Tailor made Language Excursions

This week we created tailor made Language Excursions especially for our Elementary students.The idea was to create excursions appropriate for the language level of Elementary students with many “Cape Town Discovery” elements.
On Tuesday we went to the District Six Museum and learned more about South African’s history. This excursion helped us a lot to understand from where the country is coming from and to imagine, where we are going to be in 20 years from today.

The next day we tried something completely new. We created a Coffee -Excursion and visited two coffee shops in the city centre. We also had the chance to taste different coffees and were surprised to see that something that smells so good can taste quiet different…
Last but not least we finished this week with a visit to the Cape Town Stadium. Wow, the big giant… beautiful!
It’s Ayobaaaaaaaaaaaa time!


More publicity for Kurus English!

Andrea Lammert (Reisefeder), a journalist who is writing for “Focus Online” wrote a fantastic article about Johannes Kraus and Kurus English.

Please have a look at:
Unfortunately the article is only written in German but please have at least a look at the powerful pictures who tell their own stories…


Dear Kurus-Family


Thank you for everything!
We enjoyed our time very much!

Two weeks are juts an appetizer, so:
Of course, we’ll be back!

Much love, we’ll never forget you!
Yours Augtember – Fejo – Group.
(Emanuel, Nadine, Jessi, Marc, Kathi,
Matze, Flo, Kerstin, Daniel, Jana, Dirk & Markus)

Food & Cuisine

We are back to Food and Cuisine, one of our most tasteful Language Excursions. Cape Town has a long history of hospitality, flavourful food and fresh local ingredients. During our week Food & Cuisine week try to discover and taste more of this diverse city and to show our students a variety of Food & Cuisine opportunities in Cape Town.

On Tuesday, our first Language Excursion for this week we took our students out for a city walk. First we stopped at the Atlas Trading in the Bo-Kaap. Atlas Trading is specialized in Indian cooking spices and one of the shops you shouldn’t miss. We also don’t want to miss the opportunity to thank Hasan for his warm hospitality.

Afterwards we had the chance to discover the flavors of the Ethiopian kitchen on Long Street.This afternoon taught us, that Ethiopia has far more to offer than only outstanding coffee.

On Wednesday we went together with our students to The Westin Cape Town, one of the top five star hotels in Cape Town. During a guided tour through this stunning hotel, we learned a lot about the logistic of a hotel and were quite surprised how many workplaces a hotel can provide.

Finally we had the chance decorate and taste a five star Malva Puding.

Last but not least we took  a train ride to Langa. Zozo, our host this last Food & Cuisine Language Excursions showed us some “secret” spots and most of our students tasted for the first time in their live fried chicken feet. …
Simply delicious!


“Yes we did!”

If the question on everyone’s lips prior to South Africa’s staging of the FIFA 2010 World Cup was “Can we make this work?’  then the resounding answer from South Africa and the world was “Yes we can!” and, indeed more accurately, “Yes we did!” 

Hundreds of thousands of fans, their now-famous Vuvuzelas in full cry, sounded the call to come together – and throughout that most magical month, the visiting world and South Africans alike united in celebration and participation in the myriad World Cup festivities – not the least forgetting the 64 thrilling matches of the beautiful game itself.

The 2010 World Championships was one of those all too rare and triumphant occasions for everyone of us who engaged with this most stirring event. And for a while, in a proud and joyful international display, all hearts seem to beat as one.

All EduSA-affiliated language schools with their international student bodies formed the perfect complement the largest international sporting event and sporting party taking place anywhere in the world. South Africa was then, and we believe remains so now, the greatest place to be on our planet!

Our individual schools, for their part, and our country as a whole hosted an awesome, super-friendly and highly efficient football tournament that will be lastingly remembered. It seems clear that many visitors will be returning to South Africa as students over the months and years to come.
We welcome you all!


