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 this week.

Here we are:

Maria Chiara is an interior designer.
Vera is a film publicist, “a very funny (but also stressful) job.”
Manlio is a freelance web developer.
Claudia hopes to become a criminologist.
Valentina is from near Matera in Basilicata.
Carlotta would like to dance with Zvetlana Zacharova because she is one of the best dancers in the Bolshoi.
Paolo plays the guitar in two different bands.
Antonio has five beautiful cats.
Mary worked for six years as a waitress for a beautiful French tea room called Ladurèe in via Borgognona.
Sara has a degree in business administration.
William De Vita plays the drums in his free time and studies digital marketing.
Patrizia is a lawyer who works in credit recovery (could this be debt recovery?) for banks.
Dario is from Naples and finished high school last year.
Mich’s favourite hobby is autotuning. He wants to work with Alfa-Romeo.
Enrico is an Analytical Psychotherapist.
Nicolo’ is a very keen surfer.

, 32, was born near Trapani, Sicily, and is a lawyer.
Luigi, 32, loves sport, especially Formula 1.
Gabriele is Export Manager for the Batasiolo wine company.
Francesca is thirty-three and would like to work as a Project Manager in future.
Edoardo is nineteen years old and would like to work for a football club.
Monica is an actress and a dancer. She’s from Sicily.
Artur is the Permanent Representative of the Republic of Poland to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.

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

The Editor, “English, Actually.”


44 Responses

  1. Hello, my name is Niccolò Longobardi, i’m 30 years old.
    I was born in Rome and now i live here with my family.
    I’ve studied law at Sapienza university.
    In my free time i like to go to the gym and to see the football matches.
    I have decided to study and improve my Englsh because i want to work in an important international society

    • Many thanks for this Noccolo’!
      Two small corrections:
      “my name is Niccolò Longobardi and i’m 30 years old”
      “I want to work for an important international firm/company
      A “society” is usually a group of people with the same hobby.
      Michael (Editor)

  2. Hi Friends,

    I’m Maria Chiara..but everyone calls me Chiara ..it’s easier!
    I was born in Rome where I live with my husband. I’m 45 years old (..for not time, yet) and I practise the profession of interior design and all that about the building. I like being challenge in my job and I worked in several part of the word. Since 2008 the construction and all that rounds about it has gone worse, so I’ve also worked part-time for three years as Executive Manger in a non-profit-making organization.

    Having time now, I decided to improve my English language to be able to talk to my international colleagues in Canada, India e Brazil and re-starting to travel abroad.
    I’m a positive person, I’m open and warm, quick at learning and understanding things, with the exception of learning … the English language!!! Now it’s time to do it!

    During the week I go swimming often in the evening; at the weekends I like going for a walk in my great city or go sightseeing, althouth I prefer going away to Italy. Sometimes I like cooking and meeting my friends in my house.. I love eating italian cooking, never without a good red wine!
    Listen!: I hate doing shopping!!
    It’s strange, isn’t that so?

    Be seeing you soon!
    Have you a good night,

    • Hello Chiara, and many thanks for your piece. Just one correction before I go into class:

      “and I practise the profession of interior design and all that about the building. ”
      Should be:
      “and I am an interior designer, interested in everything to do with buildings.”
      “Since 2008 the construction and all that rounds about it has gone worse, ”
      “Since 2008 the construction industry and everything to do with it has got worse, ”

      I hope these help!

  3. 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!

    • 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!

    • Hello Vera! Here are some corrections to this nice piece:
      “I have lived in Rome for 10 years, Before then I studied at Roma Tre University but now I am working. ”
      “Three different generations all together with love…”

      I hope these help!
      Michael (Editor)

  4. Hi there, here’s Manlio and I try to write something about myself. I living in Rome from 20 years, infact i moved to Rome from Rieti, my birthplace just after the high school. Now I’m a webdesigner and developer freelance. I worked for many years in the music industry, exactly in events production and management. I saw and I worked for many famous artists who played here in Rome. During these years my job was very challenging and I didn’t had time to finish the university studies. Then in 2011 I decided to enroll again the university and finally in 2015 I finished my first degree in Communications Sciences, then I continued to study ever in Sapienza University in Design e Communication master degree that I finished last January with a very interesting final work, that I hope it will became my next field of research to transform it in a new job. I’m talking about data visualization design. It is a very new and trendy field of design that transforms data, numbers, in a beautiful shapes and colored lines called infographics.This is my brandnew focus and I hope to open a new agency dedicated to data visualization with my friend and colleague called Angela.
    I enrolled an english course on first to improve my knowledge of english language to became more sure when I’ll be in a english conversation, for my job and for life too. I would like to work outside of Italy, maybe for a bit of time, or to study in a Master or Phd or something like that, because I’m very interesting to improve my skills constantly.
    That’s all, for now.
    Thank you and see you soon.

