Speaking Jamaican (Jamaica)

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Kids' Guide to Jamaica

Speaking Jamaican

Published May 23, 2002
The official language of Jamaica is English, spoken in proper fashion with a Jamaican accent. But the language of everyday is patois (Pat-wa). This musical dialect is a combination of English, Spanish, Portuguese, African phrases and a good dose of Jamaican slang. Spoken in a sing-song style, the result is as exotic as any foreign language. Jamaican patois is a fascinating use of the language. Below are a few phrases you can use to make friends. To learn more about "Patois" please see our online dictionary
Patois English

ello dere
Ketch yuh Layta
Whey yuh a sey
Whey yuh name?
Ow ole yuh is?
Mi Fren
Mada
Fada
Nyam
Likkle
Ax
Bwoy
Gal

Hello there
Catch you Later
How is it going?
What is you name?
How old are you?
My Friend
mother
Father
Eat
Little
Ask
Boy
Girl

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Jerilyn
Feb 11, 2011 9:36am [ 1 ]

this funnnnnnnnnnnnn ketch yuhlayta

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