I teach English (EFL), Italian & Spanish with Zoom. One to one ยฃ20/h & small groups ยฃ10/h. Teachi

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Hi all,

I can't believe autumn is already here! ๐Ÿ‚
Now that the term is about to start, I look back and reflect on what the summer has been like.

The summer has been a time for rest, family, and friends, as well as sunshine โ˜€๏ธ, exploring new places and swims ๐ŸŠโ€โ™€๏ธ.
The summer has brought wonderful celebrations but also plenty of losses.
The summer has been full of trips by plane, train and bus to spend quality time with loved ones ๐Ÿซ‚.
The summer months have also been full of preparation for new and exciting projects, meetings, and long hours sitting in front of my laptop ๐Ÿ˜ตโ€๐Ÿ’ซ๐Ÿ’ป.

I'm ready for Term 1! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Are you ready for autumn?


Hi everyone! How would you finish the sentence: Summer is time for...?
For me it's time for family ๐Ÿซ‚, sunshineโ˜€๏ธ, swimming pool ๐ŸŠโ€โ™€๏ธ, sunsets๐ŸŒ…, summer fruits ๐Ÿ’๐Ÿ‰๐Ÿฅญ, and putting my feet up ๐Ÿ’†๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ, among other things.
I hope you find the time to slow down and reset!

Photos from lauranic.languages's post 20/06/2023

Hi everyone!
Today is World Refugee Day. ๐ŸŒŽ๐ŸŒ
On this day, the World honors the courage and resilience shown by refugees who were forced to spend difficult days and nights in their home country through no fault of theirs.
World Refugee Day is observed as a day to remember all those people who were once happy in their native land, but then were forced to leave everything behind and move elsewhere.


Hi everyone, it's been a while!
Do you struggle with pronunciation? ๐Ÿ—ฃ I hear you! ๐Ÿ˜… Try to read this poem (I don't know the author) and have fun! ๐Ÿ˜‰


Happy international women's day!
Celebrate every important woman in your life: mothers, sisters, other relatives, friends and partners!
Think about the impact each one of them has had in your life! ๐ŸŒพ


Happy World Book Day! (UK) ๐Ÿ“š

Several years ago I discovered this photo called Endless Stories, by .joh
I love how it transports you to the magic one can experience with stories and books.

๐Ÿ“š Do you remember any of your childhood favourites?
I remember enjoying several books from the 'Choose your own Adventure' series.

๐Ÿ“š Do you have a favourite book? Or a favourite author?
I love Khaled Hosseini's The Kite Runner, A Thousand Splendid Suns as well as And the Mountains Echoed. Emotionally difficult to read, as they portray life in Afghanistan, but wonderful.

๐Ÿ“š What's the last book you've read?
That would be The Fair Botanists by Sara Sheridan. It's set in Edinburgh in the 1820s. If you still haven't read it, I highly recommend you do!


A different language is a different vision of life. ๐Ÿ—ฃ๐ŸŒ

Have fun exploring and experiencing different ones! ๐ŸŒ๐Ÿšถ๐Ÿฝ๐ŸŒŽ๐Ÿšถ๐Ÿฝโ€โ™€๏ธ๐ŸŒ๐Ÿšถ๐Ÿพโ€โ™‚๏ธ

Photos from lauranic.languages's post 13/01/2023

Oggi un post in italiano!
Conoscete la canzone Meraviglioso di Domenico Modugno? ๐ŸŽถ C'รจ anche una versione dei Negramaro. ๐ŸŽต
Io ho scoperto questa canzone qualche anno fa, e mi piace tantissimo da allora. ๐Ÿ’™
Ogni tanto la ascolto e mi aiuta a ricordare di guardare intorno a me... ๐Ÿ–โ˜€๏ธโค๐ŸŒ…๐Ÿซ‚๐Ÿง’
Se guardi intorno a te, cosa ti sembra meraviglioso?
Materiali tratti da:
Ecco il link per la versione dei Negramaro:
E qui la versione originale di Domenico Modugno:

Buon fine settimana! ๐ŸŽถ๐ŸŽต


Hi everyone!

