Winter: a great time to discover Scotland.

  The days are getting shorter, the leaves are beginning to change colour and the swifts and swallows have long ago returned to Africa. We have said goodbye to our summer English Language Students, who have gone back to work or study,  and now that autumn has arrived and winter is round the corner,  there has never been a better […] Continue Reading

Opening of New Queensferry Bridge

Last Saturday Tom, our daughter Molly and I were three of the lucky 50,000 people who won tickets to walk across this beautiful new bridge linking Fife to Edinburgh. A was a once in a life time opportunity,  before this elegant structure  opens to road traffic only tomorrow morning, carrying hundreds of thousands of commuters, tourists and travellers of all […] Continue Reading

Local Summer Festivals

The wonderful thing about staying with a family to learn English is that you will certainly find out about all the local events. One such event is the “Taste Angus Food Festival”  taking place just ten minutes’ drive from Active English Homestay Learning, on 19 – 20 August 2017. These festivals are a great way to discover local food dishes, […] Continue Reading

Fruit picking season is here

It’s that time of year when raspberries and strawberries and now cherries are everywhere to be seen; growing on the bushes, fattening up under plastic tunnels, being sold at the side of the road or getting loaded onto lorries en route to supermarkets all over the UK. Here in East Scotland the smell of fruit is everywhere. The ripening of […] Continue Reading

Learn English by doing

The typical way to learn transactional language like shopping and asking for directions in a town or finding out where to buy items is by firstly, learning the necessary vocabulary, then the functional language and finally putting it all together by devising a scenario.  And all this in a classroom. But a better, more authentic and much more fun way […] Continue Reading

All the family can learn English together.

At Active English we know that all sorts of people want to learn English with native speakers in a friendly home. It’s not just adults who want to improve their English with Homestay Learning and not everyone wants to take classes. So last week a family of two grandparents and three of their grandchildren came to stay with Lucy and […] Continue Reading

History, culture, nature and learning English all combined

Where to begin? The wonderful thing about learning English in the Homestay way is that you are totally immersed in the culture of the country where you are staying. If you come to Scotland, and to Alyth in particular, you are definitely coming to a little town, rich in history and culture, bursting with creativity artistic, active and historical and […] Continue Reading

Learn English and play golf.

Imagine speaking English, learning lots of new vocabulary and really improving your understanding, all while playing golf and improving your swing. English lessons in the morning and golf in the afternoon. Wouldn’t that be amazing? It would certainly be possible. Our aim is to plan and deliver lessons and activities to suit your needs. Being lucky enough to live in […] Continue Reading

Improve your English with Homestay Learning

  Would you like to do a General English course which is personalized to exactly what you need to know? Do you like the idea of learning at your speed at a level which suits you? Would you like the experience of relaxed classes with no need to travel further than the kitchen to the living room? Then Homestay Learning […] Continue Reading

You don’t have to be a Native Speaker to tell jokes.

Everyone loves to laugh.  What’s the point in speaking a language if you can’t enjoy have fun using it, entertain people, make friends and play around with it? Jokes can be very sophisticated, using slang, perhaps language which is very difficult or even using references which you simply can’t appreciate. Understanding jokes in a foreign language is certainly a challenge […] Continue Reading