On this beautiful sunny afternoon a group of us sat down in the Lexis courtyard and enjoyed chai lattes, cappuccinos and tim-tams. It was a great opportunity to get to know each other a little more and to share stories, ideas and questions about life in Australia and life in Byron bay.
There are some students among us with exciting travel plans!
Living in another country brings such a variety of new experiences, especially when you don’t speak the language and there can be challenges and misunderstandings. It is always great to connect with each other and laugh and chat about some of these things. We talked about travel, jet lag, Australian animals and insects, surfing and some of the differences and similarities between cultures and countries.
The new activities calendar is out for the month and we have loads of fun things on offer this October.
Not only is there a bush walk on Wednesday 8th we also have the Lighthouse Scavenger hunt tomorrow! There’s only space for a few more teams so speak to Anna if you want to participate!
Also, this month, there will be Swiss cooking (of chocolate fondue- a delicious Swiss treat), table tennis tournaments and on most Fridays there will be beach games and swims!
Yoga is on every Monday and coffee lounge is a really good opportunity to sit back, relax, chat and share stories and laugh with each other (and eat Tim-Tams and sip cappuccinos). We also have DVD screenings each Thursday with free goodies such as lollies and popcorn.
Furthermore, we have an expert skate boarder coming to Lexis to show interested students how to skateboard well! And there are a whole variety of workshops designed to help you with different areas of the English language too. Finally, we have our monthly Lexis BBQ coming up this Friday and don’t forget on Friday evenings we celebrate the end of the week at the Beach Hotel with the first 20 drinks for Lexis students free!
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Today we had six new students joining the Lexis crew here in Byron Bay. We welcome Marie, Sterenn, Felix, Christian, Selina and Guillaume to the team. They come from France, Switzerland and Germany. We hope you get the most out your experiences here and look forward to getting to know you guys!
Happy Friday everyone! A bunch of us Lexis Byron people headed to the beach after class today to hang out, swim and …. build sandcastles! Bianca and Deborah built an impressive kingdom, Melanie and Delia made a simple but effective heart, and Michael and Juliette made their perfect woman……
And then we even had a real life mermaid!
There was also a soccer game and another interesting game that was a mix between volleyball, soccer and piggy-in-the-middle. Fun times on a Friday afternoon!
Woohoo! The weekend is just around the corner! A few awesome things are happening this weekend in Byron Bay:
Beach Hotel – Lexis students! Come to the Beach Hotel at 5pm for Happy Hour! Anna will be buying you guys drinks so get in early to make sure you don’t miss out! A great chance to catch up with each other outside of class and start the weekend together.
The Northern – Castlecomer (cool Sydney-based band), Hattie Carroll & Tim Bowen for those who want to kick on to some fun live music
The Railway Hotel – Bohemian Cowboys with Kirk Lorange.
Byron Beachside Market is on this Saturday! From 8am – 4pm. I would recommend this one – there are lots of creative people in Byron town and their talents will be on display at this market. There will also be music and entertainment there. At Main Beach (follow the crowds of people)
The Northern – The AFL Grand Final is being screened at The Northern! It is between the Sydney Swans (a NSW team) and the Hawthorn Hawks (a Victorian team). AFL has some very passionate and dedicated supporters. Even though AFL does not have as many followers in NSW (people tend to follow Rugby and NRL in this state) there will be Victorian tourists and people who follow AFL who will be there cheering on their team. This is a classic Aussie tradition. Get in on the Action at the Northern. The game starts at 2.30 but get there before hand to see the onscreen pre-game entertainment.
Treehouse – Melody Moon will be singing there this Saturday night. She has sweet, folk-indie styled music which is a delight to relax and listen to.
Sound Healing – This is a beautiful opportunity to hear unique instrument called the Crystal Armonica. For those of you who are into healing, personal growth and emotional intelligence. This heavenly instrument supposedly has vibrational health benefits. At Temple Byron from 7pm. Tickets are $25. To book call:0424 594 549
Brunswick Heads Dunecare. Environmental group who look after the sand dunes around the area. If you love the Byron Bay environment and want to help look after it, call Greg on 0414 457 346. This is also a good opportunity to meet with some of the old time classic Byron locals. Meets this Sunday at the break wall car park 8.30 – 11.30
Treehouse – Relaxing Sunday music from local DJ’s from 2.30pm. Head here for a great Sunday session.
