My unforgettable two weeks in St.Albans

I want to say thank Kate Irving and her family. Thanks to them I not only improved my English, but for the rest of the trip I was surrounded by a warm, caring, comfort.

So, my name Diana, I’m from Ukraine and I’m 15. I stayed in St.Albans with Kate and Peter 2 weeks.During this time I had time to visit many places such as London, Cambridge( we visited Cambridge university and there were 30 colleges) Canterbury, Whitstable, Broadstairs.
Each trip was memorable. But the most interesting moments we spent in National Gallery, Watercolor gallery, Globe Theatre ( we saw play “Blue Stockings” about feminism).
And we had unforgettable trip in Canterbury with Hannah (Kate’ daughter) and Thieboult(Hannah’ boyfriend). I never met such a warm and sincere company! All the time we spent together, traveling, and after dinner we spend our time for games! When we were in Canterbury we visited a Cathedral, then we went in a nearby towns (Whitstable and Broadstairs) and saw the sea, it’s amazing. And there I tried a English dish “Fish and chips”
We also visited the wedding of Emma&Fred. The wedding was very beautiful! And i have a chance to practice my English with guests.
 During all my time with Kate, she introduced me to all her family and her neighbors. Sometimes we all had dinners together.
“Learning is a journey not a destination” told me Kate, and it’s true!!
Thank you for everything! I will never forget this 2 weeks.
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We are Youssef and Josep, Father and Son, from Barcelona who has obviously the Best football team in the world!

We stayed in St Albans one week with Kate and her husband, Peter. It was a too short week, but full of fun!

We Visited Cambridge, Wimpole Hall, and the Roman and Medieval St Albans.

We were part of the family and met friends and neighbours for conversation and meals.

We improved our English so much and we’d love to return very soon!

Youssef & Josep


Kate and Roger's Pembroke College CambridgeCambridgeCoffee break in CambridgeThe Queens' College

Adel and Tanguy in St Albans

      We are two of Kate Irving`s students, Adel and Tanguy. We are 16. We came to England to study English for our future. Adel`s from Russia, Tanguy`s from Switzerland.

       We had a great time with this family. We visited many amazing places. For example, first we visited London.  It was wonderful. We saw Buckingham palace, Trafalgar Square, Big Ben, London Eye, Tower Bridge and many galleries. By the way, Adel went to the London Eye. She liked it very much. After that we had time to go shopping.

       Next we visited Harry Potter. It was fantastic. We saw many unusual things, for example, Hogwarts from inside and outside and all teachers. But we were very surprised, when we saw Hogwarts outside, because… We won`t tell you why, you have to see it yourselves. Also we saw Harry`s room, his house, his clothes and “dark side” (Vol De Mort, etc). By the way, we took very interesting photos.

      Then we had a good evening when we drove for a walk. We met very interesting people. We talked with them lots about everything. Also we had a lot of walking. After that we continue our conversations in local pub.

       After that on Sunday it was very sunny and hot so we had a barbecue with Kate`s family. This family is the most interesting, the coolest when we`ve ever seen. Kate and Peter have got three marvellous children.

        Next day we went to the zoo. It was Tanguy`s birthday. While we were driving in the car, we were playing “alphabets zoo”. It was very funny. In the zoo we saw a lot of animals: chimpanzees, bears, penguins, lions, elephants, cheetahs, giraffes, lemurs, etc. We really enjoyed presentation of birds and sea lions. We had a great time.

        As well we had many concerts, live music. We did a lot of sport activities: especially climbing and swimming.

       Finally, we want to say Kate`s the best teacher. She`s very clever, very beautiful, very funny and she really loves her students. By the way our English is better than at the beginning. We will never forget this learning course. Thank you to Kate and her family for everything

in the car at the zoo.  birthday barbecueKate and Tanguy at Harry Potter, 4 July  IMG_2344adel at harry potterbarbecue

Learning in St Albans

Hello,  my  name  is  Jiebin,  i  come  from  China,  I’m  19.  I  stayed  in  St  Albans  with  Kate  and  peter  for  ten  weeks,  i  had  plenty  of  fun  with  Kate’  family.  I  came  to  England  to  learn  English  and  to  prepare  for  the  IELTS  exam.

It  was  amazing  to  describe  my  long  journey  in  England. I  went  to  London,  Durham,  cambridge,  Brighton,  Blenheim  Palace  and  the  zoo, i  especially  like  visiting  Durham,  Cambridge  and  London.

In  Durham,  Kate,  Peter  and  i  lived  with  Kate’  brother  in  law  for  two  days,   her  brother  in  law  was  quite  funny.  He  taught  me  cooking and  we  went  to  Durham  university,  It  was  very  beautiful,  then  we  visited  the  Durham  cathedral,  it  was  one  thousand  years  old  and  still  very  beautiful.

In  Cambridge,  we  visited  Cambridge  university  and  there  were  30  colleges.  we  saw  many  building  about  famous  people,  like  Isaac  Newton’s  accomodation.

In  London,  i  visited  the  Madame  Tussauds,  which  was  very  fantastic.  There  were  400  waxworks  inside,  including  actors,  singers,  bands  and  politicians.  It  was  quite  interesting.  Then  i  went  to  BFI  cinema,  tower  bridge,  Buckingham  Palace  and  Chinatown,  they  all  were  good  experiences  for  me

In  addition,  we  still  have  many  activities.  We  went  to  concert  every  Wednesday  and  i  had  lots  of  conversation  to  practice  my  socializing.  Sometime,  we  visited  some  new  teachers  and  Kate  gave  some  advice  to  teachers.

Now,  my  English  is  much  better  and  i  will  never  forget  this  lovely  journey !

Thank  you  for  everything.


New Year 2013 in St Albans

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I stayed at Kate and Peter’s house for 2weeks from the date of December 26

They are a very friendly family.
So I enjoyed 2weeks as part of the family.
I went to London and Cambridge.
On New Year’s Eve they took me to a party.
We celebrated the New Year until 5 in the morning!
It has been a valuable experience for me.
Kate is a very active and talkative person.
So I really enjoyed her lesson and St Albans life.