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Wicked Good Italian Dialects

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A recent visit to my father’s hometown of Abbadia San Salvatore in Siena gave me interesting insight into the concept of dialect. Family had taken me to a local restaurant, and the cousins who’d moved out of town ordered “una latina di Coca Cola” or a can of Coke. Those relatives who still resided in town similarly ordered Cokes, but pronounced it much differently, dropping the hard C sound entirely, instead asking for “O’a-Ola.” As any native Bostonian knows, dropping a letter (like an R) gives the English language a certain flair all its own, and certainly gives the listener ...

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Growing up speaking North End English

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In his 1975 study of the North End, “The Italian-American child: His sociolinguistic acculturation,” Fr. Lawrence Biondi stated that “The English spoken in the North End is English that is heard nowhere else in New England or Boston. North Enders have a strong tendency toward being uniquely apart — they are not quite Italian, but not quite American either” (p. 36). Those of us who grew up in the neighborhood would not be surprised at this statement. We did have a way of speaking that was unique to the North End, though much of it was shared by Italian Americans ...

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Italian Cultural Center of Wester Mass announces scholarship winners

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The Italian Cultural center of Western Massachusetts, Inc. will honor ten high school seniors who will receive Italian Cultural Center Scholarships on Monday, June 15, at St. Anne Country Club, 781 Shoemaker Lane in the Feeding Hills section. The Italian Cultural Center Scholarships, sponsored by ICC members, the ICC and Springfield UNICO, recognize the accomplishments of young people of Italian heritage and to support their further studies. The following six seniors received $1,000 each: the Italian Cultural Center Scholarship to Courntey Guertin (South Hadley High School); the George and Rose Tazzine Memorial Scholarship to Taylor Guertin (South Hadley High School); ...

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Consulate Scholastic Office Launches Italian Language App

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Just a few months ago, Domenico Savio Teker, took the reins as the new Director of the Scholastic Office of the Consulate General of Italy in Boston. We have had the pleasure of meeting him quite a few times during events held by the Consulate and at the many projects and initiatives tied to Italian language and culture in and around Boston. Today we have a great opportunity to chat with the Professor, curious about one of his latest School initiatives and much more. Good afternoon and welcome to Boston Many thanks… What are we talking about today? Today we ...

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Italian Language Classes at Newton’s Ciociaro Club of Massachusetts

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The Ciociaro Social Club of Massachusetts is proud to announce their Italian classes for Children from ages 4 to 12. Located at 144 Bridge Street in Newton, classes meet every Saturday starting from the second Saturday of September through the last Saturday of May. The first semester runs from September to mid-January. The second semester runs from mid-January through May. Classes are held from 12:45 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. on Saturdays. The classes are taught by two experienced bilingual Italian teachers: Rebecca Paxton Cianfrone has been teaching Italian since 2004 to various ages, from adults and high schoolers to elementary ...

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A Few Lessons on Learning Italian

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After reading an interesting article, I decided to come clean on my relationship with learning Italian.

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C.A.S.IT. Launches First Innovative Italian Summer Camp

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The Centro Attività Scolastiche Italiane (C.A.S.IT.) launched its first Innovative Italian Summer Camp program on Monday, July 8. “I still can’t believe we managed to make this happen,” said Camp Director Maria Gioconda Motta, founder of C.A.S.IT. and one of several volunteers working at the camp. The program includes both indoor and outdoor games and activities, with 19 children participating the first week of camp and another 12 coming in the second week. The camp takes place at the North End’s Eliot School, thanks to the principal Traci Griffith, who opened the school doors for the camp.

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Piccola Italia Preschool Opens in Newton

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Piccola Italia Preschool (PIP) opens for its first year of business on September 1, 2012, bringing Italian language immersion to youngsters in the Nonantum neighborhood of Newton, Mass. PIP is currently enrolling children aged 2.9 to 5 years for the 2012/2013 school year with two-, three- and five-day scheduling options. “I wholly believe that we should start learning our second and third languages early in life,” says Rebecca Paxton Cianfrone, owner and lead teacher of PIP. “Learning Italian at PIP, in addition to making their brains stronger, will make your children more multiculturally aware and curious.” Rebecca Paxton Cianfrone has ...

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C.A.S.IT. Launches New Website, Starts Adult Italian Language Classes

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C.A.S.IT., the state’s leading organization in promoting the Italian language in Massachusetts schools, has a new and revamped website, where students, parents and teachers can find all the information needed to learn, practice and promote the language of Dante. The organization’s mission is to assist communities that wish to introduce, preserve, rejuvenate or broaden the study of the Italian language in their schools. C.A.S.IT. (which stands for Centro Attività Scolastiche Italiane) offers grants of varying amounts for the establishment of Italian language and cultural programs with the ultimate purpose to institute Italian as a subject in the school curriculum. The ...

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