There is a really great music festival coming up: The Mullum Music Festival is on November 20 – 23rd. Keep this one in your mind and keep the dates free if you can. There will be lots of dancing outside to great live music with all sorts of people!
After class today a group of Lexis people headed to the beach to make the most of the gorgeous afternoon and have a game of soccer in the sunshine. It was a competitive and fun game, with lots of good plays! The onlookers on the beach were entertained at the high energy and skill on display. We have some amazing soccer players studying English here! An impressive match with some stand out players. Nice one Team Byron!
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We have ten new students joining us here at Lexis Byron Bay! They have come from Spain, Korea, Japan, South America and Switzerland – Welcome guys! Joining us we have Maider, Juliana, Mariana, Bianca, Daniela, Stefan, So In, Miguel, Miwa and Manuel. Welcome to you all.
Today the Advanced Cambridge class had a recreational morning by going to the Byron Bay Library. Katie, one of the librarians, gave us a warm welcome and showed us around. Some of the facilities include free wi-fi, rooms for studying and for conversation. You can also print and scan as well as borrow books, DVDs and magazines.
Some of us immediately joined the library, so from now on we don’t have any excuses to not read English books. It was an informative and enjoyable visit.
As usual, there are heaps of things to do this weekend. Markets, live music, DJ’s and community events. Also, the waves are going to be small and fun and there’s not much wind so it’s good conditions for learners!
Beach Hotel – 5pm Greg Kew 9pm Pilots & Ayla. Also The Beachy has drink specials from 5-7pm so get in early for cheap drinks. There will be a bunch of Lexis students heading there next week for this reason!
Railway Hotel – Allensworth (I have heard these guys are really good)
Woody’s Surf Shack – DJ Danimal, on late, for those of you who want to dance crazy and not go home….
Byron Bay Community Centre – ‘Songs For Fred’ (A group of local musicians will be getting together and playing this special event. $25) a good chance to hang out with some of the chilled out locals doing their thing
Great Northern – Goons of Doom, Waxhead, Feeling Dave, DJ Chris Bradley
Treehouse – 7.30pm Billy Fox (They also do realllllllly delicious pizzas and great cocktails)
If you can get to Mullumbimby, there is a showcase of local eco-warriors; people who have done great things to save the environment. Artwork, music and films from 5pm – 9pm at Mullumbimby Civic Hall.
The Bangalow Market is on every Saturday. Go there to get delicious, local fresh food, coffee and mingle with locals and the farmers from around the Shire. There is music too.
Beach Hotel – from 4.30pm Ragga Jump (fun reggae band) These guys are a really fun reggae band! Get up there and start dancing,I might see you there! 8pm DJ Generik for those who want to party on.
Great Northern – The Swamps. These guys are a very high energy band that gets everyone jumping and dancing. They usually play in the front bar so everyone is packed in together. For those of you who like music with a more fast rock-style flavour, this band is for you.
Byron Bay Brewery – There are loads of DJ’s playing, starting at 3pm onwards. You can book in for a tour for those of you who are interested in the way that beer is made. It is actually an art form and interesting to learn about.
Have fun, look after each other and be happppppyyyyy. You are in the best place in Australia for fun and good times.
We said good bye to four of our Lexis friends, who graduated today.
Yui’s teacher described Yui as possibly the “perfect student” who has been always on time, at every class and always smiling. She heads back to Japan tomorrow to continue her studies. All the best Yui!
Dorian has been with us part time, spending half of his time studying English and the other half surfing. He has been a great student and enjoyed the time at Lexis. He has also enjoyed the waves! He will be in Byron for another two weeks before heading home. Enjoy the rest of your time Dorian, and all the best!
Although Shota has only been with us for two weeks he has had a great time here in Byron. He said this experience will always be one he treasures. He has made a name for himself as an excellent dancer who loves to party, and his teacher said he has brought that happy, smiling attitude to class throughout his time. Good luck, Shota!
And we also said good bye to Yukiko today. Her teacher said she has been a student who is always smiling and has been a pleasure to teach. Yukiko said that her time here has been one she will always remember and hold dear. Good luck in your future endeavours Yukiko!
Thanks for the fun times guys and all the best for what lies ahead!
