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Beatriz tells us how to survive the Feria of Seville!

1. It is very important to know someone who lives in Seville and who has got a “caseta”, so he/she can introduce you in the authentic festival, and you will live the real experience with the native people. The “caseta” is like a stand decorated with lights and typical flamenco things. It is a place where a group of people (friends, family or coworkers) meets to eat, drink, sing and dancing “sevillanas” or flamenco.

2. If you don´t know anyone who has got a caseta, you won´t be able to get into them because most of them are private. So you need know which of them are public.

3. Eat something often during the fest because so you’ll be able to combat the effects of alcohol.

4. Be ready to dancer the traditional dances because it’s very likely that someone will ask you to dance with him or her. If you don’t know how to dance it’s not a problem; what is important is try do it and smile all the time. It is easy when you have drunk two or three cup of cold “manzanilla”, which is a white Jerez wine which everyone drinks during this festival.

5. If someone invites you to drink or eat something, you will must invite him/her the next time. 

6. Make sure your shoes are confortable. People dress very elegantly but you must remember that you will stand a lot of hours dancing or talking with your friends. Also if you want to go to “The Hell’s Street” where there is a sort of amusement park, you will do better if you wear comfortable shoes and clothes.

7. Be careful in the mornings if you walk around the festival place because it is full of horse carriages and riders. Fortunately it is only in the morning!

8. Study how to clap with your hands to keep the traditional musical rhythm up. It is very important when people are dancing or singing!

9. At the end, it will be very nice if you go to the festival with a flower in your hair (if you are a woman) or in your jacket (if you are a man).

And here’s Marco on how to survive the Christmas period

The Christmas period is the best time for most people, but they don’t realise the risks lying in wait.

1) At Christmas time you must eat and drink such a lot… In two weeks you wipe out many months of diet. Think about it!!!
2) At  Christmas time you must see all your relatives, even those you haven’t met for many years. Very interesting.
3) At Christmas time you have to play cards as if in a gambling house, where for winning you may find yourself all money off your 5-year-old nephew.
4) At Christmas time you have to pray the way you never did during the years. Do you remember the prayers?

Even if Christmas seems a long way off, “Merry Christmas to you all.”


23 Comments Add yours

  1. Cinzia Pennesi says:

    At yours seats!
    Ready? Go!
    Today, december 8, starts the Christmas Time that will finish the 6 january. It is a month of pure madness. All people runs and runs to choise a gifts, to go to hairdresser and to beautician, because we must be very beautiful. It runs to look for a new glittering fashion look, absolutely! On the supermarkets, the people buys much food as they are last days of own life. But, only at the Christmas Time the streets are lighted as the shops windows. The atmosphere is joyful and electrifying.
    Now, the question is: Could we live without Christmas Time?
    The answer is: No, we couldn’t

    1. mikiroma says:

      Many thanks for this Cinzia!
      A couple of corrections:
      “Today, December 8, there starts the Christmas period ending on 6 January”
      [Capital letters for months.]
      Everybody rushes to choose gifts, to go to the hairdresser and the beautician, ”
      people buy as much food as the can, as if they were living the last days of their lives

      I hope these help!

  2. MARINA says:

    How to……survive Christmas Day with six top tips:
    1. remember that Christmas Day comes once in a year;
    2. remember how you loved these days when you were a child. Now your children are entitled to a happy and paceful Christmas;
    3. remember to live these days with semplicity, it won’t be easy because the people are very agitated as if before the outbreak of a world War;
    4. remember the religious meaning of this day and make a Nativity with your children, it will be very funny and relaxing;
    5. try to smile and to be generous with all the people you meet;
    6. be brave! Remember: you’ll survive as you did last year.

    Happy Christmas!

  3. claudia says:

    To make a good impression on your first day in your English lesson, just do everything I have not done, that is, present yourself with a notebook, a pen and a book as suggested at the time of enrollment.
    Try to participate actively in the lesson and introduce yourself to your new friends in a nice and cute way

  4. Cinzia Pennesi says:

    Hi, I’m back
    I’m a trainer of young gymnastic technicians. I teach them how the plan the lessons with young gymnast, age from 4 to 12 years. Each time is the first time! I’m scared and I have to do autogenous training to calm my performance anxiety. Each time is an exam where I have to show to be a good teacher for other future teachers. Is a great responsibility! How to survive?
    Studying to know what to say and to do
    Helping myself with experience of school teaching
    Smiling and playing because are very important positives with children but with adult also
    See you next

  5. Michele says:

    How to keep safe online
    The internet is an unsafe and dangerous place. When you surf the web you have to keep alert to the internet’s risks. This article helps you to prevent them.

