The French are like the Italians!
Here are ten ways they are similar:
Words and language
They have lots of vocabulary in common – because the languages come from the Latin eg “sud” for”south”. Being French translators, we can often guess the meaning of signs in Italian.
They both like very expensive pastry and croissant-like things which are outrageously pricy, and they eat these things for breakfast!
Both countries grow very delicious tomatoes, unlike the pallid, crunchy drink of water types we have in the UK.
On the road
There are some real nutcase drivers on French roads, and even more on Italian roads (mostly on motorbikes). Translators spend a lot of time helping foreign drivers who have accidents on French or Italian roads!
Both the French and the Italians are predominantly Roman Catholics and even small villages often have churches which resemble cathedrals!
Culture and attitude
The Italians and the French both have many heartfelt songs about love – and it’s the words and story that really matters – eg the opera.
The French and the Italians are equally proud of their food and their wine.
Identity and politics
Both the Italians and the French describe their flag as the 3-coloured flag – the tricolore, spelled the same (but pronounced differently).
Both France and Italy are relatively recent republics.
In both France and Italy, local government (commune – the same in both languages) power is often vested in the local mayor who can have significant decision-making power and responsibility even in small towns.
And here is a very important 11th – the French and the Italians enjoy much more sunshine than the Brits!