Minoritized languages moodboard: Sicilian

The Sicilian language (Sicilianu or Siculu), also known as Calabro-Sicilian, is a Romance language spoken in Sicily and the south of the Italic peninsula.
Sicilian has the olderst literary tradition of the Italic languages.

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Sicilian & Italian... are they two different languages?

I have been asked this question many times by my foreign colleagues and friends. My short answer is: Yes, it is a different language. If you are not bored yet and you want to learn a little more, then, you can keep reading my entry. Although Sicilian is classified in Italy as an Italian dialect, it can be considered as a seperate Romance language strongly influenced by Vulgar Latin, Modern Italian, French, Catalan, Catellano, Arabic and Greek language- There are many documents that prove that Sicilian developed before than Standard Italian. The grammar structure is also different and there are many words that a non-sicilian wouldn’t understand without a translation. Sicilian is mostly an oral language, which makes it difficult sometimes to transliterate correctly. It is being passed from family to family and not taught at school. Even if it may not sound very elegant sometimes, I think that it is a beautiful mysterious language full of meanings and emtotions hard to translate in Italian or another language without losing their intensity. In fact, in social situations, Sicilians use Sicilian when they’re very angry, frustrated, happy since in Italian some words wouldn’t have the same effect, especially some funny joke. I hope this post entry clears some of your doubts out.


A nice video about difference between Italian and Sicilian language.

Daily Routine in Sicilian

  • To wake up: Ruspigghiarisi 
  • To get up: Susìrisi
  • To make the bed: Cunzari u liettu
  • To wash: Lavarisi
  • To dress up: Vistirìsi 
  • To brush the hair: Pittinari i capiddi
  • To eat: Manciàri
  • To drink:Vìviri
  • To brush the teeth:  Lavarisi i renti.
  • To go out: Nìesciri
  • To go to work: Iri a travagghiari
  • To go to school: Iri a scola
  • To come back: Turnari
  • To play: Jucari 
  • To go running: Iri a cùrriri 
  • To watch the tv: Taliari a televisiuni
  • Sitting on the sofa:  Assittàrisi nto divanu.
  • To go to bed: Curcàrisi
  • To sleep:Dòrmiri.
What do Sicilians eat for breakfast?

When Sicilians have breakfast at home, they eat a variety of things, depending on their preferences. Sicilians like drinking espresso or melk with biscuits, rusks, milk or yogurt with cereals, bread with butter and jam and in some occasions homemade cakes or other sweet snacks.

Not many other countries have sweet food for breakfast. I don’t know why we do so, maybe because nobody really likes waking up early to go to work or to school, so we need a tothsome breakfmeal ast in order to have a sweet start of the day and to be on an happy mood in the morning. 

In Sicily people can have breakfast out in a bar. A bar is a place similar to a café where people usually go in the morning to drink coffee, cappuccino, or to eat pastries, sweets, etc. Sicilians never drink cappuccino after breakfast. 

Breakfast in Sicily is very cheap. In many bars you can pay only 0.50 cents for an espresso or about 1.50 euros for a cappuccino with a croissant, depending on the area.

In some bars, besides the usual croissant with no fillings inside, you can find also some filled with nutella, custard cream, jam, sweet ricotta, white chocolate, pistacho, hazelnut, etc. Other sweets or pastries eaten in the bar during breakfast are Iris (a baked or fried dough filled with ricotta), fried donuts, treccine (a braided brioche with sugar), etc. 

Sicilians have sometimes savoury food for breakfast, like sausage rolls, arancine, calzoni, pizzette, etc. 

In winter it is common to drink hot chocolate while in summer Sicilians enjoy eating a granita or an ice cream with a very soft brioche (like in the picture). 

Usually Sicilians like to sititng in the bar and to take their time to enjoy their breakfast, or if they are in a hurry they drink a shot of cappuccino in the bar and then they leave. Sicilian never drink coffee or cappucino on the way. 

What about you and your country?

What do you eat for breakfast?