Learn English in San Francisco

Learn English in San Francisco!

Choosing a language school can be a difficult task from where to go to how much to spend. At Go Inspired, we understand that all these factors are important and we don’t believe you should have to pay so much money to invest in learning English. That is why we have an opportunity for you in San Francisco to learn English that won’t break the bank!

Learn English in San Francisco

Why San Francisco? If you haven’t been to this fabulous city, it is time you make the trip! With a population of over 800,000 people, this city has so much to offer its visitors and residents. San Francisco is a popular tourist destination, famous for its mild weather, cool summers, fog, eclectic architecture, and famous landmarks including Lombard Street, the Golden Gate Bridge, cable cars, Alcatraz Island, Chinatown and Fisherman’s Wharf. Make new friends and have an incredible time exploring the San Francisco area!

Learn English in San Francisco. Go Inspired provides English learners an incredible opportunity to study English in the USA for a cheap price. Participants will study in a language school in San Francisco with modern facilities including a computer lab and recreation room. The classes will be lively, dynamic and enjoyable. Students will practice speaking every day in class in order to feel more comfortable with the language.

English Classes and Methodology: We know that a language cannot be learned through grammar alone. English as a Second Language classes include pronunciation practice, accent reduction, writing, speaking, reading, vocabulary and learning about American culture. Students will have class from 9:15 to 13:45 Monday through Thursday (18 hours a week plus optional afternoon workshops).

Beginner to advanced students welcome!

In the afternoons, there are free classes and workshops such as:

  • Conversation
  • American Idioms and Slang
  • American Movies
  • Current Events
  • Learn English through Music

English Class Prices (includes 18 hours a week plus free option afternoon workshops):

  • 4 weeks for the price of 3 weeks $800 (you save $250)
  • 12 weeks for the price of 10 weeks $1900 (you save $500)

Accommodation is in a residence where you can choose a single, double or triple room. See Learn English in San Francisco for more information.

Must-Have Guide to Florence, Italy

Must-Have Guide to Florence, Italy

Spending time in Florence, Italy? Which sights should you see? What restaurants will suit your budget? So many questions! Don’t be afraid or overwhelmed. We have all your answers plus great tips for your trip in our Must-Have Guide to Florence, Italy. Florence is an amazing city so whether you have 2 days or 2 months, each day will be special.

One of Go Inspired’s goals is that you get the most out of your experience in Florence. That  is why we created the ebook. Please take the time to read it and feel free to provide us with feedback! If there is a place you think should be added to the list, let us know.

Must-Have guide to Florence [www.goinspired.com]

St. Patrick’s Day in Ireland

If there is one thing we know is that the Irish are known for their love of beer and having a good time. So why not join them for what is sure to be a great party! St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated on March 17th each year.  It is the one national holiday that is celebrated in more countries around the world than any other!  St. Patrick’s Day is the day when everyone wants to be Irish.

History of St. Patrick’s Day

St. Patrick’s day marks the accepted date in 493 CE of St. Patrick’s death. It was made an official Christian feast day in the early seventeenth century and is observed by the Catholic Church, the Anglican Communion, the Eastern Orthodox Church and the Lutheran Church. The day celebrates St. Patrick (the patron saint of Ireland) and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland. It also celebrates Irish culture and heritage. Celebrations generally involve public parades and festivals, and of course  wearing of green attire or shamrocks. Christians also attend church and the Lenten restrictions on eating and drinking alcohol are lifted for the day, which has encouraged and propagated the holiday’s tradition of alcohol consumption.

St. Patrick’s Day is a public holiday in the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland, Newfoundland and Labrador and Montserrat. It is also widely celebrated around the world; especially in Britain, Canada, the United States, Argentina, Australia and New Zealand.

