The experience with Active English gave me what I was looking for and much more. I improved my English a lot and visited a gorgeous country. I did lovely walks around Alyth, a lovely village in a beautiful and wild place. We visited Edinburgh, St Andrews, Dundee and the beaches of the east coast of Scotland. English classes with Lucy were always very interesting, never boring and very useful.

Lucy and her husband Tom are welcoming and very friendly. I would recommend this experience to all who wish to improve their English and want to discover a beautiful land full of surprises.

Anna Lugano, Italy. July 7, 2016

Aprende Inglés con éxito, intensa y rápidamente, viviendo y estudiando en la casa de tu profesor

We loved our visit to Active English. When you live with your teacher you can make so much progress. And you can learn about life in Scotland. The classes are exactly what you need. We wanted to know more grammar and also to talk all the time in English. We are two friends who wanted to learn together. You have classes in the morning and can visit the local area in the afternoon and at weekends. We went to Edinburgh, Dundee and Perth and to the beaches on the coast.

Susana and Maria Jesus, Alicante, Spain. July 21, 2016

I am a 54 year old lady and I've never been twice in the same place.
But, in the Easter holiday, I went to Scotland for the second time, to Alyth where I have already been. I needed to go back to Active English because I felt  that I could get so much more from Lucy and the unique experience of Active English. This experience has given me so much more than I expected. Thanks Lucy (lovely, patient and passionate teacher) and to her lovely , friendly and funny husband Tom. I would recommend this experience to everyone who would like to improve their English. While you are learning you are also walking, visiting and experiencing Scottish life. Brilliant!

Anna Fioravera, Lugano, Switzerland. April 28, 2017

Mi chiamo Daniela,ho 46 anni

Ho sempre desiderato imparare l'inglese ma per mille motivi e mille scuse non l'ho mai fatto.

Grazie alla mia amica Anna che era già stata l'anno scorso con Active English mi ha coinvolta e così abbiamo trascorso le vacanze di Pasqua in Scozia ad Alyth, una bellissima settimana con persone fantastiche in un posto bellissimo.

Mi sono sentita in un ambiente famigliare caloroso,  ho camminato in posti stupendi. Lucy e suo marito sono veramente speciali e accoglienti. Le lezioni di inglese si svolgono in casa in modo molto confortevole e devo dire che ho imparato parecchio . La pazienza di tutti nell'aiutarmi a capire e ad arricchire il mio vocabolario è stata incredibile. Quindi si parla tutto il giorno non ci si limita solo alle ore di lezione ma mentre fai colazione o pranzi o ceni si dialoga sempre. Questo fa la differenza. Ci hanno portato a vedere il mare sempre con molta allegria Ringrazio Anna per avermi coinvolta in questa bellissima settimana e ringrazio Lucy e Tom per avermi insegnato tanto. Appena potrò tornerò con piacere.

Daniela, Lugano, Switzerland. April 28, 2017

Before we decided to go to Scotland we had an idea that it would be nice for three of our grandchildren to be more interested in the English language.

We went to stay with Lucy Boylan and her husband Tom in Alyth in Scotland.

It has been a fantastic week with a lot of activities and a good fun. We visited St Andrews, had a guided tour from a family friend and walked along the coast.  Tom gave us a golf lesson at his golf course and one day we went kayaking on the River Tay. We even picked strawberries in a local farm and afterwards made jam.

We and the children in age of 9, 11 and 13 have learn a lot through practice English in daily life.

Active English gave us the chance to learn English while having a holiday - no formal lessons but the children grew in confidence.

Everything was better than our expectations and we really enjoy our stay with Lucy and Tom.

Ulla and Håkan, Joona (14), Ester(12) and Jack(10). Sweden. June 27, 2017

L'apprentissage de l'anglais par immersion dans une famille est une excellente formule. Elle permet d'intensifier les progrès en communication orale (expression et compréhension) parce qu'elle offre l'opportunité de communiquer avec plusieurs personnes différentes de la famille et du réseau de connaissance.
Lucy a su s'adapter à nos niveaux de compréhension et de communication pendant les cours, mais aussi lors des autres moments de la journée que nous avons partagé ensemble, facilitant en cela nos progrès en anglais.
Notre demande était centrée sur l'amélioration de la communication orale. L'ensemble des activités, variées et ludiques, proposées par Lucy ont pleinement répondu à cet objectif.
Lucy et Tom sont des personnes très ouvertes, curieuses, enthousiastes. Ces qualités nous ont permis d'être d'emblée très à l'aise chez eux, et cela pendant les 15 jours de stage.
Pour terminer, nous ajouterons qu'Alyth est situé dans un bel environnement. Nos temps libres nous ont permis de compléter notre connaissance de cette belle région.

