Top 10 French Rugby Phrases

With the Rugby World Cup 2015 in full swing, things are heating up. We’ve seen a shock Japanese victory and a stunning Welsh win, and supporters from all over the world cheering on their teams!

If you’ll be supporting the French, here are a few French rugby phrases to make you look – and sound – like a pro:

French Rugby Phrases

Que le meilleur gagne ! May the best team win!
Non seulement it est puissant, il est vite ! Not only is he strong, he is fast!
C’était un en-avant, tu sais It was a forward pass, you know
Le ballon est passé entre les poteaux The ball passed between the posts
Il est recompensé He worked hard to get that (un essai = try)
C’est incroyable I can’t believe it
Allez, l’arbitre! Come on ref, you can see something was wrong there!
Quel beau match ! What a great game!
Ça ira mieux la prochaine fois ! Better luck next time!
On est les champions ! We are the champions!

Cactus offers French evening courses in locations across the UK and French courses abroad (France, Switzerland, Canada and French Islands).

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Halloween vocabulary in Spanish

otoño Autumn / Fall
el 31 octubre 31st October
el día de todos los Santos All Saints Day
Halloween Halloween
la calabaza Pumpkin
la bruja Witch
la escoba Broom
el cementerio Cemetery
la vela Candle
el disfraz Disguise / Costume
el esqueleto Skeleton
el gato negro Black cat
el murciélago Bat
la araña Spider
el espantapájaros Scarecrow
el vampiro Vampire
el duende Goblin
la momia Mummy
el monstruo Monster
el diablo Devil
los caramelos Sweets / Candy
Living in Costa Rica

Living in Costa Rica: An Expat Story

Intercultura is Cactus’ partner school in Costa Rica and its founder, Laura, tells us about living in Costa Rica and realising her dream of setting up a quality Spanish language school

I came to Costa Rica for the first time in the summer of 1990 to study Spanish and fell in love…with the language, the country, the people, the music, even the monsoon-like rains. When I went home 6 weeks later I was determined to come back at some point, become fluent in the language and spend more time in this country that already felt like my adopted home. Three years later, I had graduated from college, spent a year in Asia travelling and volunteering, and I was ready to get back to Costa Rica.

My first year, 1993, was spent working at a language school in San José as a receptionist. I was thrown in at the deep end, answering the phones in Spanish, and while overwhelming at first, it definitely helped me to improve my Spanish – quickly! When their marketing coordinator left they asked me to step in, which I did. My degree was in Literature, and I had never taken a business course in my life, but I found the process fascinating and enjoyed learning a new skill in an intercultural context. I met a lot of people, worked long hours, and at the end of the year chance put me in contact with two colleagues who were starting up a school.

Living in Costa Rica: the start of Intercultura

Heredia Costa RicaThey asked me to come on board as a partner in the project, and I accepted in a temporary capacity, still thinking I would be going back to the US or England before too long. The beginning was rough, especially after we lost the partner who was the financial backer, but with lots of luck and a $600 loan from a friend, Adelita Jiménez and I ended up starting the school, which we named Intercultura, in Heredia.

We had a lot of help along the way: the owner of the house was an older gentleman, Don Jorge Vargas, with two daughters who were teachers, and he was incredibly kind to us. He gave us our first reception desk, lowered the rent, and eventually ended up selling us the building purely on the strength of an IOU, as we had no collateral to put up for a loan. A university group from South Florida contacted us and again pretty much on trust decided to send us their 40-person group down for a month-long Spanish immersion course in the summer of 1994. Their deposit was what allowed us to furnish the school with tables, whiteboards, chairs and the million other things we needed before the group arrived.

Costa Rica classroomThe first couple of years were lean. Adelita and I did everything between the two of us; Spanish teacher, tour guide, cleaning lady, receptionist, you name it. My Tico host family was supremely generous, happily letting me live with them for almost nothing and welcoming me into their lives, and for this they have my eternal gratitude and affection. Adelita’s family was also great to us, providing many a shared lunch during the early days at the office.

