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Helio

July 16, 2014

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I could not see myself in other language center. ELS Language Center is great for those who are seeking to learn English for different purpose. As a student of the Center I recommend to anyone because the staff of this Center is built by lovely and friendly people starting from the Center director to the teachers. They will make you have fun while you are learning. ELS Language Center is the best I've ever seen. If you are trying to improve or develop your skills you must take a look at ELS Language Center. I promise you'll not regret it.



Lucas

July 16, 2014

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I've been at ELS Lubbock center for one year and have been really helpful for me. We are all faced with many cultures and traditions. I've been learning a lot with that, such as respect and knowledge. The teachers and directors are great and really polite. Many things have changed in my life because of ELS, I just have to say thanks for all of them.

-Lucas,Brazil


Wesam Al-Jeddawi

July 16, 2014

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I got much experience at ELS Greenville due to I shared my culture
with a lot of international students, learned American culture, and improved my speaking, writing, and listening. The great thing is that ELS Greenville has great teachers and staff.

Actually, I spent a wonderful time at ELS/ Clemson-Greenville. I visited many beautiful
places in South and North Carolina with lots of international students and that was one of the activities that ELS made for us. When I graduated from ELS, all of my instructors kept in touch with me especially the Center Director who was always taking care of all students if they needed any help. Furthermore, when I graduated from Clemson University, the Center Director came to attend my graduation ceremony to encourage me and push me to work harder. Therefore, I encourage everyone who would like to study abroad to come to ELS/ Clemson- Greenville to study English language program before going to any university to improve his or her skills in writing, speaking and listening.

I am so proud of all ELS Greenville staff and I am so proud of my
great university which is Clemson University.

Sincerely,
WesamAl-Jeddawi
M.S. in Food
Science and Human Nutrition, Clemson University

-Wesam Al-Jeddawi,Iraq


Naif

July 11, 2014

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First of all, I love all the instructors and how they act and how they
treat students. They treat them like a family and they are very helpful. I love
the way that the school is very organized and the way they grade students
because it’s very clear and you can understand. Everyone knows how to pass the
level and what to do to succeed in your level. There are always activities
going on! Cedar Point was my favorite activity as it was the best of the best.
It was perfect! I’m going to miss the staff, the teachers, and I feel like I am
among my family. Now that I have graduated, I am going to study at Widener
School of Law to study law. Some advice I’d like to give is that school is not
everything to help you improve your language. You have to put a lot of effort
in order to improve your language and don’t compare yourself with others. The
circumstances that happen to other students might not happen with you. Don’t
get so disappointed if you don’t see the results early because in the process
of learning any language you have to be very patient.

-Naif,Saudi Arabia


Ashkhen

July 11, 2014

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Ashkhen Oganesyan, Russia/Parents’ Testimonial

Our family really appreciates the fact that Ashkhen has been provided with a great learning experience at the Garden City ELS center at Adelphi University. Although she has been learning English for quite a few years at school, she has never had an opportunity to immerse herself in the English speaking environment the way it is provided here. Our family is very impressed with the progress she made over the past eight
months. Never before was she able to tell stories, make jokes, understand the language of movies and TV programs in English, and even enjoy reading books written by English and American authors. The width and
depth of knowledge she is getting makes our conversations about some aspects of English very interesting and educational. In addition, she developed a great deal of appreciation for diversity. A very important part of the ELS learning environment is new friendships with students from the USA and various Asian,
European and Latin American countries. Her entire experience here makes our family happy, and we would like to express our gratitude to her masterful teachers and effective administrators.

-Ashkhen,Russia


Andrea and Valeria

July 11, 2014

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We have been at ELS for 3 months and we really enjoy being here because we have made a lot of friends from different countries. The teachers at ELS are the best! They are extremely friendly and they are always available to help students. The school is located in an excellent spot because it's surrounded by shops and restaurants and it is right across the street from the Boston Commons, which is a beautiful park to visit. This has been an unique experience and we are very grateful for the memories that ELS has created in our hearts!

-Andrea and Valeria,Venezuela


Mohamad

July 11, 2014

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Hi guys, my name is Mohamad, I am from Saudi Arabia I chose
to come to Oklahoma because it is a cheap state and it has the best school in the United States. I am so happy, I just
graduated from ELS and I got the acceptance letter from the University of Tulsa! Really, it’s good advice for you to come to
Oklahoma. ELS has the best teachers and
the will help you with everything you want.

-Mohamad,Saudi Arabia


Atthawit

July 11, 2014

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My name is Yo and I come from Thailand. I have been at ELS since March and I am very proud of myself because I have improved my English skills since I started. Everyday I come here and I always learn something new from my teachers and my classmates. Beside this, I always have a good time with the friends I made here and I have learned a lot about their cultures. This is a great experience that I wish everyone to have! Also, if you are trying to go to university, ELS will help you because it has more than 600 partner schools. My experience here is unforgettable!

