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by serenella
Fri Mar 16, 2007 2:41 pm
Forum: Help Each Other with English
Topic: Is there a way to assess the vocabulary?
Replies: 4
Views: 2250

It's better you don't, Oriani! :wink:
My research is about words and human mind, it's quite a boring item to read...
by serenella
Fri Mar 16, 2007 11:18 am
Forum: Help Each Other with English
Topic: Is there a way to assess the vocabulary?
Replies: 4
Views: 2250

Hi Petra, I've always been fascinated by words and I have written my final thesis at the university just about lexis. There are many tests to check progress in learning vocabulary (in a bookshop you can find many books dedicated to such tests), since it's probably the most difficult skill both in le...
by serenella
Tue Mar 06, 2007 12:02 pm
Forum: Adventure & Travel
Topic: Barcelona
Replies: 23
Views: 10108

Barcelona is wonderful! I was there for the first time last month and I'll surely go again... Well, I liked the Rambles, Parc Güell, the various buildings designed by Gaudi, the Gothic District... people, the weather (warm and sunny, similar to Italian weather), the atmosphere. I will never forget t...
by serenella
Sun Feb 25, 2007 10:48 am
Forum: Talking Point Discussion
Topic: Globalisation: is it good or bad?
Replies: 22
Views: 87920

culture of variety of countries can be influenced little or much , that make features of them lost and turn the world into the boring place with similar cultures. That's the point in my opinion. Globalisation is a good thing if it doesn't make the variety of cultures disappear. Every people has a r...
by serenella
Sun Feb 25, 2007 10:35 am
Forum: Books & Authors
Topic: 1984
Replies: 19
Views: 15149

Exactly, Nu!
Do you agree?
by serenella
Sun Feb 18, 2007 9:03 pm
Forum: Adventure & Travel
Topic: Interesting places in London
Replies: 30
Views: 25169

I am longing to see Dixie's pictures too and to read her impressions about London!
by serenella
Sun Feb 18, 2007 8:58 pm
Forum: Books & Authors
Topic: 1984
Replies: 19
Views: 15149

Yes Nu, I think we can, but first we have to be aware of our condition.
Perhaps culture can help us, what do you think?
by serenella
Thu Feb 15, 2007 3:48 pm
Forum: Adventure & Travel
Topic: Interesting places in London
Replies: 30
Views: 25169

Dixie, I love London and I think you'll love it. I usually spent my holidays there when I studied at the University and I went back there for a few days last December. What I love most in London is the British Museum, Oxford Street, the Tower Bridge, Covent Garden, Westminster Abbey, the Windsor Cas...
by serenella
Thu Feb 15, 2007 2:57 pm
Forum: Food & Fitness
Topic: Breakfast~~
Replies: 73
Views: 53598

In Italy we are not used to eat sausages, eggs, porridge, etc. for breakfast, even if I think it's a right way of starting one's day (one gets energy and has a lot of time ahead for digestion).
I usually have just a cappuccino and toast with honey/jam.
by serenella
Thu Feb 15, 2007 2:23 pm
Forum: Food & Fitness
Topic: choclate!
Replies: 18
Views: 11806

If you visit Barcelona one day, remember to try hot chocolate there!
There is a road where you can drink the best hot chocolate in the whole town: it's very thick, with a lot of whipped cream on the top and you can dip 'churros' (a kind of fried sweets) into it... :D
by serenella
Thu Feb 15, 2007 1:53 pm
Forum: Books & Authors
Topic: 1984
Replies: 19
Views: 15149

It explains a future society where everything is controlled: not only the society but also the individual itself. Every movement, every thought, is controlled by the government or what in the novel is called "The Big Brother". Don't you think the society Orwell describes is not so 'future' as it ma...
by serenella
Sun Jan 21, 2007 11:01 am
Forum: Food & Fitness
Topic: has anyone tasted any spanish food?
Replies: 10
Views: 8233

