New Russian students at Canterbury College

What does it feel like to arrive in New Zealand when you speak no English at all? For Nadzeya and her mother Svetlana, pictured here with Nadzeya’s sister Veronika (centre), the experience has been very exciting, and they really want to start learning in our FREE ENGLISH classes so they can express themselves directly. In the meantime, we asked them to write down their thoughts in Russian, and we translate below.

Suprun Nadzeya

Пролетев значимое количество киллометров,дорога от Сиднея до Крайсчерча показалась не долгой, но тревожной.Все ближе приближаясь к островам Новой Зеландии, первое впечатления поразила красота природы. Все прелести природы как нарисованы по плану архитектора.Все подобрано одно к одному.Понимая, что ты оказался совсем на другом континенте, незная ни культуры, ни менталитета, ни смысла жизни людей, к чему они стремяться.Сделав первые шаги после приземления было страшно, но и интересно,с желанием скорее узнать и постичь все прелести этого маленького в своем роде “уголка земли”. Начиная общаться, понимаешь, к этому стремяться многие, но таков шанс выпадает не каждому.Здесь люди свободные и не зависимые,они живут в прекрасном уголке, где не только пекрасно, но и экологически чистый воздух.Все права каждого гражданина защищены. Понимая что ты совсем чужой в этой стране и не гражданин Новой Зеландии,но государство  тебя поддерживает и дает все возможности для реализации задуманных планов.Посещая общественные места,знакомишься с культурой, модой,разновидностью кухонь. Очень необычное поведение людей, совсем не зависимое от мнения общества. Так же обратила внимание на воспитание детей, нет всех тех запретов которые встречались в Белоруссии.Незнаю, что будет в будущем, но могу сказать одно, если правильно все взвесить и расчитать, то может у меня и есть возможность овладеть языком, получить проффесию и обосноваться здесь для дольнейшей жизни в прекрасной стране.

 

Nadzeya:

Despite the number of kilometres, the journey from Sydney to Christchurch passed quickly. Suddenly we were approaching the islands of New Zealand, and our first impression the striking natural beauty. All the charm of nature is displayed, as if by design. We realised that we were not just in another continent, but in a new culture or mentality, where the meaning of life was different. Our first steps after landing from the plan were scary but also full of interest, as we felt a desire to learn more and understand all the charm of this world on a  human scale.

Many people would love to have this experience, but the chance is not granted to everyone. Here we feel people live freely and independently, in a beautiful place, which is also environmentally friendly, and where the rights of every citizen are protected. Arriving as a foreigner in this country, not a New Zealand citizen, but recieiving the support of the Government  which gives you every opportunity to realize your dreams as  a Permanent Resident!

Exploring public places, you can get acquainted with the culture, fashions, and variety of cuisines. You can even observe unusual and excentric behavior, which is not limited by the views of society. Even children are under less prohibitions than in Belorusse. Who knows what will happen in the future? Still, I can say one thing, if properly weighed and calculate, then I can and have the opportunity to learn the language, get settled and enjoy making  a contribution here for the long life in a beautiful country.

 

Suprun Sviatlana

Летели с Москвы на самалете фирмы “Эмираты”.Делали пересадки в Дубае, Бонкоке, Сидней и конечный пункт назначения город Крайсчерч. Во всех аэропортах делали фото на память. Больше всего поразило-это вид с самолета, когда пролетали над Новой Зеландией. С высоты кажется,что над землей Новой Зеландии трудился какой-то искустный архитектор,так затейливо поделена территория на ровные квадратики, и с высоты смотриться очень красиво. А какие здесь приветливые и улыбчивые люди. Даже не зная ничего по английски. Встречали нас наши родные:дочь, зять,внучки,сваты.Встреча была долгожданной, почти девять лет невиделись с родными,а внучек вообще не видили.Мы очень рады, что мы все вместе, вся наша семья.Хочеться выразить благодарность всем людям принявшее участие в воссоединении нашей семьи.

Suprun Sviatlana

We flew from Moscow on “Emirates”, passing through Dubai, Bangkok, Sydney and the final destination city of Christchurch. We were most impressed when flying over New Zealand. From avove, it seems that over the land of New Zealand some landscape architect has intricately divided territory into flat squares, which looks very nice from a height. And what friendly and smiling people!  We felt this even without knowing English.

Soon, we met our family: a daughter, son, relatives I had not seen for almost nine years, and a granddaughter I had never seen. We felt very happy to be all together again. I felt I want to thank all the people who have been involved in  reuniting our family.

Snow in Canterbury

Hope you are warm and comfortable at home these few days while most of New Zealand enjoys an unusual snowfall! 

