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”!

Wunderful stay with Daniela Thake in Cambridge

Fantastic Cambridge Visits
Fantastic Cambridge Visits

Hi it´s Romana here. I´m 18 years old and I´m from Austria. I staying in Cottenham – near Cambridge – for two weeks with Daniela and her family. I stay here with another LLE student called Estelle. We are very glad to stay with really nice family.


The family is very polite and we love to stay with them. We learnt a lot  of new vocabulary while we were here. The children (6-years old girl and 10-years old boy) talk a lot to us so we learnt to understand English child language. We felt very welcome here so our stay was better than expected.


I was really impressed when I arrived .I went upstairs and I saw my room the first time it was a ‘wow-effect’ , because the room is very big and we have our own bathroom. I have to share the accomondation with Estelle(my collegue) but there is  more  than enough space for both of us. Our bedroom looks very friendly and there are three 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.
Estelle and I have the luck that this is a house with a spacious garden, so we can stay outside whenever we want. Most of the time we have dinner in the garden. I prefer this because it is a absolutely marevllous habit.
(I have already been to a host family in England with different agency five years ago and it wasn´t a good experience. I had to stay with two other girls in a very small room and we had to share the bathroom with seven other people.)
I was extremely  glad when I saw our accommondation .


In our first lesson Daniela told us how she will teach us and if we want something to be changed we only have to inform her. We were allowed to choose the topics we prefered.
In our lessons we work from the book as well as free talk about many different topics.It is a god fun!
Daniela records our spoken texts and plays it again so we can correct our own mistakes. In this way we are able to listen to our first recording  ( the beginning of our stay) and we can see the progress we have made is extremely good . The main reason for this improvement is that we have no other possibility than speaking English all the time.
I think I improved my English very much  because of the fact that everybody around me speaks English so I began to think in English.
I have been to England twice before  but both times were  with other Austrian students. We didn´t talk to each other in English so the progress was not as good as this one.

Hi it´s Estelle here. I´m 18 years old and I´m from Switzerland.


It´s been over a week now that I´m in England and I like the food at Daniela´s home very much. We have three meals a day and we eat a lot in the morning. The breakfast consists of cereals and toast with a cup of tea and some juice. After lessons we have lunch. Most of the time we eat sandwiches but we had the possibility to get a omelets or pasta for lunch. If we are hungry in the meantime we are able to take fruits.
For the dinner Daniela cooks homemade healthy food. Every dinner was different to the others and it was delicious so we asked for the recipe not only once. We had meals like abergine, fish, chicken, pizza, pasta and many other delicious dishes.


I´m very happy because we had almost every day an excursion. One time we were in London and the other days we stayed in Cambridge.
In Cambidge we visited many different Colleges. For example the St. Johns college impressed me because it looks a bit like the Harry Potter’s college. We had many activities in Cambridge, like visiting the Botanic Garden, where we listened  to a concert, the Fritzwilliam Museum, a Shakepearepake’s Play , an indoor Swimming area, the Grand Acarde Shopping Centre and I really enjoyed the Panting tour on the river near the Universities of Cambridge.

When we went to London we had the possibility to decide what we want to visit. So we decided to go on the London Eye. At the top of London Eye we had a fantastic view of

the city. After this attraction we did a boat tour which was very exciting. We left the boat near the Big Ben so we took some awesome photos and went by bus to the Brithish Museum. The excursion to London was absolutely lovely.

Once we went ice skating an hour away from our home. It was a really good experience because we had a lot of fun with the children and I learnt how to skate without any help.




My stay in Shrewsbury

My name is Bohdan. I have study holiday in Shrewsbury for two weeks with my teacher Julieanne and family.  The time was very quick and I had great time. It was amazing.

I play computer games for vocabulary and grammar and it is better now. I like the lessons on the computer. It is fun. Speaking and listening is in the lesson, but we cooked meals and I had snacks if I want and was not hungry.  I had wifi so I could play games and skype family, but it was not in bedroom.

I enjoy the family visits to Shrewsbury Town football game. We did bowling and went to Bridgnorth and Shrewsbury so I got presents for my family and fixed my phone. It was a study holiday and I go back to boarding school so I get a haircut. I want that I can come for study holiday another time..


