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Vito Vito | 12:56 UK time, Wednesday, 2 November 2011

Hello to everyone and thank you so much giving me this opportunity.

I really hope to not have problems to explain what I have in my mind and please excuse me for all the mistakes that I'm sure there will be in my written.

For my first blog let me introduce myself explaining the reason because I'm here.
My name is Vito Stelfi, I was born in Italy where I live whith all my family.
I work as accountant in a small factory near here.
I'm forty-four years old, I'm married and I have two lovely children. They go to the secondary level school and to the primary school.

We live in the north Italy in a little country near a beautiful like name's Lake Maggiore.

Lake Maggiore


Italian mountains

I love English language and I'd really like to learn it in the future. I started my English studies for myself almost three years ago so I learned a lot of all my English with my friends help.

Just one year ago I went to an English course in the evening, after work, twice a week for six months. This course was really helpful for me but anway I know my limits and I'm sure to still have a lot of things to learn. Unfortunately I can't go to the evening class this year because it's quiet distant from my country and to go there, there are almost twenty kilometers by car........

Like everyone we always have a lot of others things to do more important for the family so this is the reason because I have to practise online.

In this site I found a lot of interesting things to read and to listen but sometimes they are quiet difficult for me because I'm at the beginning.

In some sites around the web it's difficult to find mother tongue English people who are interestend to learn Italian so it's difficult too to have a tandem exercise.

I don't know why, but there are a lot of people who want to learn English and less people who want to learn Italian. Very often there are some foreign friends to speak English with, but not from England but from all over the world, and sometimes this is better, because they can understand my spoken (also with some mistakes) but without problems.

Anyway I think to have found a great opportunity in this site, whit a lot of interesting materials and where I'll be able to have a chat with people from all over the world.

Best regards to all for now


  • Comment number 1.

    Hi Vito,
    Welcome!I was reading your blog and let me tell you ´don´t be afraid of make some mistakes when writing in english´.The real drive behind your blog is just to learn and the only way for it is making mistakes.We are here just for that.
    Your town looks beautiful and the panoramic view let me breathless.
    Hope to hear from you soon,keep on track and all the best for you and your family.

    Colombia,South America

  • Comment number 2.

    Hello Alfonso, and thank you so much for your message.
    You are perfectly right to tell that only doing mistakes you can learn something!
    I really hope it!
    All over the world is full of wonderful countries.
    I'd like to show you some of our best cities like Rome or Venice for example, but before that I have to find my pictures.
    Bye for now

  • Comment number 3.

    Hi Vito... Thanks for your posting. I love your place... Actually I too live in Italy, though I'm not Italian. I live and work in Rome. You are utterly right: it's really a good site which helps you to practice all your skills about English, except the spoken English. Me too I find it very difficult, living here in Rome, to find someone to speak with, but I'm trying my best to practice this as much as I can. Hope to read new things about your city and see that amazing photos too. Take care..

  • Comment number 4.

    Hi Vito and welcome.Very good post.Your english so easy to understand and dont worry about mistakes.We all have some mistakes.I guess this site will help to us to reveal our mistakes and not repeat it again.YOU KNOW I agree with you that people who wants to learn english more than italian language but I like italian.It is not only with Italian languages.Everywhere same situation.Just because English so more used language.It is what it is.By the way YOU have shown us good pictures of your country
    We are looking forward to read you next blog.

  • Comment number 5.

    Hello and welcome, Vito!
    Beautiful photos! Beautiful country! Being Austrian myself, I have travelled to various parts of Italy of course, but for some reason I have never been to Lago Maggiore. Seems I have really missed something there!

    You touched on an interesting point in your post: It is extremely helpful to get advice by an experienced teacher, of course, and it is very nice and can be helpful to get into contact with people who are interested in learning English as a foreign language, but sometimes it would be great to have more opportunities of direct contact with English native speakers (not necessarily teachers, who are generally snowed under with work, I suppose). Wishful thinking, I know...
    After all, there are probably disproportionately more English learners around than Britain has native speakers...

    Anyway, I wish you a fruitful month of studying with the BBC and many fellow-commenters from all over the world!

    Best wishes,
    Elisabeth from Austria

  • Comment number 6.

