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What are some tips to be polite in Sicily? – Sicilian Culture Facts
Greet 100 Buongiorno per day!
Buongiorno compare to ciao is more polite as you only say ciao to acquaintances, friends or family. You greet Buongiorno when entering almost any places such as public offices, schools, businesses, restaurants, friends’ houses and more. People inside will generally reply the same way politely. There might be instances that you meet a person the second time, either on the streets or another place, even though you only exchange eye contacts for 5 seconds. Greet them Buongiorno so they can recognise you too.
The same with the pronoun ‘tu’ or you in English, you can use it for people you already know. We mean people you are comfortable to talk with. Italians use pronoun ‘lei’ when talking to another person formally or politely.
Sicilians are very accommodating. They understand how hard it is to be in a strange land, so they let go of these rules for foreigners. So Ciao all you can! Just don’t use the funny Sicilian curses carelessly as it might offend people you do not know. Like min***, ca+++ and many more. They will make your new friends laugh when you say them with a different accent but that’s only it, it will catch other people’s attention if you use it carelessly on public places.
We live on the beautiful island of Sicily. In case you come to this side of the world, we listed the 10 Unique Sicilian customs and traditions you might encounter during your Sicily stay.
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