My wonderful stay in Hastings

Hello !
I’m Coralie and I’m French. For my first linguistic trip, I spent two weeks in Hastings which is a very pretty English city by the seaside.
My roomate Hikari was Japanese so we had the opportunity to learn about life in each other’s country. We discovered that there were many differences between France and Japan.
During these two weeks, I’ve done many things : Hastings and its surroundings offer plenty of opportunities to do many kinds of activities.
Every morning (except the week-end) I had three hours of lessons and in the afternoon, there were excursions.
I visited the towns of Hastings, Bexhill, Brighton, Rye and also the city of London.
I played minigolf, walked along the beach, did some shopping, went to the cinema, made a cake and ate a fish and chips, an English breakfast and a cream tea.
I did some kayaking in the English countryside and I went to kick-boxing and zumba lessons.
So I had a brilliant stay in Hastings, I loved it. My host family was fantastic (very cool and friendly),I also improve my English a lot and I learned new vocabulary every day.
This trip will be a very good memory and now, I want to do another linguistic trip next summer.


Cambridge is a nice city. Daniela Thake is a good teacher and the family is cool ! The lessons aren’t annoying they are nice !

We often do excursions it’ s funny and good. The family is sympathetic and the children are cool !  The meal are delicious !!

The house is very large, there is a big garden and my room is big.

My holiday in Blackwell ! So good !!


My name is Timothy LAMBERT. I’m 19 years old and I live in Le Mans (in France)

For 2 weeks I lived in a English Family in Blackwell (small city near Birmingham) and it was so funny and interesting. There was to a Spanish boy. The name of my teacher is Helen WESTLAKE (and his husband Piers). I was so good welcomed and as soon as the first day, the family tried to de-emphasize me. You have 2 or 3 hours of lessons per day but don’t worry ! It’s so fun because teacher tried to adapt his lesson in function of your difficulty. If you don’t understand, he tried to repeat, repeat and repeat. If you have particular problem about grammar, conjugation or tense, he found lesson then exercises to improve your language.

And sometime, the teacher suggest activity that you can do a half day or a full day. For example, I visited :

– Oxford whis his universities (I did puntting with all the family, like on the picture)

– Birmingham (the city, the Sealife (aquarium), his Biggest library))

– Harvington Hall :

– Royal Air Force Museum:

– Kenilworth Castle and Elizabethan Garden :

– Stratford

– Worcester

Brief, this family was so kind and open-minded. I recommended you this family. She was so perfect and lovely !

It was a very pleasant journey in United-Kingdom and I hope that you will live the same luck !

Don’t hesitate if you have questions !! I am available =)

By 🙂


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Three fantastic weeks in Rushden

Hi, I am Cristina and I have been in Rushden, a little village near London. My teacher was Christopher Robb and I have been in his house for three weeks sharing time with his family. For me these three weeks have been incredible because I have had a great time, but at the same time I have learnt  a lot, not only in English but also about the culture, about the food, about different places,…

Inthe lessons I could learn more vocabulary and grammar and I could practise my listening and speaking. The best thing of this teacher is that you can learn a lot of things but in a different way because he teach you using well-known songs or tongue twisters. Then, when we finished the lessons or in the weekend we visited a lot of places such as  Warwick Castle (it was a amazing day), London (I liked it a lot and I could find presents for my family), Cambridge (this evening, I remember it like a good chance to know about the university of England) , etc.

Other point I want to remark is the food. I was afraid because everybody told me English food was horrible, I was going to lose a lot of weight,…This doesn’t happen in the house I was because I ate a lot and every time I wanted to eat they offered me everything they had in the fridge. The food was delicious!!!

The family was fantastic and the best thing is they deal you like they were your own family. I hope to stay in contact with them because I love them and I hope to see them again soon.




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An Amazing Adventure in Liverpool !!!

Hi everybody. My name is Lev. I am 14 years old. I am a Russian student who stayed in Liverpool for 4 weeks. It wasn’t my first time in Great Britain but it was the best. The best thing was the family and the city. The city of Liverpool is pretty big and a really famous city. Every day we had exciting excursions. It was amazing. The only bad thing was the weather, but it didn’t bother me. Overall, I had a great time.