Commentary with an Italian American

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Commentary with an Italian American Q: When were you born? A: “I was born Feburary 14 th 1928. Which make me 80 years old right now.” Q: Tell me about growing up in your family being the first one to be born in the United States. A: “It was very nice I can’t say there was anything bad about it. Being the first one born here in this country I spoke Italian first and then around 4 or 5 I had to start speaking English.” Q: Who did you learn English from? A: “My sister and other people around us. That was tough because I started kindergarten and had to learn English and learn English fast. There was quite a differential there growing up.” Q: Did your parents speak any English? A: “No, never. My father spoke very little English because he worked at fords and had to speak some. My mother never spoke English. Q: Where did you go to school? A: “St. Catherine’s catholic school on the East side of Detroit. I only made it to the 9 th grade. I had to go make money to help support the family.” Q: Did you go to school with any other Italian children?
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