Goodtoknow - January 2012

Win! A Cactus language course

If you’ve always wanted to speak Spanish, French, Italian or German, now you can with our Cactus Language Training competition.

We’ve teamed up with Cactus Language Training to offer to 1 goodtoknow user and a friend, a 10-week evening language course in either Spanish, French, Italian or German at a local learning centre.

What better way to kick-start 2012 than by making a resolution to learn a new language?

You’ll be taught the 4 key areas of speaking, reading, writing and listening, with help from Cactus’ friendly and highly-qualified teachers. And with a choice of 12 language levels and over 40 locations around the UK, there is sure to be a course to suit everyone.

Every year Cactus helps more than 15,000 people learn over 30 languages in 60 countries and at 500 destinations worldwide.

To find out more about all our courses visit - 30 December 2011

Still deciding on a New Year’s resolution? How about learning a new language, or brushing up on one that you might have studied a millennium ago in high school? Cactus Language in New York City is offering fast track five- and ten-week language courses in a variety of foreign languages, including Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), French, German, Hebrew, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Polish, Russian, Serbian, Spanish and Turkish. In less than two months, you’ll have gained a basic understanding of a language of your choice, and you will have successfully followed through on your New Year’s resolution, a double benefit.

As a traveler and restaurant writer, I’ve found that Cactus Language courses are perfect preparation for traveling abroad as you’ll acquire the skills necessary to communicate with locals in the various countries around the world. The classes are small so you can make yourself heard. It’s definitely much better than trying to learn a language from a computer with Rosetta Stone, or reading a Berlitz guidebook while you’re on the elliptical machine.  I’m always looking for tips about where to eat or what to see when I travel, and chatting with the locals is one of the best sources for those “hidden gems” you’ll never find in a guidebook.

I’m pretty advanced in certain languages, so I appreciate having the opportunity that Cactus affords to select advanced or beginner classes.  I love chatting away in French or Spanish with others who have significant fluency in the language as well as struggling as much as anyone else to master the complexities of Mandarin in a beginner class.

The relatively small time commitment of a Cactus language course compared to the end results of foreign language proficiency make these classes a ‘must’ for anyone looking to quickly learn a new language in a short time span. Classes are suitable for all levels and meet for two hours either once or twice per week for a total of 20 hours.  It’s social, there’s wine and chips on the first night to set the mood, and it’s a wonderfully challenging learning expereince

If you’re looking for a short-term program or need a condensed language brush-up, then the Five-Week Fast Track Program is ideal. Twice-weekly classes begin January 23 6:15-8:15pm. in French, German, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish.

The Ten-Week Program is available in Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), French, German, Hebrew, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Serbian, Spanish and Turkish. Classes start January 11, 17 or 23; or February 2, depending on the language selected, meeting once per week from 6:15-8:15pm. This program is great if you have a longer period of time to study.; 330 5th Avenue (at 32nd St.); 1-888-577-8451

Billion Dollar Marketer - 22 December 2011

People who learn Spanish in Mexico can convention their new language skills in everyday life situations. Mexico offers heavenly beaches and being at its best. You can visit the hulk of the ancient Aztec and Mayan civilizations. You can enjoy the civilization and the food of Mexico, while you are learning the Spanish language.

Language Immersion Courses are Effective

Language absorption courses are considered to be the best way of learning a second language. Spanish absorption courses require you to communicate only in Spanish. Teachers discourage conversation in English, or any additional language. You learn Spanish by in fact using it to communicate, prefer than by studying it.

You can learn Spanish abruptly by joining a Spanish absorption bearing in a country anyplace Spanish is spoken. Mexico is one of the more catchy destinations in Latin America, anyplace citizen´s like to go to learn Spanish. You can look forward to glimpse seeing, cultural activities, weekend excursions and much more. You can even experience alive with a Mexican family.

Choosing a Spanish School in Mexico

If you want, you can learn Spanish in Mexico, you can consider the Spanish absorption schools, promoted by AmeriSpan. AmeriSpan was formed in 1993 and it has served more than 25,000 clients, since then. You can join a Spanish absorption school in Cancun, on the Southeastern tip of the Yucatan Peninsula. It has miles of hoary sandy beaches and is surrounded by the warm waters of the Caribbean.

You can also join a Spanish absorption bearing in Cuernavaca, Guanajuato, Merida, Morelia, Oaxaca and San Miguel de Allende. Specialized Spanish absorption courses are also available, for citizen´s who want to learn Spanish in Mexico. AmeriSpan offers you courses with curbed groups of learners and you can choose to stay in a private room, or with a host family.

To learn Spanish in Mexico, you can consider the Spanish courses available by Cactus Language. Cactus was formed in 1998, in the UK, and it offers language courses in 25 languages. It has some 150 destinations in 45 countries. Cactus has acquaintances with Spanish schools in Mexico City, Morelia, Oaxaca, Cuernavaca, Guanajuato, Playa del Carmen and Puerto Vallarta.