Another year has gone by with its exciting & happy moments, but also with its fears, tears & frustrations.

I'm grateful for all of you who are in my life: family, friends, colleagues & students.
I'm thankful for the moments shared with you: a text or two, a walk, laughter, tears of joy or sadness, a film, a phone or video call, an arty moment, a lightbulb moment, even a fight that's made me grow, a trip, a meal and dozens of lessons & meetings.

I'm grateful because you make my life richer & more exciting.

Have a wonderful 2023!


Merry Christmas everyone! ๐ŸŒฒ
I hope you have a wonderful day, however you celebrate.


I hope this is your experience with any language you're learning!

It's astonishing how much enjoyment one can get out of a language that one understands imperfectly. Basil Gildersleeve

Have a wonderful weekend. โ˜บ๏ธ


Hi everyone!

What's the most important thing in communication ๐Ÿ‘ฅ๏ธ๏ธ?
Probably speaking clearly ๐Ÿ—ฃ, so people can understand, and listening carefully ๐Ÿ‘‚, paying attention to what people are saying.

When we focus on pronunciation, we often try and sound more like native speakers, however, native speakers of English are only 20% of the people who speak the language, and the other 80% speak it as a second, third, fourth language. ๐ŸŒŽ๐ŸŒ๐ŸŒ

So what's important when we try to learn pronunciation?
Being aware of the fact that people pronounce ๐Ÿ“ข words very differently depending on where they come from. Not only if they're from the UK or the States, or if they're from different regions within a country, but also if they're from India, Spain, Poland, France, etc. ๐Ÿ—บ
Let's promote and embrace diversity. ๐Ÿซ‚

If people pronounce ๐Ÿ“ข the 'r', the 'th-' and even the vowels differently, does it affect communication? Most of the time it doesn't.

So let's focus on things that research has shown actually help with communication and understanding in English:
* Long and short vowels.
* /b/ & /v/
* Aspiration (air coming from our mouth) with : /p/, /t/, /k/ and not with: /b/, /d/, /g/.
* Consonant clusters (groups of consonants).
* Nuclear stress in a sentence.
* And the ability to adapt our pronunciation to make sure people understand us.

I hope you have a wonderful weekend!


Saddened to hear about Queen Elizabeth II's passing.

I never expected as a foreigner living in the UK that I would get emotional about the Queen's death, but I am.

Even if one doesn't necessarily support the monarchy, it's impossible not to recognise her 70 years of service.

She probably made plenty of mistakes and wrong decisions throughout her life, but she has had a positive impact on so many people.

Thinking of her family and everyone who knew her.


Hi everyone!

I feel privileged to have had such an unexpected long break this year.

The end of August ๐Ÿ—“ brings the start of a new academic year ๐Ÿ“š and all the planningโœ๏ธ๐Ÿ—’ that comes with it.

The beginning of each term and the start of new courses bring extra work in the shape of emails ๐Ÿ“ง , meetings, scheduling new and old classes ๐Ÿ“‹ , reorganising materials ๐Ÿ—‚ and a lot of planning ๐Ÿ“ .

I'm looking forward to meeting new students and seeing again the old ones! โ˜บ๏ธ

Photos from lauranic.languages's post 31/07/2022

How are you enjoying your summer? โ˜€๏ธ๐Ÿ‰๐Ÿน


Hi everyone, the end of the academic year is always hectic, but I'm grateful to be able to slow down a bit ๐Ÿ“–๐Ÿ˜ด, enjoy quality time with the people I love ๐Ÿ’™ and enjoy the summer season for a few weeks โ˜€๏ธ๐Ÿ‰. What are your plans for the summer? ๐Ÿ˜Ž

Photos from lauranic.languages's post 13/05/2022

Hi everyone!

What stereotypes are there about your city and your country?
Here are some Scottish, English, Italian and Spanish stereotypes.

Does everyone drink whisky in Scotland? Do people always drink tea at 5pm in England? Do Italians eat pasta every day? Do all Spaniards dance flamenco?

