Who We Are

Hello! You are reading about us. Here, we tell you about ourselves.

Many thanks to all those students who have told us about themselves. There is an eclectic variety of people.

Here we are:

Vincenzo is a retired general officer of the Italian Air Force.
Marina Colombo is from Cordoba, Argentina, and works at a multi-sensory cinema in the centre of Rome.
Cinzia specialises in artistic gymnastics.
Marina Delmirani used to teach art history and wants to learn English to talk better to an English friend who s-pends a few days in Italy every year.
Carlo teaches art and music in high school.
Donato wants to travel more and work less.
Nadia is the mother of two beautiful little girls.
Massimiliano lives in Rome but works in Frascati.
Silvia works as a babysitter with children who teach her to see things differently.
Luana is an architect and interested in in ecologically-efficient buildings.
Antonio is an Accountant.
Giuggy trained as a photographer but now she is a primary school teacher.
is interested in customer relations.
Alessandro’s speciality is very important: he’s a civil seismic engineer.
Simone wanted to be a doctor when he was a child.
Giorgio has a real estate company and lives in Ardea, south of Rome.
Cesare is a lawyer from Lercara Friddi  near Palermo.
Cristina is studying English to pass a competition to work at the Ministry Foreign Affairs.

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So … Keep Calm and Carry On Writing! We look forward to meeting you here!

The Editor, “English, Actually.”


54 Comments Add yours

  1. Hi
    My name’s Vincenzo. I’m 65, and I’m from Salerno( Campania Region), in Italy, but Ilive in Bari ( Puglia Region) for thirty years. I’m a General officer of the air force, currently retired.
    I’m studying English because I need it for my new consulting job.
    I’m married to Anna and have three sons, two girls and a boy. Barbara of 42 (years),Miriam of 41(years) and Joseph 36 (years). I have 4 grandchildren of 13,9,5(years) and 7 months.
    My wife is a housewife.
    Now I work only 3 days a week and I dedicate more to time my family and my hobbies. I do a lot of physical activity: running,gym. In my free afternoons I study english, I listen to music and I read esoteric books.
    At the weekends I go to dance with my wife and friends. I enjoy dancing the tango and the waltz.

    Please write soon
    best wishes

    1. mikiroma says:

      Many thanks for this Vincenzo!

      I will return later and correct any mistakes. I have got time to fix one:
      “but I have lived in Bari ( Puglia Region) for thirty years”
      I think that’s the only mistake! Congratulations.
      Michael (Editor)

  2. Silvia says:

    My idea of happiness is spending my time with my family and my friends. My job makes me happy, because I’m a babysitter and I love children. I’m very glad even when I travel and when I go to music concerts or to dance club.

  3. Marina Colombo says:

    Hello Michael, hello everyone!
    Well, my name is Marina Colombo, I’m 37 years old and I from Córdoba, Argentina. For 6 years I have been living in Rome. All my family (my mather, father and sister) are in Argentina. My mom and dad living in Cordoba and my sister are living in Buenos Aires. She’s a lawyer and she’s one year old more than me.
    I living in Rome with my Italian and Roman husband..he’s a lovely man, his name is David. We have been married since May of this year. We have been being together for 5 years. We are living also with our puppy, her name is Florinda and is a sausage dog..she’s so sweet and pretty dog!
    I’m working in a Cinema in the center of Rome. This Cinema is a multisensory expirence (in 5D) and the shows are about the “History of Rome” and the “Evolution of life”. Basically, this cinema is for tourists and for schools from all over the world, and of course also for the italian people and italian schools. I like working in this place because I love working in the center of Rome and I like working with tourists..it is funny. Also my colleghes are a beautiful people. I am doing this job for now but I am an Interior Designer. In Argentina I studied Architecture and Interior Design. I think in the future (coming soon..i hope) I’ll work in my professional field.
    I love travelling, love visiting diferent places on the world and discovering their culture and architecture. My interest is about Design, Art, Architecture…I love so much everything about that. I like drawing to freehand. I like also singing. I’m a soprano.. When I was a child I studied at a school music in Cordoba ( from 5 years old to 17 years old). Two years ago in Rome I was in a choir of sacred music..the name of the choir is “Coro dell’Aventino”. I had to leave it for a work purposes.
    I practise yoga and I like running. On my free time I like going in the center of Rome, discovery it and going to a museum or the green parks.. I love nature also.
    Thank you for your time..and best regards.
    Hasta pronto,

    1. mikiroma says:

      Many thanks for this Marina! A very nice story.