-Atthawit,Thailand


Erika

July 11, 2014

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Being part of ELS is a wonderful experience. I had a very good time with my teachers and my classmates. I feel grateful for having the experience to interact with people from different countries because you can learn many things from each person.

Before I came to the United States thought that I just was going to learn English but I have learned many things because I have had the opportunity to interact with many people and visit many cities in the country.

Once I started taking classes at ELS, I started to enjoy everything in the center because there are many activities inside and outside the classes. The center gives you the opportunity to learn and enjoy at the same time. I have realized that I have improved my English because now I can communicate with American people and I can watch American TV programs and movies understanding almost everything.

Every week there are different kinds of activities with affordable prices, which is very good for all the students. The staff is very kind, which is very good because every morning I felt welcome at ELS, everybody is very nice, and everybody wanted me to feel very good.

-Erika,Colombia


Orianna

July 11, 2014

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"If
you can dream it you can do it" - Walt Disney. Believing in me and
the support of my parents were my principle reasons for coming to learn English
at ELS New Haven, USA apart from the academic reasons. What began as an
adventure ended becoming in one of the best experiences of my life. IN
ELS I found friends for all over the world with great personalities and
diversity of cultures but, also I had the pleasure of meeting amazing teachers
and the entire staff of ELS, people who I personally admire. Furthermore, living in homestay I found a second family
away from home, who makes everyday my experience in USA remarkable. It is just unbelievable how ELS program is so
effective. I started at level 102 just
saying and understanding few words and right now I’m almost finishing level 112
and my English is much better as you can see haha! My goal right now is being able to be
accepted in an American university to study International Business. Thanks to ELS I will continue making my
dreams true.

-Orianna ,Venezuela


Sophia

July 11, 2014

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Studying at ELS Dallas has been one of the most exciting and memorable experiences of my life. It helped me to enhance my English skills like speaking and writing but I learned so much more than just English. I gained confidence by practicing the language every day with native speakers. ELS Dallas is my home away from home and the teachers are friendly and helpful. Moreover, I had the opportunity to meet people from different countries. I really loved the atmosphere at ELS and I am thankful for the opportunity to interact with different cultures and be a student at ELS Dallas.

-Sophia,Morocco


Jesus

July 11, 2014

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Hello, my name is Jesus. I have come from Colombia. My experience at ELS Language Center has been very rewarding because I have had the opportunity to have excellent teachers who have taught me many things about reading, writing, and speaking. Indisputably, my English has improved significantly. For example, before I came to ELS I was not able to have a long conversation in English and now I am able to. Also, I have learned so much about how to write different types of essays that before I did not know. Besides, I have the opportunity to share with people from different countries. It has let me know their culture, customs, and even a little bit about their languages. I am happy for having chosen ELS to study English. Everybody here is friendly and always willing to help.

-Jesus,Colombia


Hashim

July 11, 2014

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“It is not only language center but also cultural
school”

When I came to the United States, It was difficult to
speak or connect with everyone because their culture was different than my culture as well as
the language. When I started studying in the ELS I met very friendly and kind teachers and they were
professional. I learned not only English, but also I learned the US culture.
ELS taught us English and how to connect with people in their culture. The best thing I saw was
the teachers were like my family. Their goal was to help students by all
possible means to improve the language. Now, I don't find it difficult to study
in the University because my language is improved because of ELS.

Hashim Alhashimi

Iraq

ELS Graduate

Current University of New Haven

-Hashim,Iraq


Yasir

July 9, 2014

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I studied at ELS - Johnson City for over a year. I was nervous about what I would find in the United States. When I arrived, the center director helped to get rid of my fears. I also stayed with a great host family that helped me adjust to life in America. After I joined the university, I still visited my host family almost every weekend, and still stopped at ELS once in a while for advice and help. I have just finished my first semester at ETSU and I am grateful for the preparation ELS gave me. Thank you ELS Johnson City!

-Yasir ,Saudi Arabia


Yenifer

July 9, 2014

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“I came to Boston to learn English. I chose ELS Boston-Downtown and it really exceeded my expectations! It provided me with all the tools to improve my English and the people who work there are always in a good mood and ready to help you. I love ELS because it gave me the opportunity to learn English in a short time. If you want to study English, I recommend you ELS … I am sure you will keep it in your heart for the rest of your life! “

-Yenifer,Venezuela


Badr

July 9, 2014

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“ Hello, my name is Badr and I am a student at ELS Boston-Downtown. ELS is really the best school I have ever studied at! I would like to share my journey at ELS … First of all, the teachers are amazing and they helped me a lot. Second, the people who study at ELS are very friendly. Third,the location of the school is great, right in the heart of Boston. Finally,don’t waste your time applying to other schools! ELS is the best! “

-Badr,Saudi Arabia


Maho

July 9, 2014

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Hello, I am Maho. I am from Japan and I have been in ELS Boston Downtown for 4 months. I like the location of the school because it's near shops, restaurants and museums! Also, at school we have many academic classes that will help us to go to university. All the teachers are helpful, friendly and flexible. I really enjoy my time at ELS and the friendships I made here!