The only way to really understand the culture and traditions of a country is by interacting with the local people.

Have a wonderful weekend!



Happy Easter!
Do you have any childhood memories celebrating Easter?
I remember when I was a child we used to paint eggs after having emptied them making two little holes.
I also remember once some of my relatives were visiting and brought this huge chocolate egg that looked enormous to me!
What are your childhood memories during Easter? ๐Ÿฃ๐ŸŒธโœ๏ธ

Photos from lauranic.languages's post 03/04/2022

Have a lovely Sunday everyone!

Enjoy Spring! โ˜€๏ธโ„๐ŸŒฑ๐ŸŒท๐ŸŒฆ๐ŸŒˆ


Happy International Women's Day to every woman around the world!

Let me just share with you an interesting video about Women's day:

Photos from lauranic.languages's post 04/03/2022

No to war, always! โ˜ฎ

No to war around the world! ๐Ÿณ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿผ

Let me share with you what I found out this week about the origin of the peace symbol. โ˜ฎ

Stay safe and support affected communities however you can.

Photos from lauranic.languages's post 22/02/2022

Hi everyone!

We've been talking about weird food in class today. What's the weirdest food you've ever eaten?
The weidest food I've ever eaten is Japanese food natto: fermented soya beans. They weren't my favourite. ๐Ÿคข๐Ÿ˜… I've also tried Japanese dried squid with vinegar, and as far as I remember, it wasn't too bad. ๐Ÿ˜Š

But out of all the things mentioned in the text, I'd only be willing to try haggis! ๐Ÿ˜…

Are you braver/more adventurous than me?


Photos from lauranic.languages's post 25/01/2022

Hi everyone!
Are you celebrating Burns Night?
Are you eating haggis, drinking whisky๐Ÿฅƒ and dancing Ceilidh?
Here's some information about Robert Burns, Scotland's national poet, who celebrated Scottish culture and language in his work.
Here's also part of his poem Address to a Haggis in Scots, and the translation in English, which is recited before every Burns Supper.
Have a wonderful night celebrating everything Scottish! ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ


Hi everyone!

Are you unsure about your levelโ“
It's often difficult for students to really know what their level is.
An experienced teacher will be able to help you with that.

If you would like test your level online to get an idea, you might want to start with the General English test:

Tests are never 100% accurate, so don't let this discourage you if it's not what you were expecting.
Challenge yourself to find new ways to improve your skillsโ—


Happy New Year everyone! ๐Ÿ˜Š

May we learn to be grateful for the little and the big things ๐Ÿค—.

May we find projects that excite us and surround ourselves with people that fill our hearts ๐Ÿ’™.

Have a wonderful 2๏ธโƒฃ0๏ธโƒฃ2๏ธโƒฃ2๏ธโƒฃโ—


Merry Christmas everyone! ๐ŸŽ„

Having a multicultural family, we have different traditions from around the world. ๐ŸŒŽ๐ŸŒ From eating panettone and hallacas, to having turrรณn and polvorones, and listening to aguinaldos and carols.

How do you celebrate Christmas? What traditions do you have? ๐ŸŽ‡๐ŸŽ…๐Ÿผ

Have a wonderful Christmas season whether you have always celebrated Christmas or it's the first time you're celebrating it! ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŽ„โ˜ƒ๏ธ๐ŸŒŸ

Photos from lauranic.languages's post 26/11/2021

Hi everyone!

Americans celebrated Thanksgiving yesterday, and although I don't celebrate it, I think it's a great opportunity to stop and appreciate what we have.

I'm sure all of us have felt overwhelmed, frustrated or sad at some point in the last year with the whole Covid situation. It has affected our health, relationships, work, free time, and how we go about everyday life!

However, let's pause and think about what we are grateful for. I'll start!

