I am very glad to find a forum whose members, obviously, love language as much as I do.
In brief: I am a second-generation American (U.S.) whose great-grandparents (as well as one nonna), born in Italy, came to the U.S. via Ellis Island. One great-grandfather came from Portugal via steerage, all by himself at the age of nine, on a long journey that took him around the Cape, circled Australia, and ended in Northern California. He never learned more than a few words of English, although he spent the rest of his life here. Having never met him (nor his son, my grandfather), I never learned P