-Maho,Japan


Jong In (Jaden)

July 9, 2014

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I got a lot of support from having a GVSU student as a Conversation Partner. I am excited to be on campus with GVSU students because we can contact with GVSU students so easily. When I talk to GVSU students they have been so kind and some are very interested in Korean culture. I have attended the Korean Culture Club and the atmosphere there was a lot of fun.

-Jong In (Jaden) ,South Korea


Laurianne

July 9, 2014

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I came to ELS because GVSU is a university which interested me due to its diversities and its high implication with international student. The education provided there is highly appropriate to myself. I intend to pursue an Accounting major, thus GVSU could give me experience and formation in that domain, I really intend to be a part integrated to GVSU community. Also with ELS I think everything is facilitated because students from ELS have some advantages.

-Laurianne,Cote D Ivoire


Sami

July 9, 2014

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I contacted Kettering University asking for an admission from English Language institute and they recommended me to contact ELS Grand Rapids. I searched by Internet about ELS GR and many students like it except the weather in winter. When I came here, people are friendly and helpful and the weather is getting warmer.

-Sami,Saudi Arabia


Mansour

July 9, 2014

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ELS adopted me when I was a caterpillar learning English. They raised me until I got my wings to fly and reach my dreams at Seattle University. I really appreciate ELS and keep in mind that nothing is hard and everything is possible if you believe.

-Mansour,Saudi Arabia


Shogo

June 26, 2014

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Shogo has studied with us for over one year and he just recently graduated level 112 from our Semi-intensive program. He plans to start at the University of San Diego in the fall. We are all very proud of him!

ELS: Why did you choose San Francisco-North Bay as the center for your studies?

Shogo: I really liked how far it is from the big city. It takes 20 minutes to get to San Francisco. I think this is good for studying, because there is no place to distract you.

ELS: What was one of your favorite memories while studying here?

Shogo: Traveling with my friends. I also really enjoyed playing Frisbees with the teachers during the school activity last summer. It was really fun playing on the lawn with the sun shining on us. I really like the activities that ELS plans for us.

ELS: Do you have any recommendations and/or advice for any future students who plan to study at ELS San Francisco- North Bay?

Shogo: Students shouldn’t make boundaries or walls for themselves. They should make good relationships with many different cultures. It is good to know other cultures other than Japanese. Don’t talk to only the students from your culture
because other students will feel left out.

ELS: What is one thing you learned about American culture that you did not know before studying here?

Shogo: One thing I was very surprised about is that when I lost my wallet, it was returned to me. I was very surprised to have it back. This is different in Japan. I also learned the phrase “pay it forward” and I really like this.

-Shogo,Japan


Xinyi

June 26, 2014

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Xinyi stopped by ELS today to say hello. She just graduated from Dominican University of CA with an International Business degree. She studied with ELS for 6 months before attending the university.

ELS: Why did you choose San Francisco-North Bay as the center for your studies?

Xinyi: It is safe and small. The center is located at Dominican University of CA and that was the school I wanted to attend. I also wanted to know about the environment before going to the university.

ELS: What was one of your favorite memories while studying here?

Xinyi: Wow that is a long time ago. I do remember when my friends and I went to Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco and we rented bikes. We biked over the Golden Gate Bridge and then took the ferry back. It was so much fun and a beautiful time of the year. Plus I remember getting a sun burn.

ELS: You recently graduated from Dominican University of CA. How did ELS San Francisco-North Bay help you with the transition to the university?

Xinyi: ELS taught me how to communicate well with native speakers. Also, the research project we did was very helpful, because they taught me how to do citations. In China, we do not do citations, so it was important for me to learn that for university.

ELS: What is some advice or recommendations do you have for future students who plan to study at our center?

Xinyi: Do not just hang out with other Chinese people or only your culture. It is good to make friends of other cultures. Also, do not be shy. Also, since ELS is located at Dominican University of CA, you should hang out with Americans so that you can learn about their culture and language.

ELS: What is one thing you learned about American culture that you did not know before studying here?

Xinyi: My stereotype was that all Americans eat meat, but that is not true. I also found that American students are very independent and they work part-time jobs while in school. This is very different than in China.

ELS: What are your future plans?

Xinyi: I want to travel around the world. My international business degree is perfect for this! Also, I have been working with my dad’s company since January and have been working hard and long. When I return to China, I want to stay with my family and get a local job at home.

