Summer Adventure Starts Here!

Summer Adventure

Your Summer Adventure Starts Here!

It’s not too late to book your summer adventure and experience a language holiday to remember with Cactus Language. We have more than 100 bucket-list destinations to chose from – but to make the decision easier we have selected our top choices for this Summer, just for you. Our selection is based on the following criteria: value for money, off-the-beaten-track destinations, and flight affordability (from the UK). Start your summer adventure today!

 

Andalusian Charm – Spanish in Cadiz, Spain

Summer Adventure

You may have heard of Cadiz, but are not quite sure exactly where it is. Situated on the South Coast of Spain Cadiz is an hour and a half South of Seville, to the East of Portugal and to the West of Gibraltar. With miles and miles of pristine beach that offers great swimming and small surfable waves, Cadiz is the perfect location to spend a few weeks (or months) over the summer!

Not only is Cadiz a great summer destination but it also has a beautiful old town that reflects archetypal Spain and all things Spanish. There is no better, more authentic choice for a language holiday this summer than Cadiz.

With general affordable Spanish courses and flights to Seville and Jerez (both only a short journey from Cadiz) operated by low cost airlines, book now and start your summer adventure in southern Spain.

Explore our Spanish courses in Cadiz, Spain

 

Southern Sun – French in Montpellier, France

Summer Adventure

Montpellier is situated on the South Coast of France, not far from the Spanish boarder and to the West of Marseille. A short 20 mins from the beach, the city centre is a charming collection of historical buildings which has been pedestrianised and is extremely pleasant to walk around.

The city is surrounded by vineyards, being in the centre of the famous Languedoc region, so you can do a bit of wine tasting whilst you practise your French.

With an international airport served by various national and budget airlines, you can currently book an affordable flight to southern France and have an amazing time whilst learning French.

Explore our French courses in Montpellier, France

 

Best Views – Italian in Salerno, Italy

Summer Adventure

On the stunning Amalfi coast Salerno provides the perfect launch pad to investigate the numerous and beautiful towns along the rugged coastline – and the best way to do this is by boat.

The school offers cultural lessons in additional to Italian, and provides an intimate experience that allows you to fully immerse yourself in the food, the drink, the culture and the language.

Just a short distance from the airport, fly into Naples with an low cost airline, spend your summer adventure exploring the Amalfi coast in Italy and learn Italian in one of the most beautiful places in the world.

Explore our Italian courses in Salerno, Italy

 

How to Book a Language Course?

Please check our How to Book page for more information on the simple secure and easy online booking process.  Check the location links to find more information about the language courses and start your summer adventure.

For information on any of our language courses, please call us on +44 (0) 1273 830 960 or contact us. Our multilingual team will be happy to answer any question you may have before you start a summer adventure.

 

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Cactus language offers the following types of language courses:

Evening language courses: 23 different languages in 11 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

A Portuguese Adventure – Between Lisbon and Porto!

Portuguese Adventure

A Portuguese Adventure – Travelling in Portugal!

Cactus’ team member Dorotea tells us all about her two week language learning adventure in Portugal, in her own words. Travelling between Lisbon and Porto while learning this incredible language – a Portuguese adventure!

 

Why did you chose to learn Portuguese and go on a Portuguese adventure?

Portuguese Adventure

My new year’s resolution was to learn Portuguese so I booked my first language trip to Portugal at the beginning of the year. In order to make the most of my two weeks away, I decided to spend one week in Lisbon and another in Porto, and to take a language course in both locations. This proved to be a prophetically sound idea, as the courses provided me with a structure around which to organise my sightseeing as well as the confidence to approach locals when out and about.

 

What did you do in your first week of this Portuguese adventure?

Portuguese Adventure

During my first week in Lisbon, I took a general course at the CIAL Lisbon. CIAL Lisbon is a great school located not too far from the city centre, which offers its students the option to either reside in a student house or to stay with a family, for those who prefer an immersive experience.

All of CIAL Lisbon‘s teachers are native speakers and fully qualified instructors, who truly have a passion for what they do. This is proven by the fact that in just one week at CIAL Lisbon‘s I went from speaking no Portuguese to being able to hold a basic conversation when meeting new people; had it not been for my teachers Herminia and Virgílio, this would not have been possible.

 

What did you think of Lisbon?

Portuguese Adventure

Despite being smaller than most European cities, Lisbon still has a somewhat cosmopolitan feel, as its decadent charm attracts tourist from the world over. CIAL Lisbon’s atmosphere contributed to this sentiment as every day I studied with students from Colombia, Japan, Africa, and Scandinavia. This made interaction all the more fun as we were challenged to communicate in class as well as during the afternoon activities organised by the school, such as wine tasting, visits to museums and gastronomic experiences in the city’s many Casas de Fado.

 

How was your experience in Porto?

Portuguese Adventure

In Porto on the other hand, my experience felt much more regional. I stayed in a lovely home in the suburbs and was greeted with open arms by Graça and Carlos, my Portuguese host parents.