 

Armel et Christine, France. July 30, 2017

C’est une expérience incroyable de pouvoir partir à la découverte d’un pays et d’autant plus y découvrir la culture de ses habitants. Nous sommes deux amies et dans le cadre de nos études l’anglais est primordiale, alors pourquoi pas tenter l’expérience ? Grace à Lucy nous n’avons plus peur de parler anglais, nous formulons de belles phrases et nous avons appris beaucoup de vocabulaire ! Les échanges sur nos cultures autour d’une table fut très intéressent et ludique avec toute la famille. Nous avons visité Edimbourg avec son festival, Dundee, St Andrew, une distillerie de whisky, et les plages de la côte Ecossaise.

Lucy et Tom sont très sympathique, accueillant, on se sent directement à la maison, la barrière de la langue n’est pas un obstacle aux discussions.

Léa et Léa, France Alsace

August 28, 2017

Speaking English to Homestay family

How many experiences “ learning English”! private lessons at home, some English courses in England, with a family or in a residential, but I haven't done any one like this so far!
Staying with Lucy (and Tom, of course) has been a cultural not only linguisitc experience. I have learned a lot every day, simply talking or going to different places like sightseeing, talking during the lunch or dinner, on the beach or walking in the forest. I have so many wonderful memories that I don't know what's the best! Every morning I learnt English with Lucy, three hours of intensive work, the enough time not to feel pickled.
And what great holidays! Living with a family, above all in this family, I could appreciate and share so many activities, moment by moment: Lucy's pictures, the meeting with their friends...but even if I participated in the family life, I could choose every time what I wanted to do having full freedom of choice: it's so important!
I recommend so much this experience of learning English, for this reason I know I’ll go back.

In Italian:
Quante esperienze nello studio dell'inglese! lezioni private a domicilio, alcuni corsi di inglese in Inghilterra, in famiglia o in una struttura residenziale, ma nessuno come questo sino ad ora.
Essere ospite di Lucy ( e naturalmente di Tom) è stata un'esperienza culturale oltre che linguistica. Ho imparato tanto ogni giorno, semplicemente parlando o visitando i luoghi piú diversi, durante il pranzo o la cena, sulla spiaggia o camminando nel bosco. Ho cosí tanti ricordi che non so quale sia il migliore! Ogni mattina ho approfondito il mio inglese con Lucy, tre ore di intenso lavoro, il tempo sufficiente per non sentirsi "in salamoia".
E che splendide vacanze! Vivendo in famiglia, ma soprattutto in questa famiglia, ho potuto apprezzare e condividere cosí tante attività, momento dopo momento: i quadri di Lucy, gli incontri con i loro amici...Ma anche se ho partecipato alla vita in famiglia, ho potuto scegliere in ogni momento cosa volevo fare nella piú ampia libertà: e questo è cosí importante!
Consiglio vivamente questa esperienza di studio, per questa ragione so che torneró;)

Bea, Lugano, Italy. July 23, 2018

My experience at Active English in Alyth was really beautiful for a lot of reasons.
The first is that Lucy and Tom are two fantastic people. They always succeeded to make me feel at home and have fun.
The General English course was very helpful and well thought out, because after every lesson there is a whole day of conversations where it’s possible to practise the things you learn.
In addition of that, the village of Alyth is very cool and the Scottish people are friendly and kind.
In my free time I had the chance to visit a lot of wonderful places around this side of the country and meet new people.
Then in the end I can recommend this experience to anyone who would want to improve their English and discover an amazing country.
Shan F.

Shan, Switzerland, September 2018 September 24, 2018

I’m really happy and enthusiastic on my experience with Active English. This solution with full immersion is really exceptional.
A big thank you to Lucy for the personal and specific course of English. Before I have everything really mixed in my head. Now it is really better, more structured and more fluent.
A thank you very much to Tom for the interesting conversations in front a Pint or near of a fire.
Another thank you to Ciaran, Lucy and Tom’s son for the walk in the hill with his dogs and a special “BONJOUR” a Paddy.
At to End, thank you for the discovery of your beautiful country “SCOTLAND”
I return to Switzerland with my head full of English and amazing memories.
Alyth, from 14 to 20 october 2018 Pascal

Je suis vraiment très content et enthousiaste de mon expérience chez Active English. Cette solution avec complète immersion est vraiment exceptionnelle.
Un grand merci à Lucy pour le cours d’Anglais personnalisé et spécifique. Avant j’avais vraiment un mélange dans ma tête. Maintenant c’est vraiment mieux, plus structuré et plus fluide.
Un merci beaucoup à Tom pour les intéressantes discussions devant une Pinte ou proche du feu.
Autre remerciement à …. (fils de Lucy) pour la promenade sur la colline avec ses chiens et un spécial « BONJOUR » à Paddi.
A la fin, un grand merci pour m’avoir fait découvrir votre merveilleux pays, « L’ECOSSE »
Je retourne en Suisse avec la tête remplie d’Anglais et de merveilleux souvenirs.
Alyth, du 14 au 20 octobre 2018, Pascal

November 6, 2018

Learning English in a family has certainly been a positive experience.

