Thank you for ever!

A couple of days ago Ingliando reached a significant milestone:

100,000 visitors.

I’m not a great fan of the online numbers game and I don’t participate in any of the online “like” exchanges and similar systems designed simply to boost numbers without indicating any genuine interest. I much prefer to have a small number of people following my blog because they enjoy it and find it useful rather than huge numbers of people who are only there for personal gain. So, with that in mind, you can understand why 100,000 visitors is, at least for me, a significant milestone.

When I started Ingliando, in September 2011, I was not really sure exactly what I had in mind. I had this vague idea of trying to find a way of putting my almost thirty years of teaching experience to greater use by reaching out to a more general Italian public rather than limiting myself to my university students. I was very aware that there is a vast quantity of online learning material for students of English, a lot of which is clearly supported by considerable financial investment. I also realized that a large amount of the quality material that is available online is not free, and when it is free, it is supported by invasive commercial advertising. Finally I saw that the only sites providing explanations that are actually written in Italian are all managed by Italians and not by mother tongue English speakers. So I thought I could see an opportunity for a quality site, totally free, with no advertising, with explanations in Italian, and manged by a mother tongue English speaker:

Ingliando!

The site has been going now for almost four years (with a long eight month suspension shortly after the death of my father in 2012) and in that time it has evolved slowly and surely into the site it is today. Feedback that I have received both from friends and from followers has helped me to shape the site and concentrate on the areas that seem to be of greater use to the greatest number of people, but I am always willing to listen to suggestions and proposals regarding ways to improve the site and make it still more useful.

So this little mid-summer article is really just my way of saying thanks to all of you ~ friends, followers, readers, subscribers ~ who have shown your support for this project. It’s probably a bit of a cliché, but without you Ingliando would simply be a waste of precious time and energy, whereas with your support it has turned into a very rewarding and highly satisfying project which I hope will continue to provide a free and useful “public service” for many years to come. If you would like to leave your own comments regarding Ingliando or just say hello, please use the new Guestbook: it’s always a pleasure to hear from you!

As my great friend Sasà once said in his wonderfully quirky English:

“Thank you for ever!”

We don’t actually say that in English, but it’s perfect for the occasion.
🙂


17 comments

  1. “Thank you for ever” isn’t a correct expression neither in English nor in Italian, even if it perfectly attains your followers’ feeling. We could say that it is a sort of a “licenza poetica”. I have been studying English irregularly for decades as a tricky learner since I used to work as a busy bee in my activities. I bought a lot of paper and online courses, with the illusion that buying courses could have been enough for a good acquaintance. However, I became quite able in recognising a good course. Ingliando, without a shadow of a doubt, is among the best for all the merits you listed and for the best explanations of the grammar rules and, above all, for your generous availability. So, let me click on “LIKE” under Ingliando, even though it isn’t your favourite way of showing appreciation. Thank you again dear teacher Tony and have a blast for celebrating the New Year arrival. Best wishes!

    1. Hi Giusppe. “Thank you for ever” for your kind comments! I’m not sure whether Ingliando can really be described as an “English Course” as such, but whatever it is, it seems to be proving useful for people like yourself who are keen to consolidate, improve and practice their knowledge of the English language. It keeps me busy, too, which is probably a good thing! Let’s hope that 2018 will be a good positive year for everybody!

  2. well done !!! congratulations Prof. it is way to learn the english language very easy. I had to need of ingliando everyday and I will continue to use it. thank you so much.

  3. It is true! ingliando is a great blog for people who have a real and deep passion for english language, my congratulation and thank you ” for ever” !!!!

    😀

  4. Hello Ingliando, compliments to your father prof.Tony Lawson who created an interesting, usefull and free site for everyone who wants to learn English with a lot of benefit!

    1. Hi Mirella, I think you may have misunderstood a little. My father was not actually involved in Ingliando. I suspended Ingliando for eight months after my father died because I could not concentrate on the project. Thanks for dropping in and commenting though!

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