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Dear John

Aprile 2013
You can write to John Peter Sloan about your problems in love, life, everything. Write to him (in English, please! And put “Dear John” as the subject) at: webmaster@speakupmagazine.it By the way, John doesn’t enjoy answering questions about grammar and language. So, if you have any, please post them on language blog

di John P. Sloan

John Peter Sloan
John Peter Sloan

Dear John,
I’m gay and I think I’m falling in love with my cousin. He is a lot younger than I am. I’m 39 and he 21. It seems to me that he feels the same for me. What do you think? What’s your opinion?


No, no, no!
He’s your cousin, keep your affairs outside the family at least! And what if you’re wrong and he isn’t gay? Or maybe he is gay but he’s not interested in you. You could damage the whole family. The risks are huge!
There are about two million gay men in Italy. You don’t have to “keep it in the family.”

Dear John,
I’ve got a simple problem: I’ve got a girfriend and I know she loves me and I love her.
Actually, I am learning how to love her, but I am really interested in meeting other girls. Please tell me what I should do!
Mr. L

It’s your nature. Many men respect their girlfriends and resist temptation.
Some men submit to temptation and risk losing their girlfriends. Some men occasionally submit. Some men just go with anything female, temptation or not!
It all depends on you, on how much you respect your girlfriend...

Dear John,
I’m Enrica, a retired woman of 61 who started learning English two years ago. I want to learn this language because my son lives in London and is married with a lovely English girl whom I love and with whom I would like to speak and communicate fluently without translators.
But it’s difficult for me to speak to her in English more than with others. As I consider her like a daughter, it is spontaneous for me to speak to her in my maternal language, but this is a real problem. She is very sweet and tries to understand me when I speak Italian, also because she is learning my language, but I would like to be more competent in English and hold simple conversations with her and with my future grandchildren.
Do you think that I can hope to conquer your language despite my age?
Do you have any suggestion for me?
Enrica Taglini

If you wrote this message, then you have absolutely no problem at all, dear. The only way from here is up :-)

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