      One general correction for now: the present perfect progressive, or continuous, verb form consists of the verb ‘to be’ plus the main verb ending in ‘ing’ – the present participle. You tend to leave out the verb ‘be’ in its appropriate form. Here are two examples:
      “My mom and dad are living in Cordoba”
      “I am living in Rome”

      And also the simple form, as in, “I’m 37 years old and I am from Córdoba”
      Otherwise this is very clear and well written. I will print it out and return it next lesson.
      Many thanks once again!
      Michael (Editor)

  4. Cinzia Pennesi says:

    Hi, my name is Cinzia Pennesi. I’m 61 years old. I’m Italien and I live in Rome, where I was born. I live with my family: my husband Bruno, 63 years old and my son Simon, 34 years old. My husband works as Director at a a big car dealer in Rome, Valentino Volkswagen. Simon, works at the municipality of Rome. I’m a retired teacher of Physical Education in the middle schools but, now, I’m going to work at the gym because I’m an artistic gymnastics technicien. Also, I organise regional and national competitions for italian gymnastic federation and other sporting organisations. I like music, all kinds of music: pop, rock, classical ethnic, epic and I work with all music to build floor excercises and gymnic choreographies. I also like singing and dancing. I like reading much more and I buy many books both literature and about sport. I like watching movies and the tv series on condition that they are intelligent. I normally, wear a tracksuit and gymnastic shoes but I don’t scorn fashion women’s wear, when I can. I like sea too much: sun and wind, one book and rough sea in front me. I’m studying English as an adult because I studied French at the middle school. I hope that it isn’t too later.

    1. mikiroma says:

      Many thanks for this article, Cinzia!

      A small correction:
      “national competitions for the Italian gymnastic federation ”
      “I like sea too much” -> “I like *the* sea *so* much”
      Or even better:
      “I adore the sea”

      I hope these help,
      Michael (Editor)


    Hello Mr Ivy
    I hope all is well with you.
    I introduce myself :
    my name is Marina and I live in Rome in the south east area. I’m a retired teacher of Art History
    I think I’m a sociable person but I don’t like chaos
    I have two lovely granddaughters who are 10 and 4 years old
    I like everything related to Art and country life, cultivating a little kitchen garden and various types of roses. I love reading and taking long walks.
    I would like to improve my English so as to comunicate better with my English friend, a lovely lady who spends some days in Italy every year, and share with her wonderful places and italian artistic masterpieces
    Here I am, ready to learn and have a new experience of study
    Kind regards

  6. Carlo says:

    Hi Michael, how are you?
    In this moment i’m at work. Today is very busy because i have a meeting until 8 p. m.
    The next week in my school is the ERASMUS WEEK and will host foreign students.
    For this guys we prepared many activities: for Art and Music we tought some workshops about the Pollock’s “Action painting”. We ahve choosen the primary and secondary colors and musical instruments. On the big canvas will be use the “dripping” tecnique: a very free and funny tecnique. The result will be a “score- painting”. In the final performance the italian and foreign students, with musical instruments, will play this “score-painting”.
    see you tomorrow, Carlo Eposito

    1. mikiroma says:

      Many thanks for this, Carlo. A nice piece, but let me correct a few mistakes:

      At this moment I’m at work.”
      “Next week is ERASMUS WEEK at my school”
      “we taught some workshops”
      “the Italian and foreign students2

      More soon!
      Michael (Editor)

