Monday, October 26, 2015

Fall Beach BBQ in OC!

On Friday October 23, about 60 OC students met in Newport Beach for our annual Fall Beach BBQ.

We had students from Brazil, Colombia, Peru, Saudi Arabia, Korea, Thailand, Japan, China, Taiwan, Vietnam, Cambodia, Jordan, Egypt, Venezuela, Kazakhstan, Yemen, and probably a couple of countries that I'm forgetting.  

The weather was wonderful, the water was warm, the food was delicious, and the company was the best.  All our students had so much fun together.  At the end of the afternoon, we were able to see a gorgeous California sunset.  

Thank you to everybody who helped make this BBQ such a success!


Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Arabic Culture Night in the South Bay with Brandon!

Many students attended Arabic Culture Night, ready to smoke hookah, drink tea and engage in discussions in a relaxed environment with Brandon Monahan, a teacher from LSI's South Bay Campus.

Although most of the students were from Saudi Arabia, there were two Japanese students and one Chilean student in attendance. Questions were asked of the Arabic students about their culture, including what is normally eaten while smoking hookah, how often this practice is done in any given week and why they think hookah has become so popular in the United States.

It was a great time to practice English, learn a few key Arabic phrases and revel in the camaraderie that bridges cultural and geographic borders.

It was an exciting night that extended late into the evening, leaving everyone breathless (and not just because of the hookah).