Category: Language Holidays

New Year’s Adventure

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Have a New Year’s Adventure this 31st December

by Kathrin Schmitz

You don’t have any plans for New Year’s Eve so far but want to do something special – why not experience a different culture and improve your language skills at the same time? Cactus will take you to Madrid for a unique Nochevieja (night of New Year’s Eve)!

How to spend New Year’s Eve the Madrilenian way

The evening: Most families will start their evening with a copious meal, tapas and wine at a restaurant in the city. Bookings have to be made in advance as restaurants are quickly booked up.

The night: The next meeting point is the Puerta del Sol, the famous square in the centre of Madrid. This is where thousands of people gather to celebrate the remaining hours of the past year. Every year there is a laser show and music which creates a great party atmosphere. The event is also broadcasted on national TV.

The last seconds before midnight: When the big clock tower strikes the biggest challenge of the evening begins: during the last 12 seconds before midnight you have to eat 12 grapes (doce uvas) – an over a hundred year old tradition which brings you a lot of luck in the new year – if you manage to eat all the grapes.

At midnight: The sky over Madrid will be lit up by fireworks, people clink glasses and wish each other salud, dinero y amor (health, money and love). But the party doesn’t stop there. The crowd will move on into the clubs and bars and celebrations will go on until the early morning hours.

The Options

Take one week Spanish language tuition for £136 with the option of staying with a homestay family which will offer you the chance to experience New Year the traditional Spanish way. Alternatively you can stay in the centre of the city and enjoy the festives in the epicentre of all the action.

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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

Last of the Summer Sun

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Grab the Last of the Summer Sun with a Language Holiday

The summer holidays may be over but there is still plenty of summer sun across Europe to take advantage of. September and October can be some of the best months to travel in Europe, with the wave of tourists having subsided and much more accommodation available at better rates. The beauty of a language holiday is that it is not only mentally stimulating, CV building, career enhancing, and gives you a sense of personal achievement – it also offers the usual R&R opportunities of a ‘normal’ holiday. With language tuition in the mornings you have the afternoons free for long lunches, sunbathing, and sight-seeing. Why not give yourself that end of summer boost you deserve and pack yourself off on a language holiday to one of these fabulous destinations:

Spain

Mallorca: one week from £179. Visit this beautiful Balaeric island with world class beaches.

Cadiz: one week from £158. Historic Cadiz has great food, wine and architecture and a 7km beach.

Italy

Rome: one week from £128. Iconic, romantic, impressive. Also has great shopping.

Taormina, Sicily: one week from £214. Beautiful Sicilian village with stunning views.

France

Antibes: one week from £230. South of France decadence at a great price.

Prices include one week tuition of 20 lessons, level test and end of course certificate. Please contact us for our special offers and discounted rates.

Contact Us

For information on any of our courses call us on 01273 830 960 or email us. Our multilingual team will be happy to answer any question you may have.

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 Inspired by Team GB – Waterports and Languages

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Team GB – Watersports and Languages – Get Inspired!

The Rio Olympics 2016 has been an amazing and unprecedented success for Team Great Britain. Team GB has not only beaten the number of medals achieved at London 2012, they have also come second in the medal table, above China. Watching Team GB achieve so much success in so many different sports has encouraged many people to consider activities they may not have thought of before, and to take up a new and exciting hobby.

With medals in rowing, sailing, swimming, diving, and canoe, Cactus Language is celebrating these fantastic sporting achievements by supporting Team GB and encouraging everyone to not only learn a language but also enjoy one of these fun water sports.

The Options

✅ Sailing
✅ Scuba Diving
✅ Paddle Boarding
✅ Kayaking

These activities take place on the beautiful Mediterranean Sea and are combined with an intensive Spanish course, half board homestay accommodation and airport transfers, all for just 750 Euros.

Contact Us

For information on any of our courses call us on 01273 830 960 or email us. Our multilingual team will be happy to answer any question you may have.

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

Unique Wedding Gift or Original Graduation Present

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Looking for a Unique Wedding Gift or Original Graduation Present?

The summer is the season for weddings and graduations. It can be difficult trying to think of and find a gift that is original and unique, one that people actually want to receive and consider to be both desirable and valuable. With a Cactus Language Course gift voucher you can fulfil all of these requirements.

Couples and Graduates

There is no gift more perfect for a couple who want to travel together, have an interest in a particular country or region, or even have a partner or relatives with a different first language. Taking a language course together is an unforgettable experience which will create memories and shared experiences. Learning a new language and experiencing a new culture with your new husband or wife is not only romantic but also relationship building. This is a wonderful gift to give your newly married friends or family members.

Recent graduates or for those who have just finished their A Levels usually want to spend some time travelling and experiencing the world. There is no better way to enhance a CV whilst having a great time than to take a language course abroad, or a language course in the UK, before setting off on an adventure. Learning a language not only greatly enhances a young person’s skill set, it will also help them navigate their way around a new place or country – and this is a wonderful gift to celebrate their achievements so far.

How Can They Be Used?

Our Gift Vouchers can be spent on any of the Cactus Language courses including: language holidays abroad, evening language courses in the UK, private language tuition, and TEFL courses. There is a wide range of options to choose from so whether the recipient wants to improve their Spanish and surfing in Costa Rica, take some one-to-one Russian classes at their place of work, or study Portuguese in the UK in the evenings, our vouchers can be used for all of these options.

How Much Are They?

Our vouchers are available in a variety of denominations from £10 to £500 and can be also be used a part-payment towards a course of greater value. They are valid for a full 12 months which gives the recipient lots of time to decide exactly what they want to do.

For information go to Cactus Language Course Gift Vouchers, call us on 01273 830 960 or email us. Our multilingual team will be happy to answer any question 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

The Wedding Season: Love and Language

learning your partner's language

 

The Pros and Cons of Learning your Partner’s Language

Summer in the UK means a couple of things: Pimms, cricket, rain and lots of weddings. If you, like many of our evening course language learners, have a partner whose first language you do not share, you may want to consider both the pros and cons of learning their language.

1. The Family

Not knowing your partner’s first language may mean that you are unable to communicate with their parents and family. This can be either a pro or a con depending on whether you like the family or not. Gestures and sign language can always be resorted to in an emergency, however, it is preferable that you are able to at the very minimum exchange pleasantries with the family members of your better half.

2. Secrets

When you cannot speak the mother tongue of your partner you are often left wondering what exactly your partner is saying when they are speaking to friends and family in the other language. Even if you implicitly trust your partner it is natural to wonder – what is he/she saying? Is he/she saying nice things about me? Conversely, if you’re partner does not speak your first language it’s much easier to keep that surprise birthday party a surprise.

3. Culture

Learning a language also involves learning about the culture of the language – and the culture of your partner. Learning about your partner in this way will be appreciated by your partner and not only that, you are likely to come to a greater understanding of your partner and where they come from.

4. Feelings

People often feel the urge to use their mother tongue when it comes to emotional or sensitive situations. At this point communication can break down when two people do not share the same first language. By learning your partner’s first language you will have a higher level of intimacy and empathy with your partner.

5. Options

When you speak the language of your partner your options of where you can live and work together greatly increase. This will give you both flexibility with regards to your careers, travel, visas and starting a family. Generally speaking, the more options you have as a couple to be happy together the better!

Contact Us

Cactus language offers immersion language courses and private tuition across the world, and evening language courses in the UK. To book 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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