We’ve been amused by an article about Living in Italy from Swide magazine, which says that as expats here, no matter how much we fight it, no matter how we cling to our cultural identity, we become a little bit Italian. It says: “Living it Italy is intoxicating. Being surrounded by so much beauty on a daily basis is bound to have an effect. But modern Italy’s chaotic ways, little by little weave a charm on even the most stubborn of foreigners. When you live in Italy, it may take a year, it may take a decade, but eventually you will become Italian.”
We can feel it happening! This is how I feel inside these days, although the reality may be a little different!
Swide tells us that there are 20 signs that we’ve been living in Italy too long and are becoming Italian. Among them: “You know you’ve been in Italy too long when you start speaking English like a 14-year-old Italian student. When you want to tell someone ‘hang on, I’ll be with you in a minute’ and it comes out as ‘wait, I’m arriving’, or when, on the phone you tell someone you’ll be arriving ‘by feet’, maybe it’s time to brush up on your English, maybe you need lessons. You can give them to yourself, €20 per hour.”
Or there is what the article calls Darwinian queuing strategy: “You know you’ve been in Italy too long when queuing means hovering around in a crowd with elbows out and a total disregard for the person standing next to you as you blatantly sidle your way in front of them. When you first arrived in Italy the sight of Italians jostling for position in a shapeless ‘queue’ filled you with dismay, now though, you have become one of them, and you are ruthless. The others ‘shall not pass’. You no longer quietly go to the end of the queue to take you place, but instead simply appear in the middle and nonchalantly step in, staring straight ahead, apparently oblivious to any other people around you. If some calls you out on it, you just say “Oh, I’m sorry, I didn’t realise this was a queue!” and stay exactly where you are.”
We’ll share some other signs of Italianisation in a later blog, but in the meantime, especially for the ladies, here are some Dolce and Gabbana male models with some very Italian everyday gestures! Please click here. Mama mia!