Klaud asked in Society & CultureLanguages · 9 years ago

Sicilian Language Questions???

Hi! I would prefer a sicilian to answer this but anyone with knowledge is welcome!

I was wondering how you say a few basic to intermediate words. Oh and does pregu mean prego? Also, I am told my grandmother is a sicilian but her last name is Lovato. Does that sound sicilian? Thanks!

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  • 9 years ago
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    here's the basics. any word that ends with the letter O gets switched to U. (Giardino to Giardinu)

    words with an L sound usually get switched to either Gs or Ds (Bello to Beddu. Figlia to Figghia. famiglia- famigghia)

    verbs ending with "are" go to "ari" parlare-parrari

    IL ("the" masculine) goes to LU or 'U

    LA("the" feminine) stays LA

    Iddu-him/he

    Idda-her/she

    Iddi-them

    some words are completely different. for example, sorella is soru. feretro-tambutu.

    Sometimes its just slight pronunciation differences. for example, words such as "Aspetta" (wait) and Pasqua (easter) are pronounced with a "sh" sound. Uh-shpet-tuh, Pash-kwa. use it with any word that contains a and s together. sometimes, words starting with C are pronounced with G (cannoli to gah-no-lee)

    for plural, in standard italian, I is for plural masculine. E is for plural feminine. in sicilian, I is used for both.

    Some words are not even close to standard italian which makes it tough to learn

    here are some examples that cover a lot of what I said. left is sicilian, right is standard italian.

    Patri nostru, ca siti ntrô celu,---Padre nostro, che sei nei cieli,

    Santificatu fussi lu Vostru nomu.---Sia santificato il tuo nome.

    Viatu vinissi lu Vostru regnu.---Venga il tuo regno.

    It's a very interesting language, but it is unfortunately starting to die off. And "Lovato" doesn't sound too sicilian lol.

    note: believe it or not, but there are actually different sicilian dialects within sicily.

    Source(s): I'm almost fluent in Italian. I'm a Sicilian American.
  • 9 years ago

    Apparently not! It's originally a last name from Northern Italy, pretty common in the Veneto region.

    It comes from the Latin word "lupus" (= wolf).

    Here you can see a map with its distribution in Italy today (1817 people with this last name, none of them in Sicily):

    http://cognome.alfemminile.com/w/cognomi/cognome-l...

    I'm not Sicilian myself, so I cannot help you with your questions about the Sicilian dialect, sorry!

    Source(s): Italian native speaker
  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    italy sucks. food sucks. culture sucks. and the stupid pronunciations of things suck. jersey shore sucks too.

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