patois vocabulary terms

July 5, 2008

There are hundreds (if not thousands) of words unique to Jamaican patois. Today we will learn some of those words. They are: smaddy – somebody, someone chakka chakka – untidy galang! – go on ! You can listen to these words and others being pronounced and defined here: Jamaica potois words

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how to ‘Respond to Greetings’ in patois

July 2, 2008

Responding to Greetings in Jamaican was the topic covered in a recent video. Some examples of responses to greetings in the Jamaican language include: irie – fine nutten nah gwaan – nothing is going on mi deh yah – i’m doing ok To hear them pronounced and a few more ways to repond to greetings [...]

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Greeting using Jamaican Patois

July 1, 2008

Here is a video which further explains how to greet people using Jamaica Patois. Some words used include: Whaapm? – What’s happening with you? suh whaapm breddrin? – so what’s happening brother? wha gwaan? – what’s going on? wha gwaan sah? – what’s going on sir? rispek – respect etc. etc. Check it out: learn [...]

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when learning a new language

June 30, 2008

Among the best ways to learn a new language or dialect are through constant practice and memorization. Listening to audio also helps a great deal. Making friends with native speakers is also a boost. We can often learn a new language by imitating what we hear. By adding visual material (through reading) this might stimulate [...]

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Showing Posession in Patwa

June 29, 2008

When speaking Jamaican patois, the words used for showing ownership can be elaborate. Here are some examples: ee fah – it for a fi ar – it’s for her The above 2 phrases can be used alone or you can combine the above the 2 phrases and say: a fi ar ee fah – it [...]

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Some Basic words in Patois

June 29, 2008

Jamaican patois is popular. It is spoken by Jamaicans and descendants of Jamaicans worldwide. Patoi is found in reggae music. If you’ve heard dancehall reggae artists, then you’ve heard patois. Here are some basic patois words: whaa pun – what’s happening whaa gwaan – what’s going on yuh drappy? – did you drop it? ee [...]

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June 28, 2008

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