    Hello Vito
    Nice to see you on BBC LEB

    What an admirable place you are living! Peaceful, picturesque landscapes delight eyes. Amazing photos. I want to be here right now. There is slush in the Central Russia.

    About your troubles. You are so upset about learning Italian in the UK :) I can say you, may be it make you feel better, there are less naive English in the web who want to study Russian :) . I’m working for big transnational company. We have a lot of foreigners in our Russian head office from different countries. As a matter of fact large majority of them don’t speak Russian. Its Russian vocabulary consist limited amount of words. There are only most useful wards in the list as 'zdravstvuitie!' ('hello!' 'buon giorno!'), 'spasibo' ('thank you', 'grazie') and 'bardak' ('mess', 'madhouse', 'disordine' etc.) :) It is quite sufficient. The first two wards are important to be pleasant and obliging man, the third one is describing Russian reality in all aspects of business and everyday life. Mess ('bardak') isn’t just mess in its narrow sense, for Russians it is a special order ;)

    Working in a company with multilingual, multicultural staff we use some sort of corrupted English language which is mixture of number of accents. The main rule is 'BE UNDERSTANDABLE'. I believe after a while people will choose such corrupted, irregular English for studding as now they choose American or British. And it will have particular grammar and pronounciation rules. Globalism looks for its own language. The point is that it couldn’t be any national language.

    Well, take it easy, forgot the grammar and lust socialize. :)


  • Comment number 7.

    Hi Vito

    it is my pleasure to meet you .

    you have very good English level and i am sure you will be better and better , it seems your country where you live is very beautiful , i like your pictures .

    i am very interested in Italy , it has an interesting cultures , i support Ac Milan and wish once visit Italy .

    sorry if my words was confusing but i don't have time and must go to work , your pictures dragged me to comment .

    see you later


  • Comment number 8.

    Hi Vito

    I just stumbled upon this blog and am glad BBC allow people like us to practice writing in english. I am very very afraid to write in english even in a single sentence would take me a few minutes to read it over and over again just because I'm afraid of making mistakes. When Alfonso and Seymour wrote 'just to learn and the only way for it is making mistakes' and 'don't worry about mistakes' these words motivate me to comment here. By the way I love your beautiful pictures, such a wonderful place. Hope to get there one day. :)



  • Comment number 9.

    Hello Vit,
    Firstly i want to thank you for uploading such lovely and beautiful natural pictures. Its really hard to define the natural beauty of your living place in words.The picture seems to be drawn by an beautiful minded artist who wants to reveals his internal beauty by his arts. I am really amazed about your living place. i wish i could be there to loss myself into such beautiful nature.
    Secondly, i would say ,as a second language, your writing in english is quite good and well organized. I really appreciate your blogs and hope to see more pictures and writing in near future.

    Finally ,Now i would like to introduce myself. I live in Canberra, Australia but originally from Bangladesh, a tiny south asian developing country. your blog and the pictures really inspired me and i am thinking to do similar as you to represent my country.

    Best wishes,

  • Comment number 10.

    Hello Vito!
    I love Italy and Mediterranian area! I'm from Hungary. But I never find my place in my home country. Some years ago I got a chance to visit Italy. And it was a very strange experience. I feel myself at home in your country. I just looked out of the window of the hotel and I was happy:-) I can't tell this strange feeling ... I visited Padova, Verona, Velence. I bathed in the sea. These days were one of the nicest period of my life! At that time I tried to learn Italian language. But it was difficult for me over 30. Italian language is beautiful, but English is easier I think.
    Thank you for your post and nice photos. I was also in Triest in 2007. It was also a wonderful city. I hope so I will be able to travel back to Italy in the future.

    I'm waiting for new posts.

    Have nice days,

  • Comment number 11.

    Hi Vito !!!

    congratulations. Your english is very understable. I liked a lot your narrative. I'm in my mid forties too. I'd like to know more about you and your country. Go on mate !!!

  • Comment number 12.