Finally, a couple years later, we were making enough to hire a receptionist and buy some furniture for the apartment I was living in by then. The school had taken off, we had 8 Spanish teachers, had opened a low-cost English as a Second Language school for locals, and were doing a beach program in Playa Dominical (then later Jacó) for one week each month. We had made it! Along the way, I was able to study for a Licenciatura in Linguistics and Translation, get my Masters in Cultural Anthropology, and learn French and (some!) German.

Spanish courses in Sámara

Playa Samara living in Costa RicaIn 2001 we decided to look for a permanent home for a beach campus, and chose Sámara for the friendly local community, as compared to other beaches like Tamarindo where we felt like foreigners dominated the population. We wanted a place where we felt like we were in Costa Rica, where we could integrate into the community, and hopefully make a positive difference in the area. Sámara was the ideal place, and once again, we were extremely lucky to meet many generous people along the way who helped us tremendously. Homestay mother Cristina Castillo sold us the first part of our oceanfront property, again with just an IOU to guarantee payment on an installment plan. Jorge Salazar from El Lagarto gave generously of his time and introduced us to everyone we needed to know locally, especially the mothers who would become our first families for the foreign students to stay with. And the whole community in general welcomed us, gave us good advice, and made us feel like this was the place we needed to be.

After several years of travelling back and forth between our main campus in Heredia and our Sámara beach campus I decided to make the move to live full time in Sámara and dedicate my efforts to helping the school grow and reinforce our participation in the community. One of the things I am most proud of is the non-profit association CREAR, which we started in 2005 to provide year-round, free supplementary education to the local children. It also offered periodic workshops for adolescents and mothers, support for community initiatives in general, such as the first public library in town, and volunteer groups and materials for a variety of construction projects in the local schools and community center. In addition to its dedicated coordinators, many local community members continue to volunteer their time and expertise to teach and coordinate activities with us.

Living in Costa Rica: hope for the future

living in Costa RicaNow it’s 18 years later, and I’m still living in Costa Rica. In 2010 our daughter Ela was born. She will have the incredible good fortune to grow up playing on this beautiful beach, speaking two languages, and living in the wonderfully supportive and diverse community that makes up Playa Sámara. People often ask me what’s next. All I can say is that I hope to see Samara develop in a sustainable way, with environmental safeguards in place and new businesses that are committed to giving back to this town and making it a better and safer place for everyone; locals, foreign residents and tourists. Issues such as security, recycling, children’s education and local employment opportunities are among the topics that need long-term attention from all of us, but I think we’re off to a good start this year with the new mayor, Marco Jiménez, who is committed to these and many more issues.

To end, I’d like to say a heartfelt thank you to all of the amazing people who make this area what it is…our incredibly dedicated administrative and teaching staff here at Intercultura, our wonderful homestay families, the great businesses and services in Sámara, and most of all the people who live here and make up our community.

Thank you Laura for contributing this article and to Intercultura for the images.

Cactus offers Spanish courses in Costa Rica through Intercultura in Colonial Heredia and Playa Sámara. Students have the unique opportunity to study Spanish in both historic Heredia and the idyllic beach location of Samara, and experience two very different Costa Rican lifestyles. Courses are available for adults and juniors, and there is even a Spanish & Surfing course to make the most of the excellent surf for which Costa Rica is renowned.

Cactus also offers Spanish courses throughout Central and South America.

Our tailor-made division, Cactus Language Training, specialises in language training for relocation for those considering living in Costa Rica.

Rugby World Cup Host Cities – Learn English

The Rugby World Cup host cities are fantastic locations to learn English

England is host to the Rugby World Cup 2015 and teams from all over the world will be meeting in venues across the country throughout September and October 2015.

