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Living in Italy: Rob Anderson

Il professor Rob Anderson insegna Business English all’Università Bicocca di Milano. Dopo avergli chiesto perché gli italiani fatichino a imparare l'inglese (clicca qui per ascoltare l'intervista), gli abbiamo domandato cosa ne pensa dell’Italia, paese in cui vive da anni: un rapporto di amore e odio e di preoccupazioni per il futuro (economico)...

Rob Anderson (Standard British accent)

(What I like most about Italy)
Italy’s a fascinating, beautiful country, as we all know. It can be annoying as well at times. I find the... the... Milan is a particularly difficult city to live in sometimes, not all the time, sometimes, in that it can be a little bit cold, I think, a little bit maybe bad-tempered, a little bit ill-mannered, I think, sometimes, and that... that... that... I think for a British person sometimes that’s quite difficult to deal with. We’re... we’re quite used to sort of people smiling and saying, “Oh, yes, just the second door on the left, you won’t... you won’t be able to miss it,” and that kind of thing, whereas if you ask a bus driver in Milan, you know, “How many stops until Stazione Centrale?” Either he won’t answer or he will “Wa wa wa wa,” he will gruffly answer you back or whatever. So I think those silly sort of day to day things tend to annoy me, but overall I love living in Italy and I love living in Milan, I’ve got lots of Italian friends and I... I don’t... I do think sometimes of going back to the UK but the... the conclusion is always the same: I... I would rather stay in Milan!

(The future of Italy)

Italy is very bad at looking at itself in the mirror, and I think there is a lot of, I think there is a... there’s a lot... there are some serious issues about the... the Italian economy that never are never really spoken about: for example, the Italian economy, as many people, we all know, has been stagnant for 15, over 15 years, there’s been no economic growth whatsoever in Italy, and I do have friends who have their own businesses, and they have been struggling and they do struggle and there is an economic climate in Italy which, I think, newspapers and television prefer not to talk about, which I think is... is a little bit like putting your head in the sand. Therefore I don’t feel optimistic about the economic future of Italy, I think Italy is at the beginning of a deflationary period, and deflation can be more destructive than inflation because with deflation you’re more likely to get closures, shops closing, factories closing,  and I’m afraid, sadly, I... I think we’re at the beginning of that process, not at the end, so in the near future, in... by that I mean 10 or 15 years, I think sadly there’s more hardship to come, and it’s rather sad but that‘s how I see  the... the... future.      

(Rob Anderson was talking to Mark Worden)