Kurus English says THANK YOU to Fejo IV 2010

Our Wold Cup Fejo-Group visited us from the 12th of June – 25th of June 2010.

Especially for this group we created a unique programme around the World Cup which included an unforgettable afternoon inside the Cape Town Stadium, while Portugal was playing vs. Korea DPR. 

They also experienced a unique private Music Dinner and 2 two weeks of Language Excursions. During their stay our focus was on the topics South African History and Art, Dance & Expression which had an impact on all 9 students.

We would like to say thank you for the two weeks and we wish you all the best.

Ayobaaaa Fejo IV 2010


Lingomatch Flyer

As we approach the business end of the World Cup, Cape Town is seeing an even larger turnover of different nations coming and going depending on the success or otherwise, of their teams.

If you are an English speaker and you live in Cape Town this is a perfect opportunity to practice your skills. Likewise if you are here to study English then you will be getting out into the soccer mayhem to practice like crazy with all the local fans – when they are not blowing their vuvuzelas!

World Cup aside, its not always easy to find a language partner. However, we found a site called LingoMatch which will help you do just that. So when you want to practice speaking English or any language for that matter then check it out.

Good luck with your English!

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Countdown FIFA World Cup 2010, South Africa

Ke Nako Africa – it is time for Africa!

It is here, finally! The Fifa World Cup 2010 has been kicked off on Friday with the great opening match between Bafana Bafana and Mexico! A well deserved 1:1 draw for our boys!

We will have lots of fun here in Cape Town during the World Cup in the next 4 weeks! May the best team win!!

It’s time to say goodbye!

I can’t believe it – I’m flying back to Germany in two days. The time flew by so quickly.

I arrived in South Africa 10 months ago. I remember it, as if it was yesterday. I was so excited, scared, apprehensive and curious. I didn’t know what to expect. And now I already miss South Africa, Cape Town, the people, my friends…. Just everything!!

Before I came to South Africa, I didn’t know that I’d stay for 10 months. Only 6 months were planned. But I knew very soon that I would like to stay longer. An internship at Kurus English was a great opportunity to extend my stay and to experience more of South Africa, Cape Town, the people and the culture.

I want to thank the whole Kurus Team for the great time I had with you. The opportunity to experience your Language Excursions – they were great fun! Thank you for giving me the chance to improve my English and for making my five months worthwhile.

My 10 months in South Africa were awesome, so eventful and diverse. I wouldn’t have wanted to miss them!!

I hope that I could fulfill your expectations and that I could support Kurus English.

Goodbye Johannes, Diana, Gavin, Ian and Michael!!!

Wish you all the best! We’ll keep in touch!!


Anke’s Farewell Dinner

Yesterday evening, Kurus English organised a small farewell dinner for me at Alan & Jason’s place. Unfortunately, I’m going to leave Kurus English end of the week, because I’m going back to Germany.

Thank you for the delicous dinner, the great evening and the nice presents :)


Kurus English and Fejo in the magazine “Kompakt”

Im Land der Träume

Es ist dieses Blau. Das Meer, der Himmel, die Weite – Johannes Kraus kann sich noch immer nicht sattsehen am Kap der guten Hoffnung -, obwohl er jetzt fast täglich hinfahren kann. “Ich habe schon immer davon geträumt, eines Tages hier zu stehen – jetzt weiß ich erst, wie unbeschreiblich schön es ist”, schwärmt der 30-Jährige.

Die Schönheit des Landes ist ein Grund, für immer in Südafrika zu bleiben – aber längst nicht der einzige. “Die Menschen, diese vielen Kulturen – es ist einfach eine unglaubliche Atmosphäre”, schwärmt Kraus. Nach einem Jahr …….

To read the whole article, click here. Unfortunalety, the article is only in German! Sorry!

Johannes on Primavera24!

Listen to the radio on the 2nd of June! Johannes live on Primavera24, a German Radio Station, at 13.20!!!