    Hi Vito,

    Nice to meet you here! I’m impressed with what you’ve already achieved in your self-study!
    It’s a pleasure to read your blog and look at the pictures. The photos you sent are lovely. I’ve never been to Italy but hope for travelling there one day. I admire Italian opera and painting. Though I can’t speak Italian I know many words. When I was a child there were a lot of Italian singers enormously popular in the USSR: Toto Cutugno, Al Bano & Romina Power, Ricchi e Poveri etc. I knew by heart their songs. Even now when I hear this music I sing along with them. And of course I have to mention lovable Andriano Celentano! I love his films and songs.
    I’m looking forward to your next post.

    Take care,
    Tatiana from Russia.

  • Comment number 13.

    @Victor _Petrovsky

    Victor, it was amusing to read your description of our ‘bardak’.)) Totally agree with you.

    Best whishes,

  • Comment number 14.

    Hello Vito.
    Nice pictures from your country. It looks a delightful place. I think very highly of your, because you must do an enormous effort to learn english. English language is difficult to learn with help, so it nice to know people who learn themselves, because it's a great achieve. This website is awesome, and I recommend to all my friends.

  • Comment number 15.

    Hi Vito,

    Nice to meet you...I enjoyed reading your first writing and looking at those beautiful photos. It's nice to know what the place you live is like. A new place which I've never been always amazes me. I can say the curiosity of other sides of world,of people, of the way of their life makes me to have interest in learing English.

    I am always thinking that learning languages is not easy job at all...The more I learnt, the more it became difficult....as my goal for this is getting higher.

    Well....I've read all others comments here as well as I have yours...they all seem from different countries, but we can understand each other and show our thoughts here. Isn't it nice, is it? Of course we makes many mistakes...and I am sure we will have many more...And yet, we can learn and develop through our mistakes.

    Thank you for nice writing and beautiful photos..
    I am looking forward to reading your next writing.

  • Comment number 16.

    Hello everybody!
    I was reading yours messages and for the moment I'd only like to say......we are a great family!
    Thank you so much!

  • Comment number 17.

    Hello Vito:

    Welcome to the blog! Your written English is clear and easy to understand and the photos are impressiveand make me think you live in Paradise. Italy and Italians are in my heart, two of my grandparents came to Argentina from Genova, Spezia. I love their names: Vittorio and Ida. There is and important Italian community in all our region, Argentina. I look forward to your next post and photos!

    The best for you. Beatriz.

  • Comment number 18.

    It's really a beautiful and peaceful land. I wish i would have a chance to come there .^^.

  • Comment number 19.

    Hi Vito
    Nice to meet you and welcome! I really enjoyed your first entry inwhich you described about you , your English skills and a bit about your beautiful small country. I'd like to tell you, your beginning was very great and contrary to your view, your writing is lively, and as well as I found out, you express what you want to say. At the first you seemed to be concern of making mistakes! That's a nagative point for a learner. You can find no one to be perfect in writing, listening or speaking a foreign language. therefore, if you make mistakes, don't worry and give yourself the opportunity to overcome the problems through exercise.
    Your country ( Italy ) is a beautiful country and also the area where you live, is a lovely place! Thank you for your beautiful pictures!
    Karoun from Tehran - Iran

  • Comment number 20.

    Ciao Vito,

    You are living in a such amazing place, fascinating and gorgeous. In the world to learn English It's an actual theme and everybody finds Its own way to learn this language, to be perfect in it. Problem is to speak, you can learn English and exercise It everyday and be successful, but without speak It's nothing. I noticed that in writing am well, but in speaking not so much. However the beauty of English force and boost in me the huge interest to do more.
    I find BBC learning English very helpful, because It gives opportunity to full the gaps in your knowledge of English.
    Ok and again about ....I consider to live in such calm place, countryside as best option for me,but sometimes I think may be one day I will get bored with this calmness. What do you think about this Vito?


  • Comment number 21.

    Hello Sofiko and thank you for your message!
    I'm glad you like my country and in particular my countryside. A lot of turist come here because in the middle of this lake there are three wonderful little islands very suggestive.
    You are absolutely right about the English language. It's really important for everyone to learn it but this will be another topic that I'd like to speak about next week.
    About your last question, you know I think to be in your same situation; to leave in a peaceful countryside could be fine but maybe someone else could prefere to leave in a town, in the city centre...... so we are all different. I'd prefere to continue leaving in here for all my life.