    • Many thanks for this Manlio. A nice piece. I’ll follow up with corrections as soon as I can.

    • Hello Manlio, here are a couple of corrections to this very interesting article:
      “I have been living in Rome for 20 years, ever since I moved to Rome from Rieti, my birthplace just after high school. ”
      ” field of design that transforms data or numbers into beautiful shapes ”
      “I enrolled on an English course in the first place to improve my knowledge of English”

      I hope these help!
      By the way, I have tried out ederastudio.com on my Smartphone. And, provided you look at the smartphone horizontally, the site seems to work well. Try it yourself.
      Michael (Editor)

  5. My name is Valentina Luchetti, I live in Rome and I’m waiting to start course of Digital Marketing, in fact I use social media so much.
    I’ve studied acting for four years.
    In free time I like to go for a long walk to Rome and to visit country of Lazio.
    I like practise yoga especially to Villa Pamphili.
    I frequently go to Eataly because there are always new speciality of food.
    I see much film and I love world’s Disney.

    • Hello Valentina, and thanks very much for your contributuion.

      A few corrections here:
      1) “I’m waiting to start a course in Digital Marketing, because I use social media a lot.”
      2) “In my free time I like to go for long walks around Rome and to visit the country areas of Lazio.”
      3) “I watch a lot of films and I love Disneyworld.”

      I hope these help!

  6. Hi, my name is Claudia and i’m 25 years old.
    I was born in San Benedetto Del Tronto (Marche) but i live in Roma since i was 3 years old. I study law and i hope to became a criminology.
    I live with my mother, my sister, a dog and two beautiful cats.
    I have decide to study english because i want to travel and one day i hope to study in USA.

    • Many thanks for this Claudia!
      Just one small correction:
      “I have decided to study English because I want to travel and one day I hope to study in the USA.”

      I hope this helps!

  7. Hello! My name is Valentina.
    I’m thirty tree and I came from Basilicata. I’ve lived in Rome for seven years. I’m a lawyer and I am attending an intensive course of English at British Council to improve my level of English. I graduated in Law at University of Bologna and I attendend Erasmus in Spain.
    I like swimming and volley ball. Moreover I love rock music.
    My parents live in a village near Matera, in Basilicata. They are pensioners. I also have a sister who lives and works in Milan.
    In the future i hope to speak English very well!
    See you soon!

    • Hello Valentina, many thanks for this. A small correction:
      “I’m thirty tree and I came from Basilicata.” should be “I’m thirty three and I come from Basilicata.”

      I hope this helps!

  8. Hi, my name is Carlotta. I’m 22 years old and i was born in Pesaro (Marche) but now i live in Rome. I’m a dancer and teacher. When i was 15 years old i went to Milan for study dance in Academy “Scala di Milano”. I love dancing. It’s my life. I danced in a theatre but now on television. In my future i will live in Miami for dance (my job). I would see Svetlana Zacharova because she is the best dancer of Bolshoi, for me.
    In my free time i like going to the gym and i love running. I like all sports. I love travelling and visiting new places and towns. I like reading fashion magazines. I hate slepping on Sunday because it’s a waste of time for me.
    In the week end i love meeting my friends and going to the party o disco in Rome.
    I live alone in apartament near Piazza del Popolo.
    I have decided to go to British Concil to improve my english for my future and my work.
    I love eating healthy food and sushi. On saturdays,with my friends we are going to Zuma “Palazzo Fendi”. I love Rome. My dad was born in Rome and he met my mother in Rome.
    See you in class.

  9. Hi everybody, my name is Paolo and I’ll 40 the next 22 of March! Wow!!!
    I studied law at University and I’m a labour consultant and my office is near P.za di Spagna.
    Me and my wife have a child and her name is Lavinia.
    In the free time I love play guitar (I love music) and I have two band and the music that we play is rock & roll, for the first band, and hard rock, for the second band. Ah, I’m searching a man or a woman who wants to play the keyboard in one of my band (rock & Roll). C’mon!!!
    I love travelling and I like to discover the culture, the food, the tradition.
    I had swimming for a long time but now I doing boxing but I don’t have much time to do sport. My nose thanks me!!!
    My dreams is my family. My daughter, my wife and my friends, my time is their.
    Ok, that’s all for the moment!
    Bye, Paolo.

