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Culture Tuesdays: Jamaican Patois


Patois, spoken in Jamaica, is an English based creole language with West African influences. The language was created in the 17th century, when slaves were learned and nativized the English language. It was also created to prohibit the slave owners from understanding what they were saying (clever).

African languages that influenced the creation of patois are: Akan of Ghana, Efik of Nigeria, Ewe of Ghana and Togo, Fulani of West Africa, Igbo of Nigeria, Kongo of Angola and both Congo’s (DRC and Republic), Yoruba of Nigeria, and Wolof of Senegal, Gambia, and Mauritania.

Check out some patois words that are directly related to West African words using this link:

Make sure you click the link to check out a fun YouTube video on how to speak patois!

Enjoy Loves! 💜

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