I agree with Frengo, Italy and Spain are the countries in Europe where one can eat different dishes, prepared with creativity and variety.
Personally, I don't like very much French cuisine.
by serenella
Sun Jan 21, 2007 10:56 am
Forum: Food & Fitness
Topic: Indian Curry
Replies: 14
Views: 8250

In December I was in London for some days and I found a very good Indian restaurant, where I ate a superb 'chicken tikka masala'. It seems that by now it has become a very popular dish in England, in the supermarket I even found the sauce ready to be used, but in Rome I cannot find it. Someone knows...
by serenella
Fri Jan 05, 2007 8:25 am
Forum: Help Each Other with English
Topic: Meanings and origins
Replies: 11
Views: 5841

I love your topic, too! Very interesting!
by serenella
Wed Jan 03, 2007 3:04 pm
Forum: Food & Fitness
Topic: choclate!
Replies: 18
Views: 11806

Well, in most Italian coffee bars you can find different kinds of hot chocolate (with cinnamon, coffee, bitter cocoa, caramel, nuts, etc.) but they are prepared using a powder mixture ready for use. Personally, I prefer the real hot chocolate, made with pieces of chocolate, melted in hot milk and wi...
by serenella
Wed Jan 03, 2007 9:09 am
Forum: Food & Fitness
Topic: choclate!
Replies: 18
Views: 11806

I love hot chocolate!
Thanks for the suggestions, Oriani. I'll try it and let you know...
What's your favourite hot chocolate? Do you like a liquid chocolate or a thicker chocolate? With sweet or bitter cocoa? With or without whipped cream?
by serenella
Mon Oct 10, 2005 2:21 pm
Forum: Current News
Topic: Should Turkey join the UE?
Replies: 5
Views: 5679

I don't think it's merely a matter of religion, nowadays there are many muslims throughout Europe and it doesn't seem to be a problem, at least in Italy. My doubt is in the fact that Turkey hasn't got a European culture and background both for its past and for its geographical position. Besides, if ...
by serenella
Fri Sep 30, 2005 11:18 am
Forum: Help Each Other with English
Topic: help me ! quick..........
Replies: 1
Views: 1961

I have read it's

Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch

the name of a town in Wales :D :D
by serenella
Fri Sep 30, 2005 10:37 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: life is a book
Replies: 16
Views: 5496

Life is a book.... some pages have already been written, many pages are still to be written...
by serenella
Thu Sep 29, 2005 11:10 am
Forum: Adventure & Travel
Topic: Italy
Replies: 12
Views: 12762

Marisha wrote:Hello. My name is Marina. I'm from Russia. I have been to Italy in this summer. It's a beatyfull country. I would like to retern there, especially in Rome.
Hi, Marina! I'm waiting for you! :)
Unfortunately I didn't know you last Summer, you should come back! :wink:
by serenella
Mon Sep 26, 2005 1:23 pm
Forum: Adventure & Travel
Topic: Italy
Replies: 12
Views: 12762

WHere are ITALIANOOOOO folk I don't see any one from them? serenella ,,martazzz ,,sibilla86?? Present! :) :) I try to login as often as I can, but I'm working... BTW, I think the best way of discovering Italy is visiting it: in Rome, for example, there is an amazing coexistence of past and present,...
by serenella
Fri Sep 23, 2005 3:48 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: what do you think about ideal Mr.Right?
Replies: 25
Views: 4491

I think we are all very interested, but we cannot choose.
May I vote for all items?? :)
by serenella
Thu Sep 22, 2005 10:56 am
Forum: Talking Point Discussion
Topic: If I won $1,000,000...
Replies: 147
Views: 322584

I would do exactly the same as tearHERE5189!
by serenella
Tue Sep 20, 2005 10:56 am
Forum: Books & Authors
Topic: books ain't worth readin
Replies: 17
Views: 23200

And what about Joyce's Ulysses?
I like it very much, it's a great work, but many people list it among boring books...
by serenella
Fri Sep 16, 2005 9:43 am
Forum: Food & Fitness
Topic: How can I make healthy lunch in 15 minutes?
Replies: 16
Views: 18917

