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#CuriousIT – Interrupt me, please!

Every culture has its does and dont’s.
If you visit Italy, you may notice that interrupting someone when he/she’s talking is… ok!

In many cultures people wait for the other person to finish his sentence or story before talking.
Of course this happens also in Italy, but it’s also quite common the opposite.
Why is it so?

Because Italians consider interruptions as a sign of interest: if you stop me to ask for further information or details, it means I am saying something interesting – therefore I am happy to hear what you have to say or ask.

  • … and my friend then said she was happy to go abroad bec-
  • She was happy?! But she’s scared of heights, isn’t it? How can she take the plane?
  • Well she talked with her doctor and they decided…

It’s still rude, anyway, to interrupt to change the topic, for example:

  • … and my friend then said she was happy to go abroad bec-
  • Did you know that bears can climb up on trees?!

This is rude.

Let’s take another example:

  • … and my friend then said she was happy to go abroad bec-
  • Sorry to interrupt, but I’ve just realized it’s almost dinner time! Shall we order pizza while you finish your story?

This is not rude. You have a reason to interrupt – and what better reason than pizza?

Is it rude to interrupt someone in your country?
Does it bother you?
Let us know!