9 Things to Know About Learning Spanish – Your Questions Answered!
Are you looking to learn Spanish? Do you want to find out if you can be fluent in Spanish in 6 months? Do you want to travel across the world and discover new cultures? To help you get the most of your Spanish course, here are 9 things you should know about learning Spanish.
The Best Italian Language Schools – From Naples to Venice!
Can you imagine a better way to learn Italian than to immerse yourself in ‘la Dolce Vita’ and to head to the promised land of pizza, pasta, wine and romance? Neither can we! A language holiday in Italy at one of the Best Italian Schools is an incomparable opportunity to get to know the Italian culture, cuisine and lifestyle, all whilst learning the language.
With Cactus you can travel to more than 10 cities across the country. We know how important it can be to choose the best school that fits your specific needs and that’s why our team of experts has put together a list of the Best Italian Language Schools to help you select your perfect Italian language learning get away!
Central Naples: our Italian Ministry of Education accredited school offers both standard general Italian courses and the possibility for you to combine language learning with Italian cooking lessons. Indulge in homemade authentic Italian pizza in the very birthplace of pizza!
Situated in the heart of the university district of Naples, close to both the seaside and the main attractions, the location offers a relaxed, youthful atmosphere. Naples is a truly charming, authentically South-Italian city where you can live like the locals. You can also visit Pompeii, the Amalfi Coast and also the Islands of Capri and Procida.
Campo Santa Margherita: our EDUITALIA accredited school offers general Italian language courses of different intensities, as well as a standard course combined with cooking, art or history. Our Venice school offers a chance to learn Italian in this fairy-tale like floating city built on 118 islands, connected to each other by 354 bridges.
Venice is a magical city characterised by bridges, canals, masked festivals and romance. Make your Venice dream come true by booking an Italian language course in this one-of-a-kind destination.
Ponte Vecchio: is a unique location overlooking the river Arno as well as Ponte Vecchio, one of the most famous sights of the city. Our EDUITALIA accredited school offers general courses, as well as a combination of Italian and cooking. There is also a course aimed for more mature language learners over the age of 40.
The 40+ course combines Italian lessons with a variety of cultural activities, such as visits to museums, vineyards and artisanal shops. In addition to these activities you can take a Tuscan tales-programme, where you study in Florence for one week, and then take your second week on the stunning Island of Elba.
Roma Termini: undeniably has a lot to offer its students, situated right next to Rome Termini, just walking distance from the Colosseum and many more world-renown landmarks that will all be on your ‘must-see’ list for Rome.
Our Italian Ministry of Education and EAQUALS accredited school offers general Italian courses both in the morning and in the afternoon. The school offers language plus courses that combine Italian with either cooking or cultural activities, and the school also specialises in 50+ programmes.
Central Sorrento: this school offers a standard course, an Italian + cooking course as well as a fifty plus programme. Outside of class the school offers a range of activities! You can choose from cooking and gelato-making sessions and visits to local mozzarella, olive oil and limoncello factories. Even though Sorrento is a small town, there’s a lot to do!
Sorrento offers a warm small-town atmosphere and stunning views. Sorrento is also close to the stunning Amalfi Coast where the impressive rocky cliffs meet the sea. The Amalfi Drive, or SS163, in undoubtedly one of the most gorgeous road-trips in Europe.
There are a number of reasons to travel to Costa Rica. You can chill out on the beautiful beaches, take a jungle trek into lush rainforests, explore one of the many volcanoes and try out some of the world best surfing spots! There are also many places for you to choose from to take a full-immersion in Costa Rica! Why not combine a Spanish course with surfing lessons? Here are our Top 3 Places to Learn Spanish in Costa Rica
Jaco Beach or Playa Jaco in Spanish is a great location if you are looking to learn Spanish by the beach and maybe have some surfing lessons. Locate 2 hours from capital San Jose, Jaco Beach is set on the Pacific coast. A beach spot with clear waters and a relaxed vibe. A great place to start learning Spanish and chill out on the beautiful beaches of Costa Rica.
Manuel Antonio is the name given to Costa Rica’s most well-known national Park. Rich fauna and flora set the tone with beautiful rainforests and an abundance of native species. You can learn Spanish, explore the beautiful Manuel Antonio National Park and discover the white sandy beaches all in the same day.