Choose a Spanish school which borders the enumerate of learners in each class. All Spanish schools may not afford you a college credit. Keep your objectives and budget in mind when you are deciding on a Spanish school. Seriously consider the language absorption approach. It is one of the most abrupt ways to learn the Spanish language.

Going Places Near and Far - 21 December 2011

Cactus Language Training Offers Fast Track to Fluency With Sessions in NYC

December 21, 2011

Cactus Language Training invites New Yorkers to learn or improve a foreign language in less than two months with their new five-week and ten-week evening programs.  Beginning this January, 20-hour programs in 12 languages will be held at 330 Fifth Avenue at 32nd Street, Manhattan.  Two-hour classes are designed to quickly build language skills and communication confidence.  A small class size (maximum 12 students) and complimentary wine and chips on the first night create a relaxed environment for fostering language learning. Inclusive of course materials, tuition for both programs ranges from $299 to $329, depending on the language chosen. Start dates for the programs depend on length of program, language selected, and class level.

Five-Week Fast-Track Programs – New York City, starting January 23, 2012

Comprising 20 hours of instruction, Cactus’s five-week Fast-Track programs begin January 23, meeting Mondays and Wednesdays, 6:15 – 8:15 pm. Fast-Track programs are offered in French, German, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish, in beginner as well as more advanced levels, depending on the language selected. Each class session is two hours.

Ten-Week Programs – New York City, starting January 11, 2012

Also including 20 hours of instruction, Cactus’s ten-week programs begin January 11, 17, or 23; or February 2 with one two-hour class per week, from 6:15 – 8:15 pm.  Classes are offered in Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), French, German, Hebrew, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Serbian, Spanish and Turkish.  Beginner as well as more advanced levels are available, depending on the language selected.

For more information and to register, visit or call 1-888-577-8451.

Founded in 1998, with headquarters in New York and the UK, Cactus’s expert team delivers quality language training to individuals and businesses.  Cactus helps more than 15,000 people every year learn more than 30 languages, in 60 countries and at 500 destinations worldwide. In addition to evening and part-time group language classes, Cactus offers language vacations for both adults and children. mixing classes with tours and activities (such as dance, yoga, wine tasting, cooking, music, art, diving, surfing and photography); cultural awareness training; and full-immersion language holidays. 1-888-577-8451.

Jetsetter - December 2011

New destinations, plus special offers ranging from free weeks in France to bonus cultural lessons in Spain, await aspiring linguists

In the same way that authors such as Colin Thurbron, Peter Mayle and Elizabeth Gilbert have won legions of fans by capturing the true spirit of culturally authentic travel experiences, the most passionate travelers long to immerse themselves fully in their chosen destinations. This is the core of Cactus Language Training’s philosophy. One of the world’s leading language training companies, Cactus teaches more than 30 languages in 60 countries at 500 destinations worldwide, each year adding new destinations, immersive cultural opportunities and enticing incentives that enhance the process of learning a new language through culturally enriching vacation experiences. With an emphasis on affordability and authenticity, Cactus’s new vacation programs in 2011 include learning Spanish and Latin Dance in Leticia, Colombia at a school on the banks of the Amazon; studying German in the low-key, less touristy Bavarian town of Lindau overlooking the Swiss Alps; and mastering Russian in culturally diverse Kiev, Ukraine near Belarus.

The new Colombia location is one of 70 destinations in which Cactus offers Spanish language instruction; others include Argentina, Costa Rica, and two in Spain. Likewise, those who seek to speak French fluently can choose among 26 destinations, including coastal Biarritz, Bordeaux, and Monaco in France; or Montreal, Canada. If ease with Italian is the goal, Cactus offers 22 locations across Italy. Thai, Turkish and Brazilian Portuguese (the current passion of Cactus founder Rich Ambler) are among the 30 languages offered by Cactus.

Incentives and Special Offers – all prices for all Cactus programs are guaranteed in US dollars.

A variety of appealing incentives are available for aspiring linguists, including:

• A free week with the purchase of a two-week French language program in Nice (for programs through May 30), starting at $682 for a 3-week course;

• Five free cultural lessons with the purchase of a Spanish language program in Madrid (plus a discounted rate for programs over 12 weeks in length), starting at $284 for a course-only.

• A free excursion to the glass-blowing island of Murano with the purchase of an Italian language program in Venice, starting at $312 for a course-only. Available throughout the year.

Cactus believes that “one size does not fit all” and tailors its broad range of programs to fit the individual needs of the learner. Adding a further dimension to its in situ programs, Cactus incorporates cultural experiences, ranging from wine tasting and cooking to dance and diving, to strengthen and reinforce the day’s language lessons. Cactus also offers courses for children, teenagers, families and mature travelers, as well as executives.

