We’re two 17 year old girls from Spain and Austria who already met last year at Michelle Miller’s place in Suffolk. So, as you can guess, we had a great time together and that’s why we decided to come back this year.
Last year we only spent one week together and we became good friends, so this year we wanted to lengthen our stay to 3 weeks. They’ve been, undoubtedly, the best weeks in our summer holidays!
We’ve done so many things that it’s impossible to list all of them. But we’d like you to have an idea of some of the amazing things we’ve done.
In the mornings, we had lessons, but don’t think they were monotonous or boring. Each day we did something different and had a large variety of things, so time passed very quickly. We learnt lots of new things, but not only from books, also in different ways, such as funny games, making up stories with the new vocabulary, treasure hunts in stunning places, cookery, watching the news and we also went to the court to watch a trial! One day we conducted an interview with a friend of Michelle’s, who made us a delicious tea with cucumber sandwiches, scones and chocolate cake! <3
In the afternoons, we had excursions in which we visited different places and did several activities. And the great thing is that we had lots of choices! Our favourites were the magic show, the archery, stately homes like Kentwell Hall and beautiful seaside places such as Frinton.
At the weekends, we had full day excursions. For the first one we went to Ipswich to the Fake Festival to watch tribute bands, which was a nice and enjoyable experience. For the second one we visited the castle of Framlingham and we also walked around the town. Afterwards, we went to other pretty villages which are nearby.
Michelle’s house is in a rural area, but not far away from Ipswich. It’s a lovely old building and it has the best accommodation you could imagine. We both have our own bedrooms and our own bathroom. Everyday Michelle cooked us the most delicious dishes in a huge variety. She also gave us the choice to decide what we preferred. In the evenings we were more than welcome to join Michelle and her husband Jeremy in watching TV. We had our beds changed every weekend and if we wanted to get clothes washed we only had to tell her.
The first thing Michelle told us when we arrived was “Feel like you’re at home”, and she also said “help yourselves!”. She lives with her husband, Jeremy, who is a very friendly, witty and funny man. They also have a cat called Tigger, who is very nice! All of them made us feel like we were part of the family.
In conclusion, we had a memorable experience at Michelle’s place and we’ll always be grateful for everything the family had done for us. We’re sure that we’re going to come back in the future, not as students but as friends. We know that we’ll always be welcome there.
Now we’d like you to see some of our memorable moments represented in the following pictures!
We urge you to go to Michelle’s place, to have an amazing experience as we had!
The food was lovely, Daniela cook very well. We had three meals.
Breakfirst : we’ ve got milk, cereals
They were a lot of kind of cereals and we’ve got an orange juice.
For lunch we’ve got two sandwiches or pasta carbonara. The sandwiches was good but i prefer pasta carbonara she makes it very well.
For diner we’ve got some different meal everyday like pizza which i did it with her, we’ve got curry, chicken, risotto… . And some times for desert we can have ice-cream. We were never hungry because we can have as much as we want.
The excursion was very good.
Our first little excursion it was when we visit the village with Andrew ( the son of Daniela).
The second we went to two museum which was cold Fitzwilliam museum and the second polar museum. In cold Fitzwilliam my favorite things were mummies and in the polar museum it was the model of boat. After visit museum we went to shopping it was very fun and at the end we went visit a lot of colleges and climb up an tower with the tight spiral staircase.
But my favorite excursion was London because we went to London dungeon it was very fun and scary. After we went to Buckingham palace but they were a lot of people so we went to Westminster and we had a tour of boat in the river. Later we went on tower bridge, we climbed up and up there the were floor that was made with window. the view was beautiful, we took a lot of picture and we went at the front of the bridge because it was going to get up and open to have more place so the boat can pass. A few minutes later we went to Piccadilly Circus and we went in to Hamley it is a very big shop just for toys.
I want to say thank you to Daniela for all the excursions, lessons and food. You are a good teacher you get me have fun into this trip. It was my favorite stay with Living Learning English.