  7. Donato D’Angelo says:

    I’m Donato D’Angelo I live in Roma with my family.
    I work as a lawyer in my associates Office we’re specialized in administrative law and corporate. I work mainly with public, company and lpcal authorities.
    My Office is in Rome center I go to work by car, usually in the morning I go to court and meeting clients in the afternoon.
    In my free time I like reading books and listening miusic, in the evening I love going to restaurant to eat good things and drink red wine.
    Usually every weekend when I’m in Roma I go to the cinema. Sometimes I go to the gin and run to Villa Borghese.
    For my holiday I really like visiting the cities aprine the world, walking the Street and visiting .. to learn about the history of places and people.
    I’m happy in my life I just want to travel more and work less, for this reason I’m studing English.

    1. mikiroma says:

      Many thanks for this, Donato!

      I’ll have a good look at this nice article tomorrow

      Kind regards,
      Michael (Editor)

  8. Nadia Girella says:

    Hello,my name is Nadia and I’m forty-two years old.
    I live in Rome where I was born and I love my city.
    I’m a bussiness woman and I work in a tabacconist’s shop.
    I’m a mother of two beautiful little girls: Irene and Elisa. Irene is eleven years old and she goes to a secondary school, while Elisa is seven years old and she is at a primary school. I’m married and my husband’s name is Walter, he works in the curtains sector. I have just one brother and he works with me.
    I don’t have a lot of free time but when it is possible I like to walk, if it is a beautiful day, because I spend a lot of time in my car driving to my shop. So, I hate the traffic of Rome and I prefer to take a metro or to go on foot.
    I like all kinds of music, reading philosophical books and international magazines. Ilike to have relations with all kinds of people because I think that it is important to know different points of view in all contests of social life. I love travelling even if it has been a long time since I last did a trip.
    When I was young I travelled a lot and I went to London, Paris, Spain, Portugal, Canada , Mexico, Morocco, etc…..
    I’d like to improve my English because I think it is very very important.

    1. mikiroma says:

      Many thanks for this, Nadia! I’ll have a good look at your nice piece tomorrow.

      Kind regards,
      Michael (Editor)

  9. massimiliano sernicola says:

    My name is Massimiliano. I live in Rome and work in Frascati. I’m very busy at work.
    I don’t have any time for fun from Monday to Friday. When I am at home, I love watching TV. When I go out, I like walking or going to the cinema or meeting friends, and then I like eating good food, like a good italian.
    Doing sport is very important for me, I run and swim. The English launguade is becoming a great passion. A true challenge.
    I’d like to learn it as soon as possible. But it takes time. I must have patience.
    The important thing is never to quit.

    1. mikiroma says:

      Many thanks for this, Massimiliano! A couple of corrections:

      1) capital “I” for “Italian”!
      2) “The English language

      Otherwise, congratulations on an excellent piece.
      – Michael (Editor)

  10. silvia says:

    My name is Silvia and I was born in Rome in 1998. My family is one of the most important things that I have. I’ve one sister and one brother, they are both younger than me. I studied at a classical high school and I graduated in 2016. After school I was confused about my future and the university and I decided to look for a job.
    Since 2016 I have worked with children as a babysitter, I like it very much because I’ve more fun with them, they teach me to see things differently and I worked on my patience. Now I’m studying medicine and one day I hope to be a good doctor and that this work will allow me to travel a lot and to encounter different situations. I have a passion for travel, my favourite cities are Paris, Berlin and Prague, so I always go back to these cities when I can.

    1. mikiroma says:

      Many thanks Silvia! Only one mistake remains:
      “because I have more fun with them”

      Keep calm .. and Carry On Writing!