Coffee has become a big part of Aussie culture over the last decade. Lots of us rely on it to get the day started. It’s also a social thing for lots of people- friends meet over coffee and chat, catch up and spend time over a cup. After class on Tuesday a group of us spent some time in the sunshine sipping cappuccinos and eating Tim-Tams! Fanny, Naoko, Aurelie, Manon, Niko, Ayaka, Aya all shared stories about themselves and where they come from. We found out that Niko loves to snowboard, that three languages are spoken in Belgium and that Naoko was living in a Home-stay with a Byron Bay couple who have a very handsome son! It was a nice chance to spend some time and get to know each other more.
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Today we welcomed ten new students to Lexis English in Byron Bay. Joining us are Simone from Italy, Juliette from Belgium, Fanny from France, Aurelie from Belgium, Manon from Belgium, Deborah from Switzerland, Leana from Switzerland, Maurin from Switzerland, Elisa from Switzerland Sophy from South Korea.
A very big welcome to you all and we look forward to getting to know each of you.
A group of students relaxed in the sun this afternoon and took part in a quiz. We had three teams named: ‘Team Asia’, ‘The Winners’, and ‘Neymar’ (named after, you guessed it: the Brazilian soccer player). The students were quizzed about international countries and geography. There was a real show of knowledge and pretty much every student answered at least one question. ‘Team Asia’ were winning at the start but ‘Neymar’ picked up their game and soon took the lead. ‘Neymar’ ended up winning – by just ONE point!
Team ‘Neymar’ with their prizes!
‘The Winners’ came in at third place, close behind Team Asia who took out second place. Good efforts to those who got involved – it was a great chance to chat, hang out and the winning teams even shared their prizes of beer and chocolate with everyone afterwards (Thanks guys- I enjoyed that!) The winning team, Neymar, also got tickets to go on the famous Nimbin Bus Tour.
Fun times for a Friday afternoon! Enjoy the weekend everyone!
The pre intermediate class went to Byron main beach yesterday to practise their ‘present perfect’ with members of the general public. As well as gaining confidence in speaking with native speakers the students had fun finding out about a range of travel and other life experiences.
What better way to improve their English speaking – and learn about some of the people here in Byron Bay!
Lexis Byron Bay said farewell to the lovely student, Kaede Kato, who graduated today. She came to Lexis only two weeks ago to complete an English-In-Action surfing and learning program here. Her teacher Kathleen said that Kaede has been a lovely student to teach who is always smiling. Kathleen also encouraged Kaede by explaining that her English had improved well over her time here at Lexis Byron Bay. When Kaede was asked whether she had preferred learning English or learning to surf, she said she had enjoyed both equally! We wish Kaede all the best!She flies back to Japan tomorrow morning.
Kaede’s fellow classmates saying farewell at today’s graduation.
It’s seems that Byron Bay is the perfect place to study English at any age. Below some of our current Lexis students explain why.
Twentysomething Ivana Coscarella (Italy)
Who needs the city when there’s so much to do here? I love discovering and visiting Byron. I’ve been to the rainforest and waterfalls and I’ve been scuba diving and kayaking. I’ve seen dolphins and whales. I love drinking with my friends, especially on the beach, but also when trying all the different pubs and restaurants. The Happy Hour cocktails at the Balcony are very good and the atmosphere makes me happy. I want to visit the Treehouse next because it sounds amazing!
Fortysomething Pascal Wigger (Switzerland)
I came here to improve my English but also to have some time out from the “real world”. Byron Bay is perfect. There’s lots to do but not the drunkenness and partying of the Gold Coast. Obviously the beach is beautiful and, now I’ve hired a car, I also enjoy visiting places around Byron Bay: Mullumbimby, Nimbin, Minyon Falls etc. In the evenings sometimes I drive into the CBD and sometimes I just enjoy eating and chatting with my host family.
Fiftysomething: Kim Lin Dao (Vietnam)
The weather is perfect for me. It’s not too hot or too cold. Also, I’m very quiet so I like it that all the people here are so friendly. Everyone is happy and says hi to me all the time. I like going to the Byron Markets on a Sunday and the Farmers’ Market on Thursdays. I also go to the Golf Club with my husband where we watch live music and enjoy drinks.
One Brazilian word: BRIGADEIRO One English word: DELICIOUS!
