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Explore London Holborn with Cactus

London Holborn

EXPLORE LONDON HOLBORN… WITH CACTUS!

London Holborn is a stone’s throw away from the hustle and bustle that central London has to offer. This neighbourhood is well known for its architectural surroundings and popular independent retail and hospitality venues. It’s also home to one of our most popular language schools, where you can learn over 20 languages whilst you Explore London Holborn.

Join us as we celebrate all that London Holborn has to offer, with nearby attractions, top cafes and restaurants to visit, and how you can learn a language with Cactus at our central London school.

Cactus offers outstanding language courses online and across the UK for over 20 languages. If you have any questions about any of our language courses please call us on +44 1273 830 960 or contact us. Our team of multilingual experts will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

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8 Proven Tips for Learning a Language Online

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8 Proven Tips for Learning a Language Online

Learning a language online can seem challenging if it’s your first time – but don’t worry, it’s easy once you get the hang of it and these top tips will help you start! Find out how learning a language online from home with our online language courses can be fun, interactive and a good way to improve your skills.

Find below our 8 Tips for Learning a Language Online. You can also read our articles on How Long Does it Take to Learn a Language? and How to Learn a Language with a Full-Time Job to give you some ideas about what to expect from your language course.

 

1. Commitment

Learning a language online in a group setting will demand the same commitment and determination from you as a face-to-face course. You will join a class with the teacher and other students, and participate in pair work, small groups work and whole group activities. Activities include teacher-student correction slots, speaking and communication role plays, discussions and debates, quizzes, games, reading skills and listening skills practice and grammar exercises.

2. Make it fun and interesting!

You can also support what you learn on the course by practising the language outside of the class. You can use online games to study and practice your skills, such as Kahoot! App. Learning the language whilst having fun with interactive games is one of the best ways to keep yourself motivated. You can also join Tandem and start practising the language with native speakers as a complement to your language course. Other options include binge-watching TV shows in their original language – Netflix has plenty to get you started.

3. Choose the right course for you

If you are going to learn a language online, then you need to set your own goals and choose the right language course for you. You can choose a more intensive option if you have time, such as a 5-week course or a less intensive one with a 10-week course. Your progress will depend on your availability and how much you can invest in learning the language.

4. Prepare ahead of the course

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One of the best tips for learning a language online is to prepare ahead of the course (or class). Organise yourself for the course, see what you will need in terms of course materials and start familiarising yourself with the language with our free online language resources.

5. Build a routine

Whilst working from home, one of the best ways to stay organised is to build a routine into your day. This also applies to learning a language online. You can set the times and days that you will dedicate to studying the language (not including the class hours), and let the course help you build that routine.

6. Create a comfortable space

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Create a dedicated, quiet and specific space for your studies. A welcoming space will make it easier to get the right mindset to learn a language online. Less distractions will mean that you (and other participants) can focus on the course content. Get comfortable and ready to learn!

7. Support network: teachers and other students

Our online language courses offer an engaging and communicative way to learn a language online that replicates the face-to-face experience. However, you might need some extra support outside of the class time. You should engage with other students and create a support network to help you mutually learn the language. If you have any questions, teachers will be able to help you as well. Use MyCactus to communicate with your teacher.

8. Time for yourself!

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It is also very important to get some time to relax. Working from home, studying from home and doing everything else from home can be challenging. Dedicate some leisure time to yourself to relax. Most importantly, do not pressure yourself for not doing something productive at all times. SelfControl app is a great tool to help you achieve that.

 

Cactus offers online language courses for over 20 languages, so you can learn from the comfort of your home or desk. You can choose a course that meets your needs and we hope that our tips for learning a language online can set you on the right track.

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Contact Us about Learning a Language Online

For more information on any of our courses, or just general advice on learning a language online, please call us on 01273 830 960 or contact us. Our multilingual team will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

Cactus language offers the following types of language courses:

Evening language courses: 19 different languages in 15 UK locations
Online language courses: over 20 languages
Language holidays: worldwide immersion courses in the country of the language
Private tuition: tailor-made and corporate language training solutions throughout the world
TEFL: teacher training courses for both English and other languages all over the world

How Long Does it Take to Learn a Language?

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How Long Does it Take to Learn a Language with Cactus?

Research shows that it takes anywhere between 480 hours and 2200 hours of language study and practice to reach an advanced level in a foreign language. The majority of people are not able to learn a language ‘full-time’ so if you dedicated 3 hours per week to language study this would equate to anywhere between 3 years and 14 years of language learning!

There are a huge number of variables that determine how quickly you can learn a language, such as; your native tongue, which language you are learning, if you already speak more than one language, if you are surrounded by the language you are learning, the methods you use to learn the language, and so forth.