Click below to listen to the Interview! (Sorry, but it is only in German)

Primavera24 Interview_1

Primavera24 Interview_2

Primavera24 Interview_3

A Fantastic Story by Elsia (pre-int. student)

James Bond – The man with the Golden Gun

It was very late at the evening and James bond ran across the road quickly. He carefully opened the window, looked around him and jumped inside his room. He could see his heart beating through his chest. Then he took a breath, had a shower and went to bed. However, James kept an eye open…

He was sleeping very peacefully and was dreaming of a very pretty woman with long fair hair who was wearing a red dress. Suddenly at 4 o’clock, he heard a noise from the window! He took immediately his gun from under the pillow.

James Bond crept slowly along the wall, stood next to the curtains and saw something move behind them. He was scared. Then he stood in front of the curtains, pointed his gun and swiftly opened the curtains. It was a woman just like in his dream.

_Mary Goodnight! Said he. What are you doing here?

_Oh James, I have a “Most Immediate” message for you.

James pulled her through the window and, her to the bathroom and sad down on the bath. He turned on the shower and then said:

_Mary what’s happened? What are you doing here?

She was exhausted and said:

_J.B, I’m sorry but it was so important. H.Q sent me to warn you about Hendriks because he’s looking for you.

_who is he? Whispered James

_He’s a top KBG agent but he’s using this name Hendriks and he knows everything

About you!

James cursed:

_What the hell? We have to leave immediately!

James turned off the shower then he led her across the room and opened the bedroom door.

_Oh my Goodness! The man with the Golden Gun. Screamed Mary.

_Scaramanga! Said James hopelessly.

_Ahahahahaha…Yes it’s me! Back inside both of you, put your hands up and don’t make any noise.

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Dear Kurus Team

Thanks for the beautiful time!!!

I had a lot of fun and I learned so much. The lessons are very varied and the teachers are so helpful and friendly. The excursions are very interesting.

Cape Town is very multicultural and I really enjoyed it so far!

I like the school and I’m happy about the great time!

It’s a pity that I have no more time, but I’m happy that I can stay for another 5 weeks in Cape Town.

Best wishes Sandra from Germany

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Language Excursion, May 2010

This week we had special Language Excursions – a mixed selection of our different themes.

On the first day we went to the Nelson Mandela Exhibition at the Slave Lodge to learn more about Nelson Mandela’s life and his immense impact on South African history. We could see the progression of apartheid over the years and the great efforts people like Mandela made to create a free and democratic South Afirca.

The next day we focused on the new developments in Cape Town due to the FIFA World Cup in South Africa. We visited the new Cape Town station, the new IRT and observed further changes of the infrastructure. The city has made huge improvements over the last few years. Moreover we were told about future plans and developments in the city.

The next day we headed to Langa, the oldest township in South Africa. There we met Zozo, who used to live in the township. He told us about his life in this area and guided us through his hometown. It was very interesting to experience the environment, the people, the way of live and the living conditions in this area. A special highlight for us was the spontaneous performance of a small boy with his marimbas.


Public Viewing

The official Public Viewing Areas (PVAs) in greater Cape Town, for anyone who can’t make it to the Central City :

  • Athlone Civic,Vygieskraal (with a capacity of 2000)
  • Bellville Velodrome (with a capacity of 8000)
  • Swartklip Sport Complex, Mitchells Plain (with a capacity of 2000)
  • Oliver Tambo, Khayelitsha (with a capacity of 7000)

Click here to get tips how to get to the public areas.

Cape Town’s best artists and international performers will  entertain you before and after matches by keeping your spirits high, regardless of how your team performs on the day.

Public viewing areas will also be set up elsewhere in the Western Cape, and you’re sure to find a television tuned to the latest match in every restaurant, bar and shopping mall in the region.

So, even if you don’t have a ticket, you can enjoy an unforgettable 2010 FIFA World Cup™.