I often solve this problem by preparing sandwiches at home with different fillings and different kinds of bread and I take with me some fruit or fruit juices too.
In this way I can eat healthier food than in fastfoods, snack-bars, etc. and it's a quick lunch (I only have 30 a minutes' pause).
by serenella
Thu Sep 15, 2005 12:51 pm
Forum: Adventure & Travel
Topic: Sleep in London
Replies: 9
Views: 9454

What a romantic idea, Rui! She'll surely appreciate it and this will be the first one of many many journeys together throughout the world. :wink: If you stayed more than one night, I would suggest you the vouchering system of Bancotel (http://www.bancotel.com). You can stay in good hotels (three sta...
by serenella
Thu Sep 15, 2005 12:02 pm
Forum: Books & Authors
Topic: books ain't worth readin
Replies: 17
Views: 23200

'Heart of Darkness' by Joseph Conrad.
I guess that many of you like it, but I think it's too sad and pessimistic and it' so slow...
by serenella
Thu Sep 15, 2005 11:53 am
Forum: Adventure & Travel
Topic: where would you like to go???
Replies: 37
Views: 29425

Alright, first Mexico and then Australia!!
My cousin went to Mexico in July and she said it was the most spectacular country she has ever visited.
by serenella
Thu Sep 15, 2005 11:51 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: What kind of foreign language do you want to learn?
Replies: 72
Views: 21154

Re: hello.././..

ahmads wrote: but I wish to learn ITALIAN LANGUAGE IT"S SO SO SO SO spectacular LANGUAGE
after ENGLISH ...
Maybe you say that because you like its sound, but learning Italian grammar and syntax is a big challenge even for Italian mother-tongue people... :(
by serenella
Thu Sep 15, 2005 11:43 am
Forum: Adventure & Travel
Topic: where would you like to go???
Replies: 37
Views: 29425

Perfect! We could organize a group and go to Australia all together!!! :)
by serenella
Wed Sep 14, 2005 3:02 pm
Forum: Food & Fitness
Topic: PEPSI vs COCA COLA - which one do you like ??
Replies: 48
Views: 44533

I don't like such drinks very much, but I vote for Coke!
by serenella
Tue Sep 13, 2005 2:55 pm
Forum: Food & Fitness
Topic: have you tasted food of several country?
Replies: 29
Views: 28084

I agree with Chemist, every country has its own special dishes and I wouldn't like to eat Italian food every day of my life.
I also like Chinese, Spanish, Mexican, Argentine food.
I've never tried Egyptian food, but thanks to Blossom now I've got many recipes and can try it. :)
by serenella
Mon Sep 12, 2005 2:42 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: I want to know people who wants to like languages
Replies: 7
Views: 3210

Hi Jachia,
just ask whenever you need, and I'll answer you!
BTW, I hope we can meet and speak in Italian when you come here for your master degree...
by serenella
Mon Sep 12, 2005 2:31 pm
Forum: Adventure & Travel
Topic: Sleep in London
Replies: 9
Views: 9454

Hi Rui, I've been in London several times, but I cannot help you. :( Accomodations in the center are expensive, I can suggest that you go to some bed&breakfast, they are lovely and cheaper than hotels. Have you got an English tourist office in your country? They are usually very helpful. Otherwise, ...
by serenella
Mon Sep 12, 2005 2:20 pm
Forum: Adventure & Travel
Topic: where would you like to go???
Replies: 37
Views: 29425

My list is very very long, I would like to spend my life travelling....
BTW, at the first place there is Australia!
by serenella
Mon Sep 12, 2005 2:11 pm
Forum: Books & Authors
Topic: What is the latest book you have read recently?
Replies: 603
Views: 365608

Marzieh wrote:The latest book I read was Al-quimista by Pauolo Coelho.
Have you read the last book by Paulo Coelho 'The Zahir'?
It's one of the latest books I read and I think it's the best one among all those written by him.
by serenella
Fri Sep 09, 2005 2:36 pm
Forum: Books & Authors
Topic: Herman Hesse
Replies: 7
Views: 11246

