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The official language in Jamaica is English. In addition, a large part of the population also speaks a dialect, the Patois. This dialect originated in the seventeenth century and is a mixture of English, French, Spanish and various West African languages. It is absolutely impossible to follow for non-Jamaicans. Some specific words in Patois are:

Chocolate - chalklit

Family - fambly

Liar - liad

Mother - madda

Saturday - satcherday

Water - wata

Bottle - buckkle

Child - pickney


Baker, C. / Jamaica
Lonely Planet

Baker, C. / Jamaica

Bayer, M. / Jamaica
Koninklijk Instituut voor de Tropen/Novib

Helm, R. van der / Jamaica


Wilkins, F./ Jamaica
Chelsea House Publishers

CIA - World Factbook

BBC - Country Profiles

Last updated September 2020
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