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 Italians 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 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 in English. I often notice 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