If you are travelling to England to support your team, this is your perfect opportunity to learn English! Many Rugby World Cup host cities are home to excellent English language schools, where you can take a course for one week and improve your English. You will be able to get around and communicate with confidence! Taking an English course also guarantees you accommodation with a local family or in a student residence, which is useful in host cities where hotels are often booked up in advance.

Even if you don’t have tickets, you will be able to experience the atmosphere and excitement of the Rugby World Cup just by being in England! Games are being broadcast live in bars and venues across the country – and the Japanese rugby team was even seen swimming in the sea off Brighton after their win on the opening weekend!

Whichever team you support, wherever you are, there will be a great atmosphere for the Rugby World Cup Final at Twickenham on Saturday 31st October. Come and enjoy the fun, and learn English at the same time!

The best English courses in Rugby World Cup host cities:

brighton_beachHost City: Brighton & Hove

Venue: Brighton Community Stadium, Brighton

Best English course: 1 week General English course (5 lessons) in Brighton



Rugby World Cup host cities - CardiffHost City: Cardiff

Venue: Millenium Stadium, Cardiff

Best English course: 1 week General English course (16 lessons per week) in Cardiff



leeds_statueHost City: Leeds

Venue: Elland Road, Leeds

Best English course: 2 week General English course (20 lessons per week) in Leeds



kensingtonHost City: London – Brent

Venue: Wembley Stadium, London

Best English course: 1 week General English Course (20 morning lessons) in Kensington, London



wimbledonHost City: London – Richmond

Venue: Twickenham, London

Best English course: 1 week General English course (24 lessons) in Wimbledon, London



Rugby World Cup host cities - ManchesterHost City: Manchester

Venue: Manchester City Stadium, Manchester

Best English course: 1 week General English course (18 lessons) in Manchester



nottinghamHost City: Leicester

Venue: Leicester City Stadium, Leicester

Best English course: 1 week General English course (22 lessons) in Nottingham




Cactus offers English courses in many locations across the UK and in destinations worldwide.

If you have a language learning or language teaching query that you can’t find the answer to, please get in contact with us either by Facebook or by Twitter, or contact us here.


Spanish Introductions: Help Your Child Introduce Himself

It is increasingly common for children to mix with different nationalities at school, opening their eyes to many different languages and cultures. Some of these children may speak English whilst others might only just be learning their new language; whatever level they are at, being able to say a few words in their native language is a great way to make the child feel welcome and for your child to practise the language with a native speaker.

Below are some expressions that your child can use to strike up a conversation with a Spanish class-mate. In future the children could even start an ‘intercambio’, whereby two children of different nationalities spend 15 or 30 minutes talking in one language before switching to the other – a great opportunity to immerse themselves briefly yet completely in the other language.

With children picking up languages more quickly and easily than adults, any opportunity like this should be embraced – your child will be left with the gift of a second language, an awareness of other cultures and of course potential new friends!

¡Buena suerte!

Spanish Introductions

Spanish Expression English Meaning 
Hola, me llamo ______ Hello, my name is ______
¿De dónde eres? Where are you from?
Soy de Londres / Nueva York I am from London / New York
Hablo un poco de español I speak a little Spanish
Tengo siete / ocho / nueve / diez años I am 7 / 8 / 9 / 10 years old
Vivo con mis padres y mi hermano/a I live with my parents and my brother/sister
Tengo una mascota I have a pet
Me gusta jugar al fútbol / andar en bicicleta I like to play football / ride my bike
¿Quieres jugar conmigo / con nosotros? Do you want to play with me / us?
¿Quieres venir a mi fiesta de cumpleaños? Do you want to come to my birthday party?

 Cactus runs after-school Spanish courses for children aged 7-15 years in London and Brighton. Spanish evening courses for adults are also available in 19 locations across the UK. At beginner level, all courses will cover Spanish introductions as well as practical conversational skills.

If you have a language learning or language teaching query that you can’t find the answer to, please get in contact with us either by Facebook or by Twitter, or contact us here.