Christchurch bus services will not run today Tuesday 16th August. An update will be posted tomorrow between 6.15am – 6.45am on http://www.metroinfo.co.nz/

 Check out the snowy weather news at http://nz.news.yahoo.com/video/watch/26287723/19467489/

If you were feeling playful enough to take photos in the snow, please send them to info@cancan.com, so we can share them.

Or maybe you just want to Practise your SNOW English with your homestay family?

In case you want to know more about the science of snow, have a look at this URL:

http://www.its.caltech.edu/~atomic/snowcrystals/class/class.htm

Perfect Pancake Recipe!

If you are a Canterbury College student, and you didn’t make it to last Friday’s Pancake Party, don’t worry! You can still make perfect pancakes at home. I’ll even give you my secret recipe!

Actually, I have two secret recipes!

The first one is homemade pancakes. This recipe is adapted from the very famous New Zealand Cookbook ‘Edmonds Cookbook’ pancake recipe.

Perfect Pancake Recipe Number One.

Camilla's Peach Pancake

Camilla's Peach Filled Pancake

 

Ingredients:

1 Egg

1 cup Milk

1 cup Flour

1/8 teaspoon Salt

Mix the egg and the milk together (it will go a little bit frothy). Add the flour and salt to the milk mixture and mix thoroughly.

Add more milk if you like thin pancakes (like crepes).

Heat your pan to medium to high heat, grease pan with butter and pour pancake batter into pan. Cook until light brown on both sides.

Perfect Pancake Recipe Number Two. 

Just Add Water

Ingredients:

1 ½ cup Water

1 Home Brand Pancake Shake Mix (Only available at Countdown)

Add water to the bottle and shake. Sometimes the pancake mix will get stuck in the bottom of the bottle, so turn it upside down and bang the lid on the table, this should dislodge the mix that is stuck.

Heat your pan to medium to high heat, grease pan with butter and pour pancake batter into pan. Cook until light brown on both sides.

Toppings:  Now that you have the perfect pancake recipe, you need to have the perfect pancake toppings. In my family we love the toppings to be very simple – Lemon Juice and Icing Sugar sprinkled on top.

But yummy things to have include:        Banana and whipped Cream, kiwi fruit and icecream or Syrup toppings like Maple syrup or Berry sauce.  Some people even like to have bacon with maple syrup. You can really have whatever you like on pancakes…let your imagination go wild!

Pancake Party

It's all about choosing the right topping

Now that you know the perfect pancake recipe you can try it at home. It’s the perfect thing for a rainy Sunday morning!

Pancake party

Hungy Students Waiting for Pancakes!

Pancakes for lunch

Pancakes taste better when shared!

 

 

 

Burnside Campus Update – with photos

Seems everyone is curious to see inside our new VENUE and  new classrooms!

Just before Level Check, we counted 28 students in 5 classrooms with 4 levels and 10 nationalities. New IELTS intake starting soon!

Elementary – Teacher is Tracy,  6 students (Saudi and Korean)

Pre-Intermediate – Teacher is Magdala, 10 students (Saudi, Jordanian, Bulgarian, Korean, Chinese, Taiwanese, Brazilian and Chilean)

Intermediate – Teacher is Anton, 8 students (Saudi, Japanese, Korean, Chinese, Taiwanese, Brazilian)

Upper Intermediate – Teacher is Kelly, 4 students (Korean, Russian, Ukraine)

Office staff include  Toni (pictured with students), Kate and Doris.

We´ll be visiting soon, near you!

Thanks to New Zealand Trade and Enterprise sponsorship, Canterbury College staff are looking for new students all over the world this month –    Argentina,  Brazil, Chile, China, Colombia, Japan, Korea, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam,  are just some of the places where we are visiting our retailing agencies, students and families, and NZ government offices where possible.

 

 

 

Meeting face-to-face allows us to update our partners about the latest news of the school and students in Christchurch, and helps our staff to experience directly the cultures of our students, and so to understand their special requirements.

Thanks to Doris, Toni, Kate and David, who are keeping the school operating while we visit our overseas partners!

See you in Class Tomorrow!

The city received an extra shake up this week with two decent sized aftershocks shaking Christchurch. Although there has been some further damage to the eastern suburbs, the western side of Christchurch has remained relatively untouched and the College students and building are all fine.

The good news is, Canterbury College classes were back up and running today (Tuesday 14 June) and full classes will carry on as normal tomorrow (Wednesday 15 June).

All students are encouraged to come to class as normal and we are looking forward to a good day with lots to talk about! Any questions or concerns, please contact the school staff on this temporary number: 021 239 0536

Toni welcomes students at our Burnside Campus