Hello! My name is Ivan Bokhan. I’m 15 years old and I’m from Belarus. I staying in a nice two-story house in Cottenham , Cambridge. I will be here for two weeks, with Daniela, Deryck (her husband) and two nice children. I stay here with another student called Hugo. I’m really happy that I can stay with so nice family.
The family is really polite and funny. I think that is good that I can talk with native speakers. They have a children, Emma and Andrew (7-years old and 11-years old) and they are very nice and polite kids. I’m spending a lot of time with Andrew and we become a friends. I didn’t expect that in these family they have a children and I thought that it will be worse that without them but later we started to communicate very well.
This is very good that in our lessons we can decide the time of the lesson per day (we choose 5 hours per day) .
In our first lesson Daniela show us the fat book called “Phrases, Saying, and Quotation” and every lesson we need to take two frappes from these book and explain it. In the beginning it was hard but later it became easier.
In our lessons we work from the book as well as discussing exercises with my partner. And that was interesting and fun. Daniela reproduced texts for us and we listened to it. We had a lot of reading, speaking and working with exercises. I think that the main reason for this improvement is that I’m speaking English all the time. In lessons, with the children, on the excursion and with the partner. And I think that is important to think in English. I’ve been in England twice before, but this time was the best.
I was really impressed when I arrived. I went upstairs and I saw my room and it was awesome because the room is very big and we have our own bathroom. I shared the room with Hugo(my partner) but there is more than enough space for both of us. Our bedroom looks very big and clean and there are two windows so the room is nicely lit up the whole day.
But not only our bedroom is really comfortable. We live here in a big house, the sitting room as well as the dinning room are quite big.
Sometimes we have dinner in the big, nice and comfortable garden.I was extremely glad when I saw our house.
I’ve been in England twice before, but this time i had the best meals. We have three meals a day. In the morning we always have cereals with milk and orange juice. After lessons we usually have a lunch. Sometimes it is something lite like omelet or sandwiches. Near seven o’clock we have a dinner. Daniela always cooking something nice and tasty for example pizza, pasta, risotto, fish or chicken. And sometimes we can try very tasty desert like chocolate cake or “pavlova” cake.
Excursions was really interesting. One time we were in London and the other days we stayed in Cambridge.
In Cambridge we visited many different Colleges. For example the St. Johns college impressed me because it looks like the Hogwarts from Harry Potter. We had many activities in Cambridge, like visiting tho shopping centre, the Fitzwilliam Museum, swimming pool, aqua park, and I really enjoyed the boat ride in King’s University.
When we went to London we had the possibility to decide what we want to visit. So we decided to go on the London Dungeon. After this attraction we did a short boat ride which was very beautiful. We left the boat near the Tower Bridge so we climb to the top and took some beautiful photos and went by metro to the Picadilly Circus. The excursion to London was absolutely lovely.
In the end I want to say that the house, people, food, excursions was really great. Thank you “Living Learning English”!
The class we had were really great! Daniela is an experienced， considerate and patient teacher.As a result, her classes were colorful and rich.We can choose whatever we like to learn,whatever we like to discuss during these classes.We can express our opinion and experience freely.Daniela would correct our mistakes of grammar and pronunciation.I really like this way of learning though we had five hours’ class each day we need to study.
On the 17th of July, the students of St.John’s College performed the famous play,Hamlet,for celebrating their school’s 30th birthday.It’s a pity that Amy was so tired that she didn’t come with me.As a result,I just enjoyed it myself.
The show began with the music which made people feel sad and upset.Suddenly,this was broken by two knights’ talk.The actors have really infectious and loud voices.All the people just got lost in the story and the world they painted.Hamlet’s sadness,hesitation，anger and the final relaxation，Ophelia’s desperation……The different feelings from different characters came out at different time.On the other hand,not only was the sound effect great,but also the scenes they made were beautiful. And the screenwriters have done some adaptations for this play so that it can be finished in two hours and a half.For example,they deleted the character,Fortinbras and the scenes which had something to do with him.But that doesn’t hurt.All of these met together and eventually brought the audiences special enjoyment of sight and hearing.
