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by Ignazio Buttitta

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CClilicckk oonn th thee ppicictu turreess toto kknnooww mo morree!!


CClilicckk oonn tth hee ppicicttuurree for for th thee rreeccipipee!!


During During the the last last two two generations, generations, Sicilian Sicilian had had been been considered considered as as the the language language of of the the poor poor ignorant ignorant people. people. People People was was ashamed ashamed to to speak speak in in public public using using Sicilian, Sicilian, and and the the use use of of this this language language had had been been limited limited to to jokes. jokes. Nowadays, Nowadays, we we are are trying trying to to save save our our language language memory, memory, because because if if we we lose lose our our local local language, language, we we lose lose aa whole whole world. world. Inspired Inspired by by this this poem poem dated dated 1970, 1970, we we are are learning learning words, words, poems, poems, songs songs and and popular popular sayings sayings in in our our language, language, with with translation translation in in Italian Italian and and English English and and some some of of the the languages languages we we speak speak in in class, class, when when we we knew knew the the words: words: French, French, Filipino Filipino and and Tamil. Tamil. We We have have learnt learnt that that all all languages languages are are important, important, and and that that it’s it’s important important to to know know more more than than one, one, because, because, as as aa Sicilian Sicilian proverb proverb says says «Cu «Cu havi havi lingua lingua passa passa uu mari» mari» (The (The one one who who has has language, language, gets gets across across the the sea). sea).

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Class V E, aged 9/11 - Direzione Didattica Statale G.Pitré-M.Rapisardi, Palermo, Italy


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