What we know about St. Patrick

  • Most sources agree that St. Patrick’s actual name was Maewyn Succat. They also agree that Maewyn was kidnapped and sold into slavery at age 16 and, to help him endure his enslavement, he turned to God.
  • Six years after his captivity began, St. Patrick escaped from slavery to France, where he became a priest, and then the second Bishop to Ireland. He spent the next 30 years establishing schools, churches, and monasteries across the country. He brought Christianity widespread acceptance amongst the pagan indigenous peoples.
  • It is thought that St. Patrick used a shamrock as a metaphor for the Trinity (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit), showing how three individual units could be part of the same body. His parishioners began wearing shamrocks to his church services. Today, “the wearing of the green” on St. Patrick’s Day represents spring, shamrocks, and Ireland.

How to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day

  • Wear green. Some popular t-shirts say “Kiss Me I’m Irish”.
  • Dress like a leprechaun.

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  • Accessorize with buttons or anything Irish related.
  • Learn some Irish words. Our favorite is “Eejit”. Eejit is the Irish word for idiot. If someone does something silly or stupid, you can comment “Ah ya big eejit!” It’s not meant to be offensive, rather it’s used to make fun of someone in a playful way.
  • Learn to Irish Dance. You will be the hit of the party!

Where to celebrate

Places all over the world seem to find ways to celebrate the luck of the Irish.

Our first suggestion is to go to Ireland.  There’s no better way to celebrate the quintessential Irish holiday than a trip to Ireland! Dublin, the capital city, usually holds a five day festival in honor of the holiday and is the location of Ireland’s largest and most impressive St. Patrick’s Day parade. The city buzzes with life over the course of the festival – thousands of tourists flood the city and the pubs are overflowing with travelers and locals alike, eager to “drown the shamrock”. So if you’re looking to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in true Irish fashion, this is the place to be!

Check out some major US cities.  Chicago dyes its river Green. New York City and Boston have incredible parades as well as parties.

Malaysia. The St. Patrick’s Society of Selangor, which has been in existence since 1925, organises the annual St. Patrick’s Ball, the biggest St Patrick’s Day celebration in Asia. Guinness Anchor Berhad also organises 36 parties across the country.

Russia. The first St. Patrick’s Day parade took place in Russia in 1992. Since 1999, there is an annual international “Saint Patrick’s Day” festival in Moscow and other Russian cities. The Moscow parade has both official and unofficial parts. The first seems like a military parade and is performed in collaboration with the Moscow government and the Irish embassy in Moscow. The unofficial parade is performed by volunteers and seems more like a carnival and show with juggling, stilts, jolly-jumpers and Celtic music.

If you can’t head anywhere exotic, just head to an Irish pub. After a few pints, you will sure to have a few new friends.

Enjoy St. Patrick’s Day!

 

Information for this article was taken from:

www.stpatricksfestival.ie/

www.wikihow.com/Celebrate-St.-Patrick%27s-Day

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Patrick%27s_Day

 

 

Courses in Spain

Should Spain adjust its work schedule?

Spain Work Schedules

If you have ever been lucky enough to be on the coast of Spain in the summer, you undoubtedly understand why dinner is at 10 or 11pm. With the sun setting around 9:30pm, there is just so much day light to do things…whether it is taking a nap, eating tapas, sunbathing or just hanging out with your friends.  You would also realize that their schedule/timetable/”horario” is a bit different than most countries and pretty much revolves around eating.

Spanish bocadillos

Work can start around 8 or 9am but if you are waiting for a supermarket to open early, good luck. “Early” for most is 9:15. Then, most workers have “almuerzo” around 10 or 11. This almuerzo is usually a “bocadillo” (sandwich). Back to work they go (helpful advice: don’t go to government offices around 10-11:30am as most workers are having their break and will not wait on you). Then soon enough it is 1:30 or 2 and it is eating time again. Workers who live nearby often go home where they eat and sometimes take a siesta. Soon enough it is 4 or 5 and they must return to work (civil servants usually stop working at 3 and banks close at 2:30 so good luck getting anything done if you are busy in the morning).  Workers then work until 7 or 8pm depending on their job.

Spaniards days are long. And some are asking that the Spanish government change the clocks. Will it happen? Check out the New York Times’ article on the topic.

Spain, Land of 10 P.M. Dinners, Asks if It’s Time to Reset Clock