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Omar Omar | 10:13 UK time, Friday, 28 September 2012

September is almost over, and I'm so sorry this is my last blog.
I really enjoyed writing here, this blog forced me to pay attention to my written English and I think it has been very useful to me for getting into writing stories in English.
I don't know who the next BBCLE blogger is, but I send him my best wishes for the task.

During this month I tried to write in different ways, about future and past, writing tales or personal memories, trying different ways of writing in English. Some of you appreciated that I didn't talk too much about my country, someone other wrote that they would have loved reading more about Italy too, or Italian cousine.

Well, taking into account all these comments, here is my last blog

Ideas for a book in english

I love technology, and I love reading, so I got very excited last christmas when my wife bought me a Kindle as a present.

They call it a revolution, but reading a novel on an ebook reader is indeed not so different from reading a paper book. You have a search function, that is very useful to find a sentence or a word that you want to find, you can share your favorite highlights, but on the other hand, for example, you cannot use it on the plane while taking off or landing, and once a month the reader could run out of battery

Anyway, I don't think that any of these differences really matter.

Where I see a really big difference is about publishing books. It's now far easier to publish a book and reach a potential reader, you can save a lot of costs in printing, delivering and so on.

And another important thing is that the day after you published something, everyone in the world could easily get it and read it.

That's amazing. You don't even need an editor , you can even publish your book by your own.

So, as a final, difficult exercise to improve my writing skills in English, this is my idea, and the second beginning of this blog.

I recently bought some ebooks regarding learning English, something like "100 phrasal verbs you should know for your business English" and other stuff like that.

Their price was very low, about one dollar, so I bought them without further thinking.
For sure I can't write a book on English verbs, but I wondered which other topic could be popular on an ebook store. I looked for a topic on which I could say something interesting.

I finally came up with these two titles:

1) 100 tips you should know if you are going to Italy

2) 100 meals you should try while travelling in Italy, and why

Both of them give me the possibility of writing short stories while presenting the different topics.

The structure could be very easy for each of them, similar to the book I already wrote on the eighties, few years ago, and I think that a lot of people that are planning to come to Italy could enjoy reading something like that. Obviously I need to have a professional translator as a partner, to correct my mistakes and to write it in a proper way.

Which one do you like the most?

I'm going to take into account your preferences while deciding which one I should try.

Another thing, I think I'm going to miss you and your comments. It would be good to keep in touch, and maybe is someone happen to come to Milan, or I visit some other country, we can even met, a day, to have a drink talking in a shiny English!
So, this is the end,
Thank you Carrie and thank you all.
Omar Degoli


  • Comment number 1.

    hi omar your blog was very interessting I appreciate your topic a lot
    thank you for all

  • Comment number 2.

    Hello Ngone,
    And thank you!

  • Comment number 3.

    hello Omar,

    Thank you for you enlightened blogs. I really enjoyed them all. The way you write and also your choice of the topics are actually fascinating. I learned a lot from your blogs.

    For the topics you proposed for your book, I would rather go for the first one. The "100 tips you should know if you are going to Italy." I dream of visiting Italy one day. Once in Rome I will visit the landmarks that would remind me of the far past when the Roman Empire had governed the world at a certain period of history.

    What's a pity it's coming to an end like all good things. But please remain in touch at least through your comments. Unfortunately it's against the rules to give our telephone numbers or our e-mails here. You can inform me even in the comments of the student blog of everything and also we can meet on Message Board to discuss about other topics.

    You told me you were planning to visit Morocco. You are welcome.

    Good luck and see you later,


  • Comment number 4.

    Hello Omar,

    What a pity it's your last blog! I missed the comments for the previous blog. I sent my comment very late. This is why I think it would be better to post it here.

    Here it is:

    "What a great idea you've got here! It's a wise and futurist view of life. Your daughter will actually appreciate it, I'm sure.

    I would love that my parents had thouhgt like this. I too regret that I didn't think the same for my children. Unfortunately, it's too late. But it's no use crying over spilt milk now.

