Sicilian illiteracy and learning the English language

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Sicilian illiteracy and learning the English language

Postby suz1154 » 28 Jun 2012, 05:30

My husband's grandfather seems to have know the English language before coming to the United States (according to the censuses). My question is, considering the social and economic status of Sicily at the time he immigrated (1902), how would he have learned English--what are some ways that a Sicilian might have learned to speak English in the late 1800s while still in Sicily(he was born in Bompietro around 1880)? His parents, as well as his wife and her parents (who also immigrated in the early 1900s) never learned English and spoke only Sicilian. Thanks in advance for the insight.

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Postby PippoM » 28 Jun 2012, 07:30

How can you say he already spoke English before going to USA? Censuses usually state that someone spoke/didn't speak English at the time of the Census itself.
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Postby suz1154 » 28 Jun 2012, 21:07

I was going by what I had proof of, but I had thought family members had also indicated he could speak English before coming over. You have a good point, though. I will quiz family members again, and more thouroughly. Thanks.


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