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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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The Cactus Guide to Oktoberfest

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Top 10 Tips for Oktoberfest Fun

With Oktoberfest in full swing (17th September to 3rd October) Cactus has some top tips on what to do, wear, eat and what German expressions you cannot do without!

1. Entrance is free. Beer is not free.

To enter the festival and beer tents is free of charge – a couple of beers and chicken will cost you around 35 euros – remember to take cash.

2. Choose your friends carefully

The tents get very busy, the smaller the group you are in, the quicker and easier it is to get a seat.

3. Impress them with your German

How to ask for a table in a tent: Entschuldigung, ist hier wohl noch ein Platz frei für mich und meine Freunde? (Excuse me, but is there room for me and my friends here?)

4. Leave the car at home

Definitely travel there by public transport. You can go by train (S-bahn) or by underground (U-Bahn) Entschuldigung, wie komme ich zur Festwiese? (Excuse me, how do I get to the Oktoberfest?)

5. Stay away from the schnapps

The festival also offers wine, cider, soft drinks and schnapps. However, if you’re drinking schnapps and trying to keep up with the beer drinkers you are likely to end up on the floor with very little memory of the festival.

6. How to get thrown out

You are not allowed to dance on the tables. So don’t try it, unless you want security to remove you from the tent.

7. How to look like a tourist

Do go in traditional costume such as Lederhos’n (for the men) and Dirndl (for the women). Don’t wear silly Oktoberfest hats – you will look like a tourist.

8. What to eat

Do try the classic Wiesn-Hendl (grilled chicken) or the Ochsenbraterei (Ox Burger).

9. Impress them some more with your German

Ordering food and drink: (Ein, zwei, drei, vier, fünf) Bier, bitte! (One, two, three, four, five) beers, please! (Ein, zwei, drei, vier, fünf) Wiesn-Hendl, bitte! (One, two, three, four, five) chicken, please!

10. Prost!

The most useful expression at Oktoberfest: Prost! (Cheers!)

Contact Us

If Oktoberfest 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

Essential German Expressions

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Essential German Expressions

If you’re off on holiday to Germany or a German speaking country this summer, or are just taking a short weekend break, you will want to have these useful expressions in your pocket.

Hello Hallo (hah-loh)
Goodbye Auf Wiedersehen / Tschüss (owf vee-dair-zayn / tchews)
Please Bitte (bih-tuh)
Thank you Danke (dahn-kuh) 

Yes Ja (yah)
No Nein (nine)
Excuse me/sorry Entschuldigung (ehnt-shool-dih-gun)
My name is…
 Ich heiße (ikh hie-ssuh)
What is your name? Wie heißen Sie? (vee hie-ssen zee)
Nice to meet you
 Schön Sie kennenzulernen
Where do you come from?
 Woher kommen Sie? (vo-hair koh-men zee)

I come from Great Britain Ich komme aus Grossbritannien
How are you? Wie geht es Ihnen? (vee gayt es ee-nen)
Where is…?
 Wo ist…? (voh ist…) 

I would like (2 bottles of water) Ich möchte (zwei Flaschen Wasser) (ikh merkh-tuh)
How much is that?
 Wieviel kostet das?
How do I get to…? Wie komme ich zum (m/n) / zur (f)…?
I don’t understand
 Ich verstehe nicht (ikh fehr-shtay-eh nikht)
I’m sorry, I don’t speak German Es tut mir leid, ich spreche kein Deutsch
Do you speak English? Sprechen Sie Englisch? (shprikhst doo eng-lish)

 

Cactus offers German Language Holidays all over Germany, and German Evening Language Courses across the UK.

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

To book any of our courses please call us on 00441273 830 960 or email us. Our multilingual team will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

Evening Language Course Locations

Evening Language Course Locations

Where does Cactus language hold its evening language courses? If you want to find a Cactus evening language course near you then check our location map to find a Cactus school that is near your home or place of work. With 14 locations in the UK, soon to be 15, we open new locations every year, so be sure to check where our new centres will be.

Current Locations

Brighton, Bristol, Leeds, Liverpool, London Bond Street, London Kings Cross, London Fulham, London Victoria, London Wimbledon, London Islington, London Holborn, Manchester, Oxford, Sheffield.

Future Locations

Bournemouth (October 2016), Cambridge (January 2017)

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. If we do not offer courses in your city contact us to let us know where you would like us to open our next language course centres.

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

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.

5 Week Courses Starting May

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5 Week Courses Starting May

If you are travelling abroad this summer, travel often for work, or just have a very busy schedule, our 5 week courses are a great way to fit the content and materials of a 10 week course into half the time. Our 5 week courses consist of 20 hours of tuition, 4 hours per week, on 2 days of the week. For example, our French Beginner 1 course in London is held on Tuesdays 6.30 – 8.30pm and Wednesdays 6.30 – 8.30pm. Taking classes for 4 hours a week intensifies the learning experience and you will notice how much you progress in a relatively short period of time. You will also need to dedicate some time out of class to doing your homework. And it’s always a good idea to try and read in the language or watch films in the language as often as you can.

Our 5 week courses in May start the week commencing 23rd May and finish the week commencing 21st June. This is perfect timing if you are planning to go abroad this summer and want to practise your new language skills in the country where the language is spoken. There is nothing more rewarding than having a chat with the locals and putting your language skills into practice with native speakers.

Cactus offers 5 week courses in London, Brighton and Liverpool, for Spanish, French, German, Italian and Portuguese. Receive 5% Off when you book your 10-week or 5-week evening language course between 3rd May and 20th May 2016. Please use code LCB5.

Book Now for your 5 Week Course

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

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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