      Mike (Editor)

  11. Elisabetta says:

    Hi, I’m Elisabetta, I was born in Cosenza 44 years ago. I studied in Cosenza until I was 19 years old. I moved from Cosenza to Siena for my university studies and then to Rome for my specialization in Clinical Pathology and Nutrition. I work in Trigoria at CBM. I love my job but, in my dreams, I would like to be a florist. Very different, I would say! But now I’m happy, I do what I like aniway… I will be able to be a florist in another life!!! I’m an optimist, do you know? I’m very passionate about reading and my favourite writer is Philip Roth. I loved “L’animale morente” and “Il professore di desiderio” and many other wonderful pages that he wrote in a “crescendo” of emotions and passions… I’m also pationate about GG Marquez, “Cent’anni di solitudine” is my favourite his book. I can’t forget another writer that I worship: Mario Vargas Llosa! Have you ever read “La zia Giulia e lo Scribacchino”? Tragicomedy of love, genius and forgetfulness!!! But finally I don’t bore you… I’d say that’s all! If you wont, the rest at the next episode…

    1. mikiroma says:

      Thanks Elisabetta. Just one correction for now:
      “aniway2 ahould be “anyway


  12. Valeria says:

    My name is Valeria and I was born in a small town in the Dolomites.
    When I was forty years old I decided to change my life and I came to Rome to live with my Roman boyfriend.
    now I live near Ostia in a new neighborhood which is very quiet, not far from Eur, where my office is.
    I think Rome is a beautiful city, but living in it is very difficult, becouse there is a lot of traffic and pollution and public transport is very bad.
    maybe in a few years I will return to live in the mountains.

    1. mikiroma says:

      Hello Valeria! Thank you very much for your introduction.

      Here is a small spelling correction:
      “but living in it is very difficult, because there is a lot of traffic”

      I hope this helps!
      Michael (Editor)

  13. mikiroma says:

    Many thanks to everyone for their introductions!
    Keep calm – and carry on writing.

  14. valentina says:

    I am Valentina, I am 39 years old. I come from Pomezia.I have been married to Emiliano since 2004.We have a son he is 9 years old and his name is Matteo.I have a brother whose name is Mirco.I live in the countryside with my family. We have a dog and two cats. Our home is yellow because it is my favourite colour. I have been Educator in childcare since 2000. I love my job.I am studying English because I would like to speak English to babies. I believe that it’ s most important because babies can learns English only by hearing it. I like travelling and when I have some money I choose a place that I want to visit and I book the flight. I and my family visited London. It was our first trip to test our English. My favourite place in London was Camden Town. The main thing that I loved in London was the politness of the people. When we arrived at the airport many people helped us with our luggage.

    1. mikiroma says:

      A quick correction:
      “We have a son who is nine years old.”

  15. Emiliano says:

    My name is Emiliano, I am 42 years old and I have been married to Valentina for 14 years. We have a son who is 9 years old and he is a very good student,
    I have also a sister who is 47 years old and two twins nephews. I live in the countryside of Pomezia where I have also a dog and three cats. I was an employed but in 2011 I lost my job. In the last few years I have had only occasional jobs.
    My favourite sport is soccer so when I can I watch the maches of my favourite team. I like spending my free time with my family. We have been to London, Australia, the U.S.A., Amsterdam, Barcellona and Valencia. I liked all of them but I would like to live in Australia or in Valencia where I have left my heart there! They are the perfect places for family.
    I have been studying English because I like it and because I think it is very important for traveling but I also hope it can help me to find a new job.

  16. Sergio Simoncelli says:

    Hi, my name is Sergio and I’m 64 years old.I was a teacher of Phisical Education in a Secondary School. I live in Albano Laziale, a town of 40.000 peoples and 22 Km far from Rome. Last summer I decided to study English and so now I’m attending this school. My teacher’s name is Michael. The other students that I’ve know are very nice and for me this is a great time. See you soon, Sergio

    1. mikiroma says:

      Many thanks Sergio! we will look at corrections together.

  17. Serena says:

    Hi! I’m Serena.
    I have 38 years and live in Rome since 1999, but I was born in Oria, a city near Brindisi in Puglia. I have a sister, Sara, who lives in Milan and she will married next year, and a brother, Nicolò, who lives in Oria with my parents. I just married with Luca (Jury 23) anche we live together since 3 years.
    I was working for a communication and marketing agency, but now i disoccupeted and so i decided to learn english! I follow a web and sociale media course and i hope to work again in this context.
    I like cooking sweets, pasta, fish and vegetables especially for my friends!
    I like traveling infact i have been in Japan for my honeymoon.