10 Reasons Why Website Translation Is Crucial

There can be no underestimating the importance of a good business website in a day when internet usage is at an all-time high – and growing. With huge numbers of people searching for products and services via the internet all over the world, a major competitive advantage can be achieved through the relatively simple act of website translation: presenting the information to people in their own language.

10 reasons why you should consider website translation:

  1. Increase your search engine ranking

It’s all very well having great website content, but you need to make sure the right people can find it! Search engines lead people to your website, and in many countries where internet usage is high (France, China and Japan) the default search engines are not necessarily in the English language. In fact, more than half of all Google searches are NOT conducted in English. Translating your website is key in making your company appear on search engines in the countries you are targeting and drive traffic to your website.

  1. Less English-speaking internet users

Seoul, South Korea skyline with Namsan Mountain and Seoul Tower.It used to be that English was the primary language of the internet, and English speakers were the main users of the internet. This is all changing as countries across the world show substantial increases in internet usage, consequently opening up the worldwide web to huge numbers of non-English speakers. Almost 70% of internet users are non-native English speakers, yet 57% of websites are available only in English: translate your website while the imbalance is evident and you will catch these new markets at the vitally important growth stage where opportunity is wide open.

  1. Increase your customers

Website translation will make your website available to thousands more people from all corners of the globe, and this in turn will bring you new and relevant customers.

  1. Gain trust

Offering your website in another language will earn you trust from speakers of that language, which in many cultures carries high importance. We cannot always assume that people across the world will feel confident enough in their English ability to use English-language websites – especially when they are located a long way away. Let them know that you speak their language and they are more likely to purchase from you.

  1. Understand cultural sensitivity

On a similar vein to trust, a multilingual website will help to overcome cultural barriers and portray the information in a way that is sensitive and relevant to the target culture. This will help the user to feel comfortable navigating your site and trusting your product.

  1. Portray a positive image

Before you even start reading a website, seeing that it is multilingual sends out an immediate and positive message that you are international.

  1. Beat your competitors

Give any non-native speaker the option of using a company whose website is in their language, compared with a company whose website is available only in English, and it is not hard to guess who they will choose. By translating your website you will be putting yourself a step ahead of your competitors and establishing yourself as the market leader.

  1. Make it easy for your customers

website translation laptopThe harder it is for visitors to read your website, the more likely they are to give up and leave your site. Make the journey for your customers as easy as possible by offering the information in their own language, and they are more likely to stay on your site and ultimately become consumers. A report by the Common Sense Advisory discovered that, even in our globalised world, 85% of consumers will not make a purchase if information is not available in their native language.


  1. Gain a valuable marketing tool

Website translation will not only enhance your sales potential, it is also a brilliant marketing tool. Having your website available in multiple languages is an easy and cost effective way of capturing new users, giving your brand a global outlook and marketing your company to a whole new international audience.

  1. It’s about them, not you

Finally, everybody likes to think they are important, and by translating your website you are telling your customers that you think they are important. Their opinion matters and their business matters. The simple act of presenting information in their own language is a great way to demonstrate that you value them, and this will make them want to do business with you.

Cactus Language Training is a leading provider of language training, translation services and cross-cultural training. Please contact us here or call 00 44 (0) 1273 830 960 for a competitive quote for professional translation. You can be sure of high quality and accuracy as well as prompt service and fair prices.


Cactus Teachers Newsletter – September 2015

Welcome to the Cactus Teachers Newsletter, a new monthly newsletter dedicated to our teachers to keep you up-to-date on everything at Cactus. Whether you are currently teaching a course or taking a break for the summer, we’ll be bringing you teaching tips, exclusive offers, news and inspiration – and welcome your comments, too!

1. The Cactus Team: Teacher Support

Meet the Cactus team who will be your main points of contact and provide full support while you are a teacher with Cactus.

2. How To Make Language Classes Engaging

Our best tips for keeping students motivated and maintaining enthusiasm in the classroom, from our academic expert Fay Drewry.

