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What exactly is Patois?

Although the official language of Jamaica is English, many Jamaicans speak Patois in their everyday casual conversation. Patois is an English-based creole language with strong West African influence emerging from the country’s colonial past. The term Patoisis from Old French which means “local dialect”.

Learn a few words in patois:

  • Wah gwaan? - What’s up? 
  • Big up, Respect- Well done 
  • Likkle more - See you later 
  • Zeen -I understand
  • Bredren (male), Sistren (female)- Friend
  • Mi Soon Come- I will be right back/there
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