Some of our talented Brazilian students were excited to teach the rest of us how to make a very simple but delicious Brazilian treat called Brigadeiro after class yesterday.
Meet our enthusiastic Brazilian chefs:
These guys talked us through the steps of making Brigadeiro, while other students watched on – some even taking notes.
Very quickly we had other students getting involved and trying their hand at the cooking process.
And after lots of stirring of what looked like chocolate soup, the Brigadeiro mixture was ready! Rather than wait for the mixture to cool down so that we could shape the mixture into small individual chocolate balls, we decided to eat the mixture straight away. The chefs informed us that this is sometimes what friends do together in Brazil- make the mixture and then simply take spoons and eat together, laughing and sharing. Which was what we did too! Even though we burnt a bowl full of mixture, everyone got to try the delicious treats. Thanks for sharing the recipe Mariana and all our other Brazilian friends who helped and educated us about the joys of Brigadeiro!
Allow me to introduce myself. My name is Anneliese (you can call me Anna for short) and I am really excited to be working at Lexis English Byron Bay as the Activities and student support officer. I moved to Byron from Melbourne for the surf and beach lifestyle and honestly believe this is the best spot in Australia- and maybe even in the world! I am a pretty much as Aussie as you can get, and my family has lived in Australia for several generations.
I do, however, know what it is like to live in a country where your language isn’t spoken- I lived in China for seven months and did not know how to speak any Chinese (but tried my best to learn while there) so I know how satisfying it is when you speak in a different language and are understood by the locals. So I encourage students to practice speaking English with me as much as possible!
My job here at Lexis Byron Bay is to help out the students, support them as they transition into their life and studies here, show them around and tell them some of the cool things on offer in Byron (and trust me, there are soooooooo many!) I also look after Lexis Byron Bay’s free activity calendar – filling it with fun and engaging activities each month such as movie screenings, sports tournaments, cookery workshops and trips to the pub! Additionally, part of my role is to update the Lexis English Byron Bay blog and Facebook page, run orientation for new students and deals with any problems or questions that students may have .
So a few more things you may not know about me:
1) I have traveled extensively around Asia, trekked in Nepal and spent time in the USA and in Europe and love learning about different cultures and meeting people from, well, everywhere.
2) I love quotes and inspirational sayings
3) I laugh a lot and find many things funny (people learn that pretty quickly)
4) I am competitive when playing sports (I can’t help it, I just get very into it)
5) I studied World Religions, Psychology and English Literature at university
6) I play guitar and like to sing and, even though I am not that good at it… I do it anyway 🙂
I look forward to meeting you soon. I might see you out in the surf sometime and will definitely see you around Lexis, Byron Bay!
A group of students finished class yesterday and headed to the common room for the weekly Lexis table tennis competition. The game heated up quickly with Francesco, Leo and Michael playing some ferocious ping pong and entertaining the onlookers with their moves. Yui showed off her good skills, making it to the Grand Final but it was Michael who came out as the winner. He took home his prize – a six pack of beer and the proud title of ping pong champion this week at Lexis Byron Bay!
Yesterday was definitely the start of Lexis Byron Bay’s summer season. We had 8 new starters in GE; pictured below from left to right are Riko (Japan), Flavio (Italy) Ayako (Japan) Francisco (Spain) Priscilla (Brazil) Shoto (Japan) and Dorian from Switzerland.
We also welcomed (or welcomed back) our FCE starters: Ash, Laryssa, Charlene, Moja, Julien, Melanie, Marvin, Urs, Sylvan, Cristina, Andrea, Olivier, Bianca and Anja.
And our lovely new CAE class: Norma, Delia, Mara, Romina, Martina, Joyce, Katya, Gabriel, Dorian, Mariana and Romy.
I hope you all have a wonderful summer here at Lexis Byron Bay, that you achieve your study goals and that you also manage to enjoy some sun, surf and good old fashioned socialising at the same time.
This week we have guest writers for “What’s on at the Weekend?”; Marie’s Business English Class!
Saturdayby Mia and Anja
This weekend the Community Festival is in Mullumbimby. If you want to see local farmers you can go there =)
There are lots of parties in the best known clubs and bars. For example at the Beach HotelDJ Discrow will wake up Byron. Come and see us there at 9pm. And for the big GIG you have to go clubbing in the Northern where you meet friends while watching Mesa Cosa and Feeling Dave.
