Whoever visits or has visited Italy says that the simple task of having a coffee is the funniest thing ever. Do you wonder why? Well, italian people go in a bar, order a coffee, drink it while having a little conversation with who is at the bar about their day or whatever and go away! Everything lasts two minutes or less!
Since I live here in Norway I met a lot of immigrants like me, that in time became friends… and who are in “the same boat” as me. With this expression I mean that we as immigrants had to integrate into the norwegian society, we had to learn the norwegian lifestyle, the system, the culinary culture, the traditions, the culture in general and of course the language: Norsk!
Do you know what this title means? First of all, it belongs to an old and very popular song written by Renato Carosone, but it has been rearranged today becoming so popular that you can dance it all over the world!
That sentence means: “You act like an american/ You wanna be an american” and it refers to all those emigrants who from Italy, especially from Naples as the song says, moved to United States and when they happen to travel back to their homeland for holidays for example, they act like “big shot” americans who have it all, when in reality they have nothing.
Here I am today to write a short list of typical cultural factors of the countries whose languages I speak:
I am a curious person and I always try to discover and learn new things; I can tell you that lately I have taken the B2 level norwegian exam and one of the most popular questions is “What is typical in Norway?“, so then I asked myself: “And what about Italy, Spain, Latin America, United Kingdom, USA, Canada, Australia, Portugal and Brazil?“. So I have been asking all my friends who belong to these cultures and I found out that (I chose the most important 5 typical things):
Since I love traveling and speaking languages, I always try to discover more and more of the world!
In fact, among the several places I have been for holidays, I had and I am having experience to live abroad. In 2005, for example, I moved from Italy to Spain where I lived 7 years and from Spain to Norway, where I am based since 2013.