Words for: Jamaican and Jamaicans in Patois

by admin on August 23, 2011

The word some Jamaicans use to refer to Jamaicans (when speaking about nationality) are as follows:

Jamaican (of course! this one is obvious)

Jamaicans (plural)

yaadie (singular / plural) – word used by some Jamaicans to refer to themselves, another Jamaican or other Jamaicans. It can be used in the plural or the singular.

yaadie dem …. (plural) – used to refer to more than one Jamaican and “yaadie dem” should be used in a sentence. It will sound strange if someone just says “yaadie dem” and nothing else because it is used in sentences.

Jamaican Language

by admin on August 23, 2011

The Jamaican language or rather the official language in Jamaica is Standard English. But, Jamaicans also speak Patois which is a dialect. Some people spell the word “Patois” as “Patwa.”

Here are some Jamaican Patois words and phrases:

tan suh bak – laid back / relaxed

ketch e – catch it

Example: ketch e ball nuh – catch the ball, why don’t you. In this example there is no exact translation for “nuh” and it’s used to show insistence or being irritated. Speaking of which, “nuh” can also have different meanings. The word “nuh” can be used to negate a sentence. And some examples would be: “mi nuh kno” which means “I don’t know.”

Using “nuh” to show impatience or irritation. Examples include:

gwaan nuh! – go on! (nuh shows irritation or impatience depending on the context)

wait fi mi nuh! – wait for me! (again “nuh” can show impatience or irritation depending on the context)

Using “nuh” to negate a sentence. Examples include:

eem nuh si e – he does not see it

shi nuh guh deh – she does not go there

nuh duh dat! – don’t do that!

Jamaican Words and Examples

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Jamaican words, and examples of their usage in sentences: Ah wha dat – what’s that? Example: ah wha dat yuh ah luok pan? – What’s that you’re looking at? (what are you looking at?) siyame suh – just like that Example: ah siyame suh dem seem – they saw him just like that Wen trubble [...]

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Examples of the Jamaican way of talking: A man was in the car, a friend approached. The man said to the friend approaching: fahwud nuh – come on (let’s go) The friend say’s: Ah weh wi ah guh guh? – Where are we going to go? (guh guh is not a typing error. When it’s [...]

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karry guh bring come – someone who gossips lik eem fi six – take advantage of geem lence – ahead of him by a big distance Learn to talk Jamaican

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Jamaican climate is warm and many different types of fruits, vegetables and such crops can be grown in Jamaica. Here are some fruits and food found in Jamaica. These are not the typical ones you usually hear about: tinking toe – looks similar to tamarind in appearance but has a bad taste (yes people eat [...]

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Some more phrases in Jamaican

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Additional Jamaican Patois (Creole) words

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Here are some more Jamaican words: koof – to slap, to punch example: dah mon deh mytah get koof – that man might get slapped. ketch up – to argue, fuss, quarrel example: deydah day dah yute an eem ketch up – yesterday (or some time in the past) that young man and he were [...]

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Jamaican patwa

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Jamaican words

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Here are some more Jamaican words and their meanings: higglah – streetside vendor peckeh peckeh – to pick at food (without eating a lot) ninghy ninghy – annoying unno – you (plural) video with someone talking Jamaican

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