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1. Instructa


English Translation

Instructor


Definition

A person who teaches a skill


Example Sentences

Patois: Di Instructa a teach wi fi swim.
English: The instructor is teaching us to swim.



posted on June 17, 2024


2. One pot


English Translation

Mixed dish


Definition

A dish where all ingredients are cooked together


Example Sentences

Patois: Sunday dinner a one pot.
English: Sunday dinner is a mixed dish.



posted on June 16, 2024


3. Wray & Nephew


English Translation

Jamaican rum


Definition

A brand of rum, commonly used in spiritual practices


Example Sentences

Patois: Wray & Nephew strong, it good fi all ritual.
English: Wray & Nephew is strong, it’s good for all rituals.



posted on June 16, 2024


4. Gyaad


English Translation

Guard


Definition

A person who keeps watch


Example Sentences

Patois: Di gyaad a watch di door.
English: The guard is watching the door.



posted on June 16, 2024


5. Coota


English Translation

Barracuda


Definition

A large predatory fish


Example Sentences

Patois: Di coota dem a dangerous fi swimma.
English: The barracudas are dangerous for swimmers.



posted on June 16, 2024


6. Fyah stick


English Translation

Match


Definition

A small stick used for lighting a fire


Example Sentences

Patois: Use di fyah stick fi light di coal stove.
English: Use the match to light the coal stove.



posted on June 16, 2024






7. White rum


English Translation

Alcohol


Definition

Rum, often used in rituals and offerings


Example Sentences

Patois: Pour white rum at di threshold fi please di ancestors.
English: Pour alcohol at the threshold to please the ancestors.



posted on June 15, 2024


8. Yawd Fowl


English Translation

Yard chicken


Definition

A term for a free-range chicken


Example Sentences

Patois: Di yawd fowl dem a scratch up di dirt.
English: The yard chickens are scratching up the dirt.



posted on June 15, 2024


9. Kip rite


English Translation

Keep right


Definition

To stay on the right side


Example Sentences

Patois: Kip rite as yuh go dung di hill
English: Keep right as you go down the hill



posted on June 15, 2024


10. Kleena


English Translation

Cleaner


Definition

A person who cleans


Example Sentences

Patois: Di kleena a tidy up di office.
English: The cleaner is tidying up the office.



posted on June 15, 2024


11. Dutchy


English Translation

Dutch oven


Definition

A heavy cooking pot with a lid


Example Sentences

Patois: Mek di curry goat inna di dutchy.
English: Make the curry goat in the Dutch oven.



posted on June 15, 2024


12. Nyamming


English Translation

Eating


Definition

The act of eating


Example Sentences

Patois: Wi nyamming right now, call back later.
English: We are eating right now, call back later.



posted on June 15, 2024