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Audio Recording "I speak Italian 95 percent of the day."

"I speak Italian 95 percent of the day."

About this Item


  • "I speak Italian 95 percent of the day."


  • Venezia, Ralph (Narrator)
  • Carroll, Thomas D. (Interviewer)

Created / Published

  • 1994-08-11


  • -  Interviews
  • -  Italian Americans
  • -  Oral history
  • -  Sound recordings
  • -  21st Avenue (Paterson, N. J.)
  • -  Stores & shops
  • -  Sanremo Italian Imports (Paterson, N.J.)
  • -  Ethnography
  • -  United States -- New Jersey -- Paterson


  • Ethnography
  • Interviews


  • -  Interview with Ralph Venezia, owner of Sanremo Italian Import Company.
  • -  Summary of audio segment: TC asks about origin of this business. What attracted RV to this particular business? RV says it was unique, and has always been so. Don't find retail stores like this often. Compares his business with shoe stores and meat stores. One butcher may be better than another, but meat is still meat. RV sells different things at different times of the year. And sells different things from different parts of Italy. And quality of his products is very high. Italians want quality more than quantity, only the best. And RV likes to be in business and deal with the Italians. He still has an accent because he speaks Italian 95 percent of the time. Customers, phone contact, contact with Italian speaking distributors, etc.


  • Digital Audio Tape

Call Number/Physical Location

  • AFC 1995/028: WIP-TDC-A009

Source Collection

  • Working in Paterson Project Collection (AFC 1995/028)


  • American Folklife Center

Digital Id

Online Format

  • audio

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Credit line

Working in Paterson Project collection, 1993-2002 (AFC 1995/028), American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

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Chicago citation style:

Venezia, Ralph, and Thomas D Carroll. "I speak Italian 95 percent of the day.". -08-11, 1994. Audio.

APA citation style:

Venezia, R. & Carroll, T. D. (1994) "I speak Italian 95 percent of the day.". -08-11. [Audio] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

MLA citation style:

Venezia, Ralph, and Thomas D Carroll. "I speak Italian 95 percent of the day.". -08-11, 1994. Audio. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.