Season Greetings

Dear Students, Friends, Clients and Supporters

An exciting year 2010, especially for us here in South Africa, is finally coming to an end! We would very much like to build on the immense popularity South Africa has achieved during this most momentous year.

Our motto for 2011, Tolerance and Acceptance, stands as a reminder of the cultural challenges we face in our country in particular, just as we all do in the world at large. It is our aim, through our unique combination of language and cultural education, to embrace this motto and bring it into reality through our established range of Language Excursions.

On behalf of our entire team here at Kurus English, I would like to wish you and your family a wonderful Festive Season and an especially prosperous New Year in 2011!

Warmest regards
Johannes Kraus
Director, Kurus English

Year End Function


The Coffeebeans Routes and Kurus English Team went up Table Mountain for a delicious picnic to end an exciting year. Thank you very much to the whole team for all your efforts and your tireless commitment! We look forward to having a successful New Year in 2011.

Thanks again!

Iain and Johannes

Cape Town 28.11201 – 18.12.2010

“Thank you very much Diana, Nicky, Gavin, Michael, Sim, Iain, and Johannes for this great time at Kurus English. Especially for the organizing of our unforgettable weekend on 10 – 13.12.2010.”

Ole & Manuela


Special 50+ courses in 2011

Kurus English is delighted to announce the continous offer of special courses for the age group 50+ in 2011.

For more details on the programme please have a look at the blog post here!

2 week price special in 2011:

1.025 € (course only, no accommodation)
2.000 € (incl. Guesthouse)
2.450 € (incl. 3* Hotel)

Guesthouse Single Room with breakfast, shower/bath, WC
3* Hotel Single Room with breakfast, shower/bath, WC

20 hours General Intensive English, 10 hours Language Excursions, Wine Route, Peninsula Route, Private Dinner, Airport transfer (2times), original course book and workbook, Internet access, accommodation placement

Course Dates:
15-01-2011 – 29-01-2011
19-02-2011 – 05-03-2011
30-04-2011 – 14-05-2011
02-07-2011 – 16-07-2011
17-09-2011 – 01-10-2011
29-10-2011 – 12-11-2011

You are also very welcome to extend your stay!

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For further information please feel free to contact us here!

Dear Kurus and Coffeebeans Routes

Fejo group wrote:  “Thank you for all the good organization, for all the help and everything that made the Language Excursions that unforgettable =)”

Jan, Mandy, Wieland, Alexandra, Mathias, Mike, Nicola, and Janina.


I wish you all the best!!!

My course sadly is over… but I’ve spent a great time with all of you!

Thanks to Kurus for helping me to improve my English and for helping me to know a little bit of your culture… so complex but so beautiful!

S.A. is really the Raunbow-Nation

Thank you Kurus and Coffeebeans Routes!

“… Thank you for the great time with you in Cape Town! I really enjoyed the time at Kurus English and I will never forget these weeks!  I am happy to know you, … and I hope we will see you again…”

Johannes, Gavin, Nicki, Diana – You’re the BEST! Thanks for all! X Clara


Good bye and thank you.

Helga wrote: “It’s time to say… Thank you so much for all! I’ll never forget you…”


New team member


A warm welcome to Simnikiwe as a new team member of Coffeebeans Routes and Kurus English!

Simnikiwe supports us as receptionist, activity manager and junior consultant. Sim, we wish you a great time and lots of fun at 70 Wale Street!

Iain & Johannes


a warm welcome to our new student group from Germany. We wish you all an incredible time in Cape Town. Enjoy the beautiful weather!

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Language Excursions Taster

The Language Excursions this week starts with a trip to the Castle of Good Hope. There we visited a well-known art artist called Zavick aka “Supadog”. We had a drawing/art lesson and created a “Zine”. A very creative day! Wednesday we went to a township/suburb of Cape Town called Manenberg. We had the chance to speak to the Non Profit Organization “Proudly Manenberg”.

Last but not least we had a meeting with a very special person. We met Hildergard, a white sangoma. A sangoma is a practitioner of herbal medicine, divination and counseling.

Best regards,


A warm welcome!

This week we have two new students. We wish you a great time in Cape Town and at Kurus English!

Helga, from Italy &

Clara, from Germany

Unterafferbach – Mac McKenzie is back!

Today, at 7 o´clock in the evening, the Cape Town Jazz musician Mac McKenzie is playing live at the restaurant “Gasthaus Post” in Unterafferbach, Germany. Besides a solo performance, Mac will also play with local musicians. Several Workshops have taken place throughout Macs stay in Unterafferbach this week.

After Macs visit last year, this is his 2nd visit to Johannes’ hometown. Please have a look at our  link  Mac McKenzie in Johannes´hometown . We wish you a great South African evening. Enjoy the live music and the delicious South African dishes, like Ostrich and Kingklip, on Werner’s special menu.


Dear Kurus – Team!

Thank you so much for two short week!

I learned a lot and you Gavin learned a lot, too! We both knew all facts about long-devision now! Thanks!

We had a good, funny, interesting and pleasant time.

I hope we´ll see us again next year.