    1. mikiroma says:

      Very many thanks for this account, Serena!

      Some small corrections:
      “I am 38 years old”
      “and have lived in Rome since 1999″
      “I am married to Luca (Jury 23) and we have lived together for 3 years.
      “but now i disoccupeted ” => “but now i am unemployed

      I hope these corrections help!
      Michael (Editor)

  18. luana rinà says:

    My name is Luana,I am from Rome and I’m 58 years old. I’m an architect and I am living and working here. I have a master in bioarchitecture and energy saving, I want to learn the english language because this is very important to me and for my job. I’m also a painter and I love painting a lot.
    I like nature and I often go walking in the parks or on the beach , I am convinced that the defence of nature is very important
    I also like writing stories and poems, currently studying English at the British Council
    See you soon

    1. mikiroma says:

      Many thanks Luana for your introduction.
      Two small corrections:
      “I want to learn the english language” => ” I want to learn English”
      “currently studying English” => “I am currently studying English”

      Kind regards,
      Michael Ivy (editor)

    2. luana rinà says:

      well! I tell you about my week end: It’s great because I’m running on the beach in Cuba , while a lot of seagulls and the pelicans are flying on the bleu sea…Sorry! Thi is not really it’s the dream.
      This week end I’m doing the house cleaning and homework .
      In the afternoon I will design a new bed ispired by a painting. Monday I will meet the carpenter.
      The weather is rainy so it is easy to stay home!
      see you soon

  19. Antonio says:

    Hello to everyone!

    As you know, my name is Antonio. I’m a student and I signed up at Luiss University to be in the next future an Accounter. At the moment I’m living in Rome, but I was born in Naples, 26 years ago. I come back in my hometown twice a month on average, but sometimes it could be more than twice. It depends from my undertakes.
    I’m going to finish the exams next September (e.g. I miss to do two more, Bankruptcy law and auditing), and after that I’ll have to find any kind of job in this field, that I like so much.
    Last year, in July, I went to Lisbon to improve my knowledge doing an exam in Marketing Comunication and also to exchange experiences with a lot guys came from all parts of the world especially Chineses. I could see how the Chineses came from Macao want to underline that they’re different from the others because there’re more freedom (regarding the rights, especially with the use of Social Media), but we created a beautiful friendship that continue today again.
    I had the opportunity to visit the city (I’ve never been before), most western point of Europe (Caba de Roca), the long beaches and for the first time I tested (attested?, tried?) a very cold ocean! I couldn’t remain for not more five minutes, maybe because I’m not used to it!
    However, my hobbies aren’t only to be a tourist, for example in my free time I like to read a book or taking a look my 1st niece and play with her, she’s just seven months (even if it’s a one-way conversation), but doesn’t matter, I can’t wait to spend a time with her, I hope as soon as possible.
    For the all other things, I’m a common guy… When we don’t have anything to doing during the evening, I like to eat out with friends or with my flat mates (I share the house with other students). Not necessarily in the week-end, but during the week for us is perfect. In this way it’s easier to find some restaurants not too much crowded.

    That’s all, thanks for your attention!


  20. Luca says:

    Hi Mike,

    My name is Luca Bassani.I’m 26 and I’m attending Political Science at University of Rome.I live in a quiet suburb in the north of Rome.I’m a guy who loves travelling, in fact,I visited many parts of the world, but mostly I like so much going in Greece couse I’m a lover of this country and I began to study its language.I’m very interested to the politics, and I would like to work in this environment.In this period I’m attending a course of English to improve my skills about that.My purpose is going to work abroad, I’d rather go in East Europe, in Balkan Region, cause I’m keen on its history and culture of its inhabitants.I’m sure that spending some time abroad, would be a very enriching personal exsperience.In fact I belive that is very important to get in contact with other cultures, to find out How much we have in common.I want to test myself, to became more independent and to have the opportunity to grow further more.I really hope to be able to live a special occasion like this.
    Thanks for your patience in readings these things Mike!

