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Irene’s story. A student from Taiwan

March 10, 2020

I came to Dublin to study English for 3 weeks. During these 3 weeks, I met a lot of amazing people and had some new experiences.  My class was a very international class with a lot of students of different nationalities, including Brazil, France, Italy, Mexico, Russia and our teacher Madeleine was great. She taught us with a lot of patience. Each of our classmates had close relationships with each other and we hosted parties when someone was going home.

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5 Things to do this Valentine’s Day in Dublin

February 6, 2020

If you don’t already know, Valentine's Day is a holiday celebrated worldwide on February 14th. February is famously known as the month of Romance. It is a time to celebrate and appreciate your loved ones. Although don’t panic if you are not coupled up, we still have several activities for you and your friends on this romantic day!

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Academic: ISI Dublin Magazine

November 12, 2019

We want to show you a beautiful activity developed at ISI Dublin by our teacher Florencia and carried out by the students, Ana Paula, Bahadir, Liliana, Rafael, Soyeon, Suellen, Mariana, Marisol, Jaye, Jessica, Leandro and Hicran.

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Luis’ Experience Studying at ISI Dublin

September 16, 2019

Hi! My name is Luis, I am Mexican and I am studying English at ISI Dublin school. I’ve been here for over six months, and although living here can be a little difficult due to the weather, especially if you come from a warm country, after a while you get used to it and start enjoying everything here.

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My experience at the Pride Parade

July 21, 2019

Hello. I’m Eunyoung Kwak who is studying in ISI at the moment. Dublin LGBTQ Pride festival was held on 20 ~ 29 June 2019. During this week, Dublin was covered with rainbow colours which reflect the diversity of the LGBTQ Community. I saw many rainbow-coloured decorations in shops and pubs. 

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은영학생의 아일랜드 이야기

June 27, 2019

안녕하세요. 저는 곽은영입니다. 학생비자로 아일랜드에서 공부한지 4개월정도 지났습니다. 저는 3월에 학교 사진대회에서 받은 바우처로 25~26일에 북아일랜드에 다녀왔습니다

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Mizuki’s Story

February 22, 2019

I have been studied in Ireland for 3 months. Then I have much things that I thought about my life in Ireland. In these things, I would like to introduce three things. First, I explain about my school and my host family. The name of my school is “Dundalk Grammer School” This school is a boarding school. It means that there are many different countries’ students in this school. I stayed the boarding house from Monday to Friday evening. Through spending everyday, I experience something very different from the past.

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5 Cool places close to ISI Parnell Square

February 12, 2019

If you are attending classes in our gorgeous Georgian Parnell Square centre, you’d be delighted to know about some of the cool places in the area. From cosy cafés to museums and quirky bookshops – Parnell Street area is the place to be!

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Solveig’s Story

February 8, 2019

Hi! My name is Solveig, I’m 16 years old and from the southern part of Germany. Approximately one year ago I decided to do an exchange (half) year abroad. But where? Canada? Or maybe America? New Zealand sounds cool too. I wanted to be as far away from home as possible, I wanted to spend American Dollars at the Manhattan Mall or go surfing at the endlessness white beaches of Sydney. Overall, I wanted to have the maximum possible culture shock.

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8 Everyday Activities to Improve Your English

May 9, 2018

You’ve decided to start learning a new language, but perhaps you’re finding practicing too time-consuming to commit to in your free time. There are lots of unique and creative ways to practice English without altering your day-to-day routine too much.

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5 Top Tips for Living & Studying in Dublin

May 2, 2018

Studying abroad is an enriching and empowering experience, both in terms of education and personal growth. But apprehension is never far away and a little bit of research before embarking on this journey will help you make the most of your time here. Here is our 5 top tips for living and studying in Dublin.

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My Experience as an Exchange Student

April 24, 2018

Have you thought about moving abroad to study English? Perhaps you're still unsure. Well check out what former ISI student - Marie, had to say about her experience living in Dublin, and studying here with ISI.

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Pancake Tuesday: Traditions & History

February 13, 2018

Pancake Tuesday, or Shrove Tuesday, is celebrated on this day around the world. It's the last chance to feast before the fasting season of lent, so read on and make sure you get flipping some pancakes!

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From South Korea to the Emerald Isle

December 21, 2017

From South Korea to the Emerald Isle ISI Dublin was delighted to welcome Yeaji Lee and Chaeha Kim to Dublin earlier this year, so we sat down with them to see how their experience on our Academic Year programme was going.

