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Rosie | 14:50 UK time, Friday, 24 February 2012

As it's the first time I'm writing the teacher blog, I'll start by introducing myself. My name's Rosie and I recently joined the BBC Learning English team. I've taught English in Spain, Italy and Costa Rica and really enjoy helping students to improve their English skills - so feel free to ask any questions. While teaching in these countries, I also learnt Spanish and Italian, so I know what it's like to struggle with certain aspects of a new language.

I'd also like to say 'hello' to our student blogger. Jane, I enjoyed reading your blog about saying goodbye. It is sad to leave such good friends - it looks like you're having a lot of fun in the pictures! But Rajeeb, I think you are spot on when you write:

'However, because of the development in technology, we can still be in touch with our loved and dear ones from across the seas and mountains.'

My mum -also an English teacher- lives overseas in Egypt and my sister lives in Canada, so there are seas and mountains between us! I only see them once or twice a year. Here are a couple of photos I took in Cairo whilst visiting my mum:

A view of the huge city of Cairo

A stroll through Cairo in the evening

I keep in touch with my mum and sister by using emails and speaking online with webcams, so it almost feels like I'm there with them: it's mind-blowing that technology has evolved so fast! A few years ago I would have spent a fortune on phone calls, but nowadays it's all free. I said it 'almost' feels like I'm there with them, but it's not quite the same thing: for me seeing someone on a screen can never replace meeting up for real.

I'd love to hear your thoughts about this. Do you use the Internet to keep in touch with your friends and family? Can this replace the experience of seeing them for real? Do you think it's possible to have a long-distance relationship with a boyfriend/girlfriend?

struggle: to have difficulty with
spot on: you are completely right
overseas: abroad, in another country
mind-blowing: incredible, unbelievable
a fortune: a lot of money
nowadays: today
long-distance: living far away from each other


  • Comment number 1.

    Rosie, it has been a pleasure read your comments. You know English, Spanish and Italian, wow what astonishing. I am struggling with English and I find a barrier with listening. I reckon I have a wall into my ear. As you, I use new technologies to learn the language. Of course new techologies help us to keep in touche with our relatives, but it is not the same than seeing them for real. I have tried this when I spent a month in Cambridge last summer. I made videoconference with webcam and it is ok, but I was looking forward to see them for real.
    Changing topic. Where did you live in Spain? I live in Badajoz (Extremadura) and I work with Brits. I hope you enjoyed our country.


  • Comment number 2.

    Now im in such a long-distance relationship...and although I got all of this new technology tools which enable me to communicate with my boyfriend as you wrote nothing will replace meeting up for real. On the one hand Im almost sure that it's impossible to know good the person if you see sb every two months...and in my case it's impossible to see us more often cause the flights are not so cheap :/. On the other hand I cannot control the sensation of happiness which I received from him. The sensation, which nobody gave me before. And i feel like in movie and I'm keep telling myself every day that I just have to hold it. But the question is how long I have to keep it and for how long Im able to do this. It's not so, that I want to cheat him or sth, but I just wish to kiss my boyfriend and feel him physically too.
    Anyway, it's really really hard and you really have to trust and love sb to keep longer. All of such relationships sooner or later will have to finish with making a decision about moving to some place where they could live together. Now I have to make such a decision and it's really not so easy as it seems....

  • Comment number 3.

    Hi Rosie,
    You're welcome to the wonderful world of BBC Learning English. I'm sure you'll like it as much as all of the previous teachers did. We student here are bit naughty, and I wish you all the fun.
    Well, you've asked a few interesting questions - as I stay away from my family and friends for a living, I guess I can answer you adequately. Unfortunately, the technology is not yet developed enough to replace the feelings of meeting someone in real. However, at least we can see and talk to our loved one's. It feels 'as if' we've just met them. Regarding your last questions, I believe it's YES, true lovers can maintain their relationship with their loved ones despite of physical distance. Love is such a wonderful magic, it can transform silver to gold and gold to diamond. I wish such engaging love to everyone.
    Thank you Rosie.
    Best Wishes,

  • Comment number 4.

    It's true that evolution in technology has made this world small. As per me concerned it is because of technology only i am able to learn English through internet sitting at home at my leisure time. I do keep in touch with my friends and family though net but still it can never replace the face to face communication. At least it is better than for nothing.

  • Comment number 5.

    Hi Rosie,

    it's remarkable what tecnology has achieved in a very short period of time.
    No barriers, except in some part of the world, can now prevent information from travelling freely. Besides that, as you mention, is now more easy to keep in touch with your friends as well as your parents than it was in the past.

    However, tecnology is not completely as good as gold. On one hand, it cannot replace the human approach and that's why I agree with Moni: long-distance relationship cannot, except some rare cases, last in the long term.
    On the other hand, where many barriers have been destroyed, some other have born. In fact some people prefer virtual life rather than the real one and that is dramatically changing the way approach each other.

    Thanks for your post Rosie,


  • Comment number 6.

