Podcast #87 An American Student in Italy

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Podcast #87  An American Student in Italy

Oliver is the son of my best friend. Oliver spent a college semester in Padua, Italy. He lived with a lovely family. They treated him like a son. Especially the mother, Emelia. He had many nice experiences with them. Some of these were quite funny. Here are two examples.

Usually Oliver ate breakfast with the family. One morning he got up late. Everyone had already left. He wanted to make a cup of coffee. He prepared the coffee pot and lit the burner. He didn’t realize there was a glass cover on the stove. The heat from the burner shattered the cover. There was glass all over the place. Oliver cleaned up the glass. He felt terrible about what happened

He left to go to classes. On the street he ran into Emilia, the mother of the family. He explained what had happened. He offered to pay for a new cover. But the Italian mother had only one concern.  “Oliver,” she said, “replacing the cover is no problem. But were you able to have your breakfast?”

The second story is also about food. One night Oliver was having dinner with the family. It had been a hot day and he wasn’t hungry. Pasta was the first course of the meal. As Emilia was about to serve Oliver he told her he would like to skip the pasta. He said he wasn’t that very hungry. Emilia looked at him for a moment. She was thinking, “No pasta. Impossible.”

Then her face lit up. “Oh, Oliver,” she said with a laugh, “you Americans are always joking.” She gave him a slightly smaller portion than usual. Oliver ate it all up without another word.

 

 

Oliver is the son of my best friend.

Oliver is my best friend’s son.

 

Oliver spent a college semester in Padua, Italy.

Oliver did a semester in Padua, Italy

 

He lived with a lovely family.

He stayed with a very sweet family

 

They treated him like a son.

He was treated like a son.

 

Especially the mother, Emilia.

Particularly the mother, Emilia.

 

He had many nice experiences with them.

He shared many special moments with them.

 

Some of these were quite funny.

Some of these could be quite funny.

 

Here are two examples.

I’ll tell you about two such times.

 

Usually Oliver ate breakfast with the family.

Oliver usually had breakfast with the family.

 

One morning he got up late.

One day he slept late.

 

Everyone had already left.

Everyone was already gone.

 

He wanted to make a cup of coffee.

He wanted to make himself some coffee.

 

He prepared the coffee pot and lit the burner.

He got the coffee pot ready and lit a fire under it.

 

He didn’t realize there was a glass cover on the stove.

He didn’t notice the glass cover on the stove.

 

The heat from the burner shattered the cover.

The burner flame shattered the cover.

 

There was glass all over the place.

Glass flew everywhere.

 

Oliver cleaned up the glass.

Oliver got the glass picked up.

 

He felt terrible about what happened

He felt very bad about the accident.

 

He left to go to classes.

He left for the university.

 

On the street he ran into Emilia.

He met Emilia on the street.

 

He explained what had happened.

He told her what had happened.

 

He offered to pay for a new cover.

He said he would replace the cover.

 

But the Italian mother had only one concern.

But Emilia was concerned about only one thing.

 

“Oliver,” she said, “ replacing the cover is no problem.”

She said, “Getting the cover replaced is not an issue.”

 

“But were you able to have your breakfast?”

“But were you able to get your breakfast?”

 

The second story is also about food.

The second story also revolves around food.

 

One night Oliver was having dinner with the family.

One night Oliver was at the dinner table with the family.

 

It had been a hot day and he wasn’t hungry.

The day had been hot and he wasn’t feeling hungry.

 

Pasta was the first course of the meal.

The first course was pasta.

 

As Emilia was about to serve Oliver…..

Just when Emilia was ready to serve Oliver….

 

…he told her he would like to skip the pasta.

…he said he would forego the pasta.

 

He said he wasn’t that very hungry.

He explained he wasn’t particularly hungry.

 

Emilia looked at him for a moment.

Emilia regarded him for a few seconds.

 

She was thinking, “No pasta. Impossible.”

She was thinking, “Skipping the pasta is unthinkable.”

 

Then her face lit up.

Then a smile spread across her face.

 

“Oh, Oliver,” she said with a laugh

“Oh, Oliver,” she laughed…

 

…you Americans are always joking.”

…you Americans are always making jokes.”

 

She gave him a slightly smaller portion than usual.

She served him a bit less pasta than usual.

 

Oliver ate it all up without another word.

Oliver kept his peace and ate the pasta.

 

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