3. Exclusive Teacher Offer: 50% Off Evening Courses

As a Cactus teacher you are entitled to a fantastic 50% discount off our evening language courses across the UK. Simply choose your course on and call us on 01273 830 960 to claim your discount!

4. Language Taster Classes

Before each new term, we run free taster classes in select locations to enable potential students to sample a language lesson and chat to us about their plans. If you would like to run a taster class, let us know!

5. Join our Teachers Facebook Group

If you are not already a member, please join the Cactus Teachers Facebook Group. This group has been created by Cactus to build a language teachers’ community where members can share interesting articles, news, events, photos and more. Currently over 300 members!

6. New locations for October 2015

From the autumn, Cactus will be offering evening language courses in 10 locations across London. New for October 2015 are Clapham and Fulham, and junior courses in Brighton. Our best ever offering of language courses in the UK!

We hope you have enjoyed the first edition of the Cactus Teachers Newsletter. We welcome comments and suggestions for future newsletters, so please do contact us to share your thoughts.

If you have a language learning or language teaching query, please visit our blog or get in contact with us either by Facebook or by Twitter. Alternatively, feel free to contact us here or call to speak to one of our advisors on  01273 830 960.

Combien de temps faut-il pour apprendre l’anglais

Combien de temps faut-il pour apprendre l’anglais ?

Des milliers de personnes souhaitent parler anglais à travers le monde. Savoir combien de temps est nécessaire pour apprendre l’anglais est donc un sujet populaire et pertinent.

De nombreux facteurs influencent le temps qui vous est nécessaire pour apprendre l’anglais, parmi lesquels :

1. Votre exposition quotidienne à l’anglais

Vous apprendrez l’anglais rapidement si vous y êtes exposé quotidiennement, toute la journée, en vivant, travaillant, étudiant ou voyageant dans un pays anglophone par exemple. Suivre un cours d’anglais dans un pays anglophone est la meilleure façon d’apprendre l’anglais rapidement, puisque vous recevrez un enseignement dans cette langue et serez immergé dans la langue et la culture locale tous les jours en dehors de la salle de classe.

Si vous ne pouvez pas suivre un cours d’anglais à l’étranger, essayez de vous immerger chez vous le plus possible dans la langue. Si vous pouvez dédier une heure ou deux chaque jour à l’étude de l’anglais, votre niveau s’améliorera beaucoup plus rapidement que si vous n’y consacrez qu’une heure ou deux chaque semaine. Suivre un cours du soir d’anglais un jour par semaine et compléter cela par un auto-apprentissage chez vous avec des journaux, des films, la radio ou la télévision en anglais est une bonne idée.

2. L’âge auquel vous commencez à apprendre l’anglais

Vous pouvez commencer à apprendre l’anglais à n’importe quel âge. Cependant, les enfants sont avantagés puisque leur cerveau se développe encore et qu’ils démontrent une capacité naturelle pour les langues. Ils apprendront l’anglais rapidement et développeront une prononciation authentique, sans l’inhibition qui nous gêne généralement en tant qu’adultes. Si vous commencez tôt, vous avez plus de chances d’apprendre l’anglais plus vite. Mais ne vous laissez pas décourager par cela si vous devez apprendre l’anglais lorsque vous êtes adulte. Avec le bon enseignement, le bon état d’esprit et en s’impliquant, vous pouvez apprendre l’anglais à tout âge !

3. Si vous parlez d’autres langues

Si vous parlez déjà une seconde ou une troisième langue, cela vous aidera à apprendre l’anglais plus rapidement. Votre cerveau sera déjà habitué au processus d’apprentissage d’une langue, et vous aurez une meilleure compréhension de la grammaire et des temps. Vous apprendrez l’anglais encore plus rapidement si cette seconde langue est une langue germanique ou romane, qui sont proches de l’anglais. La maîtrise d’une langue scandinave (suédois, norvégien, danois) or romane (français, espagnol, italien) accélèrera votre progrès en anglais.