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The Winter Solstice

December 19, 2017

The historic Newgrange in County Meath, A Parade through Dublin City Centre, and The Ceremony of Fire in Smithfield Square are all unique memoirs of the Winter Solstice celebrated here in Ireland. But it is a pagan festival with a long-standing history of intrigue, myth, and paganism.

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Christmas Traditions in Ireland

December 4, 2017

Christmas time is very much a period for expressing cultural identity, family traditions, and recanting tall tales of friendships over a pint, or two. Ireland is no different, we hold our traditions dear, some of which you may not have seen before. Read on to see what unique festivities this little island has in store!

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English Language Exchanges in Dublin

November 24, 2017

Moving to a new country is an exciting adventure but not being able to speak the language is daunting, to say the least. While studying at an English Language School, like ISI Dublin, is essential, events such as Conversation Corners and Language Exchanges are further avenues worth exploring in building a day-to-day routine for speaking English.

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October, You’re Looking Well!

September 28, 2017

ISI Dublin's packed social programme is sure to excite this month! But despite our best efforts, Dublin City is overflowing with Halloween themed events that we couldn't let drift by. So without further ado, here is some insight into upcoming events this October.

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Little Italy comes to ISI Dublin

September 14, 2017

As Matteo Ricci, Volterra, and Guggenheim schools, each from different regions in Italy, prepare to say goodbye, for now, to our Junior Schools Programme, we look back on their week-long experience with us, and the memories they'll be taking away.

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Explore Ireland while studying at ISI

August 29, 2017

If you are a student of ours or planning to join ISI Dublin soon and want to experience the real Irish countryside, you owe yourself a trip to at least one of the amazing locations outside Dublin city – be it West, North or South!

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나의 ISI – 혜원님의 첫 ISI 생활

June 22, 2017

매년 많은 학생들을 받아오면서 저희는 느꼈습니다. 새로운 나라로의 여행과 그 나라에서 자리를 잡아 사는 것은 어쩌면 감당하기 힘든 일 일수도 있다는 것을요. 또한 실제로 비슷한 환경에 있는 사람으로부터의 충고가 가장 현실적이고 도움이 된다는 것도 알게 되었습니다. 그래서 저희는 최대한 많은 학생들의 경험을 공유해 학생들이 새로운 환경에 적응하는 것을 가장 실질적으로 도와주고 있습니다.

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ISI Dublin Social Clubs

June 14, 2017

ISI Social calendar is full of afternoon activities – jam packed with visits to Dublin’s most interesting museums, parks, scenic walks and other tourist attractions. But on top of that, we also run Clubs which take place in the evening, are absolutely free of charge and can be attended by anyone! Clubs are a great opportunity to practice your English and make new friends.

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Dublin summer - events and festivals you must attend

June 13, 2017

While some of us are trying to get out of the city for those warmer summer weekends, the ones who decide to stay in the city will not regret it! Summer is jam packed with events and festivals – music, food, comedy – you name it. Here is our pick of the top 5 must attend events for everyone spending this summer in Dublin.

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My ISI - Hyewon talks about her experiencen

June 6, 2017

Having welcomed many students through the years we know that travelling and settling in the new and unknown country might be daunting. We also know that the best advice can be given by someone who has been in a similar position. That’s why we would like to share our present or past student’s experiences in ISI Dublin.

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Five things to do in Dublin in the sun

May 9, 2017

Now that it's 21 degrees in Dublin every day smile you'll most likely be trying to think of the fun things to do in the sun. Check out our guide for five ideas for fun things to do in Dublin in the sun.

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January in Dublin - Temple Bar Trad Fest

January 17, 2017

This January Dubliners & visitors are offered a unique opportunity to take a part in The Temple Bar TradFest. It’s an annual traditional Irish Music and Cultural Festival with the purpose of promoting Irish musical traditions. And what is a better way to get to know the unfamiliar culture than through the music?

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Free Exercise in Dublin

January 17, 2017

Feeling a bit sluggish after Christmas? Want to get your fitness back on track but can’t afford a fancy gym membership? What if we tell you that you don’t need to join a gym to stick to those New Year resolutions, as there are plenty of opportunities in Dublin to work out absolutely free.

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Christmas Events in ISI and Dublin

November 25, 2016

Christmas is only 30 sleeps away! Can you believe it? Neither can we! The long awaited, most wonderful time of the year is just around the corner! We’re all super busy getting our Christmas shopping done but let’s take a break from that and see what else we can keep ourselves busy with over the coming weeks.

