Question to Embassy

Over 25 million Italians have emigrated between 1861 and 1960 with a migration boom between 1871 and 1915 when over 13,5 million emigrants left the country for European and overseas destinations.
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Question to Embassy

Postby gottogetit » 29 Nov 2010, 01:16

when asking a question to my local embassy(via e-mail) is it proper to ask in Italian or English. I do not speak or write italian(trying to learn now) and i do not want to offend anybody.

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Re: Question to Embassy

Postby sceaminmonkey » 29 Nov 2010, 01:40

I have written to a couple consulates in english. I doubt they care much honestly. I went through my mothers entire appointment in english and they were still pretty helpful. Really doubt they care. and for the most part I always got a response.

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Re: Question to Embassy

Postby uwlaw » 29 Nov 2010, 08:27

It also depends somewhat on the Consulate. I've dealt with one official who spoke very good English; and another who didn't speak a word. Similarly, there are some officials who will respond to English correspondence in English, and others who will respond to English in Italian.

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Re: Question to Embassy

Postby LoveJesus22 » 29 Nov 2010, 14:03

It's Better To use the Italian Language..But if u don't speak Italian what u gonna do..Don't worry Of course u gonna Find Someone who speaks and Understands English..

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Re: Question to Embassy

Postby johnnyonthespot » 29 Nov 2010, 15:12

gottogetit wrote:when asking a question to my local embassy(via e-mail) is it proper to ask in Italian or English. I do not speak or write italian(trying to learn now) and i do not want to offend anybody.

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Mark


Mark, are you referring to a US consulate?

It is my understanding that all Italian consular employees who deal with the public are required to be able to read, write, and speak fluently the language which is common in the area to which they are assigned. You should not have any problems writing your email in English.
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Re: Question to Embassy

Postby gottogetit » 29 Nov 2010, 16:26

Thanks again all.

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Re: Question to Embassy

Postby jennabet » 30 Nov 2010, 00:55

Carmine is correct. Consulate personnel must be bi-lingual to be assigned overseas.

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Re: Question to Embassy

Postby gottogetit » 30 Nov 2010, 01:48

Thanks Jenna, E-mail sent at 9am and got a response at 945am. was happy about the quick response and it was in English...


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