  10. My name is Antonio but my old friends call me Tonino ( little tony), because when I was a child, I was short and very skinny. In that period (about 1975) there was a famous italian singer/actor whose name was Little Tony.
    I was born in Naples, Vomero neighborhood, I used to live there until 2002 when I married my current wife Tina, I moved to Modena. We don’t have any child but we have five beautiful cats.
    I am a civil servant and I work in downtown Rome. I am a runner and I usually train four times a week and I often race on Sundays.
    I like football and I am a supporter of SSC Napoli soccer.
    I have studied english since october 2016 at British Council.

  11. Hi!
    my name is Mary,i’m 35 years old.
    I workeded six years as a waitress for a beautiful french tea room called Ladurèe,in via Borgognona.
    the licence for Italy has expired one mounth ago and now i’m looking for a new job.
    in my free time i love reading books,in a park if the wheather is good.
    I love also concerts,tv series(now i’m watching Dr Who),travelling and all kind of arts, expecially for painters:my favourite is Vincent Van Gogh.
    I feel connection with his sensibility for world and for nature around us.
    I’m sensitive and reserved.

  12. Hi, I’m Sara and I’m 31 years old.
    I have a degree in business and admnistration and I work as an accountant in an audio visual production company.
    In my spare time, I like going out for a walk, doing yoga, reading a book.
    I listen to every kind of music.
    My ambitions for the future are to continue working in my field of study and improving my English for the job and every experience abroad.

  13. Hi, my name is William and I am 32 years hold.
    I have lived in Rome for four years but I was born in Tropea, a small village in Calabria.
    I studed Political Science at university and later I continued my studies with a master’s degree in Management.
    My parents live in Tropea and my sister in Sicily, where studies psychoterapy. Now I work for a pubblic company in the sector of marketing and comunication.
    In my free time I play the drums and I study digital marketing.
    I have an ambition: to learn English very well to fine a good job.

  14. Patrizia Writes:

    My name is Patrizia and I am 44 years old. I was born in Rome and I have always lived in Rome. I lived only for a year in Milan for work. I am a lawyer and I work in the field of credit recovery for banks. I like playing sports and reading. I have a great passion for food and mostly for wine. I would like to learn English for work and to have the freedom to communicate with anyone. That’s all.

    • Here is a small correction:

      ” I was born in Rome and I have always lived in Rome.” ahould be ” I was born in Rome and I have always lived there.”

      I hope this helps.
      The Editor

  15. My name is Dario, I’m eighteen and I was born in Naples but now I live in Rome, near the Olympic stadium.
    I finished school last year and now I follow this english course to improve my English abilities.
    But I will go to university, next year, to study economics and marketing.
    I’m an only child but I’ve got a lot of relatives.
    One of my cousins lives with me because he had to live in Rome.
    I like animals so I have a dog and two cats.
    I’ve played football because it’s my favourite sport, but now I go to gym.
    I’m very happy to be on this course

    • Hello Dario! Many thanks for this comment. Some small corrections:
      1) “and now I follow this english course” => “and now I am following this English course”
      Note: verb form change; capitalisation.
      2) “but now I go to gym” => “but now I *am going* to *the* gym”

      I hope these help!

  16. Hello to all, my name is Michele, and I was born in Rome. i’m 21, then my life is long yet ahah.
    I’ve graduated from a scientific high school, and now I work with my mother in an office. But my best dream is work for Alfa Romeo, my passion, so I work and in the evening I am doing a course of English and ECDL.
    In my free time i “play” with my car. My favourite hobby is autotuning, then sport and my firends.
    Right now i don’t have a girlfriend ahah.
    i’ve got a nice family. There are five of us, dad, mum, my sister, me, and a dog the fifth component ahah. Its name is Fonzi.
    I have choose to learn English because it is very important language at the moment.
    I’m young so I have only a few things to tell you.
    For the moment I’ll say goodbye.


