Meet our Upper-Intermediate teacher – Jamie aka “American Sweetheart” 🤩

What I love about our school is our teachers. They are supportive, smart, funny and, simply, great 🎓

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We asked Jamie several questions to learn more about her personality and background. I bet you will be surprised 😉

Languages you can speak: I can speak Spanish, Egyptian, Arabic and French.

I always wanted to be a zookeeper or vet.

Brisbane’s best kept secret is the hiking trails nearby.

I’ll bet you didn’t know that I am from Wisconsin.

At 11 pm on Saturday, you’ ll find me with Brazilians.

At 8 am on Sunday, you will find me asleep.

My dream holiday destination is anywhere warm.

The best restaurant in Brisbane is my house.

When you are in Brisbane, don’t miss GOMA.

My English tip is practice with native speakers at Meet Ups.

Things to do in Brisbane

Need something to to this weekend 🙂

Holey Moley in Fortitude Valley.

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Those with a competitive side can put their golfing skills (or lack thereof) to the test at Holey Moley in Fortitude Valley. The venue is truly a ‘whole in one’ as it combines a cocktail bar with nine pop-culture themed mini-golf courses. Fight it out to take your place on the Iron Throne or resort to some old-fashioned arcade games to settle the score.

Cost:  $16.50 will get you 9-holes of tear-inducing laughter as you navigate the challenging putt-putt course.

EAT, DRINK, REPEAT

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Avoid the cuisine conundrum (for a hefty price) with a sensational selection of international foods in one place. Situated at Portside Wharf on the Brisbane River, Eat Street Markets offers an array of street eats and refreshments, live music and stunning views of the city. Hidden between brightly-coloured shipping containers, the newly renovated markets offer something for the most indecisive of eaters from fresh seafood to doughnut fries. Open every weekend of the year, you’ll find most of Brisbane here so you’ll always feel part of the crowd.

COST: $2.50 entry, so you have plenty left over for spending on the edible delicacies served within.

Escape Room

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Consider yourself a modern day Sherlock? Get locked in a themed room and use clues, puzzles and codes to escape against the clock at The Escape Hunt Experience in West End Cost– $29 to $35 per person

Movies on the grass

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Movies on the grass at Powerhouse Moonlight Cinema $17 (summer only). Bring a picnic & enjoy a movie under the stars.

FAT LOUIE’S- KARAOKE

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Experience the glitter and buzz of Tokyo’s private karaoke rooms, here in the heart of Brisbane. Belt the tunes out, karaoke style at Fat Louie’s – 1 hour from $20

 

Christmas in Brisbane- Free events <3

Christmas in Brisbane

Brisbane is a buzz throughout the Christmas period. with a myriad of festive events. With so much to choose from, here are a few of the best loved traditions (all of them free), encapsulating the sights and sounds of Christmas:

Gold Lotto City Hall Light Spectacular

The grand ornate facade of the Brisbane City Hall lights up every evening from Dec 9 depicting a magical animated Christmas story every 15 mins between 7.30pm and midnight. Dec 8-25 7.30pm-12am

The Enchanted Garden

In a Christmas first, the beautiful Spectacle Garden at Roma Street Parkland is being transformed into a dazzling fairylit enchanted garden for Christmas, preceded each evening by Bamboo Lantern making workshops (3.30pm-5.30pm) to add to the Enchanted Garden’s light collection. Dec 8-17 6.30pm -9.30pm

Christmas Movies in the Park

The Roma Street Parkland amphitheatre is the setting for this free program of family-friendly movies under the stars from 7pm, with food trucks available for eats from 5.30pm. Dec 8 – National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation; Dec 9-  Elf ; Dec 10 – Home Alone; Dec 11 – Love Actually;  Dec 12 – The Nativity Story; Dec 13- Deck the Halls; Dec 14 – Four Holidays; Dec 15 – Dr Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas; Dec 16 – The Polar Express; Dec 17 – Miracle on 34th Street, Dec 8-17 5.30pm-9pm

Christmas Beach Cinema

Brisbane’s unique Dive-In movies return to Streets Beach, with the chance to watch 2 nightly sessions of free Christmas movies from a rug or chair on the sand or while floating in the water. Streets Beach, South Bank. Dec 15-23 – 6pm, 8pm Free.

Whats on in Brisbane :)

What’s on this weekend

Starting Friday December 1 | Christmas in Brisbane 

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Australia’s most extensive free Christmas program takes over Brisbane’s centre each December. Join the city for free festive fun at the annual parade, light projection shows, markets, fireworks and cinema series.

Starting Friday December 1 | Mao’s Last Dancer The Exhibition: A Portrait of Li Cunxin | 1 December – 29 April 2018

Li Cunxin’s story has been told many times but it’s never been told like this. The exhibition at Museum of Brisbane will feature never-before-seen interviews of Li’s colleagues and family, original objects and documents from Li’s personal archives and footage of Li at the height of his career.

Starting Friday December 1 | Carols in the Reservoir

Tis the season for carols and there is no better place to celebrate Christmas cheer than in Brisbane’s underground opera house, the Spring Hill Reservoir. Surround yourself with exquisite music by exceptional musicians and opera singers all while marvelling the 150-year-old venue.

Friday December 1 | Garden Wonderland in Fish Lane

December 1 means holidays, right? Well Fish Lane’s newest laneway festival is the perfect excuse to celebrate the start of the holiday season. Relax after a hard work week with a Pop-up pizzeria, live music and various tipple joints that will certainly take the edge off your Friday.

