- What is the Jamaican Language? The Language of Jamaica is called “Patois.” It is officially english, with spanish, African, and french influences. We call it “Jamaican Patois.”
- How To speak Jamaican Language – It is very easy to speak Jamaican Patois. Below I have listed a few simple rules to help learn to speak Jamaican.
Rules for speaking Jamaican.
- Jamaicans do not pronounce their “H.s”
- Jamaicans do not pronounce “th” sounds
- Jamaicans drop the “s” if it is followed by a “t”
- Jamaicans do not pronounce “ss” the way the west does, they often pronounce it as “ash” or “osh”
Examples of Jamaican Patois Sounds
- English Word, “Work”- Becomes “Werk” in Jamaican Patois
- English Word “House” – Becomes “Ouse” in jamaican Patois
- English Word “Thing” – Becomes “Ting” in Jamaican Patois
- English Word “Strong” – Becomes “Trong” in Jamaican Patois
- English Word “String”- Becomes “Tring” in Jamaican Patois
- English Word “Mattress” – Becomes “Matrash” in Jamaican Patois
- English Word “Moss” – Becomes “Mosh” in Jamaican Patois
Not all Jamaicans speak Jamaican Slang/Jamaican Patois
These examples are not applicable to every Jamaican person. So, they are not absolute every time. When you meet a Jamaican, don’t assume that they will pronounce their words in this way. Some, do and some do not.
Jamaican Translations of typical Statements in Jamaica
- You are Fat! – You are Sexy
- Nice Girl – Sexy girl I would like to speak with you
- Fat Bumper – Nice bottom (a*s)
- How you so sweet? – You are very attractive!
- Fi Real? – really
Jamaican Rastafari Translations
- Zion – Heaven
- Irie _ Feeling Good
- Rastafari – bless, Well being, God in all things
- Blessed Love – Love and Blessings
- Everything is Everything – Everything is alright (because Jah is in Control)