Enjoy the night,
Sunday by Bianca and Katya
On Sunday you can go to the Byron Market at 9am and enjoy live music while you’re shopping and you can also have a nice lunch and try different food.
If you’re a fan of movies you can go to the Cinema and watch these movies: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Into the Storm or Magic in the Moonlight and relish the popcorn!
For music lovers, the Beach Hotel is offering live band Mason Rack Band at 4:30pm and at 8pm you can have an amazing dance night with DJ Captain Kaine!
We only had one student graduating today; the lovely Kim Lien Dao.
Lien, as she likes to be called, is originally from Vietnam. However, now she lives permanently in Byron Bay with her Australian husband. She has spent four weeks at Lexis Byron Bay and has really enjoyed her time here. Her starting level of English was pretty low, but she has worked really, really hard and her graduation speech proved how far she has come. She thanked all her teachers and the other students and said how much she’s loving her new home. She’s off travelling around Australia for a month or two now, but then hopes to come back to Lexis to study some more later this year.
We look forward to seeing you then, Lien. Enjoy your travels.
Spring has sprung and September’s activity programme is full of fun things to do in the sun.
On Monday, we are having a BBQ to welcome 26 new arrivals, many of whom are here to work extremely hard studying on our FCE and CAE courses. Then on the 24 September there is a Scavenger Hunt starting from Byron Bay’s iconic lighthouse. (For those of you that don’t know, a scavenger hunt is a race to collect various things as quickly as possible and be the first team back.) And then on Friday of the same week, we have a more creative outdoor event with a fabulous Sandcastle-Building Competition. (I wish I could enter that one.)
Another highlight this month is Starrynight Planetarium’s “The Sky at Night” on Tuesday 30 September. This event is always really popular. You can look through a powerful telescope at the night sky and learn all about constellations, planets and how the southern hemisphere differs from the north.
Next week students can look forward to a Table Tennis Competition on Tuesday, Brazilian Cooking on Wednesday and a Big Prize Trivia Quiz on Friday. And, later in the month students can enjoy a Pictionary Tournament and the ever-popular Beer-Tasting Workshop.
Then, of course, we’ve got the regulars; Yoga every Monday, Movie (of your choice) and treats every Thursday, Pronunciation, Vocabulary and GrammarWorkshops, Job Club and Coffee Lounge.
And remember. All of the above are completely free to Lexis students – full or part time – and a great way to practise your English!
We are delighted to welcome 10 new students to Lexis Byron Bay on this gorgeous spring day.
Please say hello to (back row from left to right) Yeonsin Lee, Selena Raselli, Daniela Egli, Anja Groeber, Guilherme Affonso Munhoz, Francisco Fontana and Kaede Kato and (front row left to right) Sanghyeok Han (Allen), Dakyung Lee (Mia) and Michael Bieri.
Selena, Daniela, Anja, Francisco and Michael are all from Switzerland. Selena has just finished school and is trying to decide whether she wants to be a kindergarten teacher or a photographer; Daniela works in a shoe shop and enjoys horse-riding; Anja is a volleyball coach and her dream is to become a physiotherapist; Francisco is also very sporty – he likes football, climbing, skiing and snowboarding and he’s looking forward to diving and surfing here in Byron; finally Michael has just finished his national service (which he didn’t enjoy) and is now having a well-deserved holiday!
Allen, Mia and Yeonsin are all from Korea. Allen is studying Economics, loves Harry Potter and chose to study in Australia because he wants to learn British pronunciation; Yeonsin is a social worker who has been studying English in the Philippines; and Mia has been to Byron Bay before and now lives in Lismore with her Australian boyfriend.
Finally, this week we welcome Guilherme from Brazil and Kaede from Japan. Guilherme’s brother came to Australia a few years ago and inspired him to come. He chose Byron Bay because he’s a keen surfer and wants to improve his surfing skills as well as his English. Kaede also came here for the surf. She has joined our English in Action Surfing programme which means she studies English all morning and surfing all afternoon. Her favourite singer is Taylor Swift.
It’s lovely to have so many new students to welcome this week. We hope you have enjoyed your first day at Lexis Byron Bay and have some wonderful times here. Don’t forget the Lexis staff are here to help you, so please pop into the office if you have any problems or questions.