A week in Cambridge with Daniela

A week in Cambridge with Daniela 

 

the first day, Sunday 

When I came I had a big tasty lunch at home. Then I had 4-hour lesson.

 

the second day, Monday 

3-hour lesson started at 8 am. After lesson Daniela and I started cooking nice pancakes with Nutella and then we and her children ate them. After our lunch we decided to do sightseeing in Cambridge. The architecture of this city is quite old, but beautiful and I liked it. We visited lots of colleges, including St Joan’s College. During our trip we ate some ice cream.

 

the third day, Tuesday 

3-hour lesson started at 8:10 am. After lesson we made lots of tasty paninis, it was our lunch. Then we had roasted chicken with vegetables for dinner.

 

the forth day, Wednesday 

4-hour lesson started at 8:10 am. After lesson I had a very big and delicious lunch: pasta carbonara and risotto. The weather was terrible, so we stayed at home.

 

the fifth day, Thursday 

4-hour lesson started at 8:05 am. After lesson we cooked very nice pizza with ham, cheese and vegetables. Then we went to the old town to the another college. After that we decided to go to The Fitzwilliam Museum. There were lots of different sculptures and paintings of different cultures.

 

Two Awesome Weeks With Daniela

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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.

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.

Lessons 

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.

House

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.

Food

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 

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”!

Superbe séjour à Cambridge

Food

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 Arrivée et logement

Quant je suis arrivée, j’ai été très impressionné par la beauté de la maison. J’étais la première à arriver donc j’étais très timide avec Daniela et Derik, mais ils ont été très accueillant et chaleureux avec moi se qui ma tout de suite mise à l’aise. Je suis donc allée voir ma chambre. Celle-ci est très grande et très lumineuse. Moi et ma camarade avons un lit chacune avec une table de nuit chacune. Il y a une grande armoire et deux buffets ainsi qu’un bureau. Notre chambre comporte aussi une salle de bain toilettes ce qui est très agréable au quotidien. Nous avons trois fenêtre dont deux donnent sur le jardin. Celui-ci est très grand. A l’intérieur il y a un trampoline, des balançoires, un bassin avec des poissons ainsi qu’un porche avec une table et un hamac. Nous mangeons en général dans le jardin car c’est un endroit magnifique.

La nourriture

Cela va faire maintenant une semaine que je suis arrivé en Angleterre et la nourriture est vraiment bonne. Nous avons trois repas par jours. Pour le petit déjeuner nous mangeons des céréales et nous buvons du jus d’orange et parfois un chocolat chaud. Quand nous avons la pause déjeuné, entre deux leçons nous mangeons des spaghettis carbonara ou une soupe. Après sa, nous allons en général nous amusez dans le jardin. Quand nous sommes en sortie à l’extérieur nous mangeons des sandwichs dans de la baguette fraîche. Pour le dîné Daniela cuisine différent plats tous les soirs comme des pizzas, un risotto, du curry, des frites, de la viande et bien d’autres choses. Elle cuisine vraiment bien et nous pouvons manger à notre faims. Ses plats sont vraiment bon

Les leçons

Les leçons commence à 9h du matin. Au début de chaque leçons nous avons un test sur les verbes irréguliers. Pendant les leçons nous faisons en général 15 pages dans le cahier d’exercices. Si nous n’avons pas fait 15 pages pendant là leçons nous les avons en devoirs. Daniela est vraiment gentille avec nous et les leçons ne sont pas ennuyeuse car nous parlons beaucoup avec elle. Les leçons ne sont pas du tout stressante. Nous faisons aussi beaucoup de jeux avec elle. En une semaine nous avons appris beaucoup de choses et nous avons fait beaucoup de progrès

Nos Sortie

Nous sommes très heureuses par ce que nous aimons beaucoup les sorties et nous en avons fait beaucoup.Pour notre première sortie nous sommes allées à Cambridge où nous sommes allées au Cold Fiz Wiliam Museum. Nous y avons vue de magnifiques porcelaines et des tableaux de peintres célèbres telle que Picasso, Monet, Matisse, Degas, Renoir ainsi que beaucoup d’autre artiste. Par la suite nous sommes allés à Peimbroke College. Nous avns donc mangé dans les jardins de cette université. Ceux-ci sont très agréable et beaucoup d’étudiants viennent y manger, étudier ou juste se relaxer. Après ça nous sommes montés en haut de la tour de l’église St Marie d’où nous pouvions admirer le panoramas et la vue imprenable sur Cambridge. Par la suite nous avons pris une barque sur la rivière Camb, nous avons vue plus d’université et grâce au guide nous avons appris des choses sur l’histoire très riche de ces universités.

Le second jour de sortie nous nous sommes rendus à Londres où nous sommes allés au London Aquarium (l’aquarium de Londres). C’était vraiment magnifique ! Par la suite nous avons pris un bateau touristique sur la Tamise. Nous y avons vue beaucoup d’immeubles parfois un peu étrange mais se fut une très belle balade où nous avons enfin pu voir le Tower Bridge. C’était incroyable !

Pour notre troisième jours de sortie nous sommes allés à Wimpool Estate. Il y avait un jardin vraiment incroyable, avec beaucoup de magnifique fleurs. Wimpool Estate comportait aussi une ferme où nous avons pu y voir un cheval, des ânes, beaucoup de porc des chèvres, des lapins et bien d’autres animaux. Il y avait aussi un grand palais vraiment magnifique.

Amazing two weeks in Hastings!

I enjoyed two weeks in Hastings with my teacher Jennifer, her husband Tim and his cousin Riz. The teacher organised the classes with different activities and materials which helped me to improve my level of English. Not only did I learn in 4 hours a day classes, but also it was awesome to enjoy conversations and excursions with the family. We visited an art gallery, many villages and towns of East Sussex and a film with live music in St. Leonards. Staying two weeks in Hastings was amazing for improving my English, for travelling in this area, doing fun activities and learn more about English history. Thanks, Jennifer & family!

2 amazing weeks in Brighton

We spent  2  unforgettable week in Brighton with Marie Strebler.
Marie is a wonderful person and a professional  teacher. She is energetic, optimistic and cheerful. And our lessons were lively, interesting, bright and results are useful  in life.
Also we had a rich excursion program, which Marie organized and conducted for us.
We want to tell her many thanks for the time spent together!

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An incredible week staying with Daniela

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By Margaret

Class
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.

Play
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.

Food
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!

By Amy

Family

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.

 

Trip

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.

 

Cambridge,a place to seek a dream

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剑桥,一个适合寻梦的地方。
满载一船星辉,在星辉斑斓里放歌,徐志摩眼中的康桥即是如此。而荡漾在康河柔波里的我们却没有那么多葱茏的少年心事。东方既白,朝晖初现,千万点浮光在康河上跃动,一如河畔校园里的莘莘学子般盈满生机。一河,两岸,几叶扁舟,几多笑语。这里,有顶尖的学府,有优秀的学生,有悠久的历史,古老与现代的碰撞在熙熙攘攘的人流中涌动。游至剑桥,方能感悟此中真谛。

Amazing stay in Cambridge

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       Food
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.

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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.

Una bella vacanza in Cambridge

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Lezioni con Daniela!
CIBO
È una settimana che sono arrivata e trovo che il cibo sia buonissimo!
Noi abbiamo tre pasti al giorno.
Per colazione abbiamo cereali al cacao con cioccolato succo e alcune volte latte e cioccolato caldo.
A metà lezione noi abbiamo una piccola pausa pranzo. Per pranzo in genere mangiamo spaghetti alla carbonara o zuppa di patate, dopo pranzo in genere giochiamo un po non giardino.
Quando andiamo a fare delle escursioni in genere mangiamo dei panini.
Per cena Daniela cucina cibo diversi ogni sera: pizza, risotto, kurry, carne, broccoli, patate e moltissime altre cose molto buone.
Lei cucina molto bene e possiamo mangiare quanto vogliamo, il pasto è molto buono e possiamo mangiarne quanto ne vogliamo.

COMODITÀ

  quando sono arrivata sono rimasta molto impressionata dalla bellezza della casa. Per prima cosa sono andata nella mia stanza, è molto grande! Garonce la mia compagna di stanza era già arrivata.
La camera ha tre finestre di qui due si affacciano nel giardino. La nostra stanza è veramente molto luminosa.Nella stanza abbiamo anche un bagno molto bello e luminoso in bagno c’è una finestra che si affaccia sul vialetto di casa.
Il salotto è veramente molto molto grande c’è un armadio con tantissimi DVD, libri e giochi da tavola ci sono anche due divani neri molto comodo dove puoi rilassarti.
Nel giardino c’è un grandissimo trampolino dove di solito giochiamo con Emma, delle altalene, un laghetto con dentro le ninfee e i pesci è un piccolo portico, sotto al portico si trova un  amaca è un tavolino.
In genere mangiamo in giardino( io preferisco mangiare in giardino perché è meraviglioso!)

 

ESCURSIONI

io sono molto contenta perché adoro fare escursioni.
Il primo giorno noi siamo andati a Cambridge dove abbiamo visto il museo “COLD FIZ WILIAM” dove abbiamo visto i quadri di Monè e Matis oltre ai quadri abbiamo visto anche molte porcellane.
Dopo sono andati a vedere PAMBROKE COLLEGE e abbiamo pranzato li. Il college è veramente molto grande ed è tenuto molto bene ci sono anche molte piante di tipi diversi molto belle ci sono anche molte panchine dove si può studiare, leggere ,mangiare… quello che si vuole!
Dopo il college sono andati sulla torre “ST MARY’S”.
Dopo la torre io e Garonce siamo andati con una piccola barca per il fiume Camb da dove abbiamo visto l’ interno di molti college e moltissime papere e cigni.
Il secondo giorno siamo andate siamo andate a Londra con il treno e con la metropolitana e abbiamo visto l’ acquario era bellissimo c’erano un sacco di pesci bellissimi!
Dopo siamo andati a mangiare e poi abbiamo preso una barca e abbiamo fatto i giro sul Tamigi abbiamo visto il BIG BEN , la ruota panoramica LONDON EYE e dei palazzi meravigliosamente strani che avevano tutti posizioni storte!
È stato stupendo!
Il terzo giorno siamo andati a Wimpool estate.Dove abbiamo visto la casa, il giardino che secondo me era stupendo c’erano un sacco di fiori di tutti i tipi e poi siamo andati alla fattoria dove abbiamo visto dei cavalli, degli asini , dei maiali e delle galline.
Dopo di che verso sera siamo tornati a casa.