About Cactus Language Training and Language Vacations

Cactus is one of the world’s leading language training companies. Founded in 1998, with headquarters in New York and the UK, Cactus’s expert team delivers quality language training to individuals and businesses. Cactus helps over 15,000 people every year learn more than 30 languages, in 60 countries and at 500 destinations worldwide.

Programs include language vacations for both adults and children, comprised of classes mixed with tours and activities (such as dance, yoga, wine tasting, cooking, music, art, diving, surfing and photography); cultural awareness training; and full-immersion language holidays. For those unable to travel, evening and part-time group language courses are also offered. 1-888-577-8451 Twitter: @cactuslanguage Facebook:

Monarch Explorer Magazine - November 2011

Cactus is featured in Monarch Magazine’s inspiring Language Learning supplement this month:

Cactus is the UK’s biggest provider of face-to-face language training, helping over 15,000 people every year learn more than 30 languages in 60 countries worldwide.  Choose from an extensive range of evening and part-time courses across the UK, or jet-off abroad to learn the language in situ instead.  Whatever the right language learning solution is for you, you are likely to find it at

To help get your language learning ambitions off to a flying start, Cactus is offering readers of Monarch Explorer the chance to enter a fantastic competition to win a 1-week intensive Spanish course for two people in Malaga at the renowned Malaca Instituto!

Read the full feature…

National Geographic - 15 September 2011

While simply traveling abroad makes you a more enlightened global citizen, you can deepen the experience through language immersion programs that offer cultural excursions. These four provide a range of activities and stays with local host families. Note: Rates listed below are for a family of four.

France › At Coeur de France, families enjoy the rich medieval history of Sancerre, a village in France’s wine country, without even leaving the school. The 400-year-old La Thaumassière château houses both families and French classes. Parents take either group or individual classes, and children can have one-on-one instruction. In the afternoon, families spend the day in the French countryside, including visits to vineyards, farms to sample goat cheese, and the Loire River for fishing and kayaking. Back at the château, kids learn to make crêpes suzette during hands-on cooking classes. Two-week family packages from $6,385.

Costa Rica › Spanish Abroad‘s location in Tamarindo on the Pacific coast means that after morning language classes, the whole family can enjoy a range of beach activities—surfing lessons, swimming, volleyball, boat rides—in addition to birding and zip-lining tours in the rain forest and visiting the monkey park and aquarium. Families live with a host family or in two-story bungalows grouped around a swimming pool and within walking distance of both the school and the beach. Children should be seven years old to participate. A summer language camp is available for families with children ages five to 12. Two-week program with host family accommodations from $3,225.

China › Cactus Language teaches young adults (and families) Mandarin Chinese classes in Hong Kong, Beijing, Shanghai, and Xian. Along with morning classes, each school offers a range of afternoon activities, including dumpling-making and calligraphy (in Shanghai), and visits to the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square (in Beijing). Weekend day trips include a visit to Qufu, the birthplace of Confucius, and the Great Wall of China. Two-week program in Beijing with host family accommodations from $4,140.

Palm Beach Post - 22 August 2011

Seasoned travelers know that one of the best ways to get to know a country and its people is to learn the local language. In Europe many people are poly-lingual because it is so easy to cross borders from one country to the next. A trip, comparable to driving from Florida to New York, in Europe could cross a half dozen borders.

Most of us muddle along with high school and/or college language courses that are only good for speaking to the teacher and other students. Cactus Language Training offers the opportunity for immersion lessons that should give students a terrific grounding in speaking and understanding other languages.

There is the opportunity to learn Spanish in Columbia at a school on the banks of the Amazon River; study German in the low-key, untouristy town of Lindau in the shade of the magnificent Alps; or study Russian in Kiev.

The courses are amazingly affordable and begin at $123 per person, sans transportation and accommodations.

For information or call 1-888-577-8451.

Meze Magazine - August 2011

This article in the business section of Meze magazine takes a look at virtual learning options for business people pushed for time.  “If you do business in countries where English isn’t the first language, it pays to be able to do more than order beer and sausage – and being short of time isn’t an excuse.  There’s no need to leave your desk or hotel room when you can lean a language in real time on Skype.  You can speak to trainers freom all over the world and benefit from the extra motivation of having intense, face-to-face training.  Cactus Language Training, whose past clients include big corporations like Goldman Sachs, Deloitte and Credit Suisse have a pool of international trainers available on Skpye for around £29 per house.  ‘All you need is broadand, a headset and a web cam you are ready to log-in,’ says Cactus PR manager Lucy Brandt. “This executive product is for those who have no time to do a session in a training centre.”

Star Telegram - August 2011

Learn the language Here’s a chance to take a vacation and learn a language at the same time: Cactus Language Training is offering special bonus pa… read entire article

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