Since moving to Italy last year I have en counted many people confused by my situation. I have an Italian passport you see, as I am Italian but I am Australian too. So if I don't speak people are fooled, but once my mouth opens the game it over. It has its pros and cons:
1: I get complimented on my English all the time by the Italians and foreigners. (I thank the foreigners and tell them I learnt to speak English in Australia thus my accent... I cannot lie like this to the Italian as sadly my Italian accent is heavily Australianised and far, oh so far from fluent.)
2: I can push to the front of the bar when getting my coffee as the foreigners all move aside for the 'locals'
3: When people in the street ask me if I speak English, and can I help them with directions, depending on my mood I can shake my head and pretend I do not understand and keep walking.
4: I can also eavesdrop on people who are talking about me in English. We often have noticed this at bars, out with friends and talking Italian, the table next to us will point and say something, not realising we understand every word!
5: When the bus comes and the bus stop is full of tourists, I again can push to the front and be allowed on by the driver who a) thinks I am Italian and favours me over the tourists b) the tourists give way to the locals.
6: When I am out with obvious looking foreigners, no one hassles me at bars etc...as I do not have that 'I am easy and a foreigner on holidays looking for a good time' look.
7: I have an Italian passport so can live here without any problems.
8: When the Italians do something silly I can dissociate saying, I'm Australian, not Italian.9: When the Australians do something silly I can say the opposite
1: When someone sees my Italian passport, they want to know why I cannot speak Italian.
2: Why my parents never taught me Italian
3: When they know I am Australian they want to know why I left my beautiful country to come and live in theirs
4: Due to my poor Italian language skills, people often look at me like I am mentally challenged due to my speaking like a baby. (this is not really true, but the way I feel!)
I guess the pros far out way the cons...and because of that it is time to become official...
On Monday I am off to the Municipale with Luisa to once and for all find some information to getting residency. I have searched on the web, spoken to many people and it's time to take it official! I am sure the process is quite easy if I just go and speak to the right people. It is just that I do not know anyone who is an Italian citizen and not an Italian resident...there is no information about this on the web.
And I must be honest and admit the main reasons for wanting this are superficial as I can live and work here as I please being Italian. I just want the identity card!