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Popular Phrases Translated to Patwa Part 6

I’m very well, thank you      – mi a do alright… respek

I’m waiting for you      – mi a wait fi yuh

I’m worried too      – mi a worry to

In 30 minutes      – inna tirty minute

Is anyone else coming? – summady else a come?

Is everything ok? – everyting arright?

Is it close? – ih deh far?

Is it cold outside? – outta door cold?

Is it far from here? – ih deh far fram yasso?

Is it hot? – ih hot?

Is it nearby? – ih deh near?

Is it possible? – yu tink ih passible?

Is it raining? – rain a fall?

Is it ready? – ih ready?

Is it suppose to rain tomorrow? – rain ago fall tummarow?

Is John here? – john deh ya?

Is John there please? – suh john deh ya?

Is Mr Smith an American? – missa smith cum fram di us?

Is that enough? – dat enough?

Is that ok? – dat arright?

Is the bank far? – di bank deh far?

Is there a movie theater nearby? – di movie theata deh near?

Is there a nightclub in town? – nuh nightclub deh ya?

Is there a restaurant in the hotel? – nuh restarant deh inna di hotel?

Is there a store near here? – wa’h store deh near yasso?

Is there air conditioning in the room? – di house hav ac?

Is there an English speaking guide? – summady deh ya weh chat english?

Is there any mail for me? – nuh mail com fi mi?

Is there anything cheaper? – