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Jamaican Language

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Jamaican Language

  1. 1. Jamaican LanguagePatois
  2. 2. Introduction Jamaica‟s official language is English. English is the written language in Jamaica. Jamaica does have it own language part from English, know as Patois. Patois is a conversational language rather than written.
  3. 3. Basic Words in Patois
  4. 4. Simple Words in Patois English Patois And An Brother Bredda Car Cyar Child Pickney Down Dung Evening Eveling Friend Fren‟ Give Me Gimme Her Har Him „Im In The Inna
  5. 5. Simple Words in Patois English Patois Last Lass Me Mi Mother Madda Never Neba Peasant Quashi Rather Radda Sir Sa Thanks Tanks Understand Undastan What Wa Yes Yeh
  6. 6. Simple Conversations in Patois Along with English Translations
  7. 7. Examples Example 1:  Patois – “Wa‟ppun Sue!”  English Translation – “What‟s happening Sue!” Example 2:  Patois – “Mi nuh know weh dat deh.”  English – “I don‟t know where that is.”
  8. 8. Examples Example 3:  Patois – “Weh yuh deh?”  English Translation – “Where are you?” Example 4:  Patois – “Waah gwan?”  English Translation – “What‟s going on?”
  9. 9. Examples Example 5:  Patois – “Mi a go ova deh so.”  English Translation – “I‟m going over there.” Example 6:  Patois – “Mi soon cum.”  English Translation – “I‟ll be there soon.”
  10. 10. Example Example 7:  Patois – “A wah time?”  English Translation – “What time is it?” Example 8:  Patois – “Mi a go run a boat lata.”  English Translation – “I‟m going to cook a big meal later.”
  11. 11. Example Example 9:  Patois – “A weh dat deh?”  English Translation – “Where is that?” Example 10:  Patois – “Mi seh, mi name a Simone.”  English Translation – “I said my name is Simone.”
  12. 12. Jamaican LanguagePatois

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