Even if Hesse is not my favourite author, I like him very much!
I've read almost all his books and my favourite is 'Siddharta', but I must say most of his writings are not very easy, maybe because he describes human souls and feelings.
by serenella
Fri Sep 09, 2005 2:24 pm
Forum: Books & Authors
Topic: A great poet
Replies: 6
Views: 11410

quicksilver7486 wrote:
have u ever read Tagore's poets?
So greattttttttttt
I like him .
Yes, I like his poems very much!!
He has written a lot, but his words are all sublime!
by serenella
Thu Sep 08, 2005 3:24 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: I want to know people who wants to like languages
Replies: 7
Views: 3210

Hi, Jachia and welcome :)
I'm Italian and if you need to improve the language, I'm ready to help you!
How long have you been studying Italian? Why have you chosen this language?
by serenella
Tue Sep 06, 2005 12:51 pm
Forum: Adventure & Travel
Topic: HOLIDAYS :)
Replies: 15
Views: 16535

I'm back from my holidays too :(
They always seem so short!!
I have gone to Greece: wonderful sea, warm weather, interesting ruins and signs from the past...
by serenella
Tue Sep 06, 2005 12:34 pm
Forum: Books & Authors
Topic: What is your favourite book?
Replies: 114
Views: 127523

Hi,
I've just come back from my holidays, a period in which I usually read a lot and... what a difficult question!
Well, I cannot choose a favourite book too, but one of my favourite books is 'Possession' by Antonia Susan Byatt.
Has anyone read it?
by serenella
Fri Aug 12, 2005 10:01 am
Forum: Food & Fitness
Topic: All about smoking
Replies: 53
Views: 64152

In Italy a rather recent law bans smoking in public places (restaurants, shops, offices, etc.).
Smokers say they feel emarginated, but I think it's a great thing, because in the last months cigarette sellings have been reduced and this is good both for smokers' and non-smokers' health.
by serenella
Tue Aug 09, 2005 2:06 pm
Forum: Food & Fitness
Topic: What foods did you cook in this summer?
Replies: 15
Views: 15030

If you want some new ideas for cooking pasta, have a look at
http://www.mangiarebene.net and click on 'Culinary Academy', then on 'pasta' and/or 'pasta express'!
by serenella
Tue Aug 09, 2005 1:28 pm
Forum: Talking Point Discussion
Topic: Nobody can be happy by trying to find happiness.
Replies: 157
Views: 363290

'The talent for being happy is appreciating and liking what you have, instead of what you don't have' (Woody Allen)
by serenella
Mon Aug 08, 2005 2:15 pm
Forum: Food & Fitness
Topic: What foods did you cook in this summer?
Replies: 15
Views: 15030

When it's hot, I like cooking and eating cold pasta.
You can make it in many ways: with tomatoes and 'mozzarella' cheese, with nuts and peppers, with tuna and olives, with shrimps and marrows... and whatever your creativity suggests.
by serenella
Mon Aug 08, 2005 1:46 pm
Forum: Books & Authors
Topic: What is the latest book you have read recently?
Replies: 603
Views: 365608

I don't like Dickens, too. He was surely a great writer, but I don't like reading his books: besides being boring, I think they are too realistic, pessimistic, sad.
by serenella
Mon Aug 08, 2005 1:35 pm
Forum: Food & Fitness
Topic: Coffee or Tea
Replies: 72
Views: 56435

I prefer tea, black tea!
by serenella
Fri Aug 05, 2005 9:49 am
Forum: Books & Authors
Topic: Why should we read books?
Replies: 18
Views: 38553

It's the same for me too! Reading is my favourite hobby and I couldn't live without books.
by serenella
Thu Aug 04, 2005 2:59 pm
Forum: Books & Authors
Topic: What is the latest book you have read recently?
Replies: 603
Views: 365608

