10 things you might not know about New York

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The most interesting facts about the Big Apple

New York City, also known as The Melting Pot because of its great variety of ethnicities and languages, has so many famous highlights that visiting the city for the first time is very much like watching a movie become real life. For those returning a second, third or fourth time the city will continue to amaze you with its little wonders, present on every street corner you turn.

Everyone identifies New York, with its yellow cabs, famed skyscrapers and the Statue of Liberty. But we wish to explain a few less well-known things that will probably surprise you about the city that never sleeps.

1. The city was a 17th-century Dutch settlement called New Amsterdam until the English conquered it and renamed it.

2. Half of all New Yorkers speak a language other than English at home.

3. Over 200 languages are spoken in New York City.

4. The Statue of Liberty was a gift from France to the US in 1886. It became the symbol of immigration during the 19th century often being the first thing millions of immigrants saw when they arrived by boat.

5. New York City has the largest Chinese population of any city outside of Asia.

6. Times Square is named after The New York Times daily newspaper which moved its headquarters to that place in 1904.

7. The first pizzeria in the country was opened in New York in 1895.

8. The strange nitrogen gas tanks you may see on the corners of some streets are used to keep underground telephone copper wires dry so phone and internet services can run without problems.

9. The island of Manhattan derives its name from the language of a Native American tribe that lived in the area. Its meaning is “island of many hills”.

10. You can be fined $50 for placing your bag on an empty seat on the subway because using more than one seat is not allowed (even if the train is not full).

If you would like to experience any of the above then why not take an English courses in New York with Cactus Language. We also offer English courses across the US that are available from one week to a year-long and will give you a great insight into American culture and all that it has to offer.

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For more information on any of our worldwide language courses please call us on 01273 830 960 or email us. Our multilingual team will be happy to answer any questions 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
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The Oxford And Cambridge Boat Race: Experience British Culture At Its Best

The Boat Race

What is The Boat Race?

The Boat Race is the side-by-side annual contest between two rowing crews from Oxford and Cambridge universities. It takes place on the River Thames between Putney and Mortlake in West London and this year it will be held on 2nd April.
The first men’s Boat Race took place in 1829, borne out of a challenge between old school friends. Women had to wait until 1927 to have their own Boat Race. However, it only became permanent in the mid 1960’s and they faced the hostility of those who thought women should not be allowed to row or race.

How are the teams and the Championship Course?

Each university team is formed of eight rowers and a cox who sits in the stern of the boat (which is the only person who faces in the direction they are moving). The Oxford crew wears dark blue and the Cambridge team wears light blue.
The Boat Race course, also known as the Championship Course, is 4 miles and 374 yards long. The record time set by Cambridge in 1998 (16 minutes 19 seconds) is still unbeaten.

Where to watch The Boat Race?

The Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race is one of the biggest free sporting events in the world. In the UK, the Races are shown live on BBC1 but there is nothing better than seeing them in London from one of the many vantage points along the riverbank such as Putney, Hammersmith, Barnes or Chiswick. Big screens, stalls and bars are located in several places of the city to follow the race as well.
Attending such an exciting and traditional occasion will give you a great insight into the old-fashioned famous rivalry between the two prestigious universities and a special chance to experience British culture.

Find out more about our different English courses in London, Oxford and our other UK locations.

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For more information on any of our worldwide language courses please call us on 01273 830 960 or email us. Our multilingual team will be happy to answer any questions 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

Studying English and Working in Brighton

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Studying English and Working in Brighton : My First-hand Experience

by David Vales

After checking Google day and night, day after day, you finally make up your mind: you are moving to the UK to study English and get a job. It all sounds great and it is, but now you have more than a thousand unanswered questions. Where are you going to study? What kind of English course is best for you? Will you find a job straight away? Where are you going to live?

My name is David Vales, and four years ago I was exactly in this situation. I wanted to come to Brighton UK to brush up on my English and get some work experience, I just wished someone had given me the advice that I am going to give you right know. There are three main points to focus on: finding an English course, finding accommodation and finding a job. We will assuming that you are moving to the UK with enough money to live for a month, and that your objective is to find everything you need (job, home, school) as soon as possible. So this is what I would do if I could go back in time and do everything again.

Finding an English Course

You have probably already seen a thousand schools on Google. Your’ve compared prices but comparing quality is equally important. It is better to attend a good school for 6 to 15 hours than a bad school with 18 people in a class for 25 hours per week. Personally I would not book more than 15 hours per week, because you do not know when you will be working.

Finding accommodation

The most cost effective and easiest way to find accommodation is by staying with a host family through an English course provider. In many places like Brighton or London finding a room is more difficult than finding a job, knowing that you have a room when you arrive gives you peace of mind; otherwise you will be so stressed out that you will not be able to focus on your other 2 goals. Once there, you can look for a room in a shared flat in websites which specialise in good and affordable rental accommodation.