.All the characters just show some sides of human nature,no matter they are good or not.It reflects the kindness and evil of human.Maybe that’s why it became famous and still very popular all around the world.
Perfect story,good environment,fantastic actors,beautiful scenes,all of these belong to a great play.I believe most of you will enjoy it.
The food in Cambrige was home–made, which tasted wonderful.We had different kinds of food from various parts of the world.Italy food，Indian food，British food……Daniela is really good at cooking!
We even had some discuss about this.Both of us just agree that food in your hometown is the best.As the saying goes,east,west,home is the best.No matter where you go,whatever you like,the things in you hometown always take an important part in your heart!
I had a really good time playing with Emma, the little sister in this family. For one evening, we played four different kinds of games.
In China, when an elder kid playing games with an younger kid, the elder one usually let the younger one win on purpose. Parents tell us this can make the younger kid happy, which is the duty of the elder kid. Although I don’t agree with this idea, but I still follow it while playing with Emma.
To my surprise, when Emma found that I was about to lose the game (and I had already lost several times) , she actually gave up a few turns in order to let me win easily. She also taught me some little tricks to win this game.
She is such a smart girl which has a great kindness in her heart. She tried her best to make me enjoy the games, because she regarded me as a friend, instead of a competitor. I guess Emma’s friendly personality, positive attitude towards life as well as the incredible imagination mostly comes from the family education she has. And this can make us rethink about the family education we have in China.
One the first day we arrived, Daniela had made a great plan about our trips, after considering about our own preferences. Because we were living in Cambridge, so I truly didn’t imagine that we can travel around London. It was so nice of her to offer this trip to us.
On our first trip, we visited Cambridge. First, we had went punting on the river Cam. The view on the two sides of the river was gorgeous. There was a guid who introduced the buildings and the history behind them while rowing the boat. Then we climbed the tower of the St. Mary’s Church. Because the stairs were quite narrow and steep, Derek was very attentive that he took great care of us during the climb. After that, we went to two museums. I especially love the history museum there. It was quiet and you could spent a whole day there. We had also been to the Cambridge Botanic Garden. It was quite large, with fresh air, warm sunshine and breathtaking scenery.We had spent a great time there. In the whole day, we had encountered many Chinese tourists there. And I think we are actually much luckier than them, cause we have a perfect local guide who is very familiar with Cambridge.
On our second trip, we went to the Wimpole Estate. I had watched the Downton Abby TV series. So I really found that estate amazing. In every room of it, there was a volunteer (mostly elder people). They would make a brief introduction of that room to you and willing to answer your question and have a discussion of the history in this house with you. I absolutely learned loads of interesting knowledges there and also enjoyed this trip very much.
On the third trip, we went to London. It was a long trip. And we were a little bit tired. But I think it was definitely worthwhile to have this trip. We have taken a bus tour to the Buckingham Palace. The queen’s personal flag was flying that day, so she was in the house doing her work.We had taken a boat tour too. On the boat, we have seen the London Eye, the Houses of Parliament and the Tower Bridge very clearly. Then we stopped at the Baker Street to visit the museum of Sherlock Holmes. There was a long queue outside, but the things inside the house was amazing. Then here comes my favorite part. We went to the Platform 9-3/4!!! There was a half trolley in the wall. Just like in the films of Harry Potter. This is the place where they go to school every beginning of a term. There was a Harry Potter shop beside the platform. I couldn’t help myself from buying things!! I bought a scarf of Gryffindor, a time turner necklace which Hermione had worn and a very specific map. That was amazing !!
Before our trip, Daniela always prepared enough food and drinks for us. During our trip, Derek has looked after us very well. It was very nice of the family to take us on these amazing trips.