Violet, I liked The Little Prince a lot and I often read it again.
I think that we should never forget its deepest message: appearance is not important, we should follow what we feel, what our heart suggests us...
by serenella
Thu Aug 04, 2005 10:10 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Hi everybody!!!
Replies: 5
Views: 2391

Thanks! :)
by serenella
Wed Aug 03, 2005 2:20 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Hi everybody!!!
Replies: 5
Views: 2391

Hi, Dixie! I'm fine thanks :) I've never forgotten you all, but in the last few months my work was very frantic and I had not enough spare time to do everything I wished. But now holidays are near, I'll leave Rome on 13th August and I'll be back in the first week of September. WOW! Then, I'll try to...
by serenella
Wed Aug 03, 2005 11:30 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Hi everybody!!!
Replies: 5
Views: 2391

Hi everybody!!!

Hello!
After a few busy months, I'm back and I'd like to greet you all, 'old' and new EC members :)
BTW, even if I often have no time to write, I have read all - well, almost all :oops: - your posts.
by serenella
Fri Apr 22, 2005 12:44 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: What kind of foreign language do you want to learn?
Replies: 72
Views: 21154

Shokin, as far as I know, there are many websites which offer online lessons, but you have to pay. In my opinion, the best one among the free ones is http://corso.italica.rai.it/ where you can also find a guide in English. BTW, Italian has a difficult grammar and syntax :( RedRose, I'd be glad to he...
by serenella
Thu Apr 21, 2005 1:31 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: What kind of foreign language do you want to learn?
Replies: 72
Views: 21154

and if you need help with Italian, I'll be your teacher and your guide when you come to Italy!
by serenella
Thu Apr 21, 2005 11:57 am
Forum: Adventure & Travel
Topic: which country you wanna go???
Replies: 15
Views: 12929

Yeah! I'll come with you, Dixie! :)
I also think the whole world is worthy visiting....
BTW, next week I'll be on holiday in Spain, Andalucia!
by serenella
Thu Apr 21, 2005 11:48 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: What kind of foreign language do you want to learn?
Replies: 72
Views: 21154

I'd choose Spanish, because Italian is my mother tongue and I have already studied both German and French.
BTW, Dixie, German is a language I like much and... Redrose is right: German men are very handsome! ;)
by serenella
Thu Mar 10, 2005 3:12 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Do you like this site?
Replies: 18
Views: 4226

:lol: :lol: This is the most interesting poll of the whole forum!
BTW, if we had choice, the result would be the same: 100% YES!
by serenella
Fri Mar 04, 2005 10:23 am
Forum: Help Each Other with English
Topic: Could you help me???
Replies: 5
Views: 3078

Hi maggie!
If you need to improve your vocabulary and letter/e-mail writing, I suggest that you use those books for learning English for Specific Purposes, which should contain many examples of sentences/words for your field.
by serenella
Wed Feb 02, 2005 12:51 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: What is your favourite time of day?
Replies: 19
Views: 4977

I vote for morning!
I also like sunrise, a new beginning, a new day for living and doing many things, a lot of hours available before the day finishes...
by serenella
Sun Jan 16, 2005 10:43 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Prostitution: Should it be legalized?
Replies: 15
Views: 4192

I vote for NO, too!
We cannot deny prostitution exists, but if we legalize it, I'm afraid it would be a more spread problem.
by serenella
Fri Jan 07, 2005 12:21 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Our age
Replies: 37
Views: 13537

I don't agree, either. Take my uncle for example. He's 35 now, and he's so childish sometimes. I think that makes him lovable. It's so great to see it playing with his little daughter, making up games for his kids and playing with them all along. I agree with you, Dixie! I think we should never for...
by serenella
Fri Jan 07, 2005 12:15 pm
Forum: Adventure & Travel
Topic: Some nice places in Vietnam
Replies: 44
Views: 46597

wowwwwwww really nice serenella i'm with you :R: but the first in my list is Rome can you post some pic . you or frengo So, when are you coming to Rome? I'm ready to be your personal guide! :) If you want to look at some pictures, just click here: http://www.romaturismo.it/v2/operatoriprofessionali...
by serenella
Wed Jan 05, 2005 11:48 am
Forum: Adventure & Travel
Topic: Some nice places in Vietnam
Replies: 44
Views: 46597