    First of all you shouldn’t click on advertising or ambiguous websites because they might introduce virus into your computer. Don’t forget to check the name of a website and open it only if you know about it. If you use social media you should pay attention to other people. Never add to your lot of friends a person who you have never met. However many teenagers often chat with fake people. To prevent any problems you should block their profiles. If you have a child make sure he doesn’t use social media, because there are a lot of cyberbullying and pedophilia cases. Children shouldn’t use the internet because they can’t always be aware of its dangers.

    Finally if you read a piece of news on the web remember to check who its author is. Nowadays even politicians use fake news so never trust unknown sources because they might be fake

  6. Valentina Luchetti says:

    How to survive when you meet a person that you don’t see and hear for a long time.
    It is very embrassing as situation.
    My advice are:

    1) To ask “How are you?”
    2) If you know some information on Facebook, you pretend not to know and ask: “What are you doing in your life?”; “Why are you here?”
    3) After these questions, often embrassing silnces are created…avoid it and tell that it was a plasure to meet you but you have to go because you for example you have to do the shopping.

    These are my advice and I hope they are useful.

  7. Mich says:

    Hi guys, today i’ll fell you how to wash your car, because for me it’s very important.
    1) The first step is to by a garden hose, some car soap, a spongeand a microfiber tag towel.

    When you have got these work tools, you can start washing your car.

    2) The second step is spray the car all over with clean water.

    3) Then you must put some car soap on the sponge, and you have to start to soap one part oh the car (rear, top, right side..) at a time.

    4) When you have finished soaping a part of the car, you have to rinse that part oh the car.

    Repeat steps 3 and 4 for all other parts of the car.

    5) When you have finished totally steps 3-4, you can start to dry the car with a microfiber cloth or leather cloth.

    This is a simple tutorial, not detailed wash instructions.

  8. Nicolò says:

    How to… spend little to travel
    the first rule is not to travel in high season, but sometimes is not possible with the holiday period of work.
    the second is to book the flight as soon as possible because otherwise the price is more expensive before departure.
    Check the house sharing possibility, this year I rent my apartment fron 27 dic to 3 gen , so I use the money for travel in Chile in the same period.
    If you know a employee of airline you can have a big discount or a free ticket.
    Another rule is do not buy travel packages, but it is better organize your travel or trip on the spot.
    But the most important rule is to change the plane where you’ll go and have a partner who you love very much.
    Now I’m going to Chile for ten days and I decided only 5 days ago.
    We don’t have book anythings, so when we come back we will tell the trip and how much money we have spent.
    Happy new year

    1. mikiroma says:

      Hello Nico and many thanks for your story.

      Just a few corrections:
      1.) “but sometimes *it* is not possible with the holiday period of work.”
      2.) “the second is to book the flight as *early* as possible because otherwise the price *goes up* *just* before departure”
      3.) “If you know *an airline employee* you can *get* a big discount or *even* a free ticket.”
      4.) “Another rule is *not to buy* travel packages”
      What exactly do you mean when you write, “But the most important rule is to change the plane where you’ll go “? I am not quite sure what situation you are describing.

      Keep calm – and carry on writing!
      The Editor

  9. Patrizia says:

    OPS! I’m very sorry for the mistake. Thank you!

    1. mikiroma says:

      No problem. 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

      1. Patrizia says:

        I am very grateful for your corrections and for each teaching. Thank you very much.

  10. Artur says:

    How to make a good impression at a job interview

    1. It’s very important not to be late at a job interview.
    Being punctual shows your respect for others and builds your self-confidence. You should remember that time is money. Check the company address and arrive 15 minutes before the scheduled meeting time.

    2. The first impression you make on a potential employer is the most important one.
    Make sure you dress to make the right impression! Begin by smiling and be sure to make eye contact. Wash and dry your hands because you probably won’t be able to avoid handshake. Manners matter during a job interview.

    3. You should carefully analyze the job offer before the interview.
    Research the industry and company. Focus on your key skills. Point out the interests, experiences, and personal qualities which will enable you to meet or exceed the requirements.

    4. Be ready to introduce yourself and prepare for common interview questions.
    Keep your introduction short and concise. Be prepared for follow up questions. Speak in short sentences. Think positive and don’t panic.

    1. mikiroma says:

      Nice one Artur! There are very few mistakes.. just one correction: “you probably won’t be able to avoid handshake.” should be “you probably won’t be able to avoid shaking hands.”

      I look forward to seeing you in next week’s class!

  11. Angela says:


    Today, more than ever, it’s important for parents to help their children to enjoy reading as a normal activity in the family and the immense privilege of becoming regular readers. So I present the following tips:

    1. GIVE EXAMPLE: The adults are a model for children. So it is important that the parents read in front of the children and they can also take advantage of any situation of daily life to awaken their curiosity for all types of written text. It is convenient to show and comment with them what each text is, what it is for and how to read it.

    2. LISTENING: It is important to pay attention to children’s questions about writing, even before they begin to read and write and answer their questions, because with our explanations, they will learn a lot about our language and about the writings we use regularly.

    3. SHARING: When we are with the chidren and we read aloud, we are inviting them to discover the wonderful worlds created by literature. So It is important to share with them and to provide them a pleasant and relaxed climate for reading.

    4. BE CONSTANT: The only way to encourage the habit of reading is putting it into practice. Let’s reserve a reading time every day. Let us look for the appropriate moments, in which the tiredness does not prevent the children from being clear, curious, before the book. Do not take up all your free time with other activities. Give them time for reading.

    5. ASK FOR ADVICE: Encouraging them to frequent bookstores and libraries in the afternoons, holidays, etc can be an interesting activity to enrich their capacity of learning. With our example and with the help of specialists, children will learn from an early age to enjoy the reading.

    6. STIMULATE, ENCOURAGE: Any family event or experience of children can serve to bring them closer to reading. It is important we can look for appropriate moments to give them the books and update us about the books they like or about the latest interesting publications that have been made.

  12. Carlo Luigi says:

    How to survive….. to the traffic in Rome!

    First of all forget your car. I suggest to buy a scooter or a bike if you won’t be late on dates!

    2) You shouldn’t have to take the Lungotevere , it’s too busy.

    3)Don’t mess up the time to get out, you might find yourself in a jungle of cars .

    4)Stay away from Taxy or NCC, they are very dangerous ! 🙂

    5) Be ready to reply to swear word. NOT TO BE UNPREPARED.

    Keep all this advice and you’ll survive enough

    1. mikiroma says:

      Many thanks for this, Carlo! A few corrections:
      “First of all, leave your car at home. I suggest buying a scooter if you don’t want to be late for dates!”
      “You shouldn’t ride along the Lungotevere. It’s too congested.”
      “Don’t go out at the wrong time”
      “Stay away from taxis
      Follow all this advice..”

  13. Simone says:

    Hello to all,
    below, the points that in my experience I have had to follow in order to survive a job interview:
    1) not to appear insecure, use a formal language and maintain eye contact with the other party, remain relaxed.
    2) Examine carefully the job description and all the skills required for the job position.
    3) Find more information about the company to be taken by me, finding information on the Internet on the company’s history and what it covers.
    4) Treat clothing, dress formally with jacket and shirt, wearing elegant trousers and shoes.
    5) Be on time, do not arrive too early or too late, but accurately keep your appointment.

    1. mikiroma says:

      Nice one again, Simone! Corrections:
      “use [a] formal language”
      “Find out more about the company…”
      “information about the company that might take me on
      “Treat clothing, dress formally ” => “Dress formally, in a jacket and shirt…”
      “but be careful to keep your appointment.”

      I hope these help!
      The Editor.

  14. Silvia says:

    How to …survive at a polling station day’s (when you are returning officer)

    Be rested. You need to go to sleep early the night before, you’ll coordinate the activities on Sunday late.

    Respect the rules and the roles . It’s very important that each one do their work without cause the conflict.

    Respect the pauses. Everybody has to come back in time after their break.

    Be cooperative. This is a teamwork and your help is very important if you want to achieve the goal.

    Choose a comfortable clothes. It’ll be a long day, you’ll work at least 18 hours.

    1. mikiroma says:

      Nice one, Silvia! A few corrections:
      “Be well rested. You need to go to bed early the night before, as you’ll be coordinating [the] activities till late on Sunday.”
      Observe both the rules and the roles”
      “It’s very important for everyone to do their jobs without causing conflict.”
      “Respect the pauses~” => “Observe break times.”
      “Everybody has to come back on time”
      “This is [a] teamwork”
      “Choose [a] comfortable clothes”
      “you’ll be working at least 18 hours”

      Watch out for the correct use of articles “a” and “the”.
      I hope these corrections help you.

      1. Silvia says:

        Ok Michael!
        Thank you so much.

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