Pumpkin Spice and Starbucks

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  What is pumpkin spice and why is it so popular in the United States around this time of year? Pumpkin spice is actually a mixture of several different spices: cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, allspice, and clove. It has been used since the late 1790s to make a variety of sweet pies. Now it is one […]

I have to pay more?!

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  If you go to a restaurant and order a $20 steak, you might have to pay $25. This is not only because of taxes but also because of tips.   In the United States we do a lot of tipping. Tipping is a way of offering gratuity to the people who work hard for […]

IIC Alumni: Atsuko Morita

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Name and place of origin: I was born in Osaka, Japan. How long did you study at IIC? Which classes did you take? I studied advanced English at IIC for about one year. What are you doing now in the Bay Area? I am a fine art photographer. I have been producing projects for years […]

Father’s Day

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Father’s Day in the United States is coming up soon!  Every June people say thank you to their fathers and father-like figures and celebrate paternal bonds.  This day is similar to Mother’s Day and usually involves treating your father to a special meal or a present and card. This year Father’s Day is June 19th. […]

Teacher Feature: Kristi

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Name and place of origin: I’m Kristi! Originally I grew up in Cleveland, Ohio. A cold, dark place with little to no industry. :P What do you enjoy about teaching ESL? I love teaching ESL because it’s SO diverse. I am surrounded by very intelligent and fascinating people and I get to talk to and […]

How to Survive Culture Shock

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Culture shock (noun): a feeling of confusion, doubt, or nervousness caused by being in a place (such as a foreign country) that is very different from what you are used to. Living in another country as an international student can be exciting, fun, and life-changing.  But it can also be stressful and produce feelings of […]

Don’t Put Your Eggs in One Basket

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“Don’t put all of your eggs in one basket!” You will hear this when someone is depending too much on one solution to a problem or they only have one option for a big life plan. It’s always a good idea to make other plans in case one doesn’t work out for you.   A: […]

Mother’s Day

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The United States recognizes Mother’s Day in the beginning of May each year.  This year it is on May 8th.  Mother’s Day is for celebrating the mother of the family, maternal bonds, and the influence of mothers in society.  Many people buy a special gift like flowers or jewelry for their mothers or take them […]

How to Find Housing in San Francisco

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This post was written by one of our own students, Filipe Daltro Minho.  Read on to see his helpful suggestions for finding a place to live in San Francisco! Finding a place to live is pretty hard, especially if you are looking to live in San Francisco.  The city is only about 46 square miles and […]