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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

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

The Cactus Guide to the Kölner Karneval Cologne

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Our Guide to the Kölner Karneval Cologne

by Kathrin Schmitz

Kölle Alaaf! That is how you might be greeted in Cologne where today, on the 11th November at 11.11 am, the official Karneval season begins. Karneval, also known as the fifth season, is a tradition that goes back to the middle ages. Although it has changed a lot over the years, the Kölner Karneval as we know it nowadays is one of the biggest celebrations worldwide.

What Happens?

On the 11.11. at 11.11 am the celebrations begin on the Old Market in Cologne with concerts of the most popular carnival bands like Brings, Bläck Fööss and De Höhner. From November onwards there are many Sitzungen (stage shows) with music, dancing and stand-up comedy. It is an unspoken obligation to dress up when you attend a stage show or go to one of the parades which start on Weiberfastnacht (Fat Thursday). The highlight of Karneval is the big street parade on Rosenmontag (Rose Monday) which is the biggest and one of the oldest parades in Germany. Hundreds of thousands of people from all over the world come to see the 8km long parade consisting of colourful floats and street groups.

What to Say

These are some important expressions you might want to know when celebrating with all the Jecke (fools) in Cologne:
Kölle Alaaf: certainly the most important one; this is how you greet everyone that comes along your way
Bützchen: if you’re not a fan of kisses on the cheek, you’d better hide during the parade
Kamelle: this is what you need to shout at the street parade so people from the floats throw you candy
Fastelovend: meaning carnival in Cologne dialect

If Karneval inspires you to visit Germany and pick up some useful German, Cactus Language has German language courses in Berlin, Munich, Hamburg, Cologne and a number of other German cities. To find out more information 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

Best Choice for Undergraduate Tuition

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Why you Should Consider Studying in Germany

With the average cost of studying an undergraduate 3 year degree in the UK, including living costs, at an all-time high of £72,000/86,000 EUROS it is not surprising that UK nationals and EU/international students are looking for more economical alternatives. The quality of education is one of the main factors drawing students to study in the UK but leaving university with such an enormous debt is far from ideal.

What is the solution?

Many pre-university students, who are looking for high-quality internationally respected tuition at a more reasonable price are deciding to study for their undergraduate degree in Germany. Based on official figures from the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service), the average cost of studying in Germany is just £7,650/9,180 EUROS per year – less than a third the cost of studying in the UK. This breaks down to £390/540 EUROS per year for school fees and £7,260/8,700 EUROS to cover food, transport, accommodation, and other living costs.

Why so cheap?

University education in Germany is primarily funded by the state and is therefore virtually free – and this very low, minimum contribution applies for both domestic and international students. Anyone who decides to study in Germany, providing they meet the entry requirements, can take advantage of this almost-free education.

Low fees, high quality

Germany’s higher education system is world-class and has excelled in both the areas of infrastructure and curricula. Highly qualified and experienced staff, cutting edge facilities, international cooperation, and a focus on innovation are all characteristics that have long been associated with higher education in Germany. In addition, all universities in Germany now operate under the ‘Bologna reform’ which ensures that all the qualifications they award are internationally recognised.

Work and Study

While tuition costs are virtually free students still need to finance their living expenses and support themselves. In Germany there are plenty of job opportunities and for EU students there are no limitations to finding work. Students from non-EU countries are allowed to apply for a work permit and can work for 190 days full time or 240 days part-time. In both cases it is extremely easy for undergraduate students in Germany, who have a good level of German, to support themselves throughout their degree.

Post-study opportunities

Once you have finished your degree you have the opportunity to stay in Germany and find full time employment. International graduates are permitted to stay for an additional 18 months to look for work – and are allowed to stay for longer should work be found.

How do I apply?

Undergraduate degree courses in Germany are generally conducted in the German language, therefore a good command of German is a pre-requisite. The other usual entry requirements apply and will vary according to your choice of subject and choice of institution. German universities will require you to demonstrate your language skills through one of two proficiency tests: DSH and TestDaF. You can take the TestDaf exam anywhere in the world, but you can only sit DSH in Germany. You can get started by checking your German language skills here.

How can I improve my German?

If your level of German is low then your best route into Germany and a Germany university is to take a German language programme which will fully prepare you for the TestDaf. A 9 month, 36 week course of 20 hours per week will allow you to start with General German and then progress to exam preparation, giving you the necessary skills to obtain a B2 CEFR (upper-intermediate) level of German. We offer these courses in Berlin, Munich, Frankfurt, Regensburg and Munster and 9 month courses start from just £3,500.

Your settling in phase

Taking an academic year German course in Germany is the best way to settle into your new country without the pressure of handing in university papers and assignments. It also gives you the opportunity to: find somewhere to live, get a job, make friends, understand the culture and customs, feel at home – all before starting university, which in itself can be a challenging adjustment. This is a great alternative to having a gap year as you will not only experience living in a different country you will also gain fluency in a new language.

Contact Us

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

 

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