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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 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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An Open Letter to the Girl who Ran Away: A Moving Abroad Cautionary Tale

You arrived in January, steamrolling your way into our life, full of excitement but lacking experience. You thought this was going to be a working holiday, but it was not to be. I’ve called you a girl in the title because, at 25 years of age, you still aren’t able to fend for yourself. Others Read More

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How to Survive Moving Abroad

Moving abroad is hard. I know that’s stating the obvious but it is. Whether you’re moving to a country that speaks your language or not, starting again is one of the most difficult things you will ever do. And, if you’re anything like me, you may end up doing it over and over and over 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

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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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From Sulmona to Pompeii via Naples (2.3 of 3)

So, at the end of part 2.2, Adele and I had crashed on the sofa after a long day of exploring and gelato. There we stayed for the next few hours, watching trash TV (including some weird Adam and Eve thing where people get “stranded” on a desert island completely naked) and cuddling with Alice. 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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From Sulmona to Pompeii via Naples (2.2 of 3)

So when I left off in part 2.1, Adele¬†and I had just entered the ruins of Pompeii. We’d forgotten to grab a map so she¬†whipped out her mobile and Google mapped the ruins. If you plan on going to the ruins, wear flat shoes, it’s a bit up and down and the original roads can Read More