Ticinesi emigrants


For English learners: About emigration, food, fotos, traditions, vocabulary, video

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Isole di Brissago

Isole di Brissago near Ascona

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Tenero-Locarno                        Maggia valley/Moghegno

Ticinesi emigrants:

I think this is a highly interesting series of articles and videos by swissinfo.ch which gives us the possibility to undestand better the hardship these people went through in the hope of  escaping poverty.

The videos are all with Italian subtitles so they are perfect also for beginners!

The following one is about the Gatti family in London.

UNFORTUNATELY, I CAN’T FIND  THE VARIOUS  GREAT ,HERE BELOW  MENTIONED,   VIDEOS  ANYMORE ON SWISSINFO.!! I’M VERY SORRY AND I THINK IT’S REALLY A PETTY! (2014)

I’ve, however, found on swissinfo.ch a website about the emigration from Ticino in ENGLISH:

Please transform the following sentences from the past to the present tense: (For answers see below)
1.My father was from Dongio.
2.He came over at the age of 17.
3.He became a chief.
4.He used to cook for the queen.
5.In those days catering was even harder.
6.My Grandfather didn’t want to see the offsprings going off into catering.

7.Reported speech:Mr. Giuliani, president of the “Unione Ticinese”, says that ………………………………………………………………………………………..to England.

8.Mrs. Bailey says that ……………….grandfather came from the Blenio valley in 1900.

9.The grandfather took over a Restaurant in ……………………..

10.Mr. Mario Foletti ………………………………….when he first married and Mr. Demaria’s

Father went …………..and forward to Switzerland.

(Answers:1.is/2.comes/3.becomes/he cooks for/5.is/doesn’t)

(7. Mrs. Giuliani said that…../8.Mrs. Bailey said that her grandfather …./9.London/10.arrived +to)

When his mother didn’t know English well she read on a gardengate.”: “Please shoot the cat instead of “please shut the gate”!

Here you can find the following song: Vuoi venire con me in ‘Merica? Do you want to come with me to America?

 


 

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We took this picture in Frasco/Verzasca valley

And here a link to a video about Ascona and what happened to the Ticinesi who remained here!

http://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/specials/swiss-italian_migrations/video.html?siteSect=22545&sid=10403410

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I also include the video and story about AUNT ADELINA’S gnocchi.

http://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/multimedia/video/Aunt_Adelinas_gnocchi.html?cid=1001928

Mrs. Tognola emigrated to California at the beginning of the twentiest century. She had taken a cook book with her from her familiy in Grono. Adelina got married in America, had 2 children and came back only once. After her ninetieth birthday she decided to return that cook book to her grandniece who also grew up in a restaurant like Adelina herself. Watch now carefully how the gnocchis are being prepared by Madelena.

She uses onions, bacon, chop up, soak bread in milk, bind the dough, food mill, add bacon fat, nutmeg, flour, cutting board, form sausages, pillow shape, to fry in butter, boiling water, to come to the surface, grate cheese.
 
On the website of  Canton Ticino, there is a list of famous ticinesi emigrants:
 http://www4.ti.ch/can/oltreconfiniti/chi-siamo/parlano-di-noi/
 When the Swiss made it to America:http://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/when-the-swiss-made-america/6784658
http://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/in-depth/-we-shall-not-stay-long-
 
xx

Gordola

3 replies »

  1. Good morning, buon giorno,
    thanks for your kind post. I hope you will enjoy more of my articles.

    PS. At the same time I would like to answer some other upcoming questions:
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    Have a good day
    Martina

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