    Best regards

  • Comment number 22.

    Hi paisà,
    my name is Massimo and now I'm living in the south of Italy (Rome), but like you I come from a small village in the country, sorrounded by the hills. I started to learning English a year ago, so I'm quite newbie, ang apologise for possible mistakes.
    Anyway I'm glad to know you and your story. I hope to learning English well enough like you.
    Best regards

  • Comment number 23.

    Hello paisà!
    What a surprise to find a message of an Italian reader!
    How are you?
    I think that there is always time to study English or others foreign languages.
    It's only question's time. Before now I hadn't enought time for that.....
    I couldn't miss this very interesting opportunity that I wish to everyone!
    Hope to meet you again!

    By the way, where do you come from?



  • Comment number 24.

    Dear Vito,
    I come from Isernia, a small town of 20.000 souls in Molise. Last mounth I took my graduate in Corporate Communication at "La Sapienza, University of Rome", and now I'm looking for a job, but it's no so easy.
    I'll continue to follow you by your blog.

  • Comment number 25.

    Hi Massimo and nice to meet you!
    It's nice to hear from you!
    Compliments for your graduate in one of the most important Italian Universities.
    I know, you're right, it's quite difficult at the moment to find a job but don't despair because maybe in the future you'll be able to find an interesting opportunity.
    It's a good idea to practise your English in this period of your life,your knowledge of English will help you in your life.
    Best regards

  • Comment number 26.

    Hi Vito
    I can't add more than what our wonderful fiends have already said, i love and i feel happy when someone encourage me to go on what i am doing to achieve my goal.So go ahead Vito and be happy because of the occasion which has been given to you to express yourself and explain to us how your life is. i wish i had this opportunity to be free like a bird and say all what i want to say with kindness and care.

  • Comment number 27.

    Hi Vito!
    First, a pleasure to e-meet you and welcome to BBC blogs! I had much time not visiting the blogs and found 4 posts written by you. It's so nice to find a very active blogger because in this way you encourage the Teacher blogger to produce more explanations. Congrats first of all!!!!!

    Secondly, you said you wish to learn English in future? Maybe you meant you wish to speak it fluent? I notice you write very well--forget the mistakes-- it's understandable!! You remind me an Italian boy in the past bbc le facebook page (which was closed), he said he learnt English by himself, amazing!!

    Finally, I cheer up you to continue with the same enthusiasm and keep in English:)
    Best regards,

    P.S. You already encouraged me to follow your next posts.
    P.S.S. Thanks for giving us your feedback. This counts enormous.:)

  • Comment number 28.

    Hi Vito,
    may be my comment is late but i just subscribe on the BBC blog yesterday and I read your entry, it's very beautiful and you're really have also your village, it's amazing I love it.

  • Comment number 29.

    Dear Vito, I think your english is great, as it is the spot where you live. I also think Italy is all beautiful. I live in Italy too. In the south. Breathtaking views and nice people out there too. Ok, keep writing and talking, it's the best way I know to better your english. Take care. Donato

  • Comment number 30.

    Hello Donato and how are you?
    It's nice to have an Italian friend to practise with!
    Here I am after some days without connection.
    I'm looking for some pictures to make a new blog so we'll see the result.
    Thank you also for your compliments but believe me, you're wrong about my English knowledges. Anyway I really love this language and I'd really like to learn it in the future.
    By the way where do you came from?
    I love the sauth Italy, I went to Noto (Sicilia) three times with my family during my summer holidays.
    Tell me something about you if you like!
    Enjoy your weekend as best you can!


  • Comment number 31.

    Hello Vito,

    It doesn't matter how many mistakes you make, the most important is belief in their own ability :) As for me I began learning Italian a month ago and in my opinion this language isn't so difficult ;)

    Ciao della Polonia

  • Comment number 32.

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all!

  • Comment number 33.

    Hello to everyone!
    What a great colours there are eround the like in this period of the year!
    Best regards to all!

  • Comment number 34.

    Hi Vito :)
    Welcome to this 'blogland' LOLLLL
    You are the first time to write a blog here! Hope you can enjoy!
    Italy is a beautiful place i know but not many people want to learn Italian :(
    I hope your studies in English will improve more:)


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