John

Location:

Tallahassee, FL
Hometown: Pittsburgh

Member since:

May 9, 2014

What do you hope to get out of this meetup?

My mom's side is from Cephalonia, a beautiful island in the Ionian Sea between Greece and Italy. While my Demotic Greek is strong, I would like to learn more about Romance Languages.

How would you describe your knowledge of Italian (beginner, intermediate, advanced, native speaker)?

Novice. My English vocabulary is strong enough, particularly in words with shared Greek & Latin word origin, but I would need to spend some time in studying things like fundamental verb conjugation and building my vocabulary. Also, the dialects that I'm most familiar with would be Calabrese and dialects spoken in the rural areas outside of Rome decades ago, since those are the areas in Pittsburgh where most Italian immigrants and native speakers settled.

Introduction

My family is from Greece, and I grew up in Pittsburgh in a largely Italian community. As we say, "Greeks & Italians, Una Faccia, Una Razza."


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