The opportunity to do the lessons in the morning and be able to put into practice what the afternoon learned in daily activities brings advantages for learning a language.

The family environment allows you to feel at ease and this is a very important aspect.

Lucy is an attentive teacher who is able to give structure to the lessons, making them varied and fun.

Tom has shown himself to be very hospitable in various aspects and available in his free time to do outdoor activities and to practice the English language.

Thanks Lucy for the valuable knowledge, for giving me the bases on which to build and for the visits made to the castle, to the sea, to the open doors of the farms and finally to the distillery.

Thanks also to Tom for taking the time to practice the English language and for patiently teaching me the notions of golf on wonderful lawns.

Thanks a lot
gb

June 18, 2019

31 juin ti 7 juillet 2019
Apprendre une langue ce n’est pas seulement étudier le vocabulaire ou les règles de grammaire, ou regarder la tv en anglais avec les sous-titres ou lire un livre ou internet. C’est aussi mais surtout « la vivre ». Connaître les personnes qui l’utilisent, écouter et partager leurs vies leurs cultures et leurs expériences. Rencontrer leurs familles et leurs amis. Partager leurs passions. C’est tout cela qui fait la richesse d’une langue et qui la rend intéressante.

La combinaison d’une professeur personnel attentive à vos attentes avec une famille accueillante est idéale afin d’apprendre et/ou perfectionner ses connaissances. En plus cette région est vraiment magnifique et offre un mixte entre nature/culture riche et passionnants.

C’est pour toutes ces raisons que j’ai décidé de retourner une deuxième fois chez Activeenglich en Ecosse.
La première fois cela m’a permis d’apprendre vraiment les bases
Et cette deuxième fois cela m’a permis plus de les réviser et de les pratiquer.
Et si j’en ai la possibilité je serais heureux de retourner une troisième fois !

Un Merci tout particulier à Lucy, Tom et Molly pour tout les moment partager ensemble ainsi que les longues discussions faitent devant un repas, une bière un feu ou parcourant ces magnifiques régions.

Alyth, Active English, June 31 st, July 7, 2019
Learning a language isn’t just about studying vocabulary or grammar rules, or watching TV in English with subtitles or reading a book or internet. It’s also and mostly “To live it". Know the people who use it, listen to and share their lives, their cultures and experiences. Meet their families and friends. Share their passions. It’s all that makes the richness of a language and makes it more interesting.

The combination of a personal teacher attentive to your expectations with a welcoming family is ideal to learn and/or perfect his knowledge. In more this region is beautiful and offers a mix of nature/culture very rich and exciting.

It’s for all these reasons that I decided to go back to Active English a second time in Scotland.
The first time that allowed me to really learn the basics.
And this second time that allowed me more to revise and practice them.
And if I have the opportunity, I would be happy to return a third time!

A special THANK YOU to Lucy, Tom and Molly for all the time sharing together and the long discussions in front a meal, a beer a fire or browsing these beautiful regions.

Pascal

July 16, 2019

It was my second experience here, much better than my expectations could have been. Living a week with Lucy and Tom, I could see my English improving day by day. At the same time I could walk through the sweet hills around Alyth, share the amazing experiences with my friend outdoors or talk to Scottish people. I didn’t do it so much before.
Moreover, Lucy has made me more confident by preparing for the B2 exam and I am most grateful to her for doing it.
I recommend this experience a lot.
Nonostante fosse la mia seconda esperienza con "Active English" e l'insegnamento di Lucy, è andata molto meglio di quanto mi sarei mai potuta aspettare.
Vivendo una settimana con Lucy e Tom, ho potuto vedere perfezionarsi il mio livello di inglese, ma anche passeggiare tra le dolci colline di Alyth, condividere con Lucy e Tom piacevoli momenti all'aria aperta e interagire con le persone che incontravamo di volta in volta - mai prima di allora avevo osato farlo con tanta tranquillità.
Inoltre, Lucy mi ha permesso di avere più fiducia in me stessa riguardo all'esame (livello Intermediate) che dovrò affrontare tra qualche settimana. Parlare con lei è stato istruttivo, un po' come continuare il training per l'esame iniziato a casa. Le sono davvero grata per questo!

Raccomando moltissimo questa esperienza in famiglia, con un "valore aggiunto" rispetto a qualunque altra formazione all'estero della lingua inglese.