Source: www.capetown.travel/2010/entertainment/public_viewing_areas/

Our National Anthem

VERSE 1 isiXhosa and isiZulu:

Nkosi sikelel’ iAfrika
Lord, bless Africa
Maluphakanyisw’ uphondo lwayo,
May her spirit rise high up
Yizwa imithandazo yethu,
Hear thou our prayers
Nkosi sikelela, thina lusapho lwayo.
Lord bless us.

VERSE 2 Sesotho:

Morena boloka setjhaba sa heso,
Lord, bless Africa
O fedise dintwa la matshwenyeho,
Banish wars and strife
O se boloke, O se boloke setjhaba sa heso,
Lord, bless our nation
Setjhaba sa South Afrika – South Afrika.
Of South Africa.

VERSE 3 Afrikaans:

Uit die blou van onse hemel,
Ringing out from our blue heavens
Uit die diepte van ons see,
From our deep seas breaking round
Oor ons ewige gebergtes,
Over everlasting mountains
Waar die kranse antwoord gee,
Where the echoing crags resound

VERSE 4 English:

Sounds the call to come together,
And united we shall stand,
Let us live and strive for freedom,
In South Africa our land.

New Director of Studies: Gavin Cuttler

Congratulations Gavin!
Kurus English would like to wish you all the best in your new position as Director of Studies (DOS) at Kurus English.

Gavin has taken over the DOS position from Aaliya Bulbulia, who left Kurus English at the end of April. Gavin and Aaliya were jointly responsible for Academics from the outset of Kurus English. From now on Gavin is the sole head of the Academic Department.

All the best, Aaliya!

Aaliya, Kurus English would like to thank you very much for your most valuable support and also for your lasting contribution to the school during the start-up phase!

We wish you all the best for your future endeavours.

Fan Walk

The Cape Town Fan walk is 2.6 km long and goes along Darling, Strand, Adderley, Riebeek and Waterkant streets, through to Somerset Road, with dedicated pedestrian paths across Buitengracht St and Western Boulevard and Public Squares at St Andrews and the Stadium Forecourt within the Green Point Urban Park.

To view a map click here.

The Fan Walk will only be in place on the eight Cape Town match days.
The upgrade of walking and cycling facilities, however, will obviously leave a lasting legacy in Cape Town.

Source: www.capetown.gov.za/en/FIFA2010/Pages/FanWalk.aspx

Fan Parks

Where will the World Cup PARTY be???

The FIFA Fan Fest will take place at the Grand Parade in Cape Town, the official viewing area with an authentic stadium atmosphere in the city centre.

Fans will be entertained by LIVE performances, LOCAL artists and a SOUND system in between matches.

The Fan Fest™ will be open every day of the Competition, from 10:00 to midnight, with live broadcasts of all 64 matches. Entrance is free

Food and drinks as well as  local arts and  crafts will be on sale.

The Grand Parade it is next to the Cape Town Station and highly accessible to public transport (directly linked to the network of buses, minibus taxis and the new pedestrian routes to the Station).

Source: www.capetown.gov.za/en/FIFA2010/Pages/FanParks.aspx

Jabulani – 2010 World Cup Soccer Ball

JABULANI” -  that is the name of the FIFA 2010 World Cup soccer ball.

“Jabulani” is isiZulu and means “to celebrate“. IsiZulu is one of the eleven official languages of South Africa and almost 25% of the population speaks it.

International fans will enjoy passionate football celebrations all over South Africa and the name of the 2010 World Cup soccer ball appropriately pays tribute to these celebrations. Everyone will feel the passion of soccer!

Did you know that the design of the ball shows 11 different colours, which represent: the 11 players in every team, the 11 official languages of South Africa and the 11 South African communities that make the country one of the most ethnologically diverse countries on the African continent.

Below you can watch a video how the FIFA 2010 World Cup soccer ball is produced.

Source: www.soccerballworld.com/Jabulani_2010.htm

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