“Che duci!”

This is something that you are bound to hear if you are ever in the proximity of a group of Sicilian adults with a baby. It is the Sicilian version of “dolce”, meaning sweet or cute.

It seems that many of my friends are having babies at the moment, and they are all, of course, duci!

This was a good starter word in Sicilian for me, as it isn’t too far from its Italian counterpart, and so I didn’t feel like a fraud using it.

A gateway Sicilian word, if you will.

So if you see a baby that is cute as a button, say “che duci” to the parents and watch them beam with pride!


Let’s start with a simple one: amunì.

Amunì is likely to be the word that you hear the most when you are in Sicily.

It means, “Let’s go!”

Wherever you are in Palermo, you will hear this. In the markets, in a bar. By old men sitting outside under the sun, by children begging their parents to be taken home.

Old, young, Sicilian and otherwise. This is the easiest Sicilian word that I know, that even I utter every now and again.