Category: German

Oktoberfest 2017: Where to Celebrate in the UK

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Oktoberfest 2017 Events in the UK!

Oktoberfest, the most famous beer festival in the world, holds an important place in Bavarian culture. The 19th century original Munich event, a mix of a travelling funfair and a great beer festival, gave way to the numerous Oktoberfest celebrations that take place every year across the world. If you want to enjoy the best German beers, munch down on delicious bratwurst and practise your “ein beir, bitte!” with your traditionally dressed waiter, have a look at our list of top Oktoberfest 2017 events in the UK! If you can’t get to Germany for Oktoberfest then why not practise your German here, on UK soil?!

London (5th – 8th October)

London Oktoberfest is the biggest Oktoberfest in the UK with more than 50,000 guests attending each year since its start in 2011. The festival transforms Millwall Park (Canary Wharf) into a traditional Oktoberfest with a giant beer tent offering: special brewed Bavarian beer, the best Bratwurst, Schnizel and Pretzel this side of Munich, and live music from traditional Oompa bands. The entire family can also experience Bavarian culture for a day with their kid friendly Sunday Lunch special offers!

Leeds (6th – 8th and  13th – 15th October)

Oktoberfest is back again in Leeds for two weekends in October. The South Bank Depot is the new central venue, just a few minutes walk from Leeds Train Station. This Oktoberfest celebration is the only UK based one to team up with Hofbräu – one of the last traditional Munich breweries still in Bavarian ownership. Authentic German cuisine including bratwurst. brezel and hendl, and an in-house Oompah band providing a range of singalongs and classics, makes this an authentic Bavarian experience.

Brighton (13th – 14th October)

Oktoberfest Brighton has a new home at The Level in Union Road and additional sessions this year after the success of their 2016 event. Book your place now and visit The Grand Bier Tent to enjoy the outstanding selection of hot and cold traditional German plates, steins full of craft bier as well as lively German music. ABK is the 2017 exclusive beer brewed at the same local German farms used by Aktien Brewery for over 700 years.

Manchester (18th – 22nd October)

Manchester Oktoberfest will bring you the feeling of being in an authentic Oktoberfest tent filled with long tables and benches in the middle of Manchester at Albert Square. Over one long weekend you can fully experience everything that makes a real Oktoberfest: live music by a German bands coming from Bavaria, delicious German food and fine beers, waitresses and waiters dressed in Dirndl and Lederhosen and even a giant outdoor beer garden!

Bournemouth (20th – 21st October)

Bournevaria Oktoberfest 2017 transforms the BIC Solent Hall into a big Bavarian beer festival. The best German bratwursts and pretzels, accompanied by cold craft biers and a live band, will give you a genuine taste of Oktoberfest. Traditional German outfits are highly encouraged and there is a prize for Best dressed. Combine this with some of your best German expressions and you are bound to be in with a shot at the winner’s prize! Admission price includes a souvenir glass and a voucher for 50% off your first pint, so book your place and enjoy all the Bournevaria has to offer!

Oxford (21st October)

Oxford has been twinned with the German city of Bonn since 1947. Now The Oxford-Bonn Link, an organization established in order to promote the partnership between both cities, is bringing the Oktoberfest to Oxford for a day. Join the Bonn Link for a fantastic night at the Oxford Conservative Club (New Road). Get ready to dance and sing German folk songs with the Oxford Oom-Pah-Pah-Lumpas band and don’t forget to try the varied German nibbles and drinks.

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Cactus offers language courses to all levels. To find out more about learning German, 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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Language holidays: worldwide immersion courses in the country of the language
Private tuition: tailor-made and corporate language training solutions throughout the world
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Top 10 German Expressions to Sound Like a Local

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Best German Slang Words: Sound like a German local!

German is one of the most important languages in the world with around 100 million speakers. An official language in 6 countries and several international institutions, German is also recognised as a minority language in another 13 countries. The unique German variants, such as Austrian or Swiss Standard German, don’t exclude the most common German slang expression that any German-speaking local would know. If you are learning German, using colloquial phrases is a must in order to understand any informal conversation and achieve a good level of fluency. We have selected for you the top 10 German slang expressions that you should know!

Na? Hello

Was geht? What’s up?

Mach’s gut Take care (when saying goodbye)

Jein – Yes, but (It’s a mix between ja and nein)

Kohle Money

Prost! Cheers

Einen Kater haben Having a hangover

Luft bei dir! Things are going well for you! (When someone shares good news with you)

Hau ab! – Get lost!

Naja Well (At the start of a sentence)

September is German Month at Cactus!

If you are currently studying German or would like to do so, then this is the perfect month for you! Every day we are going to post a video of the #germanwordoftheday which will increase your vocabulary and show you the spelling, translation and correct pronunciation of new words or expressions in German. You can find our #germanwordoftheday across our social media channels Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google Plus and You Tube.

Why learn German?

Germany has the most powerful economy within the European Union and its language shares the Germanic origin of the English language, which makes it easier to learn than you may think. German is also an official language in Belgium, Austria, Switzerland, Luxembourg, Liechtenstein and all the European institutions. The second most commonly used scientific language, German has an undisputed importance in any academic, technological or economic field. If you are interested in finding out more about the German language and culture, we offer several options for you: 10-week German evening language courses in London, Bournemouth, Brighton, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester and Oxford as well as 5-week German evening language courses in London and Brighton. If you are also thinking about planning a new move in your career, don’t hesitate to check our German For Business Courses or one of our specialist language courses such as Engineering German Courses.

