Learn Jamaican Dialect in 5 Lessons
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Welcome to “Learn Jamaican Dialect in 5 lessons ”. This comprehensive course will instantaneously teach you how to interact with locals and become a Jamaican cultural Ambassador (FACT: There are actually more Jamaicans living outside of Jamaica, so chances of you finding a few are very high).
Our ultimate course covers the uses and relationships between popular local expressions and corresponding English translation. This course is primarily for those who want to communicate effectively with locals and allow everyone to share special moments that will create a life time of great memories.
This course features practical and real easy to follow translations between two persons having conversations to make your experience as real as possible.
So whether you're planning to visit Jamaica or just enthused about learning our Dialect. Let us help you understand one of the key ingredient to our music, and culture from the comfort of your own home with our easy-to-use guide.
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|Section 1: Lesson 1 - All about the building blocks|
Response To GreetingsPreview
Saying Good ByePreview
ah foo fah?- whose is it?
example:ah foo fah bag ah sih'n dis? - whose bag of things is this?
ah whe ee deh?- where is it?
unno seet?- have you(plural)seen it? unno know?- do you(plural)know? wha mi seh?- what did I say?
whay uh seh?- what did you say?
whay u hah seh?- wha tare you saying?(earlier this word was used as a “Greeting”,but it is also used when asking questions)
whad em ah seh?whatare they saying?
wha yuh seh likkle while?- what did you say just now? (literally: what did you say a little while ago?)
desso yuh wanty?- is that where you want it?
ah suh ee guh? - is that how it goes?
duh wha?- do what?
example: yuh affi duh wah? - you have to do what?
whe yuh deh?- where are you?
wha mi duh?- what did I do?
wha yuh waah mi duh?- what do you want me to do?
yuh ear misah?- do you hear me sir?
wha dem deh pon?- what are they up to?
donti?- am I correct?(often used at the end of a sentence when asking a question)
example:dem lef fram yah roun tree, dontit ?- they left from here around 3, am I correct?
(wha) mek?- why are?;what makes? (the“wha” is sometimes omitted in this phrase)
example:wha mek yuh ah guh?- why are youg oing?
example:mek yuh look pah mi suh? - what makes you look at me like that?(Note the“wha” is omitted,as we said it could be earlier).
wha bow yuh?-what about you?
den yuh nuh know wah?- and do you want to know what else?
example:den yuh nuh know wah?eem seh eem done -And you want to know what else?He said that he is done.
simiah seh?- do you see what I am saying?
example: mi luv guh Town, simiah seh?- I love tog o to Kingston , do you see what I am saying?(Kingston is the capital city in Jamaica)
wha duh yuh?- what is wrong with you?; what is the matter with you?
Common Responses To Questions
|Section 2: Lesson 2|
How To Give Instructions
Using the Word “Mek” to Give Instructions:
mek – let; make
mek wi tap yasso - let us stop here
mek wi tan up - let us stand up
Words Describing People, Places and Things
Showing Location or Position:
tan - to stay; to stand; to have a certain personality
deh whe - it's where (literally: there where)
deh deh - to be there
ee deh side dah di..... – it is beside the ........ ee deh undah di ..... - it is under the .......
ee deh inna di - it is inside the ............
ee deh pan tappah di - it is on top of the ........ fi gwaan – should go
up desso - up there nuh whe - nowhere
dah one deh - that one (there)
|Section 3: Lesson 3|
How To Use Nay , Nah , Nuh
Some Words with Several Meanings:
Size, Quantity, Strength:
mawgah – skinny
Posture , Action Words
Words that Express Surprise or Happiness
|Section 4: Lesson 4|
Related To Speech
Related to Dancehall Reggae or a Night on the town
|Section 5: Lesson 5|
Identifying Animal , Insects , Plants
Clothing And Accessories
Words Used to Refer to Nationality And Travel
Some Common Words and Vocabulary:
Words used to express surprise
Sports Related Expressions
A Few Numbers: As Some Jamaicans Pronounce Them:
Bonus - Rastafarian Talk plus EXTRA
Hi, I am from the lovely Island of Jamaica, where I live in the Tourist Capital on the North Coast which boast some of the worlds best beaches and attractions. My interaction with Tourist and other Travelers spans from Hotels, Tour Operators, Attractions, Banking and for the past 7 years, Information Technology as a consultant. I have a passion for people and as a traveler myself I understand the importance of blending in like the "Natives" to get the best of all opportunities and capture every moment.