    What I decided to do to compensate this failure will be to send letters to my grand-children and also to write about my experience in life. I hope this would be useful either to my children or other people in my surrounding.

    Congratulations for your positive way of thinking."

    All the best,


  • Comment number 5.

    Thank you Elmansour, i'm very happy to see that you decided to write to your grandchildren after reading my blog! as to keeping in contact, I tried to write my email in the last blog, but they had to remove it, but my surname is at the end of the last blog, and i think it could help you finding my address. otherwise, I'll try the message board, and for sure, we will keep in touch commenting on this blog even the next months!

  • Comment number 6.

    Unfortunately, Elmansour, I confirm you that we didn't find a flight to Casablanca for less than 450 Euros (for all of us), that is too much for us just for a few days holyday, so we had to turn down that possibility.

  • Comment number 7.

    Hello Omar,

    You said that the price for your travel to Casablanca was 450 Euros for all of you. How many are you on this trip? And what does this amount include? Does it also include B and B?

    I'm sorry that you can't come now. But I think there will be more opportunities in the future and you are welcome at any moment you would like to come to Morocco.

    On the other hand, we should remain in contact via comments on this blog and also on message board while waiting for an occasion to exchange our emails.

    All the best,


  • Comment number 8.

    Hi Omar, all your blogs were different and interesting, I liked them a lot.
    I think you should write both books because all people should know certain tips about a country wich is going to visit and because it´s impossible to visit one country and not to try its cooking.
    If one day I go to Milan or you come to Mexico it´d be very nice to shake your hand.

    Bye for now,


  • Comment number 9.

    Hi Omar,

    Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful stories among all of us.
    As I mentioned earlier in one of your previous blogs that I really liked you ideas of improving English and the ways people respond to your post. There is no doubt that you are an exceptional story teller.
    Regarding the topics, they are superb but I would go for "100 tips you should know if you are going to Italy" as I have never visited Italy and If I am going there I would like to find out all the possible tip/suggestions.
    Take care,
    Namrta (India)

  • Comment number 10.

    Hello omar try to write with combine the both titles.Every area has their own traditional food.For example in India,Andhrapradesh is famous for spicy meals.Familiar is famous for idly and dosa varieties.Kerala is famous for fishcurry.So you would write the both titles combined.manoharan

  • Comment number 11.

    Hi Omar.
    I'm deeply sorry your time as blogger here is about to end.
    It's been a pleasure to be in contact with you: you proved a rare ability of make practising English into an opportunity of learning more about not ordinary topics.
    I was really impressed by your blog - letters from the past -, which helped me think over the sense of our lives.
    I couldn't start better my new experience on this site.
    You really sound a good and positive man: I hope you get in future everything you wish
    Good luck e take care.
    Andi 4

  • Comment number 12.

    Hi there Omar,

    You will be missed a lot by us. It was a great, looking forward to your posts, eagerly waiting as to what your next topic will be about :)

    As far as the topics go, I would prefer : 100 tips you should know if you are going to Italy.

    It will help us get a better perspective of your country, an Italian point of view :)

    Hope to see your comments in the following months.

    Sumayya, India

  • Comment number 13.

    Hi omar,
    i found your blog very interesting and bewitchy,. I would like to be a blogger for this site.
    can you help me out?

  • Comment number 14.

    Hi Omar,
    A big thank you for your blog - well done! You are really a great person. Good luck with your new ideas and all the best to your family!

    I'd prefer 100 tips on how not to get lost in Italy while travelling for the first time:)

  • Comment number 15.

    Hello Shristi, you just have to send an email to bbcle, the address is on the right top of this page. if there are a lot of requests, maybe you will have to wait some months.

  • Comment number 16.

    Hello, i am Laikhan i am Mongolian (outter) , and i really want to improve my english , i trying to find many website and in the end i found BBC site. so i want to make friend someone writing or speaking who want help to me , join me add pls everyday i want to talk talk talk chat chat chat pls add , and what should i do improve English dear Teachers? okey see you i will write comment...

  • Comment number 17.

    Oh I miss it


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