Rome: my capital city

30 03 2012


Rome has a population of about 6 million people. It lies on the river Tevere, where the Romans landed about 3 000 years ago. Rome’s empire was very strong. It extended to France, Great Britain and Egypt.

Rome is famous for many things. Tourists come from all over the world to visit its historic buildings and monuments, such as the Colosseum, St Peter’s Basilica, the Vatican Museums and Trevi fountain.

For me, the best things about Rome are the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel which was painted by Michelangelo. There are also many shops and restaurants where you can buy anything and you can eat typical local dishes such as pasta alla carbonara and pasta all’amatriciana.

Like many big cities, Rome has problems with traffic and pollution. Every day, many people drive cars in the city and use the underground. The air isn’t clean and the streets aren’t safe. I think that Rome is good for tourists and for shopping, but it isn’t a relaxing or quiet place to live.

An elementary level composition.

Film Review: Charlie’s Angels

19 03 2012

: English 

Country: USA

Year: 2000

Genre: action comedy

Cast: Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore, Lucy Liu

A review by KET class students, 12-13 years old

This film is about three spies who work for Charlie, a mysterious millionnaire who they have never met, and another man called Bosley. This time their mission is to save Knox and his special programme, but Knox had lied because he wanted to  find and kill Charlie. So, Charlie is in danger because Knox thinks that Charlie killed his father and now he wants to take revenge. The spies must protect Charlie and kill Knox, even if they think that he was nice. At the end, the spies kill Knox and they live to have a lot more incredible adventures!

The best parts of the film were the fight scenes, especially when the spies captured the skinny, slimy man near the beginning and the final fight with the three angels working together against evil.

We liked this film very much because it’s an adventure and action film and the special effects were great.

We recommend this film to everyone, especially those who love action, adventure and comedy. There are a lot of cool fighting scenes.

Average class rating:    

Happy watching!

My favourite Italian food

14 03 2012

An elementary level composition

My favourite Italian food is pizza margherita, which has tomatoes, mozzarella and basil. In general, I eat pizza at weekends with my friends. Usually, when I eat pizza, I like to drink a cold, blond beer and sometimes I eat chips, too.

My favourite food from my region, Salento, is frisa, which is very hard bread dipped in water to soften it. We eat this topped with fresh tomatoes, olive oil and rocket leaves. It’s a simple dish but I like it very much. It’s delicious and especially popular in summer time.

Caribbean cruise

8 03 2012

Last year, I wrote about a beautiful cruise that my friends and I went on, travelling in the Persian Gulf on the Costa Deliziosa. This year, we decided to do a cruise on the Costa Luminosa, the twin vessel of Costa Deliziosa, in the Caribbean Islands. Sadly, though, this cruise wasn’t as beautiful as last year’s.

Costa Luminosa is beautiful, but the Deliziosa ship that we travelled on last year is newer, pleasanter, more colourful and more luxurious than its twin. The cruise in the Caribbean sea was more tiring than travelling in the Persian Gulf because every day the ship arrived at a different island and in every port people were landing and boarding. This continuous activity was stressful! The ship was always in working progress, so the guests never had peace and quiet.

However, actually visiting the Caribbean islands is beautiful. The French Antilles, Guadeloupe, Martinque and half of St Martin have wonderful, untouched beaches and sparkling seas, while the Dutch half of St Maarten is very touristic, full of well-equipped beaches and many organised activities like watercrafting, surfing, bars with music and everything that tourists like.

Santo Domingo has a wonderful marine park and two little islands, Catalina and Saona, where you can find white beaches and transparent seas of blue, green and turquoise hues.

The Virgin Islands and Antigua are the best islands we visited. These islands have beautiful vegetation, exotic fruit trees and pineapple and banana plantations. These islands have many beaches: Antigua has 365 of them, and Virgingorda Island has many small beaches between groups of large granite stones.

Antigua is a big, free port. In this place, you can buy jewellery, watches and precious stones.

The Caribbean Islands are a beautiful place for a wonderful holiday but  in my opinion, a cruise isn’t the most relaxing way to visit them!

by Rita Montagna, pre-elementary level