Today is the first day of spring and we have seen rain snow and wind – where has spring gone? If you remember my post ‘In Like a Lion out Like lamb’ then you will know that this description of spring is pretty close to the truth.
So to mark the coming of better weather I have decided to undertake 6 adventures in the Yorkshire Moors and Dales. Each of these will be a walk in a different part of the county and each will be aimed at visiting a particular thing be this historical, natural, cultural, or simply fun! I intend to take lots of photos and also some video footage so that I can share with you the beauty and range of places that Yorkshire has to offer.
So, come with me over the next 6 weeks on 6 new adventures and discover some new and wonderful places and who knows, you may be visiting these places in person when you come and stay with me to improve and practise your English but also explore this special part of the UK.
Over the past week the spring flowers have all been opening and there is a riot of colour in the garden. After the grey, dull winter months it is so exciting to see the daffodils, early tulips and crocuses poke their heads out of the ground and fill the ground with a riot of colour.
The first adventure will begin this week and the plan is to start in the Yorkshire Dales with a walk from Aysgarth Falls to Bolton Castle. We’ll be walking through Freeholders Wood on to the castle and then back to the spectacular waterfalls.
I hope that you will enjoy these short adventures into the Yorkshire countryside and be inspired to come and walk with us on an English and Walking Course here at Fleetham Lodge or just enjoy a simple day out in the countryside as part of our Quintessentially English Courses.
The Ultimate IELTS Study Plan for Band 7 and 8
It’s important to remember that a language is a skill (like driving a car or playing the piano). The more you practise the better you will become and if you don’t practise then you won’t be able to do these things well at all. There are some techniques and strategies for IELTS which you can learn but these are really exam techniques and unless your English language level is where you need it for your band, they will not help you a lot.
Along with IELTS Writing, IELTS Reading is the area of the IELTS exam that I find most people find challenging. The amount of text to read, the number of questions and the short amount of time to do it all conspire to create something which most students feel is impossible and create panic in many.
Anyone who has ever studied a second language in a classroom and then had the experience of speaking with a native speaker in a real conversation can tell you; the real thing is so much harder to understand! You might think that you are fluent in French until you are greeted by your waiter at Huitrerie Regis in Paris and struggle to order the oysters. “Why does he talk so fast!?” You may ask yourself. “What’s up with his accent?” You have just learned first-hand that experiencing a language in the real world outside of the classroom is a lot different than the books and the careful practice conversations.
Every so often, I like to blog a case study. I like to do these blogs because it shows you firsthand what it looks like to work with me and how I can help you achieve your goals, and it also highlights the success and victories of my extremely hardworking students! This case study illustrates a journey we both took to reach a particular language goal. Like the other case studies I have done, the benefit gained was mutual, but unlike the others this case study was a very scary journey. Continue reading
What I love about our little corner of the UK is that there is always something new and exciting going on! The next few weeks is no exception, because the Jorvik Viking Festival is coming to York!
Celebrated as the largest Viking festival in Europe, (yes there are others apparently!) this event attracts thousands of guests to York from around the world. This week-long festival celebrates York’s Viking heritage with all kinds of events such as dramatic combat performances, living history encampments, and historical talks. Every year they celebrate a different period in Viking history, and this year they will explore the last Viking King in York, Eric Bloodaxe! Continue reading
As many of you will know I live in North Yorkshire, the most northern part of the biggest county in England. It is known as ‘God’s own country’, an epithet which is richly deserved for its beauty and diversity as well as its size, but one that was most likely bestowed upon it by the locals! Continue reading
If you love golf, then you have to play golf in the United Kingdom. Golf as we know it originated in Scotland in the 15th century, and it has been played all over the United Kingdom with great enthusiasm ever since. King Charles I was a lover of the game, and in fact was on the premier golf course of the time, Leith near Edinburgh, when he received news of the Irish rebellion of 1641. Mary Queen of Scots loved golf so much that she took the game with her to France when she went there to study. In fact, the term ‘caddie stems from her French military helpers who were called cadets in French. Continue reading
When it comes to learning a language, there are few experiences more rewarding than an immersion experience. With some immersion experiences, such as ours, the student can actually come and live with the teachers for a specified period of time. As total immersion language learning experiences go, living with your teacher has to be one of the best. Not only are you dropped into a full language experience, you are also surrounded by the culture, social life and even the petty goings-on of an English, Scottish, US etc. household – you become part of the life in that house for the period that you are there. You need to be prepared for this – you will have to share your teacher’s life for the duration of your stay. Continue reading
Learning a second, (or third, or fourth, or even fifth for some of us!) language can be really hard. It takes discipline, hard work, and some serious brain power. We learn languages for a lot of reasons; to get a better job or begin a new career, to live in a new country with success, to have a better relationship, or because it is so fun and interesting to do! It also turns out that learning a new language is super good for your brain!
I love everything that has to do with learning languages, so when I saw this article about how good learning a new language is for your brain I thought it would be a fun topic to share with all of you! This article by Deane Alban says, “It’s now known that learning another language is one of the most effective and practical ways to increase intelligence, keep your mind sharp, and buffer your brain against aging.” Here are just a few of the ways that your pursuit for linguistic achievement can boost your braincells: Continue reading