Italian tourists flock to Manchester after Balotelli wins league title for City
London, May 27 (ANI): Britain, especially Manchester, is becoming a hot spot for Italian tourists after footie manager Roberto Mancini and striker Mario Balotelli led Man City to their first top-flight league title in 44 years.
Italian tourists arriving in Britain are being handed phrase books so they can understand local sayings, which is the brainchild of an airline boss and comes after a surge in the number of Italians visiting the country - and Manchester in particular.
Mancunian phrases include "City gave United a drubbing" - "City le ha date di santa ragione United" and "Mario Balotelli loves Roberto Mancini" - "Mario Balotelli ama Roberto Mancini".
Cockney term "Can I have a cuppa" is "Me la fai una tazza di te", while "Shutttaaappp" from The Only Way Is Essex translates as "Ma stai zitto".
Those visiting Birmingham are also well catered for - "Turrah a bit" is "Alla prossima" and "Yam alright cock" is "Sto bene, bello".
The phrase book is being given out on Monarch Airlines flights from Italy, the Daily Mail reported.
"We thought it would be helpful for people coming to England to be aware of local phrases they may hear," managing director Kevin George said.
"City winning the league with Mancini and Balotelli has really put Manchester on the map for many Italians," he added. (ANI)
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