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Local experts,

Can you tell me just a little about local dialects spoken by the Antiguan people. Would they like or resent an attempt to learn a lttle? My friends in Jamaica get a kick out of my limited but beloved attempts at patois? Any simple expressions of greeting or thanks?

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1. Re: Dialects

for me it's kind of hard to explain and i've never heard of any " name" given to it, i would describe it as as a lazy english slang where only parts of words are used and words are left out of statements, over the years i've come to understand it fairly well but never mastered speaking any, i have on a couple of occasions asked some of the locals about it and they have tried to explain some of it to me but never caught on using it, NEVER has anyone i've asked resented being asked, like your Jamaician friends i think they get a kick out of someone trying it, enjoy

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Patois is the dialect referred to in the French islands. In the British islands including Jamaica it is as you correctly call it dialect. The dialect is used in conversation but the basic greetings are in standard English. Unlike Papiamento and Patois/Creole, it would be indeed funny for a tourist to start speaking dialect. I used it after being married to an Antiguan and spending much time there. Sometimes I slip into it easily..some phrases are best described only in dialect vs standard English....


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