What language did Jamaicans speak before English?

What language did Jamaicans speak before English?

Jamaican Patois

Jamaican Patois
Native to Jamaica, Panama, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Colombia (San Andrés y Providencia).
Native speakers 3.2 million (2000–2001)
Language family English creole Atlantic Western Jamaican Patois
Dialects Limonese Creole Bocas del Toro Creole Miskito Coast Creole San Andrés–Providencia Creole

Why is Jamaican English so different?

Slaves were forced to speak English in everyday situations, and because of this, a dialect of broken English came into fruition. This exact situation was mirrored on nearly every other Caribbean island as well, creating an un official dialect of the Caribbean, and Jamaica in general.

What is Jamaican English called?

The official language of Jamaica is English, but the unofficial language is a patois. Some of the most interesting anecdotes and fables in the Caribbean are usually told in the patois, so understanding its structure can add to your insight into Jamaican culture.

Where do Jamaicans get their accent from?

With Jamaica being rich in exposure to other cultures due to the slave trade, Jamaicans learnt and adapted the accents of plantation owners and overseers. These ranged from English to Spanish to African and to a few other lesser populated ones. These combinations of accents naturally resulted in a mixture of accents.

Which is the first language spoken in Jamaica?

Jamaican Patois is the first language of many Jamaicans who later become exposed to English in school. The typical Jamaican thus has a grip on both of the languages. Jamaican Patois remains the medium through which folk traditions, oral myths, and customs are passed between generations.

Why are there so many English words in Jamaica?

Because English has for centuries been the language of power and prestige in Jamaica, most of the words in Jamaican Patois have English roots. However, many of the intonations, grammatical structures and some of the words have a strong African presence.

Is the official language of Jamaica English or Patois?

Although the official language of Jamaica is Standard English, many Jamaicans also speak Patois which is a separate dialect/language.

Which is an example of standard Jamaican English?

In Standard English we would have going to come/you are coming but in Jamaican Patois they have the simple form come. Listen carefully and read the comments. Fallah mi gaa shap yah. Follow me to the shop. Notice the verbal construction fall mi gaa. This could be translated into Standard English as follow me while I go.