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Sicilian dialect

Postby mystictyger18 » 28 Jul 2004, 00:46

my Italian family that lives in the states speaks sicilian dialect...not regular Italian...this summer we went to the Aeolian Islands and my dad spoke to the family (we had never met them) in dialect...but that was sort of made fun of...is this dialect getting outdated? is there anywhere Id be able to learn it? I only know a little...I understand a lot...but I cant speak it and I know I wouldnt be able to read it...Id love to be able to though...thank you to anyone who can help me
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Re: Sicilian dialect

Postby ptimber » 28 Jul 2004, 01:21

Sicilian is a language with its own grammar and actually was a model for Toscana which is todays Italian language. I am sure if you hit the internet and check out for Sicilian grammar books or contact the University of Palermo in Italy and ask them wehere you can obtain a grammar book for the Sicilian language. Peter
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Re: Sicilian dialect

Postby OmertaSiciliana » 28 Jul 2004, 01:24

I'm currently short on cash or else I would have ordered it, but, if you go to www.amazon.com and type in Sicilian language, there are several books which look like they could be a big help. Good luck! Let me know if you find anything worthy. I'd love to learn the language. :wink:
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Re: Sicilian dialect

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Re: Sicilian dialect

Postby mystictyger18 » 28 Jul 2004, 01:44

thank you both...I know a bit of spanish already from school and family from uraguay...and I really wanted to take a local course in Italian....which will hopefully help me...I would definitely like to buy a book on the sicilian language though when I get a chance...I need to do some research first though to see which look best and easiest to understand...if I find a good one Ill let you know
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Re: Sicilian dialect

Postby ptimber » 28 Jul 2004, 02:03

learn italian first and fluently and then Sicilian because the grammar will be close and the transition will be easy substituting volabulkary and nothing else since you will know the grammar. Peter
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Postby mystictyger18 » 28 Jul 2004, 02:08

thats what I figured...being fluent in Italian will be beneficial to me anyway if I plan on going back to Italy for whatever reason...also I know some Sicilian vocabulary already...just words Ive known my whole life because my grandparents speak the me half in sicilian half in english...and I cant differenciate which words are strictly sicilian and which are Italian...Id like to be more sure of myself...and Id really like to be able to speak it...I know its hard learning once your past 5 of 6 probably...but Id really like to try...my aunt speaks 5 languages..thats something I wish I could do
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Postby ptimber » 28 Jul 2004, 02:10

If they can teach an elephant to dance you can learn Italian,sicilian and Martian !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!. Peter
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Postby OmertaSiciliana » 28 Jul 2004, 02:59

I speak fluent Spanish and I want to learn Italian and Sicilian. I tried to learn Italian but it didn't work out so well. I just started studying Sicilian and to me it seems easier, maybe because I've studied Latin in school. Do you have any advice that could help make my studying easier?
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Re: Sicilian dialect

Postby ptimber » 28 Jul 2004, 03:41

Memorize memorize the grammar, the verbs and the tenses. if not go to Sicily and live in a p[lace where they still speak dialect. Peter
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Postby mystictyger18 » 28 Jul 2004, 04:20

yeah thanks...I will try to...as I said Id really like to learn...I would go back to sicily...Id like to know how to speak Italian a bit before I went there though...itd be tough not knowing anything....do you know if the university of palermo is a good school? or if there are any other good colleges on sicily?
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Postby ptimber » 28 Jul 2004, 04:27

I am sure there are schools that teach Sicilian. Have you tried the internet or www.google.com? peter
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Postby ptimber » 28 Jul 2004, 04:29

There arer 17,400 pages relating to learning Sicilian schools. Peter
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Postby ptimber » 28 Jul 2004, 04:31

Using that tile LEARNING SICILIAN SCHOOLS gives you a school on the first listing!!! Peter
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Re: Sicilian dialect

Postby OmertaSiciliana » 28 Jul 2004, 15:20

Thanks again Peter, you seem to know just about everything!!
If I had the money, I'd probably LIVE in Sicily, but I don't. Either way, this language isn't that hard at all, now that I look at it.
To anyone else who's trying to learn Sicilian - good luck, and it's pretty easy!
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