Tuesday, April 16, 2013


Una carissima amica mi ha portato a conoscenza di questo documento. A parer mio non c'è bisogno di traduzione, ma capisco chi dovesse avere difficoltà. Quindi fatemelo sapere che provvedo a tradurlo. 


American Kids: Move out when they're 18 with the full support of their parents.
Italian Kids: Move out when they're 28 (32), having saved for that nice house and are a week away from getting married .... unless there's room in the basement for the newlyweds.

American Kids: When their Mom visits them she brings a nice bundt cake and you sip coffee and chat.
Italian Kids: When their Mom visits them she brings 3 days worth of food and begins to immediately tidy up, dust, do the laundry or rearrange the furniture.

American Kids: Their dads always call before they come over to visit them and it’s usually only on special occasions.
Italian Kids: Are not at all fazed when their dads come over, unannounced, on a Saturday morning at 8:00 and starts pruning the fruit trees. And if there are no fruit trees, he will plant some!

American Parents: You can leave your kids with them and you always worry if everything is going to be ok plus you have to feed them after you pick them up.
Italian Parents: No problem, leave your kids there and if they get out of line your parents can set them straight .... plus they get fed.

American Kids: Always pay retail and look in the yellow pages when they need something done.
Italian Kids: Just call their dad or uncle and ask for another dad's or uncle's phone number to get it done .... cash deal, knowwhatImean?

American Kids: Will come over for cake and coffee and get only cake and coffee, no more.
Italian Kids: Will come over for cake and coffee and get antipasto, a few bottles of wine, a pasta dish, a choice of two meats, salad, bread, potatoes, a nice dessert cake, fruit, coffee and a few after dinner drinks .... time permitting there will be a late lunch as well.

American Kids: Think that being Italian is a great thing,
Italian Kids: Know that being Italian is a great thing,

American Kids: Never ask the reason you have no food.
Italian Kids: Are the reason you have no food.

American Kids: Will say 'hello".
Italian Kids: Will give you a big hug and a kiss, pinch your cheeks, and pat you on the back.

American Kids: Call your parents Mr. and Mrs.
Italian Kids: Call your parents Mom and Dad.

American Kids: Have never seen you cry.
Italian Kids: Cry with you.

American Kids: Will eat at your dinner table and leave.
Italian Kids: Will spend hours there, talking, laughing and just being together.

American Kids: Borrow your stuff for a few days then give it back.
Italian Kids: Keep your stuff so long they forget it's yours.

American Kids: Know a few things about you.
Italian Kids: Could write a book with direct quotes from you.

American Kids: Will leave you behind if that's what the crowd is doing.
Italian Kids: Will kick the whole crowd that left you.

American Kids: Would knock on your door.
Italian Kids: Walk right in and say, "I'm home!"

American Kids: Are for a while.
Italian Kids: Are for life.

American Kids: Will ignore this.
Italian Kids: Will forward this.


  1. splendida....rido ancora...mai documento fu più veritiero......ciaao renata!!!!!elisiana

  2. Di molte cose direi: tristemente vero. Di altre, per fortuna sono vere! Ma è indubbio che si tratta... di un ritratto perfetto :D


  3. Ne ho altre di perle che usavo in classe, coi miei alunni. le cerco e te le mando.

  4. noi abbiamo stato avendo problemi quando habbiamo arrivato in America mondo diverso da Italia ricordo ho stato mangiando in mensa e questo non cera da noi a Sorrento ma andati presto ad abitare sul nostro stesso.