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:

Miriam, 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.
Serena is 22 and is studying International Relationships at the University of Rome Tre. In the future she hopes to work for an international organization like the FAO or the UN.
Francesca is thirty-three and would like to work as a Project Manager in future.
Elisa is 38 years old, lives in Rome, but  was born in Alatri. She is a Data Analyst and works for a French ICT Company
Marina is 43 and has specialized in Gynecology and Obstetrics
Edoardo is nineteen years old and would like to work for a football club.
Marta is 29 years old, has just finished studying marketing at the Sapienza University. and is now looking for a job. I 
Mario is studying at LUMSA and would like to be a financial manager at a big company.
Fulvio is a civil engineer and works for a French construction company.
is a new student: she would like to open her own beauty shop on a cruise ship.
Matteo would like to become a valued manager in a big company..
Costanza would like to be a food and beverages manager in an hotel.
Salvatore works for an old family-run printing company. He also runs a coffee company.
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.
Angela is from Colombia and teaches Religion.
Lina is a lawyer from Palermo, on temporary secondment to Rome. She works for the Sicilian Parliament.
Carlo Luigi finished studying Law at Rome 3 two months ago.
Andrea is an architect from Avezzano, in Abruzzo.
Kahinur Khan is from Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh.
Margaret was born in Polla, inland from Salerno and near the famous Pertosa caves. She has lived in Rome since 2003.
Serena lives in Tivoli, near Rome.

How to tell us about yourself:

1. Go to the bottom of any page.
2. Click the box below “Now You Write”.
3. Write your text.
4. Insert your email address (never made public) and your name.
5. Click “Post Comment” – and you’re done! NB for first-time writers: your comment goes to the Editor for approval, usually within a few hours, and will then appear.

Also: Explore our magazine and see what other things people have written about.

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

The Editor, “English, Actually.”


45 Responses

  1. Hello,
    my name is Silvana Tissino, I’m 45 years old.
    I was born in Rome and I live in this wonderful city.
    I have a lot of interests but the time is never enough to do every things that I would like.
    I love reading, running in the park, visiting new places and towns, meeting my friends and so on.
    I like animals but I haven’t them because I can’t take care of them.
    I work in my husband’s society. We have got a company that gets a job in Security.
    I’m attempting to improve my English because I have studied it when I was at school and I have often problems when I must speak for work or when I go to foreign countries.
    Thanks everyone for your help in this my new enterprise.

  2. Hello, my name is Massimiliano Izzo a new British Council student.
    i was born in Pompei and i’ve been living in Rome for 20 years.
    I’m working as a Graphic Design and Videomaker. My passions are, Cinema, Art and Music.
    My job today is very profitable and so i’ve thought to invest in a new start up business. I’ll create a start uo with vacation home. I’ve a home near San Pietro and the Vatican Museums. The Subway’s within walking distance.
    This will be a new adventure for me. I have the will to make it work.
    that’s one reason i’ve chosen to learn English.

  3. 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.

  4. 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!!!

  5. 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

  6. Hello everyone,
    My name is Serena, I’m 22 and I was born in Rome.
    Currently I’m studying International Relationships at the University of Rome Tre and in the future I hope to work for an international organization like FAO or ONU.
    I love indie rock and britpop music, especially Oasis, as well as photography, art and reading books.
    I’ve decided to join the British Council to improve my English level.

    See you soon,

  7. 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.

  8. Hi,
    I’m Elisa and I’m 38 years old. I live in Rome, but I was born in Alatri, a little town about 80 km from Rome and where all my family live: my mother and my sister, who is 2 years older than me.

    I’ve lived alone in Rome since 1998, when I started my statistical studies at “La Sapienza” University.

    I’m a Data Analyst and I work for a French ICT Company and… I’m a student again!.. at the British Council Institute, of course, where I hope to improve my English.

    I love travelling and meeting new people, reading romantic novels and going for long walks alone: in the park, in the city or wherever it happens to be.

    For now, that’s all about me.

    See you in class!


  9. Hi Mike, hi classroom!
    My name is Marina and I’m 43. I have lived and worked in Rome since I was born. I gratuated in Medicine and Surgery and I have specialized in Gynecology and Obstetrics.
    I work in a beautiful location close by the centre of the city and I feel very lucky because I have a great passion for my job.
    In my free time I like listening music, reading books and fashion magazines, travelling and going to the cinema with my friends.
    My favorite sport is swimming because it makes me feel very relaxated and totally free… It’s very therapeutic for my soul and my body especially in early morning before going to work.
    See you in the afternoon, byeeee

  10. 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.

