Deja vu in St Albans

New Year's meal with Kate's familyJapanese Tea CeremonySunday morning walkSaly's partyBringing in the New Year with coal and salt

How glad I was when I arrived at St. Albans station!

I am Masasko Iwasaki from Japan. This was my second visit and stay for 2 weeks at the same teacher Kate, and Peter. At the first lesson on 27th Dec., I said to Kate that I wanted to meet the native English people and talk with as many as possible because I really wanted to integrate well into the community and know the living English even though my stay would be quite short.

What amazing experiences I had!

Twice I had a 2 hour walk on Sundays with lovely neighbours, a New Year’s Eve dinner at Ali’s house and several New Year’s parties at Kate’s friends’ houses and a New Year dinner with Kate and Peter’s family. These experiences encouraged me to talk with the native English more. Kate booked the tickets of the film ‘The Imitation Game’ at the newly opened cinema, the Odyssey in St Albans. Later took me to Bletchley Park which was closely related with the film. At Bletchley Park, I had more information of historical nationwide ties during the world war than I expected.

I took real life English lessons on the issue of The Food Bank and Zero hours contracts.It was interesting subject to discuss without the text book. Also I had a good opportunity to perform the Japanese Tea Ceremony. 

During these two weeks not only did I learn more about British culture but also I shared information about Japanese culture with people who were very interested to listen to me.

Two unforgettable weeks

bridge of sighs
bridge of sighs

We’re Julia, from Spain, and Marie, from France. We’ve had an amazing two weeks here with Kate and Peter. We’ve done many things such as going to London (twice), to Canterbury, to Harry Potter Studios, to a pub quizz and even flying in a little four-seater airplane. It’s been a great experience, and although we were a bit worried about the food, it’s been very good!! Thank you Peter and Kate for this two week in England, we will never forget what you’ve done for us. Bye!!

st Albans park

Toast at Thiebault and Hannah's new house
Toast at Thiebault and Hannah’s new house



Fish and chips :P
Fish and chips 😛


First trip to London
First trip to London


Platform nine and three quarters
Platform nine and three quarters


Natural history museum
Natural history museum


Music festival
Music festival


Let's go flying!!
Let’s go flying!!


My first time in the UK.

Hi I’m Kana.

I have been in St.Albans since 1st June.
Now,I have got used to life in the UK.
I went to a lot of places Bridget Jones house, Tower of London, Harry Potter studio, every wednesday concert and perfume shops.
I really wanted to visit perfume shop FLORIS and PENHALIGON’S
I had a lovely time.
Kate and Peter’s home made food is so delicious.  I’m always looking forward to eating.
I had a good experience in St.Albans. I will never forget the 3 weeks i spent in St.Albans.

The river ver

, St.Albans CarhedralTower BridgeBridget Jones’ apartmentThe Chamber of secretsKate. Peter, Yvette and Jacques

Thank you Kate, Peter and everyone I met.


IELTS preparation in St Albans

Post walk refreshments
Post walk refreshments
Brown Bears at Whipsnade Zoo
Brown Bears at Whipsnade Zoo
Post concert socialising
Post concert socialising
Kate and Peter
Kate and Peter

My name is Hao. I came to Kate’s house to study for my IELTS. I got the result I needed. I’m happy.
Every Monday night we played Quiz in pub. Peter played Quiz very well.
Every Wednesday we went to concert to listen different music.
After my IELTS exam I worked in a charity shop.
I visited London, Cambridge and Whipsnade Zoo.
I spoke with Kate’s friends. They were very friendly. My speaking is much better.
Sometime we went to theatre to watch a play.

Our course in St. Albans



We are Mathilde and Silvia and we come from France and Italy. We spent two weeks in Saint Albans with Kate Irving.


We were welcomed by the teacher, Peter (her husband), Hannah (their daughter) and Thiebault (her boyfriend), and during the course we met the rest of the family: Jonathan and Lucy.


We had a chance to meet all the family, neighbours and friends, so we did a lot of conversation.


We did a lot of activities with Kate and Peter and on our own. We went to London 3 times to visit the city and to see a play at the Globe Theatre.


We really improved our English and had a lovely holiday.




Mathilde and Silvia

Us on Tower Bridge Dinner with the family Pizza after the Globe Theatre  Family BBQ

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.



Kate and Peter gave me the opportunity to have many exciting and amazing experiences.

Kate and Peter took me to many places.

I went to London and Cambridge and the Cotswolds.  They are amazing places.

My confidence developed and I went to Brighton and London independently.

And they taught me a lot about history.

They often took me to a lot of local places. I met a lot of people in carols, concert, Nursing home, in pub. I also had many experience of real life in the community.

And St Albans is a very lovely city.

Most of all, they are always kind to me.

I want to come here again.


Yuki and Pam in a traditional pub - The Cock At Verulam House Nursing Home Listening to Carols in St Albans  Concert Group Indian lunch at Singhli, Wed 12 Dec Champagne celebration for Hannah