Ponsonby Bar Crawl

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Languages International teachers and students hit the fashionable streets of Ponsonby this week. We visited 3 different bars, the first with a great view of the skytower, the second where we ate the famous new Zealand Green-lipped Mussel, and the last with live music – where we partied until the wee small hours. Everyone had

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Creative Cambridge Students Launch CAE Class Wiki

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A group of students from one of our CAE classes has created a wiki where their classmates can collaboratively record their experiences in New Zealand. The students started the wiki to practise their English and share their experiences with friends and family back home, as well as their new friends here in Auckland. On the

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Congratulations to Our Recent DELTA Graduates!

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We are very pleased for our teachers Paul, Tom and Karina, who have all just learned that they passed their ‘Dip’ – the Cambridge Diploma in English Language Teaching to Adults, or DELTA – which they studied for at Languages International in 2007. The DELTA has a mix of theory and practical teaching and is

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Sailing the Ocean Blue

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Yesterday, 13 of our students boarded the catamaran Whiskers for a private boat trip to Rangitoto Island – the volcano in the middle of Auckland Harbour. The sea was a deep green and as there was no wind, looked like a lake. Some of us dived off and swam in the cool water under the

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Beach BBQ – Bravo!

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This week, we took 3 buses full of students to the stunning Piha beach on Auckland’s West Coast. While Simon & Tom, the teachers, prepared a classic kiwi- style bbq in the sand, students played soccer, rugby, walked up the rocks, swam – and one even surfed! Then we ate sausages, drank beer and watched

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NZ Voted Safest and Most Naturally Beautiful Country

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According to an annual study just released, New Zealand is the most naturally beautiful and safest country in the world.The third annual Country Brand Index has been unveiled at the World Travel Market in London.New Zealand ranked first for authenticity, natural beauty and safety. For best country brand, New Zealand came in eighth, Australia topped

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Eleven Go Dutch

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We love it when students get involved in the social programme and this week, 3 Dutch girls decided to take us out to show us how to eat, Netherland style. 11 students took the bus over the Harbour Bridge to a tiny cafe and were treated to delicious Bittenballen, Frikandel Speciaal for main course and

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Students Visit Marae

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Yumiko performing a hongi (Maori greeting) Last weekend 5 Languages International students went on an authentic Maori cultural weekend. They were welcomed into the Maori community, learnt about traditional customs and ate delicious Maori food called a Hangi. The group also went to the beach, sang and danced Maori-style and made special Maori carvings to

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Students Take to the Trees in Auckland

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On the Social Programme, we love it when students make suggestions for new, exciting activities. So, when a student said, let’s go on a Tree Adventure”, we jumped at the chance. 8 students, including our most mature Japanese student, came and jumped, swung, and skateboarded in the tops of trees. The next day we all

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