Learn Sicilian

SICILIAN LANGUAGE LESSONS START SEPTEMBER 2021!

Learn Sicilian | CCI Buffalo

Centro Culturale Italiano di Buffalo is pleased to announce our first Sicilian language lessons in September of 2021!

NOTE: Exact dates, days of the week and times, limits on number of students, etc. have not yet been set

Class cost is as follows:

  • $96 for CCI Members
  • $144 for non-members.

If you are interested in taking the Sicilian classes, please contact instructor, Angelo Coniglio and answer the questions listed below.

  1. What is the ancestral town of your Sicilian forebears?
  2. Do you speak any Sicilian, and at what level?
  3. What are your reasons for learning Sicilian?

Email answers to afconiglio@aol.com, and please include your full name in your response.

Please contact Toni Marie Di Leo at 716-783-7555 or ccibuffalo@gmail.com if you have any questions.

This page is dedicated to
Dr. Renata Giacobbe
(1938-2013)

Meet the Instructors!

Angelo Felice Coniglio

Angelo Felice Coniglio

Sicilian Instructor

 

Angelo Felice Coniglio is the youngest son of parents who emigrated from Serradifalco, Sicily in 1913 and 1914. Sicilian is Angelo’s first language, and when he began grammar school, he spoke no English. Angelo is a retired civil engineer who worked concurrently as a professional engineer and adjunct professor at the University of Buffalo School of Engineering for 25 years. Since retiring, Angelo has developed extensive experience in the genealogy of Sicilian immigrants writing genealogy columns in print and digital media and lecturing internationally. Angelo is a volunteer librarian at the Williamsville LDS Church’s Family History Center, and he will be developing a genealogy study program for the CCI’s new story booth.

To read more about Angelo’s take on the Sicilian language, please visit http://www.conigliofamily.com/TheSicilianLanguage.htm.

Angelo also invites the CCI community to check out his historical novella, titled “The Lady of the Wheel,” set in Racalmuto, Sicily in the 1800s.

Email: afconiglio@aol.com

Maria Garozzo-Payne

Maria Garozzo-Payne

Sicilian Instructor

 

Maria Garozzo-Payne’s grandfather emigrated from Brucoli (Siracuse), Sicily in 1924. Her grandmother emigrated in 1950, and her mother followed in 1955. Maria’s father also emigrated from Catania, Sicily in 1958. Maria grew up in a three-generation household where Sicilian was the primary language, and her grandmother ensured that she never spoke in English to her grandchildren. Maria is a retired public servant of 35 years for the City of Buffalo with a master’s degree in public administration. She most recently worked as a principal accessor for the Department of Assessment and Taxation. Maria’s family still resides in Italy and Sicily, and she travels abroad as much as possible. On her most recent trip to Sicily, Maria was told that people that grew up speaking “Old Sicilian” are national treasures for having preserved the Sicilian language of the 1920s.

Maria currently serves on the CCI Board of Directors, and she has been taking Italian language lessons for several years. “I am very excited to have the opportunity to share my love of the Sicilian language with people who are eager to learn it!”

Email: casapayne@aol.com