https://www.duolingo.com/Giacobbe_s

Sicilian for English speakers?

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Hello, my name is Giaccobe(or jacob), and I am here to purpose a possibility of Duolingo providing a course to teach Sicilian. Hopefully even, I hope to become myself a future contributor to the course. :)

Sicilian has many descendants worldwide and it would be enjoyable for these people to learn Sicilian. Also, most Sicilians (excluding myself), know Italian already through school and everyday life. So, that removes the need to teach the common folk, Italian. More ever, the opportunity to learn another language similar to Italian is extraordinary.

However, Sicilian is indeed starting to become a dying language. The majority of resources left in this world to teach Sicilian are now through family, books, and certain schools in Sicily. A very limited market for learning outside of Duolingo, especially since Duolingo focuses on the grammatical spectrum of language, which can be only found in small amounts.

The joy of learning a language spoken in popular movies (The Godfather, and others), can be quite the joy. Also, this can be to preserve a very popular language among Southern Italy. Being a Sicilian Native speaker myself, how would a course for this sound?

3 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/CHelvetica
CHelvetica
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Great idea, but I think that it would be more logical as well as more beneficial to first create a Sicilian for Italian speakers course, for the same reasons that the "Catalan for Spanish speakers" course is being produced first for Spanish speakers rather than for English speakers.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Giacobbe_s
Giacobbe_s
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The only setback is a lot of sicilians already know Italian. Its like trying to teach Norwegians, English at this point. Granted, you make a justifiable point, which is why I am talking to one of my friends who knows Sicilian and Italian.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/CHelvetica
CHelvetica
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Sadly, that's what happens when one culture or language gets a foothold in another region. Anyways, a lot of Sicilians may know Italian, but as you said, the large majority of Italian speakers don't know Sicilian. That is why I suggested a Sicilian for Italian speakers course, not the other way around. :)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Giacobbe_s
Giacobbe_s
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Oh, forgive me, I read your comment wrong. Yes, indeed!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/CHelvetica
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You could also apply as a contributer for Sicilain for Italian speakers if you speak Italian, maybe? I assume you would based on your comment stating that many Sicilians speak Italian).

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Giacobbe_s
Giacobbe_s
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Since I was born and sort of raised on the village coast with sicilians, I cannot comprehend any Italian at all. Only stuff I learned here on duolingo.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Platypus01

I suspect the poster meant that it would be more targeted for Italian speakers to learn Sicilian. That is, it is more liklely that a Sicilian who doesn't know much Sicilian, or descendent of Sicilians, would be more likely to want to learn the language. Plus it is far more likely to find volunteers who speak both fluent Sicilian and fluent Italian. So when THAT course is done, it would be much easier to convert it to English to Sicialian. In my opinion. I am be wrong.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Giacobbe_s
Giacobbe_s
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Yeah, I understand now. Thanks!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/personalprism
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This sounds interesting.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Giacobbe_s
Giacobbe_s
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Stay tuned. There is a memrise course in the making.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/junecully402

I'm going to visit Geraci Siculo Sicily when I retire. My Grandfather was born there. I would like to see Sicilian language on Duolingo.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Giacobbe_s
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Unfortunately, it may be a while like other languages, that are in worse condition then Sicilian. However, there is a memrise course in the making.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/EoghanBostock

I'd be interested in that. Even though my goal wouldn't be to be fluent, it would be fun to learn a language that not many people speak (although I am learning Esperanto of course).

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SophiaGucciardi

My Nonno is from Sicily. I'd love to be able to learn some Sicilian.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/doktorkampi
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The more the merrier. As others have said before, I also think that it is going to be easier to start with a Sicilian for Italian speakers course. It was our case for Catalan. We also wanted to release a Catalan for English speakers, but when we are talking about minority languages it is more effective if we know better our target audience. Maybe some English speakers with Sicilian ancestors are willing to learn it, but I think that the best we can give to a minority language is to revive or revitalize it in the place where it was born, and that is Sicily (and some parts the southern Italian peninsula). I don't know the statistics on use of Sicilian in these areas, but it is likely that not everyone speaks Sicilian but most of them are proficient in Italian, specially the youngest ones.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/doktorkampi
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That being said, I would love to learn Sicilian. It has a mutual influence on Catalan, so maybe in the future (2025) we have a Sicilian for Catalan speakers :)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Giacobbe_s
Giacobbe_s
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Indeed doktor. I may end up sending a message through on the Italian forums to issue a statement for something like "Sicilian for Italian speakers wanted", and that may be the sole responsibility first, before anything can be done about it for English speakers.

If you want to learn Sicilian on the side, there will be a coarse on memrise soon, hopefully, with audio. Me and some other contributors are currently building it. Thus, why I may need to signal to other Sicilian speakers.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/italianboy96
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I can't wait for the Memrise course!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/italianboy96
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I want to learn Sicilian :(

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/paulrausch
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Hi friends! I wanted to announce to you that we've started a non-profit dedicated to Sicilian language issues. One of those is definitely something we'd all love to see, Sicilian on DuoLingo! If you're interested in learning more, please like our page: https://www.facebook.com/cademiasiciliana/ and if you have any linguistics or activism training as well, please reach out to me directly! thanks :-D

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/RG710
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I've never heard Sicilian before, but when I look it up it looks like Italian and if I never know about Sicilian I may think that it's Italian. I actually would love to see this language more.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Giacobbe_s
Giacobbe_s
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True written Sicilian actually has a similar writing pattern to Romanian. Thus, why a lot of Romanian words are like Sicilian words. However, I can see where you are getting this.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/marcorandazza

Abbiamo organizzato un gruppo sul Facebook per creare un corso. Sei disponibile per aiutare? https://www.facebook.com/groups/1027341127329349/

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Giacobbe_s
Giacobbe_s
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Si! Non parlo italiano, scusari paisano. I will join soon.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/robby.sg

Hi everyone! We've created a new website - https://www.learnsicilian.com.

There is a free beginner's course that has a lot of learning material WITH audio. We also offer online lessons with a Sicilian tutor from Sicily. The lessons can be purchased through our site but are conducted via Skype. Ideally, new beginners can learn the fundamentals from the beginner course and then have the option to practice their skills with the tutor through conversation.

As you are all aware, there are hardly any resources to learning the grammar side of the Sicilian language. We created this website not only to provide resources to all of you and anyone else who wishes to learn Sicilian, but also to help keep this language alive as its becoming more and more vulnerable each day.

Please like and support our page on facebook! https://www.facebook.com/learnsicilian

We wish everyone the best with their studies and goodluck!

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Santo531930

There are books on the Sicilian language. I speak Sicilian but want a deeper understanding of it, so I bought a book by Gaetano Cippolla called Learn Sicilian - Mparamu lu Sicilianu

9 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Val572575
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Yes, please start Sicilian for English Speakers. If you can have Klingon, you can have Sicilian!!

6 months ago
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