  11. hi everyone! My name is Mirko and Í’am 22 years old.I live in rome with my parents but I hope to go abroad soon. I’d like to go to liverpool hoping find a job as bartender and improve my english.I always have fun with my job and maks me know a lot of people from everywhere.
    Right now I’m attending the british school ,such a nice place and sophisticated. I’am very glad to take part of it

  12. Hi, my name is Marta and I’m 29 years old. I have just finished university and now I’m looking for a job. I studied marketing at the Sapienza University and I’d like to work for a cultural enterprise.
    I’m passionate about dance, I study ballet and contemporary dance since I was a child.
    I’m from Sicily but I live in Rome for four years. I love live in this city but sometimes I miss the sea.
    I think I’m sociable, I like go out with friend. I like contemporary art, electronic music and cinema. I think that friendship is one of the most important things in life, so I have few long-standing best friends.

    • Hi Marta, many thanks for your presentation. It’s very clear. A few corrections:

      1. “I study ballet and contemporary dance since I was a child.” => “I have been studying ballet and contemporary dance since I was a child.”
      2. “I live in Rome for four years” +> “I have lived in Rome for four years” OR, “I have been living in Rome for four years”.
      I prefer the second as it emphasises the consistent nature of your presence in Rome. Or, I could say that we use the continuous form with action verbs and the simple form with state verbs.
      We can do more work on the present perfect with “for” and “since”.
      3. Do you mean “so I have few long-standing best friends.” or” so I have a few long-standing best friends.”?
      The first emphasises that you have only a few long-standing friends. The second suggests that you have more than zero friends, in other words, that you have a small number of friends but it’s better than having no friends at all.

      Ask me if this is difficult to understand.
      Best wishes,
      The Editor

  13. Hi, my name is Mario and I’m 23. I was born in Cosenza,Calabria. At the moment I’m studying at LUMSA University in Rome. I am doing business administration courses and i like it. In my free time go out with my girlfriend and love riding with my motorcycle on mountain roads.
    One day I hope to became a financial manager in the big company.
    I have decide to study english at the British Council because I would like speak english fluently.

    • Hi Mario. many thanks for this. here are some small corrections:
      1. ” I am doing business administration courses and i like it.” => ” I am following a business administration courses and I like it.” (However “doing a business administration course” is also OK.)
      2. “In my free time go out with my girlfriend” => “In my free time I go out with my girlfriend”
      3. “and love riding with my motorcycle on mountain roads” => “andI love riding my motorcycle on mountain roads”

      I hope thes ehelp!

      – Mike (Editor)

  14. Good afternoon ladies and gentlement.
    I tell something about me.
    My name is Fulvio. I’m 52 years old. I was born in Castel di Sangro (AQ) but now I live in Rome. I’m married to Roberta and we have a daughter named Chiara who is 13 years old. I’m a civil engineer and I’m working for a French construction company. Currently my company is working in Gabon. We build bridges and roads.
    When I have some free time, I like to go to the cinema. I often go to the cinema with my daughter and my nephew to see science fiction film.
    I also like reading books. My favourites are the American writers of the twentieth century.
    I also like painting very much. When I travel with my family, we like to visit art museums. Last summer we went to the “Musée d’Orsay” in Paris.
    Another hobby that I enjoy is travel. This is one of the reasons why I would like to learn English. But the main reason remains work. I would like to work to the United States.

    See you tomorrow

    • Many thanks for this piece Fulvio. It is very clear. and there are almost no mistakes. Here are two:
      1. ” I often go to the cinema with my daughter and my nephew to see science fiction film” => ” I often go to the cinema with my daughter and my nephew to see science fiction films”
      2. ” I would like to work to the United States.” => ” I would like to work inthe United States.”

      I hope these help!
      – Mike (Editor)

  15. Hello, my name is Gioia, I’m 22 years old and I live in Passoscuro, a little seaside town near Rome.

    I’ve got a large family: there are my parents, my sister and two brothers.
    My sister Veronica knows and speaks five languages: English, Spanish, French, Portuguese and Chinese. I hope to speak at least English.