Thanks Arale! What a wonderful place!
I've just added Vietnam to the list of the places I want to visit :R:
by serenella
Mon Jan 03, 2005 1:23 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Which of these captures your interest?
Replies: 18
Views: 4777

Books for me too!
I could live on a desert island without TV and computers, but not without books!
by serenella
Wed Dec 22, 2004 5:10 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: hi, everyone
Replies: 2
Views: 1550

Hi Antonella! I'm posting here, because we have used the thread 'Personal Advice' improperly to write about our country.... I've never been to your wonderful beaches, but I hope to come soon. Moreover, my boyfriend lives in Rome, but he was born in Apulia and has lived there for 19 years... Are you ...
by serenella
Sun Dec 19, 2004 7:35 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Being worried
Replies: 19
Views: 7530

Everywhere is good for shopping, Dixie! ;) Have you got any favourite place? And/or any favourite shop? Hi Forenza, nice to meet you in EC! :) You will meet many nice people here and I assure you this is a very interesting and cool forum! I'm from Rome. Where are you from exactly, I mean which part ...
by serenella
Sat Dec 18, 2004 2:56 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Being worried
Replies: 19
Views: 7530

Dixie, wait for me!!!!
I wanna go shopping too, even if one week before Christmas streets are crowded and shops are full of people looking for the right gift... :)
by serenella
Thu Dec 02, 2004 5:19 pm
Forum: Adventure & Travel
Topic: why do you love travelling?
Replies: 37
Views: 25068

I love travelling, too!!
And my reasons are the same as most EC members: travelling makes us open our minds, lets us get in touch with different cultures, meet wonderful people and look at beautiful places...
by serenella
Fri Nov 26, 2004 4:59 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: do you think that life exists in other planets or galaxies?
Replies: 31
Views: 9304

Yes, why not???
And I wonder how is their life on another planet....
by serenella
Fri Nov 19, 2004 4:49 pm
Forum: Adventure & Travel
Topic: interesting food & drink
Replies: 28
Views: 19657

Everytime I have tried pizza abroad I have found it very different from Italian pizza, I think it's both a matter of ingredients and procedure...
by serenella
Thu Nov 18, 2004 5:33 pm
Forum: Adventure & Travel
Topic: Best place you've been to
Replies: 23
Views: 19906

1) the place I love most is Wien, a quiet town, with its Imperial atmosphere, friendly people and a deep cultural background, but I also like Ireland a lot and I would like to go back soon there (Dixie, we could organize a trip together!) 2) the list of the places I would like to visit is very long;...
by serenella
Thu Nov 18, 2004 5:21 pm
Forum: Adventure & Travel
Topic: interesting food & drink
Replies: 28
Views: 19657

I've never heard about it, is it very sweet?

As I have already posted somewhere else, when you come to Italy, I'll cook pizza for you all and also pasta :P
....for you too, Jonrey! :wink:
by serenella
Thu Nov 18, 2004 5:13 pm
Forum: Creative Writing
Topic: MY DREAM
Replies: 7
Views: 3128

Yes, you should publish a book with all your poems!!
by serenella
Tue Nov 16, 2004 5:08 pm
Forum: Adventure & Travel
Topic: interesting food & drink
Replies: 28
Views: 19657

Hi!
In Italy there are many Chinese restaurants and I like Chinese food.
Well, its dishes are very different from the ones we are used to, so sometimes it could be strange, but Chinese food is very popular here and the price is quite cheap.
by serenella
Wed Nov 10, 2004 5:05 pm
Forum: Creative Writing
Topic: I LOVE YOU!!!
Replies: 45
Views: 18534

