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How to Survive an Intercultural Relationship: Part 1

Living abroad, I have had the opportunity to date people of various cultural backgrounds. An intercultural relationship often takes more work than one between two people from the same background. Don’t get me wrong – long-term relationships all require hard work. But when you throw different languages, religions and cultures into the mix, it gets… Continue reading How to Survive an Intercultural Relationship: Part 1

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Hobbits, Castles and Flower Festivals Part 2

At the end of Part 1, the Hobbit gang had just left Rocca Calascio and were headed to Rocca di Mezzo to see La Festa del Narciso. As we live in the mountains, the roads can be very winding, so if you do decide to visit and suffer from travel sickness, be sure to take… Continue reading Hobbits, Castles and Flower Festivals Part 2

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Hobbits, Castles and Flower Festivals Part 1

It all started at an ungodly hour on Sunday morning. Well, I say ungodly but it was actually about 9 o’clock when I woke¬†up. I got a phone call from my sister who was unsure about whether we would be going for our planned trip to Rocca Calascio as the weather was not great. We… Continue reading Hobbits, Castles and Flower Festivals Part 1

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Why You Need to Stop Apologising for Your Imperfect Language

Oh, this is terrible! I haven’t written anything in two months. So many things have happened recently that I want to write about, including visiting castles and watching Easter parades, and I hope that I will be able to do it. I actually have a whole list of half-finished drafts on my page. Life and… Continue reading Why You Need to Stop Apologising for Your Imperfect Language

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How to Survive a Conversation Class

For many newly-certified and inexperienced ESL teachers, the thought of giving a conversation class can often be a daunting, if not downright terrifying, thought. It certainly was for me when I first started teaching. What will we talk about? How will I make it last one hour? What if we run out of things to… Continue reading How to Survive a Conversation Class