Young learners

Enjoying Cardiff

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Hello, I’m Hortense from France.

I have stayed in Cardiff for two weeks. I had a great time in Cardiff. We did different activities, I did bowling with the family, I had a tour of the castle, I had a walk around the lake and many other activities. I think my English has improved with the lessons.

A fabulous week in Margate

I’m Arthur, I’m 13 years old and I’m French. I was with Ella, Jim, Alexandra, Alena, a big doggy Tia and Speedy Gonzales the tortoise. It’s a lovely family!

We can progress very fast in English with Ella because she’s a very good teacher. There is 3 hours of lessons and 30 minutes break. Breakfast, Lunch and dinner are very delicious and varied. The afternoon activities:

– Going to the beach and the folk festival in Broadstairs,


– Playing football and table tennis,

– Going to the cinema,

– Visiting Walmer Castle,

– Going to Canterbury and the Cathedral,

– Shopping.

– Each evening I watched an English film with the subtitles, which help to understand spoken English.

This one week passed so quickly, so I advise you to do 2 weeks at least.


1 week with Ella and her family



Hello, I’m Merlin. I am 9 years old and in the fourth grade.

I come from Switzerland.



It was at 8 o’clock.

Usually I ate toast with Nutella and drunk a hot chocolate.



It was at 13 o’clock.

Usually I ate Pasta, sausages and salad and drunk a cup of tea.



It was at 18 o’clock.

I ate usually fish, chicken or Pasta, rice or chips.


In the Morning I studied 3 hours English with Ella. I learned irregular verbs in past simple and past participle. I learned a lot of new words. Ella prepared me to take a KET exam so I did a lot of listenings.

In the Afternoon I had a Trip.

I was at the beach, in the Turner Art Gallery, in the swimming pool, in the Walmer castle, I played mini-golf with Jim (Ellas husband) and table tennis with Ella and I was in Canterbury and watched the Cathedral! This afternoon I am going to Dreamland (if it stops raining). I love playing Wii games when it rains.

I took many photos. It was so exciting!

In the Evening I watched a film on the TV, ate a cake and fruit and did my homework.

3 weeks in paradise

Hello everybody!

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!


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Two weeks in Pawlett

I enjoyed two weeks in Pawlett with Chris, my teacher, Gill, his wife, George, his grandson and Juan, my classmate and friend. We had been here also last year and we returned to Chris’ house. Just as i had hoped it has happened again. With Chris we did 3 interactive and varied lessons per day and Gill cooked for us 3 different meals every day, with typical and unusual English foods. During the evening Juan and  could play pool at the pavilion (the village’s pub) or tried to beat Chris in snooker, but it was so difficult! We enjoyed some trips in the near cities, for example at Glastonbury tor and some times Chris brought us to play golf with him. I had an another great year with Juan and Chris’ family.

The best stay in England


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.


Two Awesome Weeks With Daniela


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”!

Two amazing weeks with Michelle

My name is Arnau and I’ve been “living” in England for the last two weeks. I was staying at Jermyns Barn, where my teacher Michelle Miller and her husband live. They are a fantastic family that is always willing to try to make the most of your experience. I was also staying with Mattia, an italian guy whom I got on really well with. I felt totally accepted all the time and everyone I met there was friendly and kind. It was an amazing experience from the very first day to the farewell.

During weekdays, we had our 3 hour long lesson in the morning and we went out in the evening. Michelle brought us to a lot of towns, such as London, Woodbridge or Ipswich, where there were events or festivals; and gave us the chance to meet some of her friends. We did lots of activities but we also had time to rest at home, when necessary. Everything was perfectly organised and she managed to balance between learning English and having fun.

However your personality and your way of being are, you are going to feel confortable with them, as they are always going to try to make of your stay, an unforgettable experience.

3 weeks in Margate

3 weeks in Margate



We are two fourteen year’s old students. My name is Ruben, I come from Spain. And my name is Dimitri, I come from France. We spent three weeks at Ella’s house in Margate.


Every day, we wake up at eight o’clock and we have breakfast. For breakfast we have the choice between different cereals, toast, croissant, eggs with bacon, fruit… with a cup of tea or orange juice. Then we get ready for the lesson that starts at nine o’clock.


We have three hours of lesson, with a thirty minutes break at the middle. During the first part of the lesson we do some games and some speaking activities. At the break time we play tennis in the garden or table tennis. After the break we revise some grammar, listening activities and text book activities.


After the lesson, we have lunch. For lunch we usually eat toasted sandwiches, bits and pieces from the previous evening and sometimes pizzas.


Before doing an activity we have a bit of free time. The activities change every day.  We go to the beach, to different castles like Dover Castle, Deal Castle, Walmer castle, we also went to Dreamland which is a retro theme park, to the swimming pool, that has a big slide and waves, to Canterbury cathedral, there we listened to the magnificent boys’ choir. We also played bowling, mini-golf, tennis in the seafront, we went rock-climbing, shopping, to the Royal Air Force Museum, to Turner Contemporary Gallery and to the berry farm. Tonight we are going to the cinema.


Our favourite activity was visit Canterbury, a beautiful city. We also enjoyed a lot going to Dreamland.

When we come back after an activity, we write our diary and describe our day. Then we have dinner, we usually eat meat and rice, pasta or potatoes, also with a lot of vegetables. After dinner we watch a film in English with English subtitles eating some ice-cream, cake or fruit. Our favourite films, so far, were Twelve Angry Men and The Simpsons Film.


We enjoyed doing different activities in Margate and improving our English. We liked the food and the family was very kind.


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An incredible week staying with Daniela



By Margaret

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!

By Amy


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.