Gardening, My Diary

Beginning again

How do you all feel after the holidays? In a way it's a bit like New Year isn't it? We've had a rest, or fun, or learnt things and we've come back NEW to start our lives all over again. Did you miss anything? What's the first thing you look at after you turn the… Continue reading Beginning again

My Diary

After the holidays

Well, as we say, "it's all over bar the shouting", but in my case, maybe it should be "the shouting's over". It has become such a NOISY world; it seems as if people are afraid to be alone with their own silence. Once upon a time we bought devices to plug into ,or over our… Continue reading After the holidays

Teaching English


Yes, it's got a whole load of meanings, not just male bees or bombs-on-presidents! I used to tease my uni students by "droning" on like them...finishing with "amen" just to make them realise, with a laugh, how boring they were. Drone means to speak in a flat, boring, way, losing your listeners' interest on the… Continue reading Droning

Teaching English

Pronunciation problems

I always find it very embarrassing when I tell my students that they need to speak well. The reason? I've been in Italy for a long ,long time and I still speak like Stan Laurel! But the point is this: People can understand me because Italian is a pretty straightforward language to speak, whereas if you don't… Continue reading Pronunciation problems

Teaching English

What I’d like to do

I'd like to help people learn English. I have  very long experience teaching English and the one thing that stands out in my mind is this. After the first lesson my students say to me, "no one ever told me that" so I do think I could help YOU too