Audio Recording "When I came to this country, I thought I only was going to learn to speak English."
About this Item
- "When I came to this country, I thought I only was going to learn to speak English."
- Contributor Names
- Ditaranto, Rocco (Narrator)
- Carroll, Thomas D. (Interviewer)
- Created / Published
- Subject Headings
- - Italian Americans
- - Oral history
- - Interviews
- - Sound recordings
- - Neighborhood stores
- - 21st Avenue (Paterson, N. J.)
- - Ditaranto's Market (Paterson, N.J.)
- - Ethnography
- - United States -- New Jersey -- Paterson
- - Interview with Rocco Ditaranto, owner of Ditaranto's Market on 21st Avenue.
- - Summary of audio segment: RD didn't know what he was getting into when he bought the business. In Italy, people speak completely different languages [dialects]. Thank god for Dante Alighieri who created the Italian language, otherwise we wouldn't understand each other. When RD first opened the store, had Sicilians, Neapolitans, etc., and RD didn't understand them. It was strange. After a while RD learned the dialects. When RD came to this country he thought he would only have to learn to speak English, but he had to learn dialects, and now has had to learn Spanish. He has quite a few Spanish speaking customers now, during the day. About 70 percent of the neighbors [in 21st Avenue area] are Spanish speaking.
- Digital Audio Tape
- Call Number/Physical Location
- AFC 1995/028: WIP-TDC-A012
- Source Collection
- Working in Paterson Project Collection (AFC 1995/028)
- American Folklife Center
- Digital Id
- Online Format
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Working in Paterson Project collection, 1993-2002 (AFC 1995/028), American Folklife Center, Library of Congress
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Chicago citation style:
Ditaranto, Rocco, and Thomas D Carroll. "When I came to this country, I thought I only was going to learn to speak English.". -08-17, 1994. Audio. https://0-www.loc.gov.oasys.lib.oxy.edu/item/afcwip003912/.
APA citation style:
Ditaranto, R. & Carroll, T. D. (1994) "When I came to this country, I thought I only was going to learn to speak English.". -08-17. [Audio] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://0-www.loc.gov.oasys.lib.oxy.edu/item/afcwip003912/.
MLA citation style:
Ditaranto, Rocco, and Thomas D Carroll. "When I came to this country, I thought I only was going to learn to speak English.". -08-17, 1994. Audio. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/afcwip003912/>.