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6 Ways to Deal With Culture Shock in a New Country

At E-QIP, we’re proud to welcome students to our Montreal campus from around the world. In just a single group class, it wouldn’t be uncommon to find individuals from Japan, Mexico, France, Syria and South Korea—just a few of the countries our students have called home. Our international and immigrant students’ reasons for coming to […]
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How to Enjoy a Socially Distanced (but Still Awesome) Montreal Summer

Although the usual activities associated with a classic Montreal summer—festivals, live performances, team sports and other large group events—are all, sadly, off the table for the foreseeable future, many Montrealers are still determined to make the most of summer 2020. With lockdown measures slowly changing and temperatures already soaring well above 30°, though, doing so […]

5 Reasons Why Now is the Perfect Time to Learn French

At E-QIP, we—naturally—encounter a lot of students who come to us to learn French out of necessity, whether for immigration purposes, for work or school, or simply to make living in Montreal a bit easier.  Outside of this province’s unique context as one of the few French-speaking strongholds in North America, French often gets a […]

Break Through a Language Learning Plateau With These 4 Ideas

Ah, the dreaded language learning plateau. It’s a familiar story: you’ve been steadily progressing in your target language, picking up new vocab left, right and centre, mastering those grammar rules, and suddenly: boom, all of your progress comes to a screeching halt. Your momentum vanishes, and try as you might, you just can’t seem to reignite it. […]

6 Tongue Twisters to Help You Perfect Your English Pronunciation

Over the past couple of months, we’ve written a lot about the ways that language learners can work on their skills while classes are out of session. We’ve explored how to use language apps, Netflix and podcasts to learn, and how to pick up new vocabulary on your own.  These methods are all great for […]

What to Expect from Your First Online Language Class (and How to Make the Most of it!)

As popular as language learning has been for the locked down among us over the last year, many people are discovering something that veteran language learners have known all along: that no matter how effective your language app or software is, actual fluency isn’t possible without a little human interaction. There’s an undeniable thrill that […]
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How to Avoid Language-Learning Stress and Keep it Fun

At E-QIP, we are, naturally, big fans of learning new languages. Language study opens up worlds of possibilities, and if it’s done right, it can also be a lot of fun. For many students, however, learning a new language is more of a chore than a pleasure. Our students come to us from a range […]

New Year's Traditions Around the World

All of us at E-QIP love a good party, and we can’t think of any day better suited to partying than December 31. The start of the new calendar year is observed in some form in most cultures, making it one of the most universal celebrations in the world--which is not to say that the […]

5 tips to build language confidence

Once the familiar textbook is gone and the conversation begins, many learners suddenly experience a drop in confidence. All your studying has built up to that face-to-face moment, but suddenly your mind goes blank. The words don’t come out right. You panic. In moments like these, remember that everyone experiences changes in their confidence levels. […]

The Ups and Downs of Language Learning

When you're first learning a new language, everything is exciting. 50 new words feels amazing when you remember so clearly knowing 0. With the starting line still in sight, every step forward is an accomplishment as a new world of culture and language opens up. Things start to pick up after the initial start. More […]
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