Business English: How to ask questions in a business meeting

Posted by Jimmy Fryers

Apr 9, 2014 2:50:00 PM

In my last blog I talked about the vocabulary to use in a formal business meeting.

This blog post is a follow-up to that blog and discusses how to ask questions in a meeting. I also talk about how to handle and resond to questions that others ask to you. 

 

 

 If you're interested in more business English tips you can read other blog posts. 

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Topics: business English

Business English For Meetings

Posted by Jimmy Fryers

Apr 8, 2014 4:30:00 PM

A complete business English for meetings presentation. A great resource for those wanting to learn the basics of the language of international business meetings. 

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Topics: business English

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