Bea, Switzerland, August 2019

This was the first time I met Tom and Lucy and I’ve had a great experience in their home, refreshing my English after many years in Lucy’s classes. Their hospitality is warm and friendly and you feel at home.
In Lucy’s classes you feel her carefulness and competence and her method activates yourself.
At the end of a week of Active English I feel I have refreshed my English level without too much effort and through a real immersion in English Language.
I really thank you a lot and suggest this method to anyone who wishes to improve his English.
Questa era la prima volta che incontravo Lucy e Tom e l'esperienza di stare nella loro casa e riprendere l'inglese dopo molti anni con le lezioni di Lucy è stata ottima.
La loro ospitalità è calorosa e amichevole e ti senti davvero a casa.
Durante le lezioni con Lucy ho apprezzato la sua cura e la sua competenza, il suo metodo è davvero attivante. Dopo una settimana di Active English sento di aver aggiornato il mio livello di inglese senza troppo sforzo e attraverso una vera immersione nella lingua.
Ringrazio davvero entrambi e suggerisco questa esperienza a chiunque desideri migliorare il suo inglese."

Emanuela, Italy, August 2019

August 20, 2019

ACTIVE ENGLISH HOMESTAY LEARNING
My experience
I've been at the Boylan's house for three weeks and I learned more things than I could have
imagined. I learned how to live in Scotland while improving my English significantly.
Lucy and Tom are two great hosts and they complement each other excellently to make your stay
in Alyth fantastic.
Lucy is an excellent teacher (and home cooks also!), she quickly assessed my level of English and
determined the topics and objectives to develop during my time in Active English. She gave me
challenges so that I could interact with Alyth’s people and gain the confidence to communicate. It
was a very value experience!
Together with Tom (he is funny and home cook also!), I was able for the first time in my life to play
golf at the Alyth Golf Club as well as have a beer in a Scottish Pub. Together we enjoyed watching
football on TV, except when Manchester United lost a game ……..., we also watched English TV
series with English subtitles to improve listening and pronunciation.
Day by day, I felt a little more confident to speak English and this was possible as I talked with Tom
and Lucy at every breakfast, lunch or dinner about the newspaper news, the Alyth’s news or any
topic of interest to all three: music, family, sports or life in the UK and Argentine.
Every day we agreed for the activities for the next day. The activities were the best of my
experience in Scotland. From going with Lucy to a The Proclaimers’s concert in Glasgow,
participating in a Lucy’s relatives party in Ballycastle, Northern Ireland, collecting exquisite
raspberries in Alyth, visiting the cities of Edinburgh, Perth, Dundee and Aberdeen, visiting The
Dunnotar Castle in Stonehaven and even cooking Argentine empanadas, pancakes and Milanese in
the Lucy’s kitchen.
It was three unforgettable weeks for me. Lucy and Tom made me feel at home from day one and
made my dream of living as a Scotsman in Alyth possible. I could not have chosen a better option. I
will be eternally grateful.
Pablo (Buenos Aires, Argentina)
27th of September of 2019.

He estado tres semanas en la casa de los Boylan y me llevo muchas más cosas de las que me
hubiera imaginado. Aprendí sobre cómo se vive en Escocia a la vez de mejorar notablemente mi
inglés.
Lucy y Tom son dos grandes anfitriones y se complementan excelentemente para que tu estadía
en Alyth sea fantástica.
Lucy es una excelente profesora, rápidamente evaluó mi nivel de inglés y determino la temática y
objetivos a desarrollar durante mi tiempo en Active English. Ella me fue dando desafíos para que
yo interactúe con la gente de Alyth y gane en confianza para comunicarme.
Junto con Tom pude por primera vez en mi vida tanto practicar golf en el Alyth Golf Club como
tomar una cerveza en un pub escoces. Juntos disfrutamos mirar futbol por TV, excepto cuando
Manchester United perdía un partido…….., también miramos series de TV inglesa con subtítulos en
inglés para mejorar la escucha y pronunciación.
Día a día, me sentí un poco más confiado para hablar inglés y esto era posible ya que conversaba
con Tom y Lucy en cada desayuno, almuerzo o cena sobre las noticias del periódico, las novedades
del día o cualquier tema de interés para los tres: música, la familia o la vida en UK.
Todos los días consensuamos las actividades para el día siguiente. Las actividades fueron lo mejor
de mi experiencia en Escocia. Desde ir con Lucy a un recital del grupo “The Proclaimers” en
Glasgow, participar de una fiesta de familiares de Lucy en Ballycastle en Irlanda del Norte,
recolectar exquisitas frambuesas en Alyth, conocer las ciudades de Perth, Dundee y Aberdeen,
visitar Edimburgo y hasta cocinar empanadas, panqueques y milanesas argentinas en la cocina de
Lucy.
Fueron tres semanas inolvidables para mí. Lucy y Tom me hicieron sentir como en casa desde el
primer día e hicieron posible mi sueño de vivir como un escoces en Alyth. No podría haber elegido
mejor opción. Les estaré eternamente agradecido.
Pablo (Buenos Aires, Argentina)

September 30, 2019