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Christmas Markets in Dublin

November 24, 2016

The lights are up, Christmas trees are out and the festive feeling is firmly in the air. The only thing you need to do now is find a Christmas market around the city and you'll have fully embraced Christmas!

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November Events

November 8, 2016

November might be one of the coldest months in Ireland, but activities that we have planned are guaranteed to prevent you from the winter blues!

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Bargain Shopping in Dublin

October 31, 2016

Dublin is well known for its retail scenery. We have compiled a list of the most interesting, quirky and affordable shopping locations in Dublin to get some retail therapy without breaking the bank.

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Open House Dublin - Free Tours To Brighten Up the Weekend

October 13, 2016

Stuck for things to do this weekend? Open House Dublin is offering a rare opportunity to take a sneak peek inside some of Dublin’s most historical, modern and interesting architectural landmarks for free! Over 100 events are offered. Here’s our pick of the top five “must sees”.

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October Events

September 30, 2016

October is all about Halloween in Ireland and we have lots of spooky events in store for our students this month as well as a variety of new additions to our social programme calendar.

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Learning English Through Music

August 11, 2016

Although there are many ways to learn a language, my experience as a language teacher has shown me that students who study songs in English seem to have a wider range of vocabulary and are more likely to ask questions about the meanings of the words.

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Language Learning Tips

June 17, 2016

Learning a new language can be daunting and initially it may feel like you are fighting a losing battle. This list will give you some helpful tips on how you can use your time and resources most efficiently in order to make real and rapid progress.

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Poets’ Corner

April 26, 2016

One of our many talented students has written this poem about ISI which beautifully captures the atmosphere of the school.

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ISI Dublin & The Rising

March 23, 2016

Our building at 39 Parnell Square has historical significance which is particularly relevant around the 100 year anniversary of the Easter Rising 1916

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10 classic love songs to help improve your English this Valentine’s Day!

February 11, 2016

Listening to music in English is one of the easiest and most enjoyable ways to improve your comprehension and vocabulary. It allows you to study an endless number of sentence structures with minimal effort and through repeated listening you will memorise lyrics using your long term memory. This is much stronger than short term memory so you are less likely to forget and if you have a set of earphones you can do it anywhere!

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Irish Slang – What you won’t Learn in Class

January 13, 2016

When learning languages, it’s always fun to learn slang words and it’s good for impressing the locals. It’s a big part of our native culture and no matter what language you are learning, slang is an important element of reaching fluency. Here are some of the main slang words that you will hear in Ireland, but remember, there’s a reason they don’t teach you this stuff in class.

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Mix it up – Different ways to say “beautiful”

January 6, 2016

When we learn a new language it’s very common to overuse a word. You may have learned the word “fantastic” and then you can’t get out of the habit of saying it over and over again, even if it doesn’t always fit the purpose. In this case, synonyms are your friend. A synonym is a word or phrase that means exactly or nearly the same as another word or phrase in the same language. It might be a beautiful person, landscape or book, but if you use the same word to describe them all, it will start to lose its meaning. So, we’ve compiled a list of synonyms for the word beautiful.

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Dublin 2016 - a year of entertainment!

November 16, 2015

Dublin city is awash with museums, galleries and cultural institutes and what’s more, most of them are free. It’s no wonder that we are aiming for the European capital of culture in 2020 http://dublin2020.ie/. It’s genuinely a great time to come to Dublin at anytime of the year, but to make the most of your time here, knowing what festivals are on will only make your trip even more enjoyable. There is no better place to enjoy a festival atmosphere than Ireland. We’re renowned for our hospitality, great sense of humour and ability to talk the hind legs off a donkey. Below are just the highlights.

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What to do at Hallowe’en in Dublin

October 20, 2015

Though every American movie about Halloween would suggest otherwise, Halloween actually began right here in Celtic Ireland. It originates from the pagan festival, Samhain, a time of renewal and revival, but also the time of year that departed souls would return to their homes along with malevolent spirits from the underworld. This pagan tradition means that the Irish take Halloween very seriously, and we mean veeery seriously. Bonfires, trick-or-treating, fireworks, costume parties, bopping for apples, and all night dancing, are all things to expect. Halloween 2015 will be an amazing autumnal celebration with the weird, the wacky, and the spooky cascading across the streets of Dublin like a deadly and spine-tingling mist.

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24 hours in Dublin for under €25

September 17, 2015

So you’ve just arrived in Dublin and you want to see what mayhem you can exact with minimal damage to your pocket? Well, maybe not mayhem, but definitely some fun and excitement. We’re willing to take on the challenge and hopefully leave you with some change to spare.

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