Thank you, Francine! Very interesting!
I'm wondering about the sound of this sentence in different languages....
by serenella
Thu Oct 28, 2004 1:06 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: I'm waiting ur advice A S A P Pls.
Replies: 16
Views: 6361

Hi Kimo!
If I were you, I would choose the job I like most, because you'll have to spend much of your time doing it.
Good luck!
by serenella
Thu Oct 21, 2004 2:09 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Carlos from Barcelona
Replies: 38
Views: 28372

Hi Carlos, some days ago I was just planning a week end in Barcelona with some friends...
by serenella
Tue Oct 19, 2004 7:00 pm
Forum: Creative Writing
Topic: What is Love ?
Replies: 22
Views: 7395

Beautiful!!! :)
by serenella
Thu Oct 14, 2004 3:06 pm
Forum: Creative Writing
Topic: Better Luck Next Time!
Replies: 13
Views: 4134

Re: Better Luck Next Time!

Wish I could write well. But no matter what, I hate writing many long sentences unless I know I'll get something really valuable in return. :( What do you mean with 'something really valuable in return'? :o Better luck next time .
by serenella
Fri Oct 08, 2004 6:07 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Fast food
Replies: 37
Views: 9235

Asep, the oven is warm, I'm waiting for you too! :lol: Hahahahahaha!!! :D:D:D:D Looks like someone wants to eat Asep! :P Asep a la carbonara !! :D:D:D :lol: :lol: :lol: You're right Dixie!!! Maybe it's better to explain: I don't want to cook Asep! :D Asep, don't worry, you won't become 'alla carbon...
by serenella
Fri Oct 08, 2004 6:02 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: How Do You Non-Native Speakers Feel About Your E Skills?
Replies: 40
Views: 8421

Congratulations, Dixie! 4 foreign languages at the same time or in different periods? And was it difficult? I have stopped at 3 foreign languages and I don't think one can confuse rules and structures, they are like separate worlds and different ways of thinking, even if sometimes vocabulary require...
by serenella
Fri Oct 08, 2004 1:43 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: How Do You Non-Native Speakers Feel About Your E Skills?
Replies: 40
Views: 8421

I think that if we learn more than one language, we are obliged to make comparisons and to reflect upon each language structure, vocabulary, etc. and this could be very helpful. BTW, I don't think that there are people who can master several languages and other people who aren't able to learn just o...
by serenella
Fri Oct 08, 2004 1:02 pm
Forum: Creative Writing
Topic: Humor is a kind of gift
Replies: 6
Views: 2793

A very meaningful story, Rose!
Too often we forget that humor could help us to live better!
by serenella
Wed Oct 06, 2004 4:32 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: How Do You Non-Native Speakers Feel About Your E Skills?
Replies: 40
Views: 8421

Yes, of course! I can teach you Italian!
Let's start right now.
Lesson n. 1:
Ciao Asep, come stai? :)

Do you (EC members, not only Asep) think that learning more than one foreign language is useful or do you think it could confuse you and it would be better to focus just on a single language?
by serenella
Wed Oct 06, 2004 12:44 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: How Do You Non-Native Speakers Feel About Your E Skills?
Replies: 40
Views: 8421

Through exposure to 'real' English: TV, books, newspapers, songs, films... and - why not? - the Internet (especially EC, let me advertise this forum :wink: ). As regards speaking, I think the best way to improve such a skill is spending as much time as possible in an English speaking country or at l...
by serenella
Wed Oct 06, 2004 12:30 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Fast food
Replies: 37
Views: 9235

Ok, Charlotte! I'll ship pizza to you, self-made pizza, but it's not very good when it becomes cold, so it's better you come here to eat pizza! I'm waiting for you!!! :) Asep, the oven is warm, I'm waiting for you too! In the meanwhile, can you please tell me what kind of pizza do you prefer? Mozzar...
by serenella
Wed Oct 06, 2004 12:23 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: which fast foodchain?
Replies: 18
Views: 4461

