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  • jeff - I find it amazing how Italians would say ...

    Published November 24th, 2002 by English Yellow Pages
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    I find it amazing how Italians would say ‘5 minutes’ instead of ‘few minutes’ or ‘20 meters ahead’ instead of ‘few steps ahead’. I’m totally amazed by what seems a precise direction or exact frame of time, but I always find myself waiting more than 5 minutes and losing myself along the way after having walked 20 meters.

    originally posted by: jeff

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  • claudio - The Italians are the sweetest people. No...

    Published November 4th, 2002 by English Yellow Pages
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    The Italians are the sweetest people. No sign of malice towards anybody. I needed a ticket for the subway. It was late at night . The ticket attentant just stamped my old ticket.
    Only in Italy-wonderful warm people.

    originally posted by: claudio

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  • Andy - Anyone checked there Telecom bill lately?...

    Published October 23rd, 2002 by English Yellow Pages
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    Anyone checked there Telecom bill lately? Last month, I noticed an extra charge on my bill titled “teleconomy”. Upon further reading, I discovered that this is a service offered by telecom in which you pay a fixed rate of 9.95 euro every two months. With this offer, you’re supposed to notice savings on local and national calls.

    I never asked for this service because I subscribe with libero. When I called to cancel, I was given the longest sales pitch in human history on the benefits of telecom over any other company. In fact, I put down the phone receiver, went into the kitchen, made lunch, ate lunch, washed the dishes, returned to the phone and, she was still talking!!

    Anyway, I finally canceled this ...

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  • Sharla - I love the solidarity between drivers-- a...

    Published October 22nd, 2002 by English Yellow Pages
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    I love the solidarity between drivers— and against the police. Whenever there’s a policeman hiding up ahead giving out speeding tickets, you’ll always find someone coming from the other direction warning you by blinking their high beam lights at you!

    originally posted by: Sharla

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  • Cathy - The Italians have a habit of saying "Ci v...

    Published September 12th, 2002 by English Yellow Pages
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    The Italians have a habit of saying “Ci vediamo” which means “Be seeing you”. It means nothing. It is just another way of saying goodbye with a vague promise of getting together soon. I did not realize how much this Italian way has clung to me. When on my last trip to the States I ended a phone converstion with “Be seeing you” that person actually called me a week later to say “Where’ve you been? You said we’d be seeing each other?” Oops!

    originally posted by: Cathy

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  • Stephanie L. - I was so surprisd when I first took my cl...

    Published September 12th, 2002 by English Yellow Pages
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    I was so surprisd when I first took my clothes to the cleaners. Not only did I not get a receipt, but they did not even asked me my name! They had never seen me before but all the man said was..“They’ll be ready Thursday”. Back home in the States they fill out a receipt with your name, address, phone number and apt. number. I like the Italian way better. It’s quicker and friendlier.

    originally posted by: Stephanie L.

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  • Stella L. - I was dining with my Italian husband at a...

    Published September 12th, 2002 by English Yellow Pages
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    I was dining with my Italian husband at an outdoor restaurant. There was an American couple of tourists at a near-by table. At a certain point , I raised my arm to call over the waiter. The woman at the other table called over to me..“You’re American, aren’t you?” “Why, yes”, I said. “How did you know?” “When you raised your arm I noticed you didn’t have any hair under it”
    I’d like to be recognized for other things!

    originally posted by: Stella L.

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  • Judy - Everyday when I pick up my five year old ...

    Published September 11th, 2002 by English Yellow Pages
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    Everyday when I pick up my five year old from nursery school, the teacher talks to me only about what little Tommy ate and what he did not eat! She never mentions how he is getting along with the others, or how he colors, etc.! I noticed the teacher is quite elated when she can tell me that he ate a hearty lunch!

    originally posted by: Judy

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  • E. Ness - Just the other day, I was walking by a st...

    Published July 2nd, 2002 by English Yellow Pages
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    Just the other day, I was walking by a store and saw a coat that I just had to have. However, they did not accept credit cards and I only had my American checkbook with me. The young storeowner allowed me to take the coat home as long as I brought her the money the following day. Only in Italy!

    originally posted by: E. Ness

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  • David - Ever been to the center on weekend mornin...

    Published July 2nd, 2002 by English Yellow Pages
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    Ever been to the center on weekend mornings? Notice how the Italians just like to stroll? At first, this concept of the passaggiata, or stroll, was very strange to me. They just stroll through the streets of Campo dei Fiori or Piazza Navona aimlessly wondering. Stopping off randomly at a bar for a coffee in their weekend attire, just strolling in the center. The piazze are so crowded that you have to swim through the couples hanging on to each other passionately and the teenagers grasping each others hands.
    However, the passaggiata is a classic example of cultural differences between Americans and Italians. Quite frankly, I had never taken a Saturday morning stroll, locked elbow to elbow with my closest friend talking about what ...

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