    I attended Scientific High School and after the diploma I chose to attend the Beauty School. Now I’m a beauty-therapist and also I can open my beauty shop. I love so much my job, particularly the world of massages.
    Actually I dream to work into a spa of a ship around Europe and the world. But I think that I can do this experience only a couple of times because I can’t stay a long time (from six to nine months) away from my boyfriend.

    My personal purpose is to prepare myself for the world of work improving my English.

    Thanks for reading,

    • Many thanks for your piece, Gioia. Very nice and clear.
      Let me correct some mistakes:
      “I’ve got a large family: there are my parents” => “’I’ve got a large family, including are my parents”
      “Actually I dream to work into a spa of a ship” => “Actually I dream of working in a spa of a ship”
      ” I can’t stay a long time ” => ” I can’t spend a long time ”

      I hope this helps!

  16. Hello Costanza and Salvatore. Many thanks for your story of your childhood. I have moved them to the “Our Childhood” page.
    Carry on writing!
    Mike (Editor)

  17. Hello,my name is Matteo.
    I’m twenty-six years old and I come from Nettuno a little town near
    Rome.I graduated in Economics at Luiss University five months ago
    and now I am attending an intensive course of English at British Council to improve my level of English.My aspirations in working environment are to become a valued manager in a big company.
    I’m a nice person and I like reading books and playing football, in fact I have been playing this sport for over fifteen years.My favourite team is Juventus Football Club.
    Physically I am not very tall and I have got brown eyes and brown hair.The best words to describe my person are shyness,goodness and perseverance.
    My family consists of three people:me,my father and my mother.
    My father is sixty-five years old and he is a pensioner,in fact he finished working three years ago after a longer career in a public company.My mother is sixty-two years old and she is a bank employee.

    See you soon!


  18. My name is Costanza and I’m 28 years old. I live in Rome with family that consist of my mother Marzia, my father Vincenzo and my sister Sara. With us lives Leon, a beautiful black cat!
    I have a degree in literature and up to three years ago I wrote for an online newspaper about theatre, cinema and art exibitions. At the same time I used to work in a winebar as a bartender, at Ponte Milvio.
    One years ago I decided that changed my life following my passion for food and restaurants. Now, in fact, I’m attending a master’s in the food and wine business and I hope to work in a hotel’s restaurant as a food and beverages manager.
    I have had a boyfirend for five years and we hope to go abroad soon.

    Thanks to everyone,


  19. Dear, Michael,

    I hope you are well.

    I’m nearly 44 and I’ve got a degree in Business and Administration and a Master II Level/Ph.D. in Economics and Finance Market.

    At present I work at an old Family Printing Company. I run also a Coffee Company.

    In the future I’d like to speak English fluently.

    Kind regards,


    • Nice one, Salvatore! Many thanks for this.

      A small correction:

      ” I run also a Coffee Company.” => “I also run a Coffee Company.”

      I hope this helps!

  20. 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.

  21. 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.

  22. Hello everybody my name is Alessandro, i’m twenty eight years old and i’ve studied literatura at Roma Tre University where i graduated at last 11th july. My interests are religious literature, especially christian literature in XVIIth century, contemporary poetry and the relationship between technology and humanism. In my free time i like to read, doing boxing, go to the theatre or museums and i like listening to some concerts or festivals at the Auditorium Parco della Musica. In the future i hope to become a university resercher in literature or religious studies, but anyway i’d like to work in the artistic and cultural fields.

  23. Hello, my name is Sandro. I was born in Rome many years ago. I lived, studied and worked in Rome to the age of 26. Then I went to Belgium and there I chose to be priest. I work now in three parishes in a small town in Flanders.
    I have two brothers, but no sisters; well a lot of cousins. I like folk music and philosophy.
    I speak four languages: Italian, French, Spanish and Dutch. I am learning also English. I am staying in Rome until the end of July.

  24. Angela writes:

    Hello, My name is Angela!

    I was born in La Ceja, a town near Medellin, in Colombia. I’m 32 years old and I am a happy nun: I’m a Salesian Sister of Don Bosco (Daughter of Mary Ausiliatrice of Christians).

    My family live in La Ceja. My parents are called Angela and Alfredo. I have seven wonderful sisters and one brother. I am the oldest daughter.

    I have been living in Rome since 2016, in an intercultural and international community.

    Before that, I taught in elementary school, but now I’m not working because I am studying at the Pontifical Faculty of educational sciences Auxilium, Bachelor’s Degree in Religious Education.

    In my free time I like reading books, praying and listening to classical, sacred and pop music.

