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Saturday, November 03, 2007

Jamaican Patois

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I don't think English can truly express the deep emotions of our Jamaican people. When we are really passionate about something "wi draw fi di the patwa"(we speak Patois). Patois is Jamaican creole and it is a hybrid of the African and the English language, essentially resulting from slavery. Slaves and indentured workers brought to the island, carried with them their native tongue and, mixed with the language of the colonizers resulted in the hybrid Patois. Patois has been made popular world wide by persons such as Miss Lou, and various Reggae, Dancehall artistes

Here are some basic Patois to English translations:

Patois

English

Sentence

mi

me, I

mi waan go (I want to go)

yuh

you

yuh nuh hear? (don’t you hear?)

dem

them, they, forms all plurals

call dem (call them)

car dem (the cars)

wi

we

wi want justice (we want justice)

cyan

can’t

mi cyan bodda (I cant be bothered)

deh

there

go out deh (go out there)

a go

am going to

mi ago a dung deh ( I am going down there)

a fe

its for

a fe him own (it is his)

outa doh

outside

go outa doh nuh (go outside)

inna

in

she inna di house (she is in the house)

madda

mother

mi madda a call yuh (my mother is calling you)

fada

father

mi fada a go come now (my father is on his way)

pickney

child

pickney stop nuh (child, stop)

mek

make

mek me se’t (let me see it)

di

the

di man cyan come now (the man cannot ocme now)

4 comments:

Stunner said...

Very nice mini Patois dictionary!

iriegal said...

thank you stunner..you have an awesome blog.

Stinkypaw said...

Thank you for this! I've been meaning to ask you about it, since what I hear (here in Mtl) is mostly creole and not much patois, but from some of the comments you got I could see it was different. Thanks!

jukki said...

Big up to the blog admin and other visiting/reading this. Saying hi from straight outta yawd (kingston,jamaica). Keep it up girl.
Truly out of many one people as we love all no matter race, colour, citizenship.


Im back.

Greetings