A Lifetime of Cultural Differences in Italy 🇮🇹 #274

The title makes this episode seem much more profound that it really is 😅 But today's wonderful podcast guest and I do have over 30 years "living in Italy" between us, so there is some truth in it! So we talk about who is "Mr. Italy", the toenail of Italy, looooooooong summers and how it's difficult to remember life BC (Before Covid). So get on your headphones and just keeeeeeep on ROCKin', baby! 👊

RnR Vocab to keep an eye on this episode:

  • You’ve blown me out of the water
  • I don’t know if the name Mr Italy will stick
  • It was late in the day (the presentation)
  • It throws you (when someone say Happy Sunday on a Saturday)
  • Ending up with egg on your face (saying “no it’s not Sunday it’s Saturday)
  • But on the flip side of that (6 day week), they have longest holidays in Europe
  • It’s not pretty sometimes (after 3 months)
  • Back to square one
  • Everyone just seemed so miserable and petty
  • You always find yourself outnumbered
  • Stepped in a puddle and just exploded
  • Landed on their belly
  • I even went to the lengths of Googling it
  • Old wives’ tales start with a kernel of truth
  • You might find some evidence that will back up some of the claims
  • I’d be sweating buckets and I used to whack on the air conditioning

RnR Grammar:

At the beginning of today's episode, I said to John, "you've been living in Italy since 2003".

Notice this Present Perfect Continuous, as the action started in the past and is still in progress.

John then responded "yeah, I've been here since 2003", notice here that he uses the present perfect SIMPLE as this is a STATE verb (it's not possible to say "I've been being here since 2003").

However, it IS possible to say "I've lived here since 2003". Verbs like "live", "work", "play" and "study" can be used in this context in the simple and continuous form with no real change of meaning.

More about John:

You can find his Instagram Page HERE and his website HERE. You can also find out about his 30 Day English Booster course HERE.


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