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Cheshire Youngsters Learn Italian [VIDEO]

A veteran teacher builds understanding one word at a time.

After teaching Italian to adults for about 20 years, Dea DiTomosso of Cheshire, is bringing the knowledge of her native language to elementary school students.

The six-week long "Italian for Children," premiered in the fall and was offerered again this spring. The last class of the session is this week.

DiTomosso approached the parks department with her idea for a children's class after several Cheshire families asked her to provide private lessons for youngsters. She's taught similar classes for the s Adult Education program. 

The children's program teaches Italian expressions such as greetings, numbers, days of the week, and names of food.

At a recent class the students were reciting family titles:

  • la nonna - grandmother
  • la sorella - sister
  • lo zio - uncle
  • il cugino - cousin

You can hear the students pronounce their newly learned vocabulary in the accompanying video. More information about Cheshire Parks and Recreation programs is available on their website.

Leslie Hutchison May 30, 2012 at 04:26 PM
Listen to youngsters learn how to say grandmother in Italian. It will warm your heart!
Leslie Hutchison May 31, 2012 at 02:20 PM
Stella Bauco Gaudio wrote: "That's my niece! :) That look on her face says " well thats not the way Nonni says it..." haha!"
Leslie Hutchison May 31, 2012 at 02:21 PM
Kristin Flagg Cheek wrote: "Go J!"

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