    I don’t like sports, but sometimes I play basketball and volleyball.

    I don’t speak good English but I am trying to learn it.


  25. Lina writes:

    Dear Professor,
    I’m happy to follow the English course with you.

    My name is Lina and I am a lawyer. I live in Palermo but since March I am in Rome for work reasons until July. I am attending the course because I like to relate to people and because I am going on holiday to Los Angeles in summer. I hope to be a good pupil.

    Thank you very much.

    Yours sincerely,

  26. Carlo Luigi, on July 6, 2017 at 20:43 said:
    Hi. My name is Carlo Luigi. I was born in Rome and I’m 26.
    I finished studying two months ago.
    I have studied Law at University of Rome 3 and I would like to work for the civil service.
    My favourite sports are: football (I support Lazio 😉), basketball and boxing.
    I played basketball for 11 years as well as wushu sanda ( a martial art) but now I only go to the gym.
    In my free time I like reading books and going out with my friends.
    With this course I would like to improve my English especially my speaking.

  27. Hello everyone, I’m Andrea!
    I’m 26 years old and I was born in Avezzano, near L’Aquila, in Abruzzo.
    I living in Rome since 2011, when I came for my studies.
    My home is in San Giovanni, a great Roma district!
    I’m a young Architect, but now I working as Interior Designer and, occasionally, as Wedding Planner.
    I’m an Art lover, indeed in my free time I love painting with oil colors.
    I like music, in particular Classical and Pop. I like going to the Opera very often.
    I love traveling in the other States and see different culture and place. During my travels I attract by architectural monuments, in particular ancient monuments.
    I don’t like sports, but sometimes i go running.

    See you soon.

    • Many thanks for this Andrea! Some corrections:

      “I have been living in Rome since 2011″
      “in my free time I love painting in oils
      “I like going to the Opera as often as i can
      “I love travelling to other countries and getting to know different cultures and places.”
      “During my travels I am attracted to architectural monuments, especially ancient monuments.”

      I hope these help!
      The Editor

  28. Hello everyone, this is Kahinur Khan. I’m 24 years old. I’m from Dhaka, a capital of Bangladesh. But I live in Rome since 2012.
    I’m a working with “Big Bus Rome”.
    I love travel, i likes play to football, spending time with my friends and watching movies! That’s about all for now!
    Nice to meet everyone and thank you to all.

    • Very many thanks for your post, Kahinur! As soon as I am able, I will post some corrections.
      Keep calm … and Carry On Writing!

      Mike (Editor)

  29. Hello everyone!
    My names is Margaret, I was born to Polla, a little village near to Salerno but I live to Rome since 2003.
    I moved to Rome to study law at the university.
    During these years, I have worked for living and I attended school of make-up to follow my passion.
    I became a make-up artist three years ago, this job I really like because it give me a chance to express my creative side and above all to enter in the wonderful world of fashion.
    In the meantime I concluded the study at the university and even though the make-up is my passion I’m studyng for a exame to became the judge’s assisitant because I need a job that give me more economic security.

    • Many thanks Margaret! When I have a moment I will add a few corrections. It is good to see plenty of people writing for “English, Actually”!

      Michael (Editor)

    • Hi Margaret!

      I have got time for one correction, as the break is over!
      “My name is Margaret and I was born in Polla, a little village near Salerno

      Mike (Editor)

    • A nice introduction, Margaret, but I’d like to make a few corrections:
      1. “My name is Margaret”
      2. “I was born in Polla”
      3. “a little village near to Salerno”

      I hope these help!
      The Editor.

  30. Hello to everyone,
    I’m Serena and I live in Tivoli, near Rome. Exactly, I’m from Tivoli Terme, where the famous “Travertino Romano” being extract. Also, we have sulphurous thermal water. Infact, Tivoli Terme is named Rome’s therm, because it was loved by a lot of Roman Emperors until Rome’s people of today.
    For example, the Glorious Emperor Adriano built his thermal pool here. And it ruins are near my home!
    My family is composed by five members:
    me, my husband Massimiliano, Eva, Zoe and Niccolò. Infact, i’ve three child, a boy and two girls.
    I’m an housewife with a lot of interests, such as running in the park, swimming, cooking and much more…
    My favourite musician and singer is Fabrizio De André.
    His tests are poetry and his music is wonderful!
    Thanks to everyone for the patience and have a good evening.

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