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Johanna - Columbia

"Before I came to school I was always scared to speak in English. Now I am more confident about speaking with others.” Johanna is from Columbia. She got her Master’s degree in Sexual and Reproductive Health and has worked as a registered nurse at an NGO for the past 5 years. She is a feminist activist in her country where she fights for women’s rights. Johanna came to MLI 2 months ago to improve her English skills for work purposes and for herself. She is in the High Intermediate program. “MLI has given me English skills and practice. I now ...

After School Activities

Westwood Campus Featured Student This week’s featured student is Polina. She is from Sakhalin Island in Russia, which is very close to Japan. (She even knows how to speak some Japanese!). During her free time, she enjoys hanging out with friends, watching movies, listening to music, and taking pictures. She has been here for three weeks and plans to stay for three more weeks. She is currently taking the IELTS program and plans to study at university in Canada. She may study Economics or Marketing, but she’s not sure yet. She plans the take the IELTS tests in two weeks ...

The best things to do in Los Angeles

Westwood Campus Featured Student This week’s featured student is Nanami. She is from Nagoya, Japan and has lived in Los Angeles for seven months. She is currently in the H. Intermediate ESL program. During her free time, she loves going sightseeing in Los Angeles and finding new places to eat or shop. “I really like Los Angeles. The weather is so perfect and there are many sightseeing places. My favorite place is Santa Monica. There are so many people there and everyone seems so fun. My favorite beach to visit is Malibu. I love a lot of the restaurants near ...

Vaclav - Czech Republic

Hollywood Campus Featured Student Vaclav is from Turnov, Czech Republic (100 kilometers from Prague). He graduated from high school last year. It had always been his dream to come to the United States. He now studies English in the High Intermediate program at MLI Hollywood. “The first weeks in America were really hard for me. I am confident, popular, outgoing, and talkative back home. But in America it was totally different. I was shy, diffident, and scared to talk to people and go places. I was depressed! I had never felt these feelings before. My father suggested that I start ...

Best English school for Brazilian in hollywood

“When I came to America I was scared because I didn’t speak English at all. But I didn’t let my fear stop me. I always tried to speak, even if I made mistakes. The thing that helped me improve my English the most was talking with everybody; uber drivers, barristas, and people on the street. I’m not shy so I start conversations with anyone who can breathe! Another thing that has helped my English is befriending not only Brazilians, but also people from other countries. It’s comfortable to be with people from your own country but you won’t improve your ...

Why choose MLI over other ESL schools

Westwood Campus Featured Student This week’s featured student is Mertcan, who is from Turkey. He currently studies in the Advanced ESL class. During his free time, he loves playing basketball in Venice. He plays with all kinds of different people there that he just met by stopping by to play one day. He also does computer coding a lot during his spare time and is continually learning more about that. He currently lives in Mar Vista, and definitely recommends the neighborhood to students because it’s so close to Venice Beach. “I 100% would recommend MLI to other students looking for ...

Best TOEFL Class I've ever had

Westwood Campus Featured Student “My TOEFL class is the best class I have ever had. When I attend, I can improve all of my English skills- Listening, Writing, Speaking, and Reading. Kyle is such a funny teacher too- his jokes are always so interesting and funny. All the students in the class are very serious and motivated. Even though there are other Japanese students in the class, they only ever speak English, which is very helpful. The TOEFL schedule is set up so that we practice two skills per day, like Reading and Speaking one day, and Writing and Listening ...

Los Angeles is also a good place to enjoy dancing.

“I live in North Hollywood at a homestay. I chose the house because I like the house mother a lot. A friend of mine from school, Nanami, lived at the homestay and introduced me to the house mom. The best thing about living there is that there’s a pool in the building and a gym across the street. I get to improve my English skills because my homestay mom doesn’t speak Japanese. I would recommend homestay to students who want to practice their English with native English speakers. After school I like to paint, read, cook, and dance. I dance ...

Tips for future students

Westwood Campus Featured Student This week’s featured student is Giovanna from Italy. Giovanna is from the Italian countryside near Venice. She enjoys drawing, photography, modeling, and sewing during her free time. Also, she recently enjoys driving around Los Angeles because she just got her driver’s license last week. She currently takes the TOEFL Evening program. “I think it’s important that students don’t speak their native language when studying English in Los Angeles. Even when I’m with Italian people, I always speak English- especially when I’m in front of native English speakers. I think students need to speak as much English ...

What it's like to study ESL in Los Angeles

MLI Westwood Featured Student This week’s featured student is Cindy from Brazil. In Brazil, she works as an interior designer and plans to study Architecture at a university here in Los Angeles. She has lived in Los Angeles for 5 months now and really enjoys going to the beaches and clubs here. “I’ve been studying English in Los Angeles for about 5 months now. When I first came to MLI, I was surprised because the students here are so serious. I used to go to a different ESL school, but I think MLI is good to learn English because all ...

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