-Xinyi,China


Ernesto

June 26, 2014

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ELS helped me a lot to improve my English and to practice for the TOEFL. I had a really good time going to class at ELS Ruston. It is an amazing experience because you get to meet people from all over the world and you learn about other cultures!

-Ernesto,Bolivia


Ting

June 26, 2014

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"Life ends when you stop dreaming, hope ends when you stop believing." It has been nearly five months since I started to study in ELS, which is a place where I improved my English and also met many nice people from different countries. It helped me to adapt to the American school life gradually and game me an awesome experience in America. The day I graduated from ELS was not the end but the new beginning of my master study in the United States. I want to thank the teachers and students who helped me a lot there and I wish ELS have a glorious future!

-Ting,China


Abdulrahman

June 4, 2014

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As an international student, I'd dreamed about studying in the United States. I was hesitating about what school I should choose for improving English. Everyone recommended the ELS center because it will prepare any student to join the universities in U.S. Before I had a chance to study at ELS, I couldn't speak English at all. Thus, I had the privilege and opportunity to study in the ELS Language Center in Grand Rapids. Since I joined this institution, I learned the most popular language that 55% of the world speaks in just one year. Now, I know how to speak, read, write, and listen to English fluently, and all the credit goes to ELS.

-Abdulrahman ,Saudi Arabia


Faisal Alotaibi

June 4, 2014

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ELS has great teachers. They have nice computers to help students study. Actually, they do more activities every month that students like because students can meet each other outside the school and they meet other people from the U.S. to practice their English.

-Faisal Alotaibi,Saudi Arabia


Abdulaziz

May 20, 2014

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Hello! My name is Abdulaziz but my friends call me Aziz. After studying at ELS for a year, I am transferring to University in Fullerton. At ELS I practiced English by talking to many Americans, going to the movies and doing my homework. The best things about ELS are the classes, the teachers and the staff in the office. I recommend ELS to anyone who wants to learn English.

-Abdulaziz,Saudi Arabia


Majid

May 20, 2014

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My name is Majid Alkhunaizi. I studied at ELS for one year. I am very happy that I have improved my English greatly. ELS has helped me to achieve my goal of transferring to Cal State Fullerton. ELS is very fun too! I visited Disneyland and Santa Monica Beach. I also attended fun parties in the backyard at Conversation Cafe. Conversation Cafe is the best way for students to practice English. I got to talk to native speakers. ELS is a very calm place and everyone is friendly.

-Majid,Saudi Arabia


Yahya Alyami

May 6, 2014

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"I will never speak English". This what I was saying before I came to ELS. This school made learning English so easy for me. After a while I realized that English is the most interesting thing in my life. To learn English well you need to trust yourself, do your homework and practice English everyday.

-Yahya Alyami,Saudi Arabia


Junxin

May 6, 2014

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I like ELS Language Center
Pittsburgh because I think it is a very good program. First of all, the teachers at ELS are very
nice. They have very good teaching
skills and some of them are very funny, so it is easy to pay attention in
class. Second, the teaching material
suits the students’ needs. It includes
comprehensive lessons that help students improve their English. Finally, ELS has some good group activities
for students every month. Activities are
good for students because they help students relax after studying. ELS Pittsburgh is great and I recommend it to
you!

-Junxin,China


Ali

May 6, 2014

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The management at ELS is very professional. They really care about the students. They are always helpful, not only with school related issues, but with issues outside of the school, as well. The teachers treat me like family. They always make me feel comfortable. They correct me when needed, so I can improve my English. The group activities are great. I've learned about other countries and I've made a lot of new friends.

-Ali,Saudi Arabia


Abdulrahman

May 6, 2014

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ELS Pittsburgh is pretty awesome! ELS is a great school for beginners who want to improve their English. All of the teachers are very helpful to new and continuing students. The school offers amazing group activities every week.

-Abdulrahman,Saudi Arabia


Boyuan

May 6, 2014

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Coming to ELS is a fantastic experience for me. What I get from here is not only the knowledge of English study, but also the opportunity to make friends who are from different countries. I believe I can successfully finish the study in ELS with the advanced education methods and conditions. That's why I chose here before my Master's Degree.

-Boyuan,China


Abdulwahab

May 6, 2014

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Hi my name is Abdulwahab Alanazi. My teachers and friends like to call me Hoopy. When I came to the United States, I was not able to speak, write, or understand anything that belongs to the English language. I choose the best place to study and improve my English which is ELS Thousand Oaks. I started in level 102; I recently graduated from level 112. The school has a good staff, perfect teachers, and intelligent students. Also, the city is safe, people are friendly and on top of that, the campus is perfect for studying. If I had to make a choice between different English schools again, I would close my eyes and choose ELS Thousand Oaks.

-Abdulwahab ,Saudi Arabia