Friday December 1 & Saturday December 2 | ACPA Showcase 2017 

Performing for an 11th season, the Aboriginal Centre for Performing Arts is celebrating the accomplishments of Australia’s young and emerging artists and art workers. Witness a vibrant and high energy program including original music, acting and dance creations to complement new interpretations of popular works at QPAC.

Saturday December 2 | Rugby League World Cup Final 

Suncorp Stadium is set to host the Rugby League World Cup Final and it is set to be one of the biggest sporting events of the summer. The atmosphere will be electric and the fan experience will be unrivalled as two of the world’s best teams battle it out to hold the winning trophy.

Saturday December 2 | Christmas Markets by the River 

There’s no such thing as a white Christmas in Brisbane, but the World Food Markets are dedicated to bringing the feel of European Christmas markets to the city’s riverside. Gather your family, friends and pets and head along to Newstead House to start off the Christmas season with handmade goods, live music and Christmas pudding.

Saturday December 2 | Free wings at Seoul Bistro

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Freeeee chicken wings – is there anything better? To celebrate four years of business, Seoul Bistro in Sunnybank is having a ‘Customer Appreciation Day’ and is offering 4 free wings, fries and an iced tea for all customers between 12-2pm today.

Things on in Brisbane <3

 

Openair Cinema at South bank parklands– Watch movies under the stars:)

Click on link for more information:

https://openaircinemas.com.au/brisbane/info 

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Visit Mount Gravatt Markets- Enjoy Food, Music, Art & Fashion

Open EVERY Saturday 4pm-9pm- $2 Entry-

Click on link for more information:

 http://www.mtgravattmarkets.com/ Markets

Let’s Learn About BRIS-VEGAS!! 🏢 🏫 ❤️️

It’s the first week of our new Option Classes, and what a fun first week it has been!

Today as part of Laura’s Discover Australia class, she took her students over to the iconic Brisbane City Hall – one of the oldest buildings in town. There, students attended the 100% Brisbane exhibit at the museum where they learned all about the history, listened to famous stories and other fun facts about our beautiful city. ❤

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They even have “smelly tubes” that produce scents that remind you of Brisbane. Such fragrances included “Thunder Storm”, “Frangipani Flowers” and “Fresh Grass”. Kind of weird but VERY COOL at the same time, don’t you think?! 😀

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Students had to also take notes of what they learned throughout the lesson, as they had to answer a questionnaire about Brisbane. Who thinks they can score 100%? 😉

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Things on in Brisbane this weekend! 🎶

Congratulations for making it through the first 5-day week in a long time!! 🙌🔥 You’ve done well to make it this far. The weekend is almost upon us once again, and there’s a fair bit happening in our wonderful city that you might like to check out.

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The full moon returns this evening, so keeping with tradition, the Full Moon Fire Festival is back for another night of entertainment. Head on down to West End this Sunday night for free entertainment and live fire twirling performances starting at 6pm and finishing around 10pm. Take a blanket, some snacks and enjoy the best of the West End culture. Follow their Facebook and website for updates and upcoming events.

This weekend is your last chance to see Swan Lake performed by the Queensland Ballet company! This classic masterpiece is only here until Saturday, so be quick in securing your tickets before it’s too late!! Tickets start from $60 and can be bought on the website here.

Here’s one for those of you who love a challenging challenge!! ROC (or Ridiculous Obstacle Challenge) 5k race is back for its 7th year this Saturday at the Brisbane Showgrounds. Tickets can still be purchased online, or a very limited amount can be purchased at the door.  This year’s ROC race will see the infamous Wrecking Balls, the Sweeper, the brand new Leap of Faith attraction, and an epic finish line slide down a 4 story tall water slide called The Hippo! Spectators can watch on for free from the sidelines, so why not make it a fun-filled day with your mates? 🙂 Check out the official website for FAQ’s, information and pricing.

This Sunday is Mother’s Day in Australia. Is it the same day in your country? 🙂 We know being away from home can be tough, so make sure to give your mothers a call this weekend! ❤ As it is Mother’s Day weekend, there are several events around Brisbane, including a free Movie in the Park event! Head on over to Roma Street Parklands this Sunday from 5pm to sit in on 2 free girly movies! There will be food trucks serving all the food, so all you need to bring is a blanket, some pillows and yourselves!

Hands up if you’re a 90’s baby!! 🙋 🙋 There will be a 90’s Music Video Party this Saturday night from 7pm at the New Globe Theatre in Fortitude Valley. Enjoy all those classic hits from artists like Aqua and the Spice Girls while enjoying some deliciously prepared cocktail goodies. Check out the official Facebook event here.

There’s also a special K-Pop event making its debut this weekend in Kangaroo Point. Local Korean pop groups will be performing live, there will be Korean beauty and cosmetic companies with information stalls and there will even be guest stars such as the season 5 winner of KPOP Stars Crystal Yi joining in as well! Head on over to the Queensland Multicultural Centre from 4:30pm. Tickets range from $20 – $25 and can be purchased at the event! Read on for more information.


That’s all for now, folks! Weather wise, it’s looking to be mostly fine up until Sunday afternoon, so go out and make the most of our beautiful sunny Winter days! 😀

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Keep track of those pesky unexpected storms by watching the rain radar, and be sure to plan your journey ahead of time!!

Transport information – TransLink.
Weather Updates – BOM

Have a fantastic weekend, everyone! ❤