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Teaching House Nomads Blog | March 3, 2021

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About Kate Bailward

Kate Bailward

Kate started teaching ESL in 2009, after giving up her career as an actor. She was originally headed for Argentina, but instead ended up in Puglia, southern Italy, with no friends, no idea how to speak Italian and only a hazy clue of how to teach. Four years later – and now in Sicily – she has many Italian friends, lots of teaching experience and a blog: Driving Like a Maniac.

Posts By Kate Bailward

Why I Love Being a Cambridge Speaking Examiner

February 11, 2015 | 9

If you’ve been working in ESL for any time at all, you’re likely to have come across the Cambridge English … Read More

Easter Break Backpacking in Florence (Without Breaking the Bank)

July 9, 2014 | 1

Florence. If you’re in Italy, it’s probably on your list of places to visit. Happily, as I revealed in my … Read More

When in Rome: An Absolutely-Non-Comprehensive Visitor’s Guide to the Eternal City

May 27, 2014 | 6

If you decide to teach English in Italy, one thing’s for certain — you’ll be spoiled with all the public holidays there are on offer.

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Coffee and Sticky Buns: The Practicalities of Learning a Language

April 22, 2014 | 4

I’ve lived in Italy since October 2009.

When I moved here, I assumed I’d be nigh on fluent by the end of the year. Italian would be the sixth language I’d tackled (English, Latin, French, German and Japanese being the other five), but the only one in which I’d skipped the classroom component and gone straight to the country without passing ‘Go.’

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Why I Fell in Love with Italy

April 1, 2014 | 10

You know when there’s someone you’re not too sure about at first, romantically? In fact, at first you kind of detest them? They’re miserable and they’re hard work and you just don’t understand anything they do or say. You’re so different from them it’s painful.

Then, because your paths keep crossing and because it would be rude not to talk to each other, you spend some time with them. And you both start to relax a little and you begin to think that maybe they’re not so bad after all. I mean, they’re still a pain in the bum and completely incomprehensible, but at times it’s sort of endearing. You stop rolling your eyes at everything they say and do and you begin to think about why they’re saying and doing those things. And, more than that, you begin to understand them a little.

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