Born in Dover, England, Michael moved to London in 2000 to complete a Publishing and Media degree at Middlesex University. Michael studied, lived and worked in London until October 2004 when he moved to Stuttgart. Shortly afterwards Michael started teaching for the Berlitz language school and in 2007 he co-founded the Errington Language School with his wife Arlette.
Arlette lived in London for several years, where she studied Journalism at Middlesex University and later worked as a subtitler for Sky News and Sports. On returning to Stuttgart in October 2004, Arlette worked for a number of magazines before joining the teaching profession in 2006 by working for the Berlitz language school and later with the Errington Language School, which she co-founded with her husband Michael in 2007. She has been working as a translator of German and English since 2001 and is certified by the state, publicly appointed and sworn.