I was talking to one of our former Swiss students on Instagram the other day, and she was telling me all about the wonders of a winter Christmas in Switzerland. That got me to thinking about what the iconic elements of a New Zealand Christmas are that make it so special. To find out what
Our student Tomiko is a teacher of Japanese culture. On her last day at Languages International, she treated her class to traditional Japanese green tea and dressed one of her teachers in a kimono. Thank you so much for sharing your culture with us all, Tomiko! Doesn’t Christine look lovely in a kimono?
Русский | English This week one of our Advanced English students, Kirill Sharygin, gave a fascinating presentation for all the teachers and students at Languages International about ‘The Wooden Architecture of Irkutsk.’ In Russia, Kirill is an architecture student at Irkutsk National Research Technical University. His presentation was both interesting and informative. Kirill displayed the
Every year almost all the houses on Franklin Road in Freeman’s Bay are decorated with lots and lots of Christmas lights. It has become very popular to go for a walk down this street in the couple of weeks leading up to Christmas to soak up the Christmas atmosphere. If this is your first Christmas
Follow Mark of Finland as he starts his new life in Auckland, New Zealand. Markku is an IT project manager who recently came to New Zealand on a Working Holiday Visa. Below are Markku’s videos of Auckland, which also include some great footage of his trips to other parts of New Zealand. In these videos
My classmate Luciano and I went on a 5-day trip to Tongariro. It took about 5 hours by car from Auckland to Tongariro, but it didn’t feel that long to us because we were enjoying ourselves. We were saying “Enjoy the moment!” to each other whenever something was difficult. This trip cannot be expressed in
It is always wonderful to see students making friends with students from other countries. It is such a great opportunity for them to practise their English together and to learn about each other’s cultures. These photos are from a trip that a group of friends from 6 different countries took together recently. One of the
In an article published today on New Zealand news website Stuff.co.nz, Michael Gebicki, an Australian travel writer, named his six must-do world adventures. Three of the six are in New Zealand. Two are in Auckland and one of them is just a five-hour drive from Auckland, making it a great overnight trip for Languages International
While on my stay in New Zealand, it was crucial for me to visit Hobbiton. There I saw the astonishing landscape which was used in the “Lord of the Rings” and “The Hobbit” movies. It was fascinating to learn the tricks, which were used to let the actors appear smaller or bigger. While walking through the movie set
New Zealand is known as the adventure capital of the world. Film-maker Devin Super Tramp spent two adrenaline-filled weeks here doing 14 different extreme sports. You can see the amazing things he did in the videos below. Languages International‘s partner Kiwiana Tours takes our students on weekend trips where they can try lots of these activities and others.