    Luca Bassani.

    1. mikiroma says:

      Many thanks for this, Luca! Any mistakes? Let’s see…
      “but mostly I love going to Greece”
      “I’m very interested in politics”
      At the moment I’m following a course of English ”

      Ooop! It’s time to come down to the classroom!

      I hope these help.
      The Editor

  21. Giuggy says:

    Hi guys
    My name is Giulia. I was born in Rome 39 years ago. I live in a flat by myself above my parents. I have one brother older than me and a cat called Minù. I like to stay with my extended family and I love very much my cousin’s sons; they are for me like nephews and when I have time, I like to spend with them.

    I studied photography and I graduated in cinema 10 years ago. I’ve been a teacher in a Primary school since 2013. I’ve worked in a school in Tor Bella Monaca like a support teacher for the last two years. I like my job…I like to work with a children, sometimes they give you many satisfactions.

    Sometimes I can be quite shy at first, but then I am sociable and friendly. I am very tidy and organized and first of all patient in fact I’m a teacher!
    I like hiking and skiing, traveling and going out to cinema or going out with my friends for dinner. If I had more money and time, I would travel all around the world.

    I want to learn English better to travel and to get B2 certification to teach English at Primary school.

    Best regards

    1. mikiroma says:

      A very nice article, Giulia! Corrections:
      “I like to be with my extended family”
      “I’ve worked in a school in Tor Bella Monaca as a support teacher”
      “and above all patient: after all, I’m a teacher!”

      I hope these corrections help!
      The Editor

  22. secasav says:

    Hi everybody,
    my name is Romina. I’m happily married and originally from Biella.

    My husband was transferred near Orvieto two years ago, and I’ve been getting us settled in our new home. But now, we are ready to change our life. We’d want to go to Canada to find a new job. I’m ready. I’ve worked in a variety of jobs, usually customer service-related. I’m looking for a company that offers growth opportunities even if I would stay with my family.

    I’ve been in the customer service industry for the past three years. My most recent experience has been heading an estate agency. One reason I particularly enjoy this business is the opportunity to stay near my husband, because he is an architect and he designs wonderful villas for our buyers. In my last job, I formed some significant customer relationships resulting an increase in sales in few months.

    My real strength is my attention to detail. I pride myself on my reputation for following through and meeting deadlines. so I make sure it gets done, and on time.

    What I am looking for now is a Canadian company that values customer relations, where I can join a strong and familiar team, because I love my family and to work in a better way.

    Best regards.

    1. mikiroma says:

      Many thanks Romina! I can see almost no mistakes except perhaps this one:
      “even if I would stay with my family”
      should be,
      “even if I would like to be with my family”
      I hope this helps. Cerry on writing!
      The Editor

  23. alessandro says:

    I’m from Cagliari, in Sardinia, but live in Rome from 13 years.
    I studied engineering in Cagliari and in Rome, and my skill is civil seismic engineering. At this moment my company is working to desing roads and sewers for the new Rome Stadium. Since the chief engineer wants to work in Arabia it is necessary to improve my English fast.
    I live in an apartment in Testaccio, a very cool area but expensive, because it is in the center of the city. So, I’m looking for a new cheaper home.
    My parents live in Sardinia and I’m afraid I can’t see them often. My brother has a son and I love him, because he’s blonde and he has blue eyes, like English children. In my island you can find a wonderful sea, there are a lot of animals that you can’t find in Italy, like muflone, grifone and white donkey.
    I love going to the cinema, to the park, where it is possible to go running. I have been a soccer referee, also I love sport in general.
    Next summer I’m going to England, to put into practice my English, and I hope not to die of hunger. They told me the weather in London will be different every day.
    My class at the British Council is composed of lovely and interesting people.

