Sicilian-English/English-Sicilian Dictionary and Phrasebook (Hippocrene Dictionary & Phrasebooks) Bilingual Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0781809849
ISBN-10: 0781809843
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About the Author

Joseph F. Privitera is a former university professor of romance languages and a retiree of the U.S. Foreign Service. He is the author of several Hippocrene titles, including Beginner's Sicilian, Sicily: An Illustrated History, Beginner's Italian, and Italy: An Illustrated History.
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Product Details

  • Series: Hippocrene Dictionary & Phrasebooks
  • Paperback: 229 pages
  • Publisher: Hippocrene Books; Bilingual edition (December 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0781809843
  • ISBN-13: 978-0781809849
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 3.8 x 7.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #341,797 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey Gusfield on December 12, 2007
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The book is wonderful, and gave me everything I needed to be able to communicate in Sicily. Megghiu infurmazioni! The seller was quick, responsive, and a true Amazon asset.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By CP on April 24, 2010
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This is a great hand size dictionary to have with you when speaking with the oldtimer Sicilians.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Liza on September 6, 2012
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I was really surprised to find this dictionary! Have not gone completely through this handy reference book, but so far have only found one word...actually a combination word ... that I was trying to translate that was missing. The pronunciation guide is helpful, as are the common phrases. It's a little larger to carry in a purse than I'd like, but is easy to read for "old" eyes! The book is a great complement to several other books on Sicily that I've found.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Patience on October 1, 2007
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This is great - until recently I could only find Italian/English. I am very pleased.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lenore Chicka on January 26, 2010
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Via Amazon - Excellent service, prompt delivery, excellent condition
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jake on February 17, 2015
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Joseph Privitera has put a lot of effort into conserving the Sicilian Language, and for that, I respect him. But otherwise, his books aren't very good. They contain a lot of Italianisms. You'd be better off buying an Italian dictionary and understanding the phonetic differences between Sicilian and Italian than buying this phrase book. Instead, I recommend that you spend your money on Mparamu Lu Sicilianu by Gaetano Cipolla or Introduction to Sicilian Grammar by JK Bonner. Both of those books will get you further in Sicilian than this phrase book.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Dr. James E. Purpura on July 5, 2013
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I have all of these books on Sicilian, and really appreciate them. But...as a linguist and foreign language teacher really interested in learning Sicilian, I was very disappointed in both the linguistic descriptions and the approach. Why the pronunciations couldn't be put in the international phonetic alphabet is beyond me--so many inaccuracies arise from these lay descriptions. I know this is only a phrasebook, but it's set up like a grammar--very very traditional treatment of sentence-level grammar. Also, there are a number of inconsistencies in the book (which will drive linguists crazy). If you try to write to the author--forget it. No reply. Very disappointing, but still thankful for this little contribution.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Art Arnold on August 24, 2010
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If you are going to Sicily, this is a valuable addition to your travels.
Contrary to what you might think, Italian is spoken in general in Sicily, but among the Sicilians they speak Sicilian, a dialect different from mainland Italian. This is where this little book might come in handy.
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