Hello from Rosie
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
long-distance: living far away from each other