30. How To Deal With Street Annoyances (HTI)

LearnItalianPod VIP Member Rachel from Miami, Florida, says: “When I was living in Italy a couple of years ago, there were quite a few times when I encountered difficult situations while walking on the street. For example, with men approaching me and trying to get my phone number, street vendors trying to sell me something I didn’t want, or people asking for money… ”

“I never really knew how to deal with these kind of experiences in Italian, as if I tried to be polite, I think I always came off as being encouraging! I think a “How To Italian” episode on how to safely get out of these kind of situations, while being polite yet firm, would be a great idea for people getting ready to visit il Bel Paese!”

Terrific suggestion, Rachel, grazie! So, here it is: “How To Deal With Street Annoyances”… the Italian way!

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How To Italian – Episode Nr.30


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7 thoughts on “30. How To Deal With Street Annoyances (HTI)”

  1. Bellissimo episodio Jane & Massimo, molto utile per una ragazza come me che viaggia spesso sola in Italia… grazie! 🙂

  2.  Do I understand correctly that the adjectives in the following cases have to be in the masculine plural?

    restare calmi
    essere specifici

    Please could you explain the rule?

  3. When beggars asked me for money in Italy, I found the simplist thing to do was look straight ahead and say to them “Sono francese” in a slightly superior tone. They seemed to understand that I wasn’t going to give them anything.

    To all my French friends – sto scherzando! 😉

  4.  re “where does it come from” please could you give some instruction on the past historic (venne?) and when to use it? An Italian friend tells me it is more used in the South than the North in conversation..

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