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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

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From Sulmona to Pompeii via Naples (3 of 3)

Hurrah! We’ve finally made it to the end of what should have been a 3-part series about my weekend in Pompeii. If you’ve made it this far, congratulations! I’m now going to finish off by telling you about visiting a castle, eating the best and original pizza, and the utter fear I felt when witnessing Read More

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How to Be a Good Language Student

I’m interrupting my series about my trip to Pompeii with a post that I feel is important after the long week that I’ve had. Don’t worry though, I’ll be back with the next installment about Pompeii shortly. There are countless blogs and websites out there telling you how to be a good language teacher. There Read More

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Where to start when learning a language

Wow! It’s been ten days since my last blog post. That actually makes me a bit annoyed because this was something that I wanted to do regularly. The problem is, as with most people, work. Work has rather taken over my life lately. I am doing a lot more hours at the school (to be Read More

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Opera and Me (or should that be I?)

So, when I’m not trying to control the local preteen population or not busy teaching something other than grammar (Italians are obsessed with grammar rules), I moonlight as a Program Manager Assistant for this rather fabulous organisation known as the Centre for Opera Studies in Italy, or COSI for short. As I’m sure you’ve realised, Read More

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The Snow Is Coming!

As a child, I loved the snow, not only because we got a day off school but because, like every other kid, I loved playing in it. Now, I hate the snow. Don’t get me wrong, in the right setting, like Christmas day or if you’re in a log cabin in the mountains with a Read More

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Abandoned Villages and Afternoon Tea

In 2009, a big earthquake hit the nearby town of L’Aquila, killing 308 people. The town itself was virtually destroyed, and if you visit it now, you can still see the signs of buildings awaiting repairs. It’s a somber experience. On my first visit to the town, my friend paused for a minute outside the Read More

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Teaching Italians

So, what’s it like teaching Italians, you wonder? Well, that all depends on where you end up in the country and at what kind of school you end up teaching at. Italian kids can be pretty unruly, especially for us Brits. Their idea of discipline is very different. Now, I’m not saying it’s good or Read More

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Learning the lingo

I have always been interested in languages. At primary school, I learned Welsh and always enjoyed speaking it. When I went to secondary school, I started learning French. I loved it. In my second year, I chose to study Spanish. It always seemed like a fun option, such a lively language. I remember my dad Read More