The school, Oficina de Português, was perfectly located in the historical centre of Porto in Rua Santa Catarina. It is a much smaller school, however its tutors Ângela and Rita, are just as committed as those I met in Lisbon. While in Lisbon I acquired the basics in order to get by in Portuguese, in Porto I was able to consolidate this knowledge and tackle more difficult grammatical rules, as I had one extra hour of study per day and I went back to a Portuguese speaking home after class. I also benefited from one hour of private tuition in the afternoon.

 

Which city did you prefer in your Portuguese adventure?

Portuguese Adventure

As far as the two cities of choice were concerned, both Lisbon and Porto are characterised by a contemporary yet ancient charm; every ‘beco’ (corner) of the city oozes wisdom, every building tells a story.

One of the things I was most impressed by was its street art, which added to rather than detracted from the beauty of its surroundings. As I spoke to many locals, they explained to me that the ‘murais’ have come to be considered ‘arte urbana’ (urban art) rather than meaningless graffiti. Their presence adds to the social and political identity of the city. This was a shared sentiment both in Lisbon and in Porto.

In Lisbon, I was provided me with the excitement of being in a larger, more international city. As for Porto, its bell towers and Romanesque cathedrals gave me a sense of tradition and history, as I felt I was travelling back in time. The excitement of the former was therefore well contrasted by the tranquillity of the latter.

 

How did you find the Portuguese people?

Portuguese Adventure

My Portuguese host mother Graça, making Pizza for me on my last night in Porto (I am Italian!)

Much of the positivism and determination that encouraged me to learn the language came from the incredible hospitality of the Portuguese themselves, which is difficult to put into words. From the moment I arrived in Lisbon to the moment I was driven to the airport in Porto by my Portuguese ‘parents’ who waved goodbye to me as I walked through security, I felt incredibly looked after and accepted, in a way that I didn’t expect. I am therefore extremely grateful for a trip that exceeded my expectations, for the extraordinary places I got to see, and for the warmth and the kindness of the people I was met with.

In Portuguese, the expression ‘ter saudades’ means to have a longing; to miss something or somebody. Upon my arrival in Porto, Graça told me that once you have visited Portugal, you will always feel saudade. Having been and left, I can confirm that she was right.

 

How to Book a Portuguese Course and start your own Portuguese Adventure?

Please check our How to Book page for more information on the simple secure and easy online booking process.  Check the location links to find more information on our Portuguese courses and start your own Portuguese adventure.

For information on any of our Portuguese courses, please call us on +44 (0) 1273 830 960 or contact us. Our multilingual team will be happy to answer any question you may have before you start your Portuguese adventure.

 

BOOK YOUR PORTUGUESE COURSE TODAY

 

Cactus language offers the following types of language courses:

Evening language courses: 23 different languages in 11 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

Why Smart People Book Now

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Why Smart People Book Now for September and October

September and October are some of the best months of the year to travel in Europe – that’s why smart people book now! The weather is fantastic, not too hot but the sea is still warm and the evenings balmy.

The crowds of July and August have significantly reduced, and most importantly, you can get some of the best deals around at this time of year. Flights are cheap, accommodation plentiful – but only if you book now! So save yourself some money by booking ahead and give yourself something fabulous to look forward to. Here are our top picks for September and October.

Looking to go abroad soon? Why not Download our Free Language Kit?

 

Spanish in Barcelona

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People are still hitting the beach in Barcelona well into October and by booking now you can get affordable flights and have a place to stay in central Barcelona that is close to the school and the beach – you will be able to make the most of your free time whilst discovering everything Barcelona has to offer, from the tapas bars of El Born, to the funky shops of Gracia.

Spanish courses in Barcelona from €175 per week

 

Italian in Rome

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Rome is beautiful throughout the year but it is even more beautiful when you can actually see the Trevi fountain rather than just a hoard of tourists. And this is exactly what visiting in September and October offers. Enjoy the eternal city like a local – explore Mercato dei Fiori, go gelato hunting and have some of the best pizzas of your life!

Italian courses in Rome from €235 per week

 

French in Montpellier

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Close to the beach, Montpellier has beautiful French old-town charm and it also has the benefit of being in the centre of one of the best wine regions. Learning French in Montpellier will allow you to experience a young, dynamic city and if you choose homestay accommodation you will be having a true cultural immersion and leaving you plenty of change to spend on cheese. And wine.

French courses in Montpellier from €230 per week

 

Portuguese in Lisbon

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The Portuguese capital will still have plenty to offer as summer lasts until October! Discover Lisbon’s old neighbourhoods by hoping on Tram 28, try the world-famous pastel de nata in Belém, hit the beach and learn Portuguese in Lisbon whilst the days are still long and the temperature warm.

Portuguese courses in Lisbon from €285 per week

 

How to Book a Course?

Please check our How to Book page for more information on the simple secure and easy online booking process. Check the location links to find more information on the our courses.

Looking to go abroad soon? Why not Download our Free Language Kit?

For information on any of our courses, please call us on +44 (0) 1273 830 960 or contact 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 10 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