Hi there! This is me, Katia. If you haven’t seen me before ‘nice to meet you’. I guess it’s time to put a face to a name.
Just over a year ago, on the 12th of October 2010 I wrote my first post here, but have been very reserved about my personal life.
So who am I?
I am a Brazilian woman with great faith and passion for life and with an amazing wanderlust. I grew up in Brazil but since my teens I wanted to see the world and learn English. I was lucky to attend to good schools in Brazil and a great college where I became a teacher. When I was 19 I had my first experience abroad and I managed to convince my parents to pay for a General English Course in London. I loved the experience, lived for few months with and English family and improved my language skills considerably, but then it became too cold for me and I started to miss my friends and family too much and decided to go home, bear in mind, 22 years ago we didn’t have all the mod cons we have nowadays. But I was hooked then, and I knew I would have to come back to Europe one day.
Back to Brazil I took more teaching and English courses and training and became an English teacher. I found in the subject a delightful passion. I worked for well-known schools and colleges and also started to teach Business English for executives inside worldwide companies. I loved the experience.
Years later, I returned to London for a sabbatical year and also to study interpreting and translation. That was 2001 and 10 winters passed and I’m still here. I got married to a British guy had an English daughter and learned to love this country. I also travelled to many other countries in Europe in the past 10 years.
My passion for learning and teaching was such that I decided to join a British University and get a British degree. A lot of hard work and many sleepless nights later I successfully graduated with a BA Honours in Language Studies. Boy, I felt great during the graduation ceremony sitting amongst hundreds of well-educated British students and knowing that I was the only Brazilian there with better grades and higher achievement than most of them (As you can see, lack of modesty at times is not a problem that I have. Tee hee!). Such humble thoughts and amazing brain drove me to join a Masters in Education afterwards. LOL!
Jokes apart I can easily say that since I became a teacher two decades ago, I have helped many people to learn English and improve their skills and consequently improve their lives. Loads of people that had to listen, speak , read and write in English well enough or they would lose their jobs or lose a promotion career opportunity came to me and found the help they needed. I’m sorry folks, this is not a question of being humble or not, this is a question of being extremely proud of what I am, a teacher, a well qualified one.
Why am I saying all this now? Well, I got to a turning point in my life . Not too long ago, health issues made me put my career and other parts of my life on hold but now I feel it is time to expand and open to new opportunities. I’m certain that this blog and some other projects I have will take me where I want.
You will hear a lot from me from now on, and somehow you can be part of my life in the United Kingdom. And if you need to learn or improve your English and is really very serious about it, please contact me and I will tell you how. I can show you the way. I can promise you, it works. No only that, I can open a whole world of culture and opportunities to you. Think about it. I’ll be delighted to meet you.
PS. I have just checked the version of my post translated to Portuguese by Google. In some parts the translation is really poor. If you are reading in Portugese and saw the word "viciada", I would like to clarify that I was never "viciada" in anything. The word 'hooked' was translated by the machine like that, but actually the word can be used in different contexts with more than one meaning. That just shows that you have to improve your English. Don't forget to contact me then.