    Hello Rosie,

    First of all, thank you for sharing your feelings and thoughts with us! I really enjoyed it!
    Secondly, i`d like to say that completely agree with you, it`s very hard to be a long distance from your relatives, friends...etc. Of course, nowadays modern Technology gives us opportunities to keep in touch with everyone, but as it`s been mentioned in previous comments it can`t replace a real interaction. But what to do? Sometimes life is very tough and we can be "thrown" far away from our relatives. I have a friend of mine who lives in Kazan and i really miss her. We can meet only in summer when she comes here to see her relatives, other time i communicate with her via skype! So let`s be optimistic and value every moment of our life, because Tech helps us to unite and for some time makes us feel closeness!

    Best wishes,

  • Comment number 7.

    Hello Rosie, 
    I am a new here and it is really interesting to read teacher blog. I hope it help me in my learning of English language.  As for new technologies and their evolution, it's  very useful when we work or study something or want to associate with different people. It help us to see our friends, parents or another relatives and to talk with them. But  when we want to meet with friend who live in thousand kilometers from us, touch and embrace people we love, it's useless. Now about long-distance relationship, I think it can continue during a long time or finish very fast, it depends. Sometime we think about a distance like about temporary inconvenience of this relationship and will be good if it don't become invariable. Because, as people saying     
    "There is nothing more invariable than inconvenience"

  • Comment number 8.

    Hi Rosi , Please accept my warm welcome to BBC LE and to the Blog ....Hope to do our best and enjoy your company all together ......Wow it 's too nice you have three home in three land of the world ! In the past I used to put comment here so regularly but now a days I just open the BLOG page and see what's going on .... Hope to be more active this month :)
    Have a fab Sunday
    Pary from Iran

  • Comment number 9.

    I used to miss my family when I studied at high school but fortunately now all my family live near so we can meet up for real. The way I used to write at that time but if I had to do it nowdays I would write and speak online with webcams, the internet would be what I would use.

  • Comment number 10.

    A few responses from Rosie:

    Ferdinand – I lived in a small village in Cantabria called Suances. Do you know it? I really enjoyed Spain and miss swimming in the sea… It's more difficult here in cold England.

    Moni – That sounds like a difficult situation. How far apart are you?

    Rajeeb – I like your poetic description of love.

    Ulyah – I agree with you and think we should all take your good advice about being optimistic and enjoying every moment!

    Svetlana – You use an interesting saying in your comment about inconvenience. I've never heard it before, where is it from?

    Thanks for all the other comments too, I enjoyed reading them!


  • Comment number 11.

    Hi Rosie,
    I enjoyed reading your introducing blog and the others' comments which made me think of long-distance relationships in my life.
    Unfortunately in my case it can be said-or rather written-that the long-term absence of a friend eventually caused some sort of disaffection. Our everyday life is full of duties, works and tiny little joys and pains that we love sharing with those who are personally close to us.
    But I have experienced completely different actions in the family affairs. Our common roots and our common genes unconsciously keep us together without reference to place and time. Invisible bounds of family determine our proper place on Earth.
    Have a nice day.
    Krisztina from Hungary

  • Comment number 12.

    Hi Rosie,

    You are welcome in this community where we have opportunity to share our feelings / views as well as furnishing our language skill.

    Technology - we can't think a single moment without it from personal life to professional life, is the basic thing now-a-days. Being an IT professional, I pass most of the time with internet at office. And off course at home to contact with friend, relatives who are leaving far away from me. My parents who are leaving in the rural area do not have scope to use internet however via cell phone, like most of the people we communicate.

    It's true we can get the information for the grace of technology but we can't get the real feeling from these messages, conferences, phone calls. So there is no alternate but meet with the beloved in possible quickest time and I believe real happiness are lying there.

    Thank you for the time to read and please comment not only on the theme but also on the mistake we are making.

  • Comment number 13.

    Oh Rosie,
    Your post reminded me of those emotional times when my daughter, then fifteen-something, left for her exchange year in the USA. I had been using e-mails before, but during that year I joined two social networks and started using skype.

    I remember how thrilled I was to be able to see my daughter once in a while, thrilled at first, and then growing sleepy rapidly because it always happened at a time when normally I would have long been in bed, but even when I was way too tired to keep up some reasonable conversation, it was still lovely to just sit together and look at each other despite all that distance.
    However, when at last we got on a plane and met her in person for the first time after 8 months, hugging and holding her was of an altogether different quality after all ...
    So - I totally agree with you, Rosie - it's a good thing we have all those electronic means of communication and I'm immensely grateful for them, but there's nothing like a real, live reunion.

    Best wishes,
    Elisabeth (Austria)

  • Comment number 14.

    Hi Rosie,
    I liked your post really, the topic you talked about touches the interests of alot of people aound the world nowadays and happens to many.

    Internet has already made everything possible in communication, It is the most available, cheap and fast way to communicate with my friends and family members overseas. I can say for sure that I sometimes speak with my friends abroad more than those living in the next street !!!. Of course they cannot replace real communication but they can keep people in touch with each others. About Long distance relationships, I don't believe they can work because relationships needs more than exchanging informations and life experience !!
    I hope you enjoyed your time in Egypt during your visits.
    Best regards,
    Zizo from Egypt

  • Comment number 15.

