If you are curious to know everything about me and this website, here’s my brief history and how it all started.
Hi, my name is Pero. My family name is Milos. The name Pero is Peter in English or Pietro in Italian.
I am the creator of inglesare.com. I am a Croatian native speaker born in Split, Croatia in 1947.
I graduated in English as my primary language and Italian as a second language at the University of Zadar (Zadar) in 1972.
I have worked in the tourism business almost all my life, initially as a tour guide and later as a tour operator.
I have to admit that I have never taught English in schools except for the first two years of my career as the Tourist catering school director.
In 2021 I started a TEFL course which I completed. Now I am enabled as a teacher of English as a Second Language. TEFL refers to teaching English to students whose first language is not English.
More ABOUT ME AND THIS WEBSITE
I speak Croatian-Serbian (mother tongue), English (fluent), Italian (fluent), and I started studying Spanish (beginner).
Don’t get me wrong. I don’t speak English as a native speaker, but I try to get serious about improving my English speaking skill.
The idea for this website was born almost a year and a half ago, right in the lockdown period (2020). After the government forced us to stay at home, it was a great time to improve my spoken English and help people achieve similar results.
I must say that I speak and write very well English. To practice it, all you need is a good Internet connection. Via Skype or Meeting, it is not difficult to find native English speakers to exchange a few words.
I speak Eglish vs. I know English
I have always wondered what the difference was between ‘I speak English’ and ‘I know English.’ What is your case? Both are correct, but they can mean different things.
I speak English – means that you have no difficulty using this language and can communicate freely in English. In my opinion, TALK is what matters
I know English – it would mean that your knowledge of the English language might be passive. Maybe you understand grammar, but you can’t SPEAK.
During those long days of isolation due to Corona Virus, I did some research to understand the reasons why Italians do not speak English fluently.
Why is Italy ranked among the worst at speaking English in Europe?
I realized that it had nothing to do with English and Italian being part of the different language groups. On the other hand, no one can say that Italians are less capable of learning English.
But what is the reason for this? It is not difficult to conclude that the reason lies in the Italian education system, more theory than practice.
It is enough to see a book of English in middle school to understand that grammar rules have a preference in relationships of the spoken language.
After this story about me, it’s time to talk about you. If you are still here, I assume that you also want to speak English well.
I have never taught English in school. If you live where people don’t speak English, don’t worry. I can tell you what to do.
My motto is to learn with your ears and not your eyes. Listening is the key to speaking English fluently. Why focus on listening first? Why learn with your ears and not with your eyes? Listening is key to learning English!
By listening, you will learn grammar and vocabulary. You will understand better and have more fun. Focus on listening first. Listening is the most important thing you need to do.
Maybe you won’t like the story about me, but don’t forget that you learned the first words of your native language by listening.