I was 13 years old. By that time my parents, like many others, had spent a lot of time and money on my English classes. Nothing helped: my school grades were poor, texts were memorized like poems, and grammar tests were skilfully copied from my neighbour's papers.
My father's decision to send me to England for summer holidays had the same reaction as new grammar rules - Present Perfect Continuous: Why do I need it????
But my parents did not ask, they just applied to an Agency, picked up a school and a two-week language course in England for me.
These two weeks have changed my life. I fell in love with the country, the culture, the family in which he lived. I fell in love with the language!!!! It was possible for me to understand songs in English, read articles and books, make friends with peers from all around the world! It was such a strong a motivation for me that within the following year I worked with my teacher several hours a day, and each grammar topic seemed to me more and more interesting. The following summer, like the following 10 years of my life, I went to England again.
Since 2005, I have been organizing trips to the UK for students.
I could write about 100 stories about each of my clients. How we were choosing a school, how we worried about the visa, how we were hiding bad grades from parents and celebrated the letter of admission to the University, how mom decided to go shopping in London while dad was studying business English in Cambridge.
I think we should get acquainted.