A charming and serene village close to Braulio Carrillo Park. Coronado is off-the-beaten-track and a great place to explore the Costa Rican wilderness. You can visit Tortuguero Park or discover San Jose’s faster pace city life. Learn Spanish and explore the cultural capital of Costa Rica.
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 Top 3 Places to Learn Spanish in Costa Rica.
For information on any of our Spanish language courses in Costa Rica, 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.
7 Reasons Why You Should Go on a Language Holiday!
There are lots of good reasons why you should go on a language holiday. Not to mention the fun you will have combining a unique travel experience with the benefit of learning a language. Travel and language blogger and author, The Intrepid Guide, gives us her top 7 reasons based on her own experience and professional opinion.
1. You Will Progress Faster
One of the most important benefits of a language holiday is that you will be full-immersed in the language. You will hear and speak it everyday. Most language courses are around 20 or 30 lessons per week, which will guarantee that you progress faster.
In the end you will find yourself practising the language in everyday situations, without even noticing it.
2. You Will Feel More Confident
As well as making you feel confident about speaking the language, a language holiday will also make you feel confident in other aspects of your life. You will develop your communication skills since the teachers employ the communicate approach which focuses on speaking and communication.
3. You Will Put Into Practice What You Learn
By having a full-immersion experience, you will put into practice what you learn in class. This is the best way to assimilate what you have been learning. You might make mistakes but it’s all part of the learning process.
4. You Will Improve Your CV
Learning a language has many benefits, and improving your CV is one of them. For some people it maybe even be the number 1 reason – opening up your career prospects. Most international companies and organisations require their staff to speak two or more languages. Turn this into your opportunity to have a holiday abroad whilst learning a language.
5. You Will Feel Like a Local
You will feel like a local and live like a local. Interact with local people, practise the language and create a routine for yourself. You might be staying for a few weeks or a few months – either way, you can feel at home.
6. You Will Meet New People
Different people, same interest – learn a language and discover a new culture. You can join activities outside of the classroom hours and get to know your classmates. You might be travelling solo but you won’t be alone.
7. You Will Never Know Where a Language Holiday May Lead You
You meet new people, travel to new places and discover different scenarios. When abroad, you might even fall in love with the place and want to move there!
In the end, whatever reason it makes you take a language holiday, a full-immersive experience has countless benefits. If you wish to take a language course abroad and still have some doubts then watch Michele’s video below.
Michele is a multilingual author and the founder of The Intrepid Guide, a hub for travellers and language learners with over 100,000 monthly readers. Follow Cactus Language and The Intrepid Guideon Instagram.
Please check our How to Book page for more information on the simple secure and easy online booking process. Check the link to find more information about any of our Language Holiday Courses.
For information on any of our language courses or Language Holiday, 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.
Language Holidays 50 Plus – Learn a Language at Any Age!
Language holidays are not just for school kids and people in their 20s. Being in your 50s or 60s is very different to what it was 20 years ago. People are getting younger (no, really), waiting longer to do certain things, and as a result want to have fun no matter what their age! Our Language Holidays 50 Plus are here to help you make the most of you time while learning a language and discover a different culture.
Language Holidays 50 Plus – Benefits and Activities
Learning a language, in the country it is spoken, with a group of like-minded people is a fabulous experience! Which will not only develop your skills but also give you the opportunity to put what you learn inside the classroom into practice outside of the classroom.
You can also combine a language course with other activities such as wine tasting, cooking classes, dancing, photography, art and crafts, cultural seminars and walking tours. The choices are endless and whatever combination you are looking for there is an option to suit your requirements.
You will meet people from all over the world of a similar age, looking for a similar experience – to learn a bit of the language, enjoy the culture and have a great time.
Language Holidays 50 Plus – Languages and Places
Our 50 Plus Language courses are offered in many countries across Europe and include English, French, German, Italian, Russian and Spanish. You can learn the language in an incredible city any time of the year. Here we show case just a few of language holidays 50 plus we offer:
Please check our How to Book page for more information on the simple secure and easy online booking process. Check the link to find more information about any of Language Holidays 50 Plus Courses.
For information on any of our language courses or Language Holidays 50 Plus, 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.