4. Le niveau de maîtrise que vous souhaitez atteindre en anglais

Bien entendu, apprendre seulement les bases de l’anglais sera beaucoup plus rapide que de savoir parler couramment la langue. Certains étudiants ont seulement besoin d’atteindre un niveau intermédiaire (B1) pour communiquer, d’autres un niveau B2 (communication commerciale basique, études de premier cycle universitaire), ou un niveau C1 (master ou doctorat, enseignement de l’anglais, journalisme international). Plus les objectifs sont élevés, plus il vous faudra y consacrer du temps et de l’énergie.

Plus le nombre d’heures que vous consacrez à cet apprentissage est élevé, plus vite votre niveau s’améliorera. En débutant l’anglais sans aucune connaissance préalable, il vous faudra peut être 10 ans pour atteindre le niveau B2 (avancé) en anglais avec deux heures par semaine. Vous pouvez atteindre le même niveau en un an avec 25 heures par semaine.

5. La vitesse à laquelle vous apprenez

Chacun d’entre nous apprend de manière différente et à une vitesse différente. Vous connaissez probablement votre rythme d’apprentissage et votre aptitude pour les langues. Ne vous découragez pas même si vous trouvez les langues difficiles, cela ne devrait pas vous empêcher d’apprendre l’anglais, qui se révélera être gratifiant et sera une langue utile. Trouvez la méthode qui vous permet d’apprendre le plus facilement et faites en un jeu, en regardant des films en anglais, en lisant des magazines anglais, en jouant des jeux anglais, ou en notant dans un cahier les nouveaux mots anglais que vous découvrez.

Enfin, les professeurs d’anglais savent trouver des solutions pour stimuler tous les types d’étudiants dans une salle de classe, et un cours d’anglais est certainement la meilleure façon de faire des progrès, quelque soit votre type d’apprenant.

Bonne chance et prenez plaisir à apprendre l’anglais !

Si vous trouvez cet article intéressant « Combien de temps faut-il pour apprendre l’anglais », lisez notre article « Comment apprendre l’anglais plus rapidement ».

Pour davantage de renseignements et de conseils concernant les cours d’anglais, merci de contacter Cactus. Cactus dispose de quinze ans d’expérience dans l’organisation de cours d’anglais à travers le monde pour tous les âges et tous les budgets, parmi lesquels des cours d’anglais général, des cours d’anglais commercial, des cours privés d’anglais, des cours de préparation aux examens d’anglais, des cours d’anglais pour enfants et adolescents, des programmes universitaires en anglais à l’étranger, et bien plus.

Traduit par Teva Serna

Comment apprendre l’anglais plus rapidement ?

Comment apprendre l’anglais plus rapidement ?

La réponse est simple, plus vous consacrez du temps à l’apprentissage et à la pratique de l’anglais, plus vite vous progresserez. A titre indicatif, si vous souhaitez atteindre un niveau intermédiaire en anglais (B1) sans connaissances préalables, il vous faudra :

  • Plusieurs années si vous étudiez 2 heures par semaine
  • 6 mois si vous étudiez 15 heures par semaine
  • 12 semaines si vous étudiez 30 heures par semaine

8 conseils pour apprendre l’anglais plus rapidement :

  1. Détendez-vous et amusez-vous

Lorsque vous êtes stressé, gêné ou frustré, le cerveau produit des « hormones de stress » qui agissent comme un mécanisme de défense. Cela ralentit les processus du cerveau à l’exception de ceux nécessaires à la survie. Si vous vous prenez moins au sérieux, vous trouverez probablement l’anglais plus facile à apprendre.