  24. Simone Feri says:

    Hello to all.
    My name is Simone Feri, I am twenty-eight years old and I live in Rome. Currently I work in an international consulting firm and specifically I deal with tax advice. When I was a child, my dream was to be a doctor but then I enrolled at the faculty of business economics. So far I can say that I made the best choice because I think that I do a very stimulating job, that allows me to travel and meet many interesting people. Sometimes, when I have some free time, I read a few books on medicine because it will always remain my greatest passion.
    Bye, bye

  25. Giorgio says:

    My name is Giorgio and I was born in Rome but currently I live in country side in a place named Ardea.
    I graduated in legal science and a got a master in real estate economy and management at Tor Vergata University.
    I founded in 2004 a real estate company named City Network Agency S.r.l. where at this moment I have the position of chief exexutive officer.
    I love travel, fitness, jogging and all outdoor activities.
    I’m studying english to improve myself and secondly to increase the company business working on new markets and knowing new people.

    1. mikiroma says:

      Very nice Giorgio! Many thanks. Can I make some small corrections?
      “currently I live in the countryside
      “and I have got a master’s in real estate economy”
      “I’m studying English”
      “to increase the company‘s business working in new markets and meeting new people”

      I hope these help! (The Editor)

  26. Cesare says:

    Hi everybody,
    I am Cesare and I am 30. I am Sicilian, but at the moment I live in Rome because I’m doing a master. I am a lawyer and before the master I worked in a law firm in Palermo.

    Actually, my parents live in Lercara Friddi a small town near Palermo, famous for different reasons such as: sulphur mines, Frank Sinatra ( a famous singer in the world).
    When I was younger, I played the piano, and I played in a football local team, and now, sometimes, I run along the Tiber river.

    In my free time I like going out with my friends, I like going to the cinema, especially on Saturday or Sunday (during the week I can’t do it all of this), and when I can I return home to Sicily.
    I like listening to music and I like listening to Coldplay’s songs.

    1. mikiroma says:

      Many thanks, Cesare! A nice article. Keep calm – and carry on writing!
      Mike (Editor)

  27. Cristina says:

    Hi my name is Cristina, I am forthy-six. For three years I lived with two adorable female cats named Cri & Tina.
    I’m studying Enghlish to pass a competition to work at the Ministry Foreign Affairs, where I worked for thirteen years in the past, but as a consultant. This is my future goal: to find a job!!!
    In my free time I love to play paddle, to ride my bike and swim but also I like enjoy staying at home with my cats.

    1. mikiroma says:

      Many thanks for this, Cristina! Just one correction for now:

      “I am forty-six.”

      Mike (Editor)

  28. Vera says:

    Hello everyone!
    My name is Vera and I’m a new student of the British Council.
    I live in Rome for 10 years, before to study at RomaTre University and now to work. I’m a film publicist. A very funny (but also stressful) job! 🙂
    I live in Magliana with my family, a BIG family.
    In the house are we I, my little daughter Aurelia (she is 3 years old), my boyfriend Stefano and Valda, Stefano’s grandmother (she is 100 years old). Three different generations all togheter with love…
    To study at home I watch every evening “Peppa Pig” in english with Aurelia: so she is happy and I learn new words, like “mud puddles”, “outdoor games”, “pumpkin pie”, etc.. :-))
    I’m reading in this period Isabel Allende’s book “The House of the Spirit” in english but it is not as easy as I trought.
    Good week.. thinking about the weekend!

    1. mikiroma says:

      Hi Vera, many thanks for this. Later, i will print this out, correct it and return it to you. I’ll also add some corrections here, but later.
      More soon!

