Studying English in Cape Town offers a unique linguistic and cultural experience. Nestled between the majestic Table Mountain and two oceans, this cosmopolitan city is a melting pot of cultures, providing a rich backdrop for language immersion. Learners have the chance to engage with diverse accents and colloquialisms, broadening their understanding of English in a global context.
Beyond classroom walls, the city’s world-renowned attractions, vibrant arts scene, and historic neighbourhoods offer ample opportunities for real-world practice. South Africans are known for their warm hospitality, making it easier for students to strike up conversations and foster friendships. In essence, studying English in Cape Town not only enhances language skills but also provides a holistic cultural experience in one of the world’s most picturesque settings.
There are indeed so many upsides to learn to speak English in Cape Town; the time zone being the same as Berlin, Madrid and Paris etc., the cost of living and the climate are but a few. The Rand hovers at around 20 for each Euro /USD and for that, you can have everyday items like milk, bread, 1Kg of oranges or a local beer – a one way journey on public transport will also cost the same. Chicken, a decent bottle of red wine or a McDonalds comes in at 4 euro.
With a Mediterranean climate, Cape Town rarely gets cold with a low of 8 Celsius in June / July – snow is rare, you may be lucky to catch a few flakes on Table Mountain – and the summer is long and dry with the best months being from December thru March.
With the money you can save on everyday living, you can choose to indulge in any number of events that happen all year around. There isn’t really a bad season; from October to March is warmer than the Northern hemisphere and those that love the Summer flock here to continue their season.
Major events that are happening in the next quarter include:
- FIA World Rallycross Championship
- The Stellenbosch Craft Drinks Festival at the year-round Jan Marais Nature Reserve
- Kite festival and Community Fly events
- Splash of Pink bubbly festival
- Bryan Adams
- Live music picnics
- Charles Dickens’ Christmas Carol
- Rugby Sevens
Of course, sports, wine tastings and Braai – a typical barbeque – are also part of everyday life at which you will be able to practise your English at – every interaction is an opportunity!