Finding a job

Be realistic and start looking immediately. Do not think that you will find your dream job, look for one that is going to pay your expenses. Nowadays there are thousand of websites at your fingertips offering part-time and temporary work or freelance work. Prepare your CV and a cover letter and start applying. Once in the UK print 100’s of your CV and hand it into every single restaurant, company or place of work you are interested in.

So, now there is no excuse. Pack your things up, print your boarding pass and enjoy! In less than two weeks and with a bit of luck you might be working, studying and enjoying the UK and a whole new experience!

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For more information on any of our worldwide language courses please call us on 01273 830 960 or email us. Our multilingual team will be happy to answer any questions 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

Top 5 – Campamentos de verano en Reino Unido

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Campamentos de verano en Reino Unido: regala a tus hijos las mejores vacaciones lingüísticas

by Maria Ansede

¿Qué mejor lugar que Reino Unido para aprender o mejorar tu inglés mientras disfrutas de las actividades culturales y deportivas de un campamento de verano en un entorno seguro e interactivo? Si añades a la ecuación profesionales altamente cualificados y los mejores destinos educacionales del país, la inmersión en la cultura inglesa será completa y la posibilidad de hacer nuevos amigos, de enriquecedores intercambios culturales y de desarrollar nuevas habilidades transformará un curso de verano en una experiencia muy beneficiosa e inolvidable para tu hijo o hija.

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LONDRES

La cosmopolita capital de Reino Unido es mucho más que buses rojos de dos pisos y el Big Ben. Desde el Museo de Ciencias Naturales hasta el observatorio de Greenwich o Camden, Londres tiene tantos puntos de referencia por descubrir que si tratásemos de enumerarlos todos la lista sería interminable. Disfrutar de los programas culturales, excursiones y de todo lo que tienen por ofrecer nuestros campamentos londinenses durante el verano o incluso en cualquier momento del año académico (Skola Camden), proporcionará un aprendizaje y crecimiento personal únicos.

Campamentos de verano en Londres

OXFORD

Cuna de las instituciones universitarias inglesas y de una de las universidades más importantes del mundo, Oxford y sus empedradas calles, museos y evocadores edificios llenos de historia, proveen a los estudiantes un entorno incomparable para mejorar sus conocimientos del idioma inglés y asimismo descubrir muchos de los lugares emblemáticos del Reino Unido por su privilegiada localización (Londres o Windsor están a solo una hora de distancia en tren). Su joven y multicultural población y sus excelentes instalaciones estudiantiles hacen de Oxford un lugar ideal para unirse a un interesante campamento de verano en lengua inglesa.

Campamentos de verano en Oxford

NOTTINGHAM

Situada en el corazón de Inglaterra, Nottingham es una ciudad eminentemente universitaria, con mucha tradición deportiva y excelentes sistemas de transporte público que nos lleva con sus históricas ubicaciones y grandes zonas verdes a la leyenda de Robin Hood y su cercano bosque de Sherwood y a las románticas huellas de Lord Byron. Nottingham exude hospitalidad y seguridad para sus nuevos estudiantes mientras llevan a cabo sus cursos de idiomas, programas deportivos y culturales y excursiones a otros fascinantes puntos de relevancia en Reino Unido gracias a su localización central y accesible.

Campamentos de verano en Nottingham

BOURNEMOUTH

Mencionar Bournemouth es hablar de uno de los destinos costeros más atractivos y acogedores de Inglaterra con sus extensas playas, plácido y cálido clima y aeropuerto internacional.
Tradicionalmente un pueblo de retiro y veraneo, ahora reconvertido también en una importante zona comercial y de recreo, ofrece la posibilidad de disfrutar de todo tipo de deportes acuáticos y maravillosos paisajes mientras los estudiantes se sumergen en la cultura inglesa en plena costa sur del país y a tan solo dos horas de Londres.

Campamentos de verano en Bournemouth

CAMBRIDGE

Rival por antonomasia de Oxford, la ciudad universitaria cuya excelsa institución educativa no necesita presentación, se caracteriza por su ambiente tranquilo, seguro y cultural así como por sus numerosos parques e impresionante arquitectura bordeada por el río Cam y a apenas 80 kilómetros de la capital de Reino Unido.
Un extenso programa intensivo de actividades y excursiones que incluye visitas a las facultades de Cambridge, a Londres u Oxford, dará la oportunidad al joven estudiante de exprimir al máximo su experiencia intercultural.

Campamentos de verano en Cambridge

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For more information on any of our worldwide language holidays please call us on 01273 830 960 or email us. Our multilingual team will be happy to answer any questions 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