Yes, I think it's because McDonald's has got the 'egemony' over here, or just because people prefer 'slow food' or simply pasta and pizza and don't go to fast foods very often.
by serenella
Wed Oct 06, 2004 12:16 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: How Do You Non-Native Speakers Feel About Your E Skills?
Replies: 40
Views: 8421

They are earning a lot of money playing football, but they're not very clever, I mean I wouldn't know what to talk with them about, except football... so, if I were you, I would prefer to be myself!
by serenella
Tue Oct 05, 2004 6:07 pm
Forum: Creative Writing
Topic: TO LOVE AGAIN......
Replies: 18
Views: 4738

Really a beautiful poem Francine, both for its meaning and for its structure!
by serenella
Tue Oct 05, 2004 6:01 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: New-entry from Italy - hi!
Replies: 68
Views: 40976

Arale, I agree with you. Teaching a language means teaching to communicate, so group-work is very helpful, even if it causes noise in the classroom. Anyway, I have found some classes which were strictly organized according to quitness, I mean each student was matched in his/her desk with another stu...
by serenella
Tue Oct 05, 2004 1:41 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Fast food
Replies: 37
Views: 9235

I hope I can make a lot of pizzas, this means that I'll meet a lot of EC members!
by serenella
Tue Oct 05, 2004 1:36 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Fast food
Replies: 37
Views: 9235

Yes, of course!!! :)
And I like making pizza, because one can put everything on it (well, almost everything...) and change flavours and colours.
Ok, I promise that if any of you comes to Italy, I'll prepare pizza for you all! :wink:
by serenella
Tue Oct 05, 2004 1:09 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: which fast foodchain?
Replies: 18
Views: 4461

In Rome we only had McDonald's and Burger King. Now all Burger King fast foods have closed and we can go only to McDonald's which has not so many point-of-sales as in most European towns. I think this is because in Italy people prefer 'slow food' and fast food is not a good business... I like going ...
by serenella
Tue Oct 05, 2004 1:00 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Which sections of this forum are your favorite?
Replies: 10
Views: 3684

I prefer General Discussion too, because the range of issues varies a lot, is more open to every kind of discussion/suggestion.
by serenella
Tue Oct 05, 2004 12:57 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Fast food
Replies: 37
Views: 9235

I vote for pizza! I could eat pizza every day!
Did you expect a different answer from an Italian? :wink:
by serenella
Mon Oct 04, 2004 6:18 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: How Do You Non-Native Speakers Feel About Your E Skills?
Replies: 40
Views: 8421

Asep, would you really like to look like Totti or Del Piero? :o
Or would you like to be a football player? :D
by serenella
Thu Sep 30, 2004 6:27 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: How Do You Non-Native Speakers Feel About Your E Skills?
Replies: 40
Views: 8421

Sometimes, after spending more than one week abroad...
Bu the way, it's strange, I think one does not really dreams in English, I mean in correct English, but in the language our brain knows, with mistakes and imperfections, so it's like thinking in English.
by serenella
Thu Sep 30, 2004 5:18 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: How Do You Non-Native Speakers Feel About Your E Skills?
Replies: 40
Views: 8421

Yes, I agree Charlotte! Thinking in English and not translating from our mother tongue into English is a good exercise!
Has someone of you ever succeeded in dreaming in English or any other foreign language?
by serenella
Thu Sep 30, 2004 1:18 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: How Do You Non-Native Speakers Feel About Your E Skills?
Replies: 40
Views: 8421

My personal solution is: practise, as much practise as I can and possibly listening to different dialects and accents.
As regards facial expressions and gestures, unfortunately, they are not universal :? but I think they can help us, even if sometimes they may cause embarassing misunderstandings...
by serenella
Thu Sep 30, 2004 11:44 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: How Do You Non-Native Speakers Feel About Your E Skills?
Replies: 40
Views: 8421

I think that achieving a good level in listening and speaking skills is more difficult than in writing and reading ones, because dialogues - and conversation in general - have a quicker rhythm and therefore I have less time to think about words, sentence structure and so on. Anyway, as for listening...