St Patrick’s Day. Try our quiz. See what you know about Irish Culture

St Patrick’s day is celebrated in more countries throughout the world than any other national day. Two million people turn out in New York to enjoy the parade – that’s more than a third of the population of modern day Ireland! Tourism Ireland has had the wonderful idea of a Global Greening Initiative where cities turn their most iconic buildings […] Continue Reading

Imperatives and New Year go together! Book an English Course

Questions Did you start off 2019 full of optimism about all the New Year’s Resolutions? Remember all those things you were going to do? What about all the things you planned never to do again? Let’s have a look at imperatives. They’re so easy in English. Did you make a list and set all the reminders on your phone to make […] Continue Reading

PHRASAL VERBS. Learn them with practice. We love them

PHRASAL VERBS – They are pretty difficult. The best way to learn them is through practice and in context! And New Year is the time to practise. Many phrasal verbs are connected to action. So. Get up! Get out! And Get going!! New Year is the time when we are full of resolutions about all the healthy, BORING things we’re […] Continue Reading

Christmas is coming to Alyth. Discover Scottish traditions

Scottish traditions in every town. Turning on the Christmas lights Everyone loves Christmas with all its traditions. One of my favourites is when we turn on the lights. And now, it’s  that time of year again, magical for both children and adults alike. Just when you’re getting fed up with dark, cold nights, thinking only of curling up by the […] Continue Reading

Discover real Scottish food. Try our Arbroath Smokies

Learn to make Scottish food with your teacher Nothing like the aromatic flavour of the old Arbroath Smokies to tantalise your taste buds. In this part of Scotland it’s the number one Scottish food. Truly authentic. You won’t find it anywhere else. In fact, with European legislation you can only make it in Arbroath. And that’s twenty miles from Active […] Continue Reading

For all you Art Lovers who want to learn English

Active English may be located in a small town but it is only a bus journey away from Perth, a culturally rich city where you can enjoy museums, theatre and art galleries. One of my favourite places is the Fergusson Gallery. I have long been interested in touring art galleries to enjoy what those with real talent have to show […] Continue Reading

Alyth buzzing with it’s own festival – Alyth Creates

The whole town was buzzing with a most wonderful festival, Alyth Creates – a whole weekend of celebrating local Art, Culture, Music and the Outdoors. Whatever your interests and hobbies, there was something here for you. Visitors came from all over Scotland and abroad. We met a group of friends from Glasgow who were celebrating a Henny – no rabbit […] Continue Reading

Question tags. It’s great weather, isn’t it?

Talking about the weather and using question tags   Blue skies. It’s going to rain! If you don’t come from these islands, and particularly, if you’re learning English as a foreign language, you might wonder why we seem to be obsessed about the weather. My advice to you is – On the list of important topics to learn you MUST include […] Continue Reading

The Magic of the Cateran Trail – miles of stunning walks

As a girl who grew up in the gritty and troubled city of Belfast during the 1970s, moved to teach English in another city, this time in Zaragoza, Spain, then onto East London to work in an Inner Comprehensive, I never  for a second considered that I would live in any conurbation of under half a million. No chance that […] Continue Reading

Have a ski holiday and learn English

Want to ski and improve your English? How many places in the United Kingdom or Ireland could offer the chance to ski and learn English together? You could take English classes in many beautiful towns in England, or learn in wonderful cities in Ireland, you could certainly find a town on the coast with a Language School, but I don’t […] Continue Reading