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Introducing yourself

Lee has just arrived to Sicily and he's ready to meet my family and friends. What will he say to them? Follow Lee in his first journey in the most beautiful garden in the centre on the Mediterranean Sea.

Lee has just arrived to Sicily and he’s ready to meet my family and friends. What will he say to them? Follow Lee in his very first journey in the most beautiful garden in the centre on the Mediterranean Sea.

No one knows him and everybody is very excited to know the very first English man that will join the family. In fact, my family members are all Sicilians, or Italians at the most!
Before arriving, I told Lee to introduce himself with one of these two forms:

MI CHIAMO LEE E SONO UNO CHEF
My name is Lee and I am a chef

MI CHIAMO LEE E FACCIO LO SCHEF
My name is Lee and I’m a chef (literally: I do the chef)

Lee will soon learn that some people in Sicily like to gossip a lot. In Sicilian Gossip is called ‘Cuttigghiu‘ from “Cortile” (Courtyard), the place where women used to sit on chairs in front of their house doors and talk about all of the interesting facts happening in the village.
Some people still spend the hot summer nights sitting on chairs just at their doorstep.

Now it’s your turn to practise a bit and learn these two forms Lee has just used with my family.

I’ll redirect you to a web page where you can listen to and sing along a beautiful song from Antonello Venditti, Che fantastica storia e’ la vita. Make sure that you can see both the Italian and English lyrics versions on your screen. You should be able to play the song through a YouTube video on the same page, but this depends on the device that you’re using. Click here to visit the page.


Best way to learn is having fun! A presto!

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