Kiss mi neck! 10 strange and wonderful Jamaican expressions

Hi Couples family, A who you man? I said… A who you man?!, or, “What are you up to?” in regular ole English. However, I may find myself speaking the Jamaican Patois version from here on out. I especially love how it rolls off the tongue.

For those of you who call Couples Resorts and Jamaica your home, you may already know a few expressions and are able to converse with the friendly staff in their everyday Patois language. Jamaicans have been speaking the English-based creole language with slight West African influences since the 17th century. It’s a fun and fascinating language that is typically spoken and less frequently actually written down. That said, we spoke to our staff members and created ten fascinating expressions that are unique to Jamaica as we make the native language come to life.

1. Kiss mi neck! Translation: Wow! (Expression of surprise or wonder)

2. A so di ting set!  Translation: That’s the way it is; that’s the situation.

3. Big tings. Translation: Good things / monetary success.

4. Knock mi  Translation: Call me / text me.

5. Heng up.  Translation: Stop talking, be quiet.

6. Dat a shot / dat shot  Translation: That’s fantastic / fabulous.

7. Memba mi tell yu.Translation: Listen up; take note.

8. Yu swag tun up. Translation: You’re looking great.

9. Swaggerific Translation: Extremely cool and stylish; full of swagger.

10. More life more strength Translation: A phrase used to wish someone well.

What are some of your favorite Patois expressions? We’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments section below! Until next time, more life and more strength, and yu swag tun up.

One love, Carrie

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