Kurus English puts language into action

Johannes Kraus, the Director of Kurus English, an English as foreign language school, after hearing and an announcement regarding  “ Enterpreneurs SA” last week applied to be part of this event. Fortunately he was successful in the selection process and had the opportunity  to present his concept “Kurus English” on 567 CapeTalk Radio who are working in combination with First National Bank (FNB). Entrepreneurs SA hope to provide South African businesses (entrepreneurs) with advice to help take them to the next level of their operations.

There is no doubt that the best way to learn a language is through total immersion. Clearly, placing yourself in the environments and cultures where your chosen new taal is spoken will quickly improve your ability. Just look at Charlize Theron… read more and listen to the interview

Sustainability, History & Art

The Language Excursion week started with a trip to the Lyndoch Eco Village. This is the first ecologically designed, socially-mixed intentional community in South Africa. The Village is located in Stellenbosch, a University town 30 minutes drive inland from Cape Town. The term “ecology” was new to me and the theme was really fascinating. A big thank you to our guide Luke, who was informative and made real efforts to help us understand this complex subject.

The next day we went to the Slave Lodge in the centre of the City. A big part of Cape Town´s history is concerned with slavery and this period of the country´s history, so the Language Excursion to the museum was essential for our historical understanding.

On our last Language Excursion we visited a well-known art artist called “Zavick aka Supadog”. During a unique and interactive afternoon  tour through the Castle of Good Hope, we gained insights into the history of this famous edifice and theb went on to have some drawing-lessons, where we created a ‘Zine’. In any case a crazy, unique and creative day!

It was a fantastic week!


Thank you!

Thank you Kurus-Team for english lessons, it was enjoyable!!!

Halina Ramanenya (Belarus)

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Goodbye Kurus English

Hello Kurus!

It´s time to say goodbye :-(

It was a wonderful time with you. I had a lot of fun here. I think my english is better now and I will never forget you. I hope that I´m going to come back. Thank you for all !!!

Bye Bye

Fabian Herbel

City vs. Nature

This week started with a Cape Town – City Tour. A walk through the Streets showed us on the one hand some of the oldest, historical buildings of South African and on the other, the constantly expending city of Cape Town.

On the following day we visited the Rondevlei Nature Reserve, which is a vitally an important habitat for many bird species. Situated just a short 20 minute drive from the city centre, Rondevlei offers a quiet and secluded alternative to the hustle and bustle of urban life.

How do this two seemingly opposite universes continue live side by side? Environmentally, this presents the city of Cape Town with a big challenge. Rondelvlei lies within the city limits, closely bordered by the Table Mountain National Park, which is also a World Heritage Site. Many interesting questions and challenges stayed with us throughout the entire week.

On Thursday we had a delicious end to our Language Excursion week, when we sampled CameroonianKenyan and Ethiopian food. Very Very tasty…..

Best regards and until next week,


My first Language Excursions

Hey Guys

Over the next few months I will be reporting about Kurus English generally and about my experiences regarding the Language Excursions, in particular. If you want to knew more about me, you can read my Introduction “Hello everybody” on the Kurus Blog.

Up until now I have been attending English Lessons with Gavin, so I can both improve my English and, very importantly, learn more about the Kurus English language learning concept. Kurus English unites language, culture and discovery opportunities into a unique and powerful whole-learning experience.

We can all remember the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa; what a great atmosphere and what exciting Games we all saw, whether on TV or live in the stadia.The World Cup 2010 has had a huge influence on South African culture and infrastructure. So our first Language Excursion was to the magnificent, brand new Cape Town Stadium. During the tour through the Stadium, we had an opportunity visited the change-rooms, the jail, public areas and lastly we were even permitted to touched the grass! It was fantastic to be in the same place as Christiano Ronaldo and another Superstars had been. It was a superb day.

The next day we changed our focus to the history of South Africa. We started by visiting the District Six Museum. We learned a lot about the Apartheid era and South Africa´s transition to democracy.

Our Excursion-week ended with a tour to the oldest Township in South Africa called Langa.

It´s very interesting to see the difference between the richer and poorer areas of Cape Town.All in all we find a people are this city and county to be extremely friendly. Big thanks to our guides, Nomawethu (Nozha), Gavin and Michael! This was a great afternoon, with food, African beer and history…

I´m really looking forward to the next week. Best regards!


Hello everybody!

My name is Viktor, and  I´m really happy to tell you that I´ll be the new intern at Kurus English for the next 5 Months. For the last two years, I have been studying Media Management at Macromedia Hamburg University. Part of my course-work includes an internship which is targeted at further developing my expertise in the field of management. I´m convinced that Kurus English can help me to improve my language and widen my cultural awareness while giving much needed and relevant practical experience. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Kurus English for this great opportunity and for the warm welcome which I received. I will certainly do my best and I will try very hard to give Kurus English something in return.

In the following is a short biography:

  • Born: 29. February 1988 in Moscow (Russia)
  • Hobbies: Football, Muy Thai, Travelling
  • Favourite TV show: Two and a Half Men, South Park, How I met your Mother
  • Favourite food: Greek, Sushi, Italian
  • Favourite movie: Rush Hour 1,2,3
  • Favourite music: RnB & Hip Hop
  • Three words to describe myself: spontaneous, loyal, passionate

I´m looking forward to meeting new students and spending quality time with them.

If you have any questions please feel free to ask me whatever you want to know about me or Kurus English!

Kind regards,

Viktor Neu

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