The official language of Jamaica is English, spoken in proper fashion with a Jamaican accent. But the language of everyday is patois (Pat-wa). This musical dialect is a combination of English, Spanish, Portuguese, African phrases and a good dose of Jamaican slang. Spoken in a sing-song style, the result is as exotic as any foreign language. Jamaican patois is a fascinating use of the language. Below are a Jamaican patois phrases you can use to make friends and get you “Speaking Jamaican”. To learn more about “Patois” please see our online dictionary
Mi Fren = My Friend
Ketch yuh Layta = Catch you Later
Nyam = Eat
Ow ole yuh is? = How old are you?
Whey yuh a sey = How is it going?
Whey yuh name? = What is you name?
Ax = Ask
Bwoy = Boy
Gal = Girl
Ello dere = Hello there
Fada = Father
Mada = Mother
Likkle = Little