It’s also important to define the level of proficiency when we consider the length of time it takes to learn a language. Some people will feel they ‘know’ a language, or are able to communicate adequately with a B1 level (on the Common European Framework) of the language. Others may feel that they have not ‘learnt a language’ until they have reached C2 level (on the Common European Framework) and demand native-level ability of themselves before they consider themselves fluent. Therefore the amount of time it takes to learn a language can often be relative to the level you wish to achieve.

The Typical Language Learning Journey of a Cactus Student

Cactus students often take an evening language course whilst working full-time. This usually means the time they have available to dedicate to language learning is limited. In addition, they are not learning in the country where the language is spoken (as a native language). A typical student will start with us in the Beginner 1 class (A1 on the CEFR) which is 20 hours of face-to-face time with a native speaking or bilingual teacher, and 10 hours of self-study time at home, with homework or practice on language apps. These 30 hours of language study time are spread over a 10 week period. It takes the same amount of time to cover Beginner 2 and Beginner 3. Levels Beginner 1, 2 and 3 will take 9 months in total to complete.

Once all three Beginner levels have been completed the student will be ready to move onto Elementary 1 (A2) level. On average it will take 18 months (6 courses of 10 weeks each) to reach B1 level, which is an intermediate level where the student can converse comfortably on most everyday topics with a native speaker.

How Much Language Can be Learnt in 6 Months?

Travel and Language Author and Blogger, The Intrepid Guide, has been studying Norwegian with Cactus Language for the last 6 months. She started her first evening language course in October 2018 with the Beginner 1 Norwegian course. She then went onto Beginner 2 Norwegian in January and is coming to the end of her second 10 week evening language course with Cactus.

During this time she visited Norway in December and again in March 2019. In this video she explains her language learning experience and gives an insight into how much language you can learn in 6 months.

 

Michele is a multilingual author and the founder of The Intrepid Guide, a hub for travellers and language learners with over 100,000 monthly readers. Follow Cactus Language and The Intrepid Guide on Instagram.

Contact Us

To find out more about learning another language, or information on any of our courses simply call us on 01273 830 960 or email us. Our multilingual team will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

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Cactus language offers the following types of language courses:

Evening language courses: 19 different languages in 15 UK locations
Language holidays: worldwide immersion courses in the country of the language
Private tuition: tailor-made and corporate language training solutions throughout the world
TEFL: teacher training courses for both English and other languages all over the world
Online courses: for teacher training, English and French

Cactus Online Platform for Evening Language Students!

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The New Cactus Online Platform

From April 2019 all Cactus Language evening course students will be able to access and use MyCactus – our online platform. As a Cactus student you can access this platform to review your course information and message your teacher, among other things! We have created this communication tool to bring all the information you need about your Cactus course together in one place.

How Does the Platform Help Me?

Log in and you will be able to:

• Check and update your personal details
• Review your active orders
• View your course information, schedule, material and homework for all your lessons
• Use your personal inbox to send messages to your teacher and the Cactus Team

In MyCactus you can also find useful links to our website, social media and booking page. You have all the information you need for your evening language course with Cactus, all in the same place.

How do I Access to the Platform?

After you book your course you will receive your course confirmation one week before the start of the course. In this email you will receive a link to set your password. Once you have created your password you will be able to log into the platform. You username and password will remain the same for any future courses you book.

What if I Have a Problem Accessing the Platform?

If you forget your password you can reset this by clicking on ‘Forgot your password?’ on the log in page. If you have any other issues with accessing or using the platform please email us and we will resolve your problem.

Contact Us

To find out more about learning another language, or information on any of our courses simply call us on 01273 830 960 or email us. Our multilingual team will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

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Cactus language offers the following types of language courses:

Evening language courses: 19 different languages in 15 UK locations
Language holidays: worldwide immersion courses in the country of the language
Private tuition: tailor-made and corporate language training solutions throughout the world
TEFL: teacher training courses for both English and other languages all over the world
Online courses: for teacher training, English and French

How to learn a language with a full-time job by The Intrepid Guide

 

Travel and Language Learning with The Intrepid Guide

Learning a language with a full-time job can be challenging, but travel and language blogger and author, The Intrepid Guide, gives us her top 10 professional tips on how this can be achieved. You can also read her blog post How to Learn a Language with a Full-Time Job.

Michele is a multilingual author and the founder of The Intrepid Guide, a hub for travellers and language learners with over 100,000 monthly readers. Follow Cactus Language and The Intrepid Guide on Instagram. The Intrepid Guide also offers her insight into the Cactus Evening Language Courses with 7 Things You Should Know Before Your First Language Class.

Contact Us

To find out more about learning another language, or information on any of our courses simply call us on 01273 830 960 or email us. Our multilingual team will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

Banner FLUK Level Test

Cactus language offers the following types of language courses:

Evening language courses: 19 different languages in 15 UK locations
Language holidays: worldwide immersion courses in the country of the language
Private tuition: tailor-made and corporate language training solutions throughout the world
TEFL: teacher training courses for both English and other languages all over the world
Online courses: for teacher training, English and French

 

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