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Old 30.09.2015, 02:31
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And Palermo and Bergamo are vîewed as Inner Italy ?
My dad is from Sardinia. Sardinians refer to the rest of Italy (and Europe) as "the Continent".

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My all-time favourite while in the US was:
Ireland, humm, that is a long way away, do you have the same moon as we do?
Italian friend in Wisconsin was asked whether they also eat pizza in Napoli or is just an American thing.

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I get the occasionally one who wants to guess soooo much.

Ok, let me guess..... Italy, nope, Spain, nope, Brazil, nope, France, nope...Po... Let me cut you now, I'm from Canada.

Uh? Are you sure? you don't look like a Canadian.
Argentina...
Brazil...
(proceeds listing a few more South and Central American countries, more and more confused)

No, go east.

Spain...
Portugal...

No, Italy.

Noooooo, I cannot believe that, you don't sound Italian.

mmm...ok

Where from in Italy?

Varese

[Blank stare]

Northern Italy, between Milan and Switzerland, in the lake area.

Ohhhh, is that Lake Como where George Clooney lives?

mmm...not quite.

Do you know George Clooney?

Sure, I used to have coffee with him everyday, too bad I moved away.

Do you know my grandpa's third cousin who lives in Sicily?

I give up.
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"Where are you from?"
"I'm from Geneva."
"Oh, you're from Italy?"

The reverse of the medal:

Me: "Where are you from?"
"New Zealand. It's a country in the......" (started to sort of explain where it is and how Australia it's their neighbouring country, and how I must know Australia...)
"I know where it is. "
"Oh, you do? "

Another time I had someone trying to explain me where Peru was...etc etc

Some people... Always assuming we're all "geographically" impaired...
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Old 30.09.2015, 12:01
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My all-time favourite while in the US was:

Ireland, humm, that is a long way away, do you have the same moon as we do?
Yes, but being closer to the moon, or Jupiter, things weigh more on this side of the pond.

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Old 30.09.2015, 12:08
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Youre from Ireland.. Oh do you know Paddy?


Feck off.
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Old 30.09.2015, 12:18
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Youre from Ireland.. Oh do you know Paddy?


Feck off.
Everyone knows Paddy
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Old 30.09.2015, 12:23
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Everyone knows Paddy
Is he the one outside puzzling over 3 shovels?
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Old 01.10.2015, 18:57
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I have the opposite problem. I was given three names at birth: First Middle Last which together form my legal name, which is on all my identity papers to differentiate me from all the other US Citizens called Firstname Lastname. Culturally speaking, no American in their right mind would would call me by my full legal name, except my mother, and even then only when I'm REALLY in trouble. But since most Europeans don't have a middle name, they aren't aware of this system and that it should be dropped during normal usage. Unfortunately, when starting a new job, the "onboarding" HR team tends to take the name in my passport and use it for everything in the system, long before my arrival. I've had some relatively long professional email addresses in my short time on earth. I have actually received meeting requests from external partners via LinkedIn because they couldn't figure out how to spell it all.

Next time I change jobs, I should seriously consider changing my name first.


I had the same problem! The first email I sent when I started my new job here was to the HR department to request an email change. No way was I telling my clients and other people over the phone that they had to send an email to firstname.middlename.lastname@ch.xxx.com Especially since I would have to spell all three names every time.
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I had the same problem! The first email I sent when I started my new job here was to the HR department to request an email change. No way was I telling my clients and other people over the phone that they had to send an email to firstname.middlename.lastname@ch.xxx.com Especially since I would have to spell all three names every time.
Working for xxx.com, you must have... interesting clients. Any stories?
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Old 01.10.2015, 23:14
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I love to live here in Swaziland.
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Old 02.10.2015, 09:58
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most Europeans don't have a middle name
Most Europeans that I know DO have a middle name, sometimes several.

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Old 02.10.2015, 10:02
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Most Europeans that I know DO have a middle name, sometimes several.

Tom


In (Catholic) Ireland its very common. We dont all use our second names but we have them... Plus a third middle name (if we made our confirmation).
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Old 02.10.2015, 10:16
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In (Catholic) Ireland its very common. We dont all use our second names but we have them... Plus a third middle name (if we made our confirmation).
My father has always used his middle name rather than his first, as does one of my nephews, as well as my wife's (Italian) cousin and great-uncle.

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Old 02.10.2015, 10:24
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Most Europeans that I know DO have a middle name, sometimes several.

Tom
That's very true. I know very few Europeans ( two in fact) who don't have middle names. Most of us don't actually use them but we do have them.
I've noticed here that if you put a middle name on a form them you are expected to use it. We put our son's full name on the school registration paper so anything we receive relating to the school has his middle name on it and so does the class list but nobody ever uses it when speaking to him.

In the UK on official forms there is often the option first name, middle name and surname and the first name or names) you use in everyday life is what you put in the first name box. That option doesn't seem to exist here so much so I guess most people just put their first name.

I think in the US the middle name is more significant as the same first name is often passed on from father to son to grandson etc and there us a need to distinguish between the different generations. ( although big john, papa john, little john etc. are often used too).


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My father has always used his middle name rather than his first, as does one of my nephews, as well as my wife's (Italian) cousin and great-uncle.

Tom
Two of my cousins do that too.
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Old 02.10.2015, 10:43
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My father has always used his middle name rather than his first, as does one of my nephews, as well as my wife's (Italian) cousin and great-uncle.

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My name is very difficult to read for anyone outside of my own country. For work, I wish I thought of using my middle name instead of my first.
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My name is very difficult to read for anyone outside of my own country. For work, I wish I thought of using my middle name instead of my first.
Well, what some eastern european languages do to consonants, you guys do to vowels. Poor vowels.
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No-one, but no-one here has ever managed to pronounce our surname correctly- the variation is most amusing. Mind you, most Brits get it wrong anyhow and it is a very old Devon name.
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Old 02.10.2015, 12:24
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Well, what some eastern european languages do to consonants, you guys do to vowels. Poor vowels.
We make consonants into Vowels
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Old 02.10.2015, 12:29
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My name is very difficult to read for anyone outside of my own country.
What is it, Siobhan or some such?

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I think in the US the middle name is more significant as the same first name is often passed on from father to son to grandson etc and there us a need to distinguish between the different generations. ( although big john, papa john, little john etc. are often used too).
I have a world wide unique name, family name combination. No need for a middle name for me. All other Ueli Schlumpfengruber are either imposters or copy cats.
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Old 02.10.2015, 12:57
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My name is very difficult to read for anyone outside of my own country. For work, I wish I thought of using my middle name instead of my first.
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What is it, Siobhan or some such?

Tom
I think I've just worked out Mrs S's former incarnation.
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