    • Many thanks for this comment, Michele! A couple of corrections:

      1) “then my life is long yet” => “so my life will be long yet” OR “so I have a long life ahead”.
      2) “I have choose to learn English because it is very important language” => “I have chosen to learn English because it is a very important language”

      I hope these corrections help!

  17. Hi,
    my name is Enrico and I’m 43. I’m from Pescara, but when I was 19 I went to Padova to study Psychology there. After my degree, when I was 26, I went to Milan, where I became an analytical psychotherapist. Three years ago, I came to Rome, so I’m living and working here.
    I have decided to learn English because I’d like to develop some work projects which are very important for me. So I want to be able to talk to colleagues of other nations and write with them. I haven’t ever learned English language because I’m shy, I’m slow to learn, and I didn’t need it so much.
    In my free time, I go to the gym and I like walking short distances. When I have to go around Roma, I use a scooter or the underground (a bike seems dangerous and there is much traffic using the car). I like cooking, especially cakes, even if I don’t always eat them, I quickly get fat! And I like gardening because it helps me to relaxe. Ah, I was forgetting, I also like another hobby, which is maybe a bit spooky: playing tarot cards!

    Best wishes,

  18. Hi, my name is Nicolò, I’m 54 years old, I’m from Italy – Rome. I’m separated and my daughter is 26 and lives with her mother. I like every sport, in particular surfing, kitesurfing, sailing and cycling.
    my daughter was a athletic of Italian Sailing Team for many years.
    I work in Rome naer piazza Argentina and I’m a financial manager of the company. I enjoy traveling in all the wolrd , especially for surfing.
    I have many friends but when Iwas separated many of them went away.
    At the moment Ilive alone in apartment in viale Giulio Cesare, but my daughter often comes to me for dinner.
    I’m a good cook

    • Many thanks for this Nicolo’!
      A few corrections:
      ” I like every sport,” => ” I like *all sports*,”
      “my daughter was a athletic of Italian Sailing Team” => “my daughter was *on the* Italian Sailing Team”.
      Keep on writing!

  19. Hello! I’m Miriam, I’m thirty-two years old. I was born in Sicily, in a small town called “Salemi” near Trapani. I’m a lawyer, I very like my job and I want to study English to improve my career. Now I live in Rome and I work here. I have many hobbies: I listen to music, I like dancing, I love the sea and swimming. I have three dogs and six cats but they live in Salemi and I often go back to see them. I also love reading novels. I’m happy to be in this group.

  20. Hello.
    My name is Luigi, I’m 32 and I was born in Rome.
    When I was young my dream was to became a creative writer of novels like “Harry Potter”.
    I studied biology and law.
    Now I work in a private clinic and my ambition is to make a career.
    I love sport, in particular Formula 1 racing, I have often been the Gran Prix of Monza.
    I enjoy reading a lot of book specially legal novels by Grisham.
    Me too I have decided to go to British Council to improve my English for my work but especcially for myself.
    Projects for the future….many!!!

  21. 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

  22. My name is Francesca Corvaglia.
    I am 33 years old and I have lived in Rome for 5 years, but I was born in the south of Italy, in Maglie, in the province of Lecce.
    My parents live in Puglia, but my brother lives in Rome.
    I graduated in Political Sciences and I work in Rome for an IT Company. I’m working in pre-sales and I manage the start of a project and the relationship with the customer concerning the project too.
    In the future I would like to become a Project Manager, managing a project from start to finish and leading a team.
    I have many hobbies, like running, so I usually go to the gym after work. I like reading, expecially novels and my favourite author is Ian McEwan.
    I like travelling too and I would like to go to Japan on my next trip, because I’m fascinated by Oriental Culture and because I practice Zen Meditation during the week.
    So I decided to attend this course to be able to speak more fluently, both on holiday and at work.
    Currently I live in a Roman district called Garbatella with my partner and we would like to buy a small apartment as soon as possible.
    This is a short description of myself :).
    Best regards and have a good night.

  23. Hello, my name is Edoardo. I’m 19 years-old and I live i Rome. I finished my studies at high-school this year and now I’m trying to join the faculty of physiotherapy because I would like to work in a football club. Last summer I worked as a book seller in Viale Oberdan. I stopped playing footbal this year and in my free time I usually play the guitar. I love music, especially songwriters like De Andrè and Guccini and I love also skiing, indeed I go to the mountains every winter. I decided to join the British Council because it will be useful for the University and because in the future I’d like to speak English Fluently.

  24. 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!

    • 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.

  25. 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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