  29. Gabriele says:

    Hi Michael,
    my name is Gabriele,
    I’m 37 years old and I’m following an English course to improve my trading strategy when I speaking in English.
    I’m really sorry for not writing earlier, but I have been busy since I got back!
    I have been working a lot!
    I’ve been a little stressed in the last few weeks, because I started tasting Barolo wine in Holland.
    It was a journey through time, culture and history: it felt like home.
    Amsterdam is one of the most bicycle-friendly cities in the world and is a centre of bicycle culture with good facilities for cyclists such as bike paths and bike tracks , which criss cross the city.
    The area also has a number of sex shops, sex theatres, peep shows, an erotic museum, a cannabis museum, and a number of coffee shops offering various cannabis products.
    Great experience though too intense!!!
    As you already know I’m export Manager for the Batasiolo winery and unfortunately sometimes I slip away to Luxembourg and Vienna.
    Being export Manager is very hard work, although it has a great vision of the future.
    A export manager generates ideas frequently and is always working out ways and means of “doing it better” with a great flexibility of business hours and meetings.
    That’s all for now. Thanks for everything and I hope to see you at some wine tasting in Rome.
    Warm regards
    Gabriele Pezzuto

  30. monica dugo says:

    I’ m Monica, I’m an actress with a past as a ballerina.
    I’ m sicilian, but I have lived in Rome since I was 20 years old.
    I lived in Sicily, I studied dance. An important choreographer did an audition there, we were 200 girls and he chose me. Since that moment my life has changed, and I worked for 10 years in all the tv shows of the nineties.
    I have continued to study economics, but I don’ t know why.
    My dream was acting, but since the elementary school, they told me that my voice was bad, like a duck. So, I lost a lot of courage but not all my enthusiasm.
    I started to act with a substitution at theatre in a musical, Guys and Dolls. My role was Adelaide, and she can have the voice of a duck. It was a success and the year after the principale role was mine.
    A couple of years ago, I wrote, directed, and acted to my first short movie, “Domani Smetto”, where I tell with irony, pleasure and pain of my job, and to my great surprise I wan a lot of prices .
    In my free time, but with 2 children I do not free time, I love reading, writing, and in this moment I’ m writing a long movie.
    I’m driven by all the things behind a result, a score, not victory or winning. I love sport, I love skiing,
    I learnt to ski as an adult, I wasn’t t even allowed to try when I was young, because it was too risky for my ballet carrier and now I try to improve my skiing year after year, not only enjoying the silence of the mountain peaks, but even more for the physical effort.
    I’ m passionate about learning something that involves pushing myself to my limits. I succed whit sport or work, but not with english.
    At this moment I’ m reading “Barbarian days, a surfing life” that defines surfing like a life metaphor, and I’ m feeling as a part of it, in the swell, and I must admit I want to try it.
    If my husband was scared of me going on tour or to the Alps, I now give him something else to worry about: the perfect wave is in Australia, at Byron Bay!

    1. mikiroma says:

      Many thanks Monica! Here are a few corrections:
      “I’ m sicilian” -> “I’ m Sicilian”
      “I started to act with a substitution at theatre ” => “I started to act as a stand-in at a theatre ”
      “but with 2 children I do not free time” => “but with 2 children I do not have free time”
      “I succed whit sport” => “I succeed with sport”

      More corrections later! Thank you for this very nice piece.

  31. Artur says:

    My name is Artur. I am from Cracow in Poland. I have lived in Rome since August last year.
    I am an economist by training, and now I work as Permanent Representative of the Republic of Poland to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).
    I am married and I have two daughters. My older daughter is called Julia and she is 13; my younger daughter is called Sara and she is 5.
    Before we moved to Rome my family lived in Cracow where we were all born. I worked there for twenty years as a professor at the University of Economics in Cracow.
    In my free time I like reading books and going to the cinema. I am interested in art and sacred music. I speak German, Italian and Russian.
    Now I am studying English, because it is one of the six official languages of the United Nations and the main language of communication in the modern world. In the coming year I want to prepare a book about the organization and activity of the FAO, then about the fight against hunger in the world and the role of the World Food Program. In Poland there are no comprehensive publications in Polish. English will be very helpful in my work on these books.
    I think my stay in Rome, thanks to my work, is a great opportunity for my family too – my daughters can study in a foreign country, learn languages – Italian, English and Spanish. Thanks to this experience they will be more open to the problems of the modern world and cultural differences.

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