  1. Pratiquez encore et encore

Concrètement, tout dépend de la pratique. Apprenez des mots et des expressions et utilisez les avec votre professeur, d’autres étudiants, votre famille d’accueil, avec tout le monde. Il n’est pas nécessaire de chercher à atteindre la perfection. Néanmoins, plus vous pratiquez, plus vous progresserez rapidement en anglais.

  1. Ralentissez

Parler couramment ne signifie pas devoir parler vite, mais savoir parler anglais sans devoir penser à comment dire les choses. Plus vous vous entraînez à parler, plus cela deviendra facile et naturel.

  1. Lisez

Lire est une excellente façon d’apprendre les expressions et l’anglais utilisé quotidiennement. De plus, c’est rapide, facile et pratique ; vous pouvez par exemple lire sur votre téléphone ou votre tablette tout en voyageant ou pendant quelques minutes lors de votre petit-déjeuner. Saisissez l’occasion d’apprendre des mots et des expressions intéressantes.

  1. Fixez-vous des objectifs

Vous fixer des objectifs vous permet de rester sur la bonne voie et contribue à votre motivation. Cela vous permet de diviser le processus d’apprentissage de la langue anglaise en parties plus faciles à gérer, et vous pouvez vous récompenser à la fin de chaque étape. Vous apprenez ainsi l’anglais plus rapidement puisque vous maintenez votre vitesse et avez un programme à suivre. Pensez à vos raisons pour apprendre l’anglais et basez vos objectifs sur celles-ci.

  1. Apprenez avec un ami

Si vous avez un ami avec le même niveau en anglais que le vôtre, fixez vous comme objectif d’apprendre l’anglais ensemble. Vous pouvez pratiquer en parlant anglais (sans être gêné), regarder un film en anglais voire visiter un pays anglophone ensemble. Refuser d’abandonner quelqu’un contribue énormément à votre motivation et à votre progrès, et vous aide à apprendre l’anglais plus rapidement.

  1. Arrêtez de vous excuser

Passez moins de temps à vous excuser pour les fautes que vous faites et davantage de temps à apprécier les étapes que vous franchissez. Chaque fois que vous commencez à dire quelque chose, vous vous améliorez. Alors croyez en vous ! Ne dites plus « Je ne parle pas beaucoup anglais » mais « J’apprends l’anglais, pourriez-vous parler un peu moins vite ? ». Être plus positif vis-à-vis de votre anglais vous encouragera à apprendre encore plus.

  1. N’abandonnez pas

Vous apprendrez l’anglais plus vite si vous acceptez dès le départ que cela requiert de la détermination et des efforts. Vous ferez probablement face à des incompréhensions, de la frustration et de la gêne occasionnelle avant d’atteindre un niveau de langue courant, tout comme un athlète s’entraînant pour la médaille d’or des Jeux Olympiques endurera la douleur, des blessures et la défaite avant d’atteindre son objectif. Vous apprenez à chaque fois que vous prononcez un mot, que celui-ci signifie exactement ce que vous souhaitez dire ou non, alors franchissez les obstacles, et vous atteindrez le niveau d’anglais que vous visez beaucoup plus rapidement.

Bonne chance !

Cactus collabore avec des écoles partenaires sélectionnées avec soin à travers le monde afin d’offrir des cours d’anglais pour tous les âges et tous les budgets. Que ce soit pour une année d’études universitaires à Londres ou un cours d’anglais intensif à New York, nos cours attirent ceux qui apprennent l’anglais pour les affaires, par plaisir, ou pour voyager.

Traduit par Teva Serna

Free Language Courses: 11 Courses To Win!

Cactus is giving away 11 free language courses in exciting locations across the globe!

This is a fantastic chance to learn a language for FREE! To enter, visit us at the upcoming Expat Show or Language Show Live or simply complete the entry form below by 22nd November – and you could be jetting off to learn one of seven languages in some of our best locations:

Chinese Mandarin Prize
Learn Chinese in one of China’s biggest and most exciting cities – Shanghai. Feel the buzz of its vibrant music and club scene, shop til you drop, admire the city’s beautiful architectural heritage and indulge in delectable food – this should be on everyone’s ‘to-do’ list!