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Cactus offers language courses to all levels. To find out more 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

Top German Bierkellers In Manchester

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Bierkellers In Manchester: Get A Taste Of German Culture In The UK

by Maria Ansede

A “bierkeller” is a traditional German bar that serves a wide range of German beers and food, in a social atmosphere and there is no better place than a bierkeller to practise your German! If you are taking a German evening language course with Cactus in Manchester why not discover more about German gastronomy and culture by visiting one of these bierkellers – just a few minutes walk from our Manchester school.

The Bierkeller

The Bierkeller is a distinctive Bavarian bar right in central Manchester and just a 10 minute walk from where our German evening courses take place. The friendly staff, dressed in classic Bavarian clothes, and live entertainment from German Oompah bands during the weekends, make of The Bierkeller a perfect venue to enjoy the best craft beers from Germany. Its signature kaserkraner sausage and bratwust with German mustard or a Black Forest gateau is a delightful final touch for an authentic German evening.

Albert’s Schloss

Schloss is the German term for a palace or manor and Albert’s Schloss houses a bakery, bier palace, wunderbar and live performances that bring the German and Czech culture to Manchester with a unique and lively atmosphere. Selected as the best pub in Greater Manchester in 2017 by Pub & Bar Magazine, Albert’s bier palace offers top German and Czech beers, Alpine cocktails, homemade schnapps and ciders. Pretzels, doughnuts and cinnamon knots are freshly made in the Schloss’s bakery every day. Its homemade artisan sausages, chicken schnitzel and apple strudel are another great reason to check out this Bavarian palace, just 10 minutes away from our school.

Sandbar

If you are looking for a rare German beer at a different kind of British pub, Sandbar is a popular venue with a busy cultural programme. Known for its great selection of German and European beers Sandbar serves everything from Munich’s Hacker-Pschorr to Czech’s lemony pilsners with Sazz hops. Choose one of its outstanding beers alongside one of its famous stonebaked pizzas such as Tirolese, Inferno or any of its veggie and vegan options.

Contact Us

To find out information on any of our German courses Manchester, or just general advice on German language learning, or how to start your language learning journey, please 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

January is German Month!

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January is German Month!

This January is German month at Cactus – so if you are learning German, or want to learn German, then this is a great month for you! Each day we will post a video of the #germanwordoftheday which will increase your vocabulary and show you the spelling, translation and correct pronunciation of a new word or expression in German. You can find our #germanwordoftheday across our social media channels Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google Plus and You Tube.

We will also be posting inspiring destinations where you can learn German with Cactus Language. There are so many fantastic German cities to discover, and there is no better way to improve your language than to learn it in the country where it is spoken.

Every month we will be choosing a new language, bringing you new vocabulary and expressions, and inspiring destinations for that language and February is Italian month!

To find out more information about 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

Get into the Christmas Spirit!

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German Christmas Markets for Everyone

written by Kathrin Schmitz

With Christmas just around the corner, it’s time to get into the Christmas spirit. If your enthusiasm needs a boost there is no better way to start off the Advent than to visit the most iconic of all Christmas shopping – a German Christmas Market!

The Atmosphere

Imagine walking around the old town of Nuremberg, Hamburg, Leipzig or Cologne, festively lit with a huge Christmas tree in the centre of the market square. All around the Christmas tree are small wooden stalls, and maybe an ice rink or carrousel. As you walk past these stalls where people sell arts and crafts, hand-made baubles and decorations, hand-knitted scarves, hats and gloves, you grab a hot pretzel and glühwein (mulled wine). The smell of freshly made Printen, Lebkuchen, Spekulatius – all traditional German Christmas cookies – is all around, while you pick up original hand-made gifts for your friends and family.

 

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Our Top Choice: Berlin

The German capital, Berlin, offers the biggest range of unique Christmas Market experiences and is a fantastic place to get into the Christmas spirit and do some Christmas shopping. Here is a small selection of the best Christmas markets in Berlin:
Christmas Market at Alexanderplatz: see Europe’s biggest Erzgebirgspyramide, a traditional Christmas decoration from Central Europe
Christmas Market at Gendarmenmarkt: one of the biggest markets with visitors from all over the world
Winterwelt at Potsdamerplatz: the sportiest Christmas market with activities like sledding, curling and ice skating
Weihnachtsrodeo at the Postbahnhof: an alternative and unconventional market with street food, street art and workshops

Why not make your Berlin Christmas markets trip even more worthwhile by including some German language classes into your daily activities. Book your Standard Language Course (20 lessons per week) with Cactus now for only 568 EUR for one week including half board accommodation in a host family for a unique Christmas experience in Berlin. Or if you want to stay for New Year’s Eve as well and see the fireworks over the Brandenburger Tor, book your Long Term Standard Course now from 2260 EUR for four weeks including Student Residence B&B Accommodation.

You can also take German evening language courses across the UK starting in January. For more information on any of our courses please 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

 

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