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How to Teach English to Kids

Teaching children can be fun but it can also be tricky if you don’t prepare properly. Before coming to Italy, I had very little experience with children. I’d spent 9 months as an English Language Assistant in a school in the Canary Islands and I’d worked as an au pair but I’d never been responsible Read More

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How to Survive an Intercultural Relationship: Part 1

Living abroad, I have had the opportunity to date people of various cultural backgrounds. An intercultural relationship often takes more work than one between two people from the same background. Don’t get me wrong – long-term relationships all require hard work. But when you throw different languages, religions and cultures into the mix, it gets Read More

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Getting Social

I have decided to set up a Facebook page and an Instagram account for people who don’t have WordPress. If you would like to join in the conversation or share your photos with us, you can find us on Facebook and Instagram.

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Hobbits, Castles and Flower Festivals Part 2

At the end of Part 1, the Hobbit gang had just left Rocca Calascio and were headed to Rocca di Mezzo to see La Festa del Narciso. As we live in the mountains, the roads can be very winding, so if you do decide to visit and suffer from travel sickness, be sure to take Read More

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Hobbits, Castles and Flower Festivals Part 1

It all started at an ungodly hour on Sunday morning. Well, I say ungodly but it was actually about 9 o’clock when I woke¬†up. I got a phone call from my sister who was unsure about whether we would be going for our planned trip to Rocca Calascio as the weather was not great. We Read More

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Why You Need to Stop Apologising for Your Imperfect Language

Oh, this is terrible! I haven’t written anything in two months. So many things have happened recently that I want to write about, including visiting castles and watching Easter parades, and I hope that I will be able to do it. I actually have a whole list of half-finished drafts on my page. Life and Read More

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How Not to Contact People on the Internet

As I have mentioned in previous posts, I am a sporadic user of Couchsurfing.org. I truly think the website is a fantastic idea but I am not very good at checking up on it. In fact, I recently downloaded the app onto my phone in the hopes of getting myself a bit more involved. So Read More

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How to Survive a Conversation Class

For many newly-certified and inexperienced ESL teachers, the thought of giving a conversation class can often be a daunting, if not downright terrifying, thought. It certainly was for me when I first started teaching. What will we talk about? How will I make it last one hour? What if we run out of things to Read More

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Sometimes You Win, Sometimes You Bleed

Every Tuesday morning, I teach a class at the local nursery school. I don’t really enjoy this class for a couple of reasons: It’s not my classroom In my classroom at school, I have all sorts of sneaky ways of keeping the kids occupied if a lesson isn’t going to plan. When I work outside Read More

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“Ma Sulmona? Come Mai?”

This is inevitably the first question that any Italian asks me when they realise that I am from foreign lands. Basically, what they mean is “What the hell are you doing here?” As I have said, Sulmona is the epitome of Small Town Italy, henceforth to be known as STI. A lot of the people Read More