Free language courses Shanghai

1 x 1 week General Mandarin Course (20 lessons) in Shanghai with Mandarin House. Prize includes 6 nights’ accommodation in a shared apartment.





French Prizes

Whether you want to enjoy the glamorous Côte d’Azur in Nice, be chic in Paris, sip wine in Bordeaux or catch some waves in Biarritz, we have a fantastic choice of prizes to learn French in France!

Free language courses Biarritz

1 x 1 week General French Course (20 lessons) in Nice, Paris, Bordeaux or Biarritz with France Langue. Prize includes 6 nights’ accommodation in a host family.

1 x 1 week French & Cooking Course (20 language + 2 cooking lessons) in Nice with France Langue. Prize includes 6 nights’ stay in a host family.



German Prize

There can be fewer exciting places than Berlin to learn German, a city of fascinating history, cutting edge architecture, first class food and nightlife like no other – and we have two courses to be won in this captivating German capital!

Free language courses Berlin

2 x 1 week General German Course (20 lessons) in Berlin with GLS. Prize includes activities but not accommodation.





Italian Prize

If your idea of heaven is a twinkling blue sea, pastel coloured buildings adorning the hillside, bougainvillea tumbling over balconies and mouthwatering food and wine, then this Italian course in Salerno should be yours!

Free language courses Salerno

1 x 1 week General Italian Course (20 lessons) in Salerno with Accademia Italiana. Prize includes 6 nights’ accommodation in a shared apartment OR host family.





Portuguese Prizes

Portugal’s colourful capital is an inspiring place to learn Portuguese, with its cobbled streets, iconic yellow tram, traditional bars and leafy plazas. Learn Portuguese on its own or take painting lessons too – we have two fantastic prizes to be won here!

Free language courses Lisbon

1 x 1 week General Portuguese Course (20 lessons) in Lisbon with Portuguese Connection. Prize includes 6 nights’ accommodation in a host family.

1 x 1 week Portuguese & Painting Course (20 language + 6 painting lessons) in Lisbon with Portuguese Connection. Prize includes 6 nights’ accommodation in a host family.



Russian Prize

If you want to learn Russian in stunning surroundings, Latvia’s capital, Riga, fits the bill perfectly. A treasure trove of art-nouveau architecture, this is a city of elaborately carved façades, funky gargoyles, winding cobbled streets and stately boulevards – as well as the most unexpectedly brilliant nightlife.

Free language courses Riga

1 x 1 week General Russian Course (20 lessons) in Riga with Durbe Latvia. Prize includes 6 nights’ accommodation in a shared apartment OR, for students under 18 years, in a host family.




Spanish Prizes

It’s impossible not to fall in love with Valencia, and we’re delighted to be able to offer two people the chance to jet off to this charming city on Spain’s eastern Mediterranean coast. Home of paella, fabulous festivals, a bustling port and excellent beaches, this is one our favourite places to learn Spanish.

Free language courses Valencia

2 x 1 week General Spanish Course (20 lesson) in Valencia with Taronja. Prize includes 6 nights’ accommodation in a shared apartment.




Evening Language Course Prize We are also offering ONE free evening course in any location in the UK! The lucky winner will be able to choose their preferred language and location for a 10-week evening course starting in January 2016. See our evening courses website for full details of courses near you.

Free language courses: please note

  • Our free language courses are available on selected dates and we ask all winners to check dates with us before confirming flights
  • Accommodation is included in the prize where stated
  • Entry is open to all visitors to the Cactus stand at the Expat Show (11th-12th September) and Language Show Live (16th-18th October) who complete an entry form, and to everyone who signs up using our entry form below
  • The deadline for entering is Sunday 22nd November
  • The lucky winners will be announced on Monday 7th December
  • Please consult our Terms and Conditions for full details of the competition and individual prizes.

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