    Hello Rossie. I've just known you've lived in Spain. I'm spanish too, I'm from Salamanca, but I live 500 km far away fifty years old. I don´t usually use Itertenet to keep in touch with my family, but the telephone. I think either telephone or Internet can´t replace the diary contact, but family ties are oddly strong.
    For me, friendship is different. I'm very bad in keeping in touch with my friends long-distance. I think our lifes change and things to share drop gradually, and the friendship becomes a beautiful memory. And new friendships springs.
    Of course, I think a couple can overcome a period of being apart, but I don't believe in a long-distance relationship.
    See you soon.

  • Comment number 16.

    Dear Rose ,

    It is nice to write to you I have a big problem with english I really want to be excellent in English but I don't know how to begin please please help me to pass this feeling of fail .
    Many thanks

  • Comment number 17.

    Hello Rosie

    First of all I want to apologise because probably I'll make some mistake, this my first comment and I don' have a good level of English.

    I live in Tenerife, Spain and most of my family live in Venezuela and my older son lives in Switzerland, so I need tecnology to be in touch with them, new tecnology let me to be close to my family, It's like magic when you can see them on the screen or when you can phone them by Internet (IP) in a very cheap way.

    I have to say that maybe it was more romantic when at the begining of the last century you had received a letter. I think it was magic too when you can see the letter in handwrites. Today I can feel these people felt with this paper, this ink, this envelope that link you to people you love.

    But today is different, you don't have to lose time to keep in touch, it is instant, in one second you are here and in other second you can visit your friends and family in all the world only with a clip in your mouse, it is marvelous.

  • Comment number 18.

    Hello Rosie,
    I’m a new member of BBC blog. I’m really happy to read your text because the topic is interesting and I can understand it all. I agree with you that technology has evolved very fast. But it’s true it can be a real asset when you want to communicate with people overseas. Unfortunately, my Dad was deaf (because of a disease) and, for many years, he could only read on my mother lips to understand and follow a conversation when we were several speaking together. It was terrible for him because He was very sociable and well informed about current news. He really loved speaking about every current topics. To give him the possibility to communicate with my children and with us, we decided to go on the internet MSN portal and to use a web camera. This helped us to keep in touch, even if I kept contact with my mother by phone. When my mother died, my father stayed alone at home during 5 years and we still had the opportunity to have news from him by MSN. I live in Brittany (France) and my family (uncles and aunts, my sister and my brother) are scattered in Paris and other areas. So we also communicate by the internet to gain time. But, you’re right when you say that it’s not the same contact as the face to face one. I am presently out of work because my previous company went bankrupt. My dream has always been to speak English fluently, but my studies in Tourism 23 years ago, my professional experiences and a 10 months training as a bilingual assistant ten years ago didn’t give me the possibility to find a position with English. Months ago, I attended to 40 hours face to face training and I really don’t want to lose my English again. I listen to many English videos on BBC, I watch DVDs in English with French subtitles first and after with English ones. Do you please have some advices to help me to improve my listening English and to learn more and more vocabulary ? I don’t know if I can use the blog to ask this sort of question. It a real pleasure to read from all of you and to write to you. Best regards. Ingrid from Brittany.

  • Comment number 19.

    Hi Rosie,
    It's a pleasure to read your blog. I speak Spanish and I am learning English and your comments can help me. I think that the relationships in long distances are difficult; it's not possible to have boyfriend in this cases. Friends and family is good but boyfriend is impossible.

  • Comment number 20.

    As requested here are a few corrections!

    Moni writes 'it's impossible to see us more often'. This should be 'see each other more often'. 'Each other' is used when we say that each person is doing something to the other.

    Svetlana writes: 'I hope it help me in my learning of English language.' Remember that with the third person (he/she/it) we need to put the 's' on the end of verbs: 'I hope it helps'.

    Majumder, you write: ' Being an IT professional, I pass most of the time with internet at office.' In English, we say 'I spend most of the time…' Time 'passes', but we 'spend' time doing something. Do you understand the difference?

    Ali also uses the verb 'pass': 'please please help me to pass this feeling of fail.' In English we say 'get over' or 'overcome' in this case: I will try to help you get over this feeling!

    Ingrid, that's a very interesting story! You write: 'Do you please have some advices to help me to improve my listening English…?' This should be 'some advice' as 'advice' is never plural – because it's an uncountable noun. Also, you should write 'my English listening skills'. There's a lot of material of the BBC Learning English website! I'd recommend immersing yourself as much as possible by listening to programmes / podcasts.

    Thanks for all the comments, I'm really impressed with the level of English.

  • Comment number 21.

    Dear Rosie.

    It's interesting to know your activities. it's about living in different contries between you and your family. talk about Cairo is beutiful city with the uniqueness and may be you agree with my opinion. I've ever been in Cairo when I was study in Al-Azhar University. I was live in Cairo for 5 years.

    By the way in my post, I want to convey about hard to improve listening skill especially when I made conversation with the English Native Speaker. I hope you can give me tips about that. thank you Rosie for your attention.

    have a nice day.


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