It been one week when I arrived and the food is really good. We have three meal every days. For the breakfast we have cereal with juce a de sometime hot chocolat. When we have a little break between the lessons we have the lunch. We usually eat spaghetti carbonara or soup after that we usually play in the garden. When we are out we have fresh baguette sandwich. For the diner Daniela cook different dishes every evening, like a pizza, risotto, curie, ships, meat and many other things. She cook very well and we can eat as much as we like. The meal are so tasty and really delicious.
We are really happy becaus we love the excursion. For the first day of excursion we went to Cambridge, where we had see the Cold Fiz Wiliam museum. In this museum we had see a very beautiful procelain and paintings like Monet, Renoi, Matisse, Degas and many other artists. After that we went on Peambroke College for have a lunch. The lunch was really relaxing. The college is really big is kept very well with many plants and there were planty of benches where you could eat, study and relaxing. Then we went to the St Marie church tower from were we could see the all of Cambridge. Later, we went
On the second day of excursion, we panting on the river Camb, we sac most the colleges and we learnt about history of the colleges.
On the second day of excursion we went to London, and we saw the London Aquarium. It was really beautiful ! After that, we took a boat in the river Thames and we see a lot of building sometime strange but really beautiful and the Tower Bridge ! It was wonderful.
The third day of excursion we went to the Wimpool Estat. The garden was winderful. There are a lot of flawers. There are also a farm with horses, pigs and a hens ! There was also a big house very beautiful.
Good evening to everybody, I’m Matteo Masella from Italy, i’m 23 years old and i would tell you about my experience with Living Learning English with the teacher Susan Caporn in Bristol. It was a beautiful experience where i could have learnt a lot thanks to the teacher who did an amazing job ! Susan was always available giving a help everytime i had some problems. Having meals with the family was so important thanks to the teacher’s husband who was very nice, he made good dishes and was important for this experience because i spoke a lot with him too. I did two beautiful activities with the teacher as well where i could have seen Bristol very well discovering his history.
Moreover the school Living Learning English organized my course very well so i reccomend this experience to everyone would like to improve his english. So thanks to the school and thanks to the teacher and her nice family !
here a photo with the Suspension Bridge behind me !
I stayed two week with the Comyns family and their two children. In the morning I did 3 hours of lessons, but they were great because there aren’t only with the book, we used the computer and saw some videos and it did the lesson more interactive. In the afternoon every day I went to visit one popular place, like Shakespeare’s birthplace, Charlecote Park, Coughton Court, Cadbury’s chocolate factory, and also we went on a boat….It’s very nice experience and it’s very fun, the time past very fast and you practise a lot of your English. The family is very friendly and very nice with you. I recommend this experience!!!!
Teacher, Gill Stephens, has a great experience and she really knows to adapt lessons and teacher methods to the needs to the student. She has motivated me in my learning process and in adition to the day-to-day lessons, she has been able to detect my limitations and boundaries. She helped me to work out a teaching training in the long term. I am absolutely delighted for her help. She is, certainly, the best English teacher that I have ever had.
Thanks to Gill I have achieved to improve my English skills and to gain more self confidence. I am very satisfied with the progress made. Excellent!
This summer I spent two weeks in Chippenham at Elizabeth and Scott’s house, they are splendid people and I felt at ease from the first day.
During the morning we had lessons and in the afternoon I had free time to study, to enjoy the beautiful house or practice my english watching tv programs. We also spent time teaching each other how to cook a cake and italian pasta, porridge and a typical english breakfast. I also visited a lot a places both on my own and with Elizabeth during two afternoon per week. I visited amazing places in a magnificent part of England full of country houses, manors and gardens…exactly what I wanted to see. On the weekend we went to the seaside with Scott and Sally and maybe this was my favorite day!
Our lesson were in the morning for 3 hours each day. Elizabeth is a very good teacher, I learnt a lot thank to her teaching method and she is very patient and careful. When I arrived I was terrified not to understand a word but with them everything was easy.
If you ask me if I’m happy of this time in England I would say: absolutely yes!! It was a great experience of life and one of the best choice I’ve ever taken to improve my english.
Living Learning English is an excellent organization, I surely recommend to study english with them.