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30808Re: [S-R] Emigration to Uruguay

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  • tom geiss
    Nov 1, 2011
      Amen, amen amen, about learning Slovak, or Spanish, or other language. I wrote to one man in Slovakia with my grandma's surname (in my broken Slovak) and he gave it to his daughter to respond to me in her broken English. Yes, we need to try and meet them halfway.
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      From: Nick Kerpchar
      To: SLOVAK-ROOTS@yahoogroups.com
      Sent: Tuesday, November 01, 2011 11:15 AM
      Subject: Re: [S-R] Emigration to Uruguay

      Hi Bonnie,
      Thank you for sharing your experiences in Buenos Aires. You may have already thought of or tried
      this, but rather than wait for the priest to learn more English why not compose your e-mail and
      then run it through one of the free English-to-Spanish translation program on the web before
      sending it to him. Of course that means he may reply in Spanish, but all you would have to do
      is reverse the process. I have traveled to many foreign countries and found that the inhabitants
      appreciate it when an American makes an effort to speak their language; they are usually very
      forgiving of grammar and pronunciation and the gesture quite often results in an extra effort on
      their part to assist with ones request.
      Thank you again for sharing your experiences. Nick Kerpchar

      From: Bonnie Burke <bonnie@...>
      To: SLOVAK-ROOTS@yahoogroups.com
      Sent: Monday, October 31, 2011 5:56 PM
      Subject: RE: [S-R] Emigration to Uruguay

      The Carpatho-Rusyn Society has a great picture of our Eastern European
      ancestors with "cowboy hats" in Argentina. I have an uncle who went there
      for work and a letter from him in Buenos Aires that my aunt shared with me.
      Unfortunately, he did not offer any information other than I will need to
      tell you the story sometime! I do not think he stayed long.

      I had the opportunity to go to Buenos Aires a couple of years ago. The first
      thing I did was go to the immigration museum. Pictures and percentages
      showed the immigration of many
      eastern European peoples. Since I am Rusyn, I went looking for Orthodox or
      Byzantine churches since the culture and the religion are so closely tied. I
      found an Orthodox church in Buenos Aires and went there for a service. I
      felt like I was in time travel. All the woman covered their heads with a
      scarf. I had slacks on and was given a skirt to wear. It was during the
      Orthodox Easter season and church Slavonic was being sung for many of the
      hymns. Some hymns in Spanish. You can imagine how I felt when I heard
      Christos Voskrese in Argentina. There were no pews and after the services
      there was a memorial service for the deceased with every one holding a
      candle. Yes, our ancestors are still there. I was not permitted to take
      pictures in the church. The church was filled with children. And yes, the
      church service lasted a long time.

      The unfortunate thing was that most people we met in the church and in
      Buenos Aires spoke only Spanish wish is pretty amazing for such a big city.
      I have tried e-mailing the pastor a couple of times and have not been able
      to break through to get more information. I think I will try again now that
      the topic has come up again. Maybe he has learned some English.

      I also went on a day trip to Uruguay. It is a short boat ride away. It is a
      very quaint town with a colonial flare.


      From: SLOVAK-ROOTS@yahoogroups.com [mailto:SLOVAK-ROOTS@yahoogroups.com] On
      Behalf Of patskanovo
      Sent: Sunday, October 30, 2011 3:51 PM
      To: SLOVAK-ROOTS@yahoogroups.com
      Subject: [S-R] Emigration to Uruguay

      This may be a new one as I have searched the groups postings and come up

      I have discovered a relation (Vasil Pilat)born in Remeniny, Slovakia in 1876
      emigrated or at least visited Montvideo,Urugauy.

      I am curious as to the work which attracted Eastern Europeans there and if
      anyone else here may have touched upon South American immigration.

      There does not seem to be much available on-line.



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