Gravesend Church Has Become a Haven For Learning Italian

May 14, 2024 158

BY: Paula Katinas

Every Tuesday morning, a little bit of Italy comes to Our Lady of Grace Church in Gravesend. The friendly tour guide is Jeanne Nisi, a retired educator who teaches an Italian language class once a week for free. 

Her students, all adults who number between 10 and 15 from week to week, get the chance to learn how to read, write, and speak Italian. They also learn to appreciate Italian culture, thanks to Nisi, who plays Italian Bingo with them and regales them with amusing stories of her many trips to Italy — a country she has visited nearly a dozen times over the years. 

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