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Useful phrases in Sicilian

A collection of useful phrases for a variety of occasions in Sicilian, a Romance language spoken mailny in Sicily and parts of southern Italy.

To see these phrases in many other languages click on the English versions.

Key to abbreviations: frm = formal, inf = informal, sg = singular (said to one person), pl = plural (said to more than one person).

English lu sicilianu (Sicilian)
Welcome Bon vinutu (m)
Bon vinuta (f)
Bon vinuti (pl)
Bon juntu (m) [bɔŋˈgjuntu]
Bon junta (f)
Bon junti (pl)
Hello
(General greeting)
Ciau
Salutamu
Assa binidica
Sabbinidica [assabbini'ɾika] (formal for elderly people)
How are you? Comu semu?
Comu va?
Comu jamu?
Comu ti senti?
Comu stai?
Comu sta? (frm)
Comu si senti? (frm)
Reply to 'How are you?' Bonu!
Ca bonu!
Bonu staju, grazij, e tu?
Bonu staju grazij, e lei? (frm)
Bonu staju, grazij, e vossìa? (formal for elderly people)
Long time no see Assai avi ca nun ni videmu [av(i)assaj ka nun ni vidɛmu]
or [av(i)asˈsaj kɔnni viˈɾɛmu]
(Mi’) quant’avi ca nun nni videmu!
[mi: kwanˈtavi kɔnni viˈɾɛmu]
What's your name? Comu ti chiami?
Comu ti mìsiru?
Comu si chiama? (frm)
Comu ci mìsiru? (frm)
My name is ... Mi chiamu…
Mi mìsiru…
Where are you from? Di unni si?
Di unni veni?
I'm from ... Sugnu di ...
Vegnu di ... [ˈvɛɲɲu ɾi]
Pleased to meet you Piaciri di canuscìriti
Piaciri di canùsciti
Piaciri di canuscilla (frm)
Piaciri di canuscìrivi
Piaciri di canùscivi (pl)
Good morning
(Morning greeting)
Bon jornu [bɔŋˈggjɔrnu]
Good afternoon
(Afternoon greeting)
Bon jornu
Bona sira
Good evening
(Evening greeting)
Bona sira
Good night Bona notti
Goodbye
(Parting phrases)
Ciau
Nni videmu
Salutamu
A biatu
Good luck Bona furtuna
Bona sorti
Bon prudi
Cheers!
(Toasts used when drinking)
 saluti!
Have a nice day Bona jurnata
Bon appetit /
Have a nice meal
Bon appititu
Bona manciata
Bon voyage /
Have a good journey
Bona partuta
Bona juta
Bon viaggiu
I understand Lu Capisciu [lukaˈpiʃʃu]
I don't understand Nun lu capisciu [nun lu kaˈpiʃʃu]
Yes Se
No No
Maybe Forsi
Capaci ca
Sap'iddu
I don't know Nun lu sacciu [nun lu sat͡tʃu]
Please speak more slowly Pi fauri, parra chiù adaciu
[pi faˈuɾi ˈparra kkju aˈɾaʃu]
Pi fauri, parassi chiù adaciu
[pi faˈuɾi parˈrassi kkju aˈɾaʃu] (frm)
Pi fauri assa parra chiù adaciu
[pi faˈuɾi assaparˈra kkju aˈɾaʃu] (formal for elderly people)
Please say that again Pi fauri, dimmillu arreri
Pi fauri, mû dicissi arreri (frm)
Pi fauri assa mû dici arreri (frm for elderly people)
Please write it down Pi fauri, scrivimillu
Pi fauri, mû scrivissi (frm)
Pi fauri assa mû scrivi (formal for elderly people)
Do you speak English? Ngrisi parri?
Parri ngrisi?
Ngrisi parra?
Parra ngrisi? (frm)
Do you speak Sicilian? Sicilianu parri?
Parri sicilianu?
Sicilianu parra?
Parra sicilianu?
T’afidi a parrari sicilianu?
S’afida a parrari sicilianu? (frm)
Yes, a little
(reply to 'Do you speak ...?')
Se, n’anticchia
Se, picca
Speak to me in Sicilian Parrami n sicilianu
Mi parrassi n sicilianu (frm)
Assa mi parra n sicilianu (formal for elderly people)
How do you say ... in Sicilian? Comu si dici ... n sicilianu?
Excuse me Scusa
Scusassi (frm)
Mi scusassi (frm)
Scusàtimi (pl)
Assa mi scusa (formal for elderly people)
How much is this? Quantu custa?
Quantu veni?
Quant’è?
Sorry M’â scusari
Mi scusassi
M’av’a scusari (frm)
Scusàtimi (pl)
M’avit’a scusari (pl)
Please Pi fauri
Thank you Grazij
Reply to thank you Di nenti
Where's the toilet? Unn’è u bagnu?
Agghiri unn’è u bagnu?
Unn’è u cabbinettu?
Agghiri unn’è u cabbinettu?
This gentleman will pay for everything Paa tuttu stu cristianu
This lady will pay for everything Paa tuttu sta cristiana
Would you like to dance with me? C’abballi cu mia?
Ci vulissi abballari cu mia?
I miss you M’ammanchi
I love you T’amu (between lovers)
Ti vogghiu ("I want you" - between lovers)
Ti vogghiu beni (for friends, relatives, etc)
Get well soon Arripigghiati a lestu
S’arripigghiassi a lestu (frm)
Assa s’arripigghia a lestu (frm)
Go away! Vatinni!
Si nni jissi! (sg/frm)
Jitivinni! (pl)
Assa si nni va (sg/frm)
Leave me alone! Làssami jiri!
Lassàtimi jiri! (pl)
Mi lassassi jiri! (frm)
Assa mi lassa jiri! (frm)
Help! Ajutu!
Ajutatimi!
Ajutàtinni! (help us)
Fire! A focu!
Stop! Statti! (sg)
Stàtivi (stop you all)
Finèmula!
Finìscila (sg)
Finìtila (stop you all)
Be careful! Accura!
Call the police! Chiama â polizìa!
Christmas and New Year greetings Bon Natali e bon annu novu
Boni festi
Easter greetings Bona Pasqua
Birthday greetings Agurij
One language is never enough Na lingua sula mai abbasta
My hovercraft is full of eels
Why this phrase?
Lu me ariuscafu chinu di anciddi è