I'm grateful for...
My parents, siblings & extended family around the world.
Friends, colleagues & people I've crossed paths with throughout the years.
You've inspired me in so many ways! ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ’™

I'm grateful for...
Smiley eyes, laughs & hugs. ๐Ÿ˜ท๐Ÿ˜„
Listening to music in the morning, and watching series in the evening. ๐ŸŽง๐ŸŽถ๐Ÿ’ป๐ŸŽฅ
Paintings, photos, and crafts. ๐ŸŽจ๐Ÿ“ท๐Ÿช…
Flowers, trees, sunrises, sunsets, the moon, rainbows, and blue skies with stunning clouds! ๐ŸŒบ๐ŸŒณโ˜€๏ธ๐ŸŒ™๐ŸŒˆ๐ŸŒคโ˜๏ธ

I'm grateful for...
The look of a student who's understood something or who's fascinated by the topic we're discussing in class. ๐Ÿ˜Š
Struggles that are making me grow. ๐Ÿ™ƒ
The possibility to travel and visit family this Christmas. ๐Ÿ›ซ๐Ÿซ‚ ๐ŸŽ„
A warm bed to sleep in every day. ๐Ÿ›
Things & people that open our eyes to this world's needs, struggles & beauty. ๐ŸŒŽ๐ŸŒ๐ŸŒ

What are you grateful for?

Photos from lauranic.languages's post 25/10/2021

Hi everyone!
It's been a while. ๐Ÿ™‹โ€โ™€๏ธ
This week I'm speaking about culture shock with some of my students. It's such an interesting topic and so many of us have experienced it: feeling confused, shyness, headaches, insomnia, feeling overwhelmed, misunderstood, lonely, homesick, etc. ๐Ÿ™ƒ๐Ÿ˜–๐Ÿค•
Once we adjust and accept the new culture, we feel more at home, despite being aware of the differences. ๐Ÿ˜…๐Ÿคท๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ
Have you heard of re-entry shock? Our experience abroad changes us and we often feel like strangers when/if we go back home.๐Ÿ˜ฅ๐Ÿคฆโ€โ™€๏ธ
Have you ever experienced culture shock? What about re-entry shock?

Photos from lauranic.languages's post 27/09/2021

Hi everyone!

I believe talking about the local and national culture in class is essential, it helps understand better the local people.

There are plenty of famous myths and legends in Scotland: from Nessie ๐Ÿฆ• (popular around the world), to the Kelpies๐Ÿด, the Selkies ๐Ÿงœ๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿฆญ, and Ghillie Dhu ๐Ÿงš๐Ÿฝโ€โ™‚๏ธ.

Storytelling is such an important part of Scottish culture ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ even nowadays: having the ability to tell a good story and keeping people engaged as you tell them about something that happened to you is of great importance to help bring people together and for entertainment.

Here's a link for you to read more about myths and legends in Scotland: ๐Ÿ™๐ŸŒช๐Ÿ

Centuries ago these stories were the way to pass on knowledge, to try to explain how the world works, sometimes even to try and control people's behaviour. ๐Ÿ‘ป๐Ÿฒ๐Ÿ‘‘

Can you think of a myth or legend from your country?


Hi everyone!

I hope you've had a great weekend.๐Ÿ˜Š

Here's another one from The how to be British collection, by Martyn Ford and Peter Legon.
This one focuses on how to get around in English.

If you're a foreigner living in the UK, you will have noticed that 'sorry' is an extremely important word to use in so many contexts! ๐Ÿ˜… Make sure you use it often!

Have a wonderful week.

Photos from lauranic.languages's post 27/08/2021

Hi everyone,

A few days ago I discovered this artist from Afghanistan and her beautiful poignant art. ๐Ÿ’™

How does her art make you feel?
Do you have the vocabulary you need to express it?

One of my tips to learn a language and develop your vocabulary is to read as much and as widely as you can. ๐Ÿ“š๐Ÿ“ฐ๐Ÿ“ฑ
Read and listen about things you are passionate about.
Follow artists and causes you love, ๐Ÿ”‰๐ŸŽง listen to podcasts and Ted talks about topics you're interested in, read articles about social justice โœŠ๐Ÿฝ, sustainability, art ๐ŸŽจ, equality, human rights, recycling โ™ป๏ธ, psychology, women's rights, politics, nature ๐ŸŒฑ, travel ๐ŸŒ, etc.

If you're interested in something, you're going to want to talk about it with others ๐Ÿ‘ฅ, so be prepared to do it!

Art by:

Photos from lauranic.languages's post 24/08/2021

Hi everyone!

Did you watch the Olympics a few weeks ago? ๐Ÿ„โ€โ™€๏ธ๐ŸŠโ€โ™€๏ธ
Well... the Paralympics have started today!๐Ÿ“๐Ÿง‘โ€๐Ÿฆฝ๐Ÿคบ

I just wanted to share with you a video that shows how medals for both games have been made sustainably๐Ÿฅ‡๐Ÿฅˆ๐Ÿฅ‰:

Why not also check out this interesting article about the Paralympics? โœ…

And the website where you can find everything happening in Tokyo 2020:

Have a wonderful week.

Tokyo 2020
Paralympic Games

Photos from lauranic.languages's post 10/08/2021

Hi everyone!
It's been a while... I hope you are all enjoying the summer, wherever you are.
What comes to mind when you think of summer?
Depending on where you live, and if you're working, different things might come to mind.

For me summer means: family, rest, sunshine ๐ŸŒž, but also rain ๐ŸŒง, cherries ๐Ÿ’ , excursions, trips, and preparation for the start of the next academic year.

Useful vocabulary:
*sunnies: sunglasses ๐Ÿ•ถ
*popsicles / ice lollies: flavoured ice on a stick
*s'mores: a campfire treat typical in the US & Canada, consisting of toasted marshmallows and chocolate ๐Ÿซ sandwiched between 2 biscuits


Hi everyone,
I hope you've had a good week.

This past week has been Refugee Week and I have participated in different events that have helped me see the work that is being done particularly in Edinburgh/Scotland:
from learning about STEPPS (Syrian teenager tutoring and educational programmes) ๐Ÿ‘Œ to attending an Edinburgh City Mission event reflecting on displacement ๐Ÿค and finally listening to Bilingualism Matters' latest podcast ๐Ÿ‘

The theme of Refugee Week 2021, โ€˜We Cannot Walk Aloneโ€™, is an invitation to extend your hand to someone new. Someone who is outside your current circle, has had an experience you havenโ€™t, or is fighting for a cause you arenโ€™t yet involved in. ๐ŸคโœŠ๐Ÿ‘ฅ๐Ÿ‘ฅ ๐Ÿ‘ฃ๐Ÿ‘ฃ

Have a lovely Sunday!


Why learn languagesโ“
Learning a language increases your cultural understanding of other people and how they see the world. It creates a bridge between your world and other people's world, helping build tolerance. ๐ŸŒ๐ŸŒ‰๐ŸŒŽ๐ŸŒ‰๐ŸŒ


Why learn languagesโ“
As a result of learning a new language
and new ways of thinking, you become a more effective communicator, and you are able to create connections with a broader range of people. ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ‘จ๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘ฑ๐Ÿ‘ด๐Ÿฟ๐Ÿ‘ต๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ‘ง๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ‘ณ


Hi everyone!

Most people I know are bilinguals or multilingualsโ—
It is estimated that 50% of the world's population is bilingual, although the percentage of bilinguals changes depending on the part of the world we talk about. ๐ŸŒ๐ŸŒŽ๐ŸŒ

What languages do you speak? Why learn languages? What benefits come from speaking more than one language? ๐Ÿ—ฃ๏ธ

Please leave your thoughts and comments here. ๐Ÿ˜Š


Hi everyone,
The weather has been so changeable this spring. ๐ŸŒค๏ธ๐ŸŒง๏ธ๐ŸŒˆโ„๏ธโ˜€๏ธโ›ˆ๏ธ๐ŸŒซ๏ธ The flowers are the only thing that give away it's spring. ๐ŸŒฑ๐ŸŒผ๐ŸŒท๐ŸŒธ๐Ÿต๏ธ But I live in Scotland, don't I? ๐Ÿคท
Have a lovely weekend!

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