You’ve arrived in Edinburgh, settled into your accommodation and had a little time left over to look around the city. So what happens next?
When you arrive at our language centre you will be greeted by our lovely team who will help you to navigate the students lounge, refreshments area and notice board. Here, you can also pick up a UK SIM card with £5 credit already on it! Then, if you have not had an assessment yet, one of our teachers will take you for a quick chat to determine your level and decide which group would be best for you.
After the assessment, you will be taken to your lesson to meet your fellow classmates and start improving your English! Next comes the break which gives you the chance to meet students from different classes while enjoying a coffee or your favourite flavour of tea.
Finally, once the lessons and lunch break have ended, one of our teachers will take you on a walking tour of Edinburgh to help you get your bearings and discover the city through a local’s eyes. It’s a great chance to get to know your surroundings and your fellow students. Here are a few snapshots from our walking tour this week:
Our resident photographer, Louison has been exploring Edinburgh since the beginning of February and has managed to capture the essence of its beauty in these breathtaking photographs. Even in the winter months, it’s easy to see why Edinburgh is frequently voted one of the most beautiful cities in the world.
Here is a selection of some of our favourite photographs of Edinburgh in February:
If you are thinking of learning any foreign language, these five useful techniques will make it so much easier:
1. Make mistakes
From the moment we born, we are said to do things properly, but the only way to learn a language is to get things wrong. Why? Because when you make mistakes you are able to remember them and do as much as possible to change them.
2. Scrap the dictionary
Have you ever noticed how much confusing reading a language can be? That is because we are used to our mother tongue sounds. Sometimes, and more for a beginner, it’s more useful to scrap the dictionary and study it phonetically.
3. Ask people to correct you
When you start learning a new language, you need someone to introduce words and grammar in the same way as you learnt your mother tongue. As time goes by , it’s important to have someone who will not hesitate to correct your mistakes while encouraging you to improve. At inlingua Edinburgh, our teachers’ method means you will have as much speaking practice as possible with frequent error corrections.
4. Keep talking
It’s easy to stop using a language when you reach your goal. But unfortunately, if you don’t keep training your skills, you’ll forget it, so try to make native-speaking friends or find a language exchange partner who you can practise with on a regular basis.
5. Make it fun!
If you find learning a new language tedious, you’ll never reach your goal. So make it fun!
When choosing a place to study English, the cost of the course isn’t the only thing to consider. Finding out about the cost of living in a certain city can help you to figure out your budget and pick the best place to suit your needs.
Edinburgh is one of the most affluent cities in the UK, meaning that some things may cost a little more than other destinations (although the cost of living here is still around 25% cheaper than in London!).
Of course, a lot of your costs will depend on your own preferences: if you have a higher budget, there are plenty of luxurious options to cater to your tastes and, thanks to Edinburgh’s vibrant student population, there are lots of budget-friendly options if you prefer to save money.
Whichever end of the scale you are, here’s a rough guide of how much things cost in Edinburgh:
Glass of beer (pint)
Glass of wine (175ml)
Sprit (25ml) + mixer
Soft drink (e.g. cola, lemonade, orange juice)
Coffee in a café
Two-course evening meal at a restaurant
Lunch at a restaurant
Entrance to nightclub
£10-50 (depending on seats)
Food & drink
Meal in fast food restaurant
Domestic beer (from supermarket)
Bottle of wine (from supermarket)
Weekly food shop (from supermarket)
Single bus/tram journey in Edinburgh
Weekly bus pass
Taxi in Edinburgh
Around £10/ 15 minute journey
Cold medicine for 1 week
Box of Paracetamol/Ibruprofen
£10-15 (men) £20-35 (women)
Sim card with 100MB data, 125 UK minutes and 500 UK texts
*You will receive a free giffgaff sim card with £5 pre-loaded credit when you arrive at inlingua!
Book a General English course taking place between now and the end of April and get 10% off!*
Brush up on your English skills before the summer by signing up to one of our intensive General English courses. Enjoy the best Edinburgh has to offer in low season and practise your English in small groups of no more than 10 students!
*To take advantage of this offer please quote “INLINGUA10” when booking.
Terms & conditions:
Offer valid on General English Half Day Group and General English HDG + Spoken Performance
Courses must end before 30th April 2017
Students may continue their course after 30th April 2017 and the usual tuition rate will apply
Discount can not be applied in conjunction with any other offer
Outlander is a British-American television drama series based on the historical time travel novels by Diana Gabaldon. The majority of this fantastic TV Show, developed by Ronald D. Moore and produced by Sony Pictures Television is set in Scotland. It stars Caitriona Balfe as Claire Randall, a married World War II nurse who, in 1945, finds herself transported back to the Scotland of 1743, where she encounters the dashing Highland warrior, Jamie Fraser and becomes embroiled in the Jacobite risings.
Since yesterday, the cast has been filming in Edinburgh for the 3rd Season! Some Scottish bloggers shared some great shots of a quick autographs session.