Speak JA

18 Jamaican Patois Phrases Translated to English

Written by Denise Lee


Do you know how to say “I will be right back” or “Well done” in Jamaican? Do you have a Jamaican friend you want to communicate with or are you traveling to Jamaica?  Jamaican patois (patwah) is another language.   Below is a list of 18 Jamaican Patois phrases translated to English.

  • I Will Be Right Back – Mi Soon Come
  • To Eat – Nyam
  • Jamaica – Jamrock, Jamdown, Yard
  • Jamaican – Yardie, Yard man
  • Friend – Bredren (male), Sistren (female)
  • Well Done – Big up, Respect
  • Excellent – Sell off, Tun up, Wicked
  • What’s up? – Wah gwaan, Whappen, Whe yu a seh?
  • Everything is good – Mi deh yah, Everyting criss
  • See you later – Likkle more, Walk good
  • I understand – Zeen
  • Over there – Ova deh
  • What Are You Up To – Wha Yuh Deh Pon
  • I Don’t Care – Mi Nuh Biznizz
  • Jealous – Badmind
  • Step up your game – Tun Up De Ting
  • The party was good! – De Party Tun Up
  • OMG – Jeezum Pees
  • Don’t mess with me – Nuh romp wid mi
  • Move Over – Small up yuhself
  • Mix Up – Pasa Pasa



About the author

Denise Lee