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PostPosted: Sat Jan 23, 2010 6:26 pm    Post subject: Hello everyone! Reply with quote

I see that no one has posted a "new member" thread since last July or something. I found this site while researching Sicily and the town where my father was born.
My dad was born in Terrasini, on the Gulf of Castellamare, and came to the US when he was 5 months old (lot of initiative for a youngster, eh?). This July I'm going there with my wife for a 2-week visit to research some family history.
I learned very little Italian as a child, though it was often spoken around me. I'm wondering if I will have communication problems in Terrasini. I now speak Spanish, French, and German (in that order), but don't think the Spanish will help much.
If anyone has any advice for my trip I would be glad to hear it - not sure if anyone is still active on this site.

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 23, 2010 9:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hello Ron, welcome! Welcome to our group
I'm glad to see you here on Amici!

I don't know if Spanish, French and German could help you, but I'm sure that Terrasini's people will do their best to understand you and your wife. I suggest you to talk in Italian, without worries: they will help you to have a great time in Terrasini! I hope you'll find interesting info about your family history.

As for this site... yes, it's still active. Maybe it's a bit sleepy, but it's always a friendly place. friends

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 25, 2010 5:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

WELCOME WRON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Welcome to our group


My grandparents were from Sicily. I wish I could learn more about them too. My dad doesn't really seem to know much himself. One of my cousins did some digging and found a lot of interesting info.

I know I'm not speaking just for myself when I say I hope you'll stick around and tell us about your trip when you come back. We even enjoy seeing pictures of you and your vacation.

Hoping to hear from you soon!!
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 25, 2010 6:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Ron
A warm welcome from me too. Its so nice to have others joining the forum.
Apart from helping each other with all sorts of problems we often have a good laugh too.
My ancestors came from Sant'Elia and Aquafondata in the Province of Frosinone. So I guess that area wont be of any help to you with your research.
But I can say my cousin (who is in his 80s)and his wife from Australia visited Sant'Elia last August and only his wife could speak a very little Italian and they were made very welcome by the people and through trial and error and a few hand signs (which Italians are very good at using and understanding Very Happy ) they made themselves undersood and I think the people there are just so pleased to find others trying to use the language, but I think you may well be able to find someone who understands English.

I have just posted an incident in another post recently about when I had my first conversation many years ago with a pen friend in USA she couldnt unerstand me when I was speaking Scottish but she could speak Spanish and when I tried conversing to her in my 'pigeon' Italian she understood what I was trying to say. So perhaps your Spanish may help. But have a go at Italian first. One thing before you go on holiday make sure that you have as much information as possible about your ancestors written down :dates years of births marriages etc if you have them
and take that with you. When you get there it could be so overwhelming that dates etc. would just go swimming out of your mind d'oh!
Have a look at forum index and hopefully you could find a few moments to post something there too.
Wishing you good luck with your research
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 26, 2010 8:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ron, Welcome to Amici!

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 22, 2010 3:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks to everyone who replied. We're going to Sicily in June-July - it will be hot, but we have an apartment close to the beach. I'll try to post a report when we return.
I will take your advice, Emmy, and bring along birth certs, baptismal records, etc. At least they're in Italian.
I was a language buff from an early age, and tried to get my dad or his sisters to help me learn Italian - didn't have much luck. It took me awhile to realize that they had no concept of teaching or learning languages because they had very little schooling. Their parents spoke Italian at home and their friends spoke English, so they knew both. My mom got me a Berlitz book and I listened to them speaking Sicilian dialect, asking occasional questions. Then we moved to California and I learned Spanish instead.
Thanks again for all the useful advice.

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 22, 2010 10:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wron, so you know some Sicilian dialect too???? I'm always asking people if they've heard of certain words and they haven't. Maybe I can have a little fun asking you words that are in Sicilian dialect. Now I'm fairly certain my mother made up some of the words herself but who knows?? Very Happy Think

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 23, 2010 2:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Rosie,
Sorry I can't really help with Sicilian dialect, though there is one question I hope to resolve there. When I asked my father what town he was born in he would think hard, then say "Tetrazzini". That is exactly how he pronounced it in Italian. His birth certificate finally resolved the issue. Maybe someone there can tell me if it is a local pronunciation - don't understand why anyone would thus complicate a word so easy to pronounce as Terrasini - but what do I know! Angel
By all means ask, it will at least contribute to my Sicilian vocabulary.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 23, 2010 2:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'll have to think of some.................hmmmmmmditsoona comes to mind. My grandma used that word to refer to black people.

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 23, 2010 5:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sorry, Rosie, don't have a clue. Everyone who spoke Italian/Sicilian in my family is dead now. And they tell me the younger generation is speaking schoolbook Italian these days - hopefully will learn more about it on the trip.

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 26, 2010 9:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The word was ditsoona but I now see I had it all run together. Whatever, just be sure to let us know all about your trip.

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 27, 2010 2:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Look what I just found on Google:


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PostPosted: Sat Feb 27, 2010 3:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good job, Gil! Speak to the hand

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 27, 2010 6:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks!!!!!!!!!!!! So, this really IS a word? I earmarked this website. I tihnk it's going to provide me with a lot of funny entertainment.

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 27, 2010 9:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Gil Applause Applause Applause Applause Just amazing what you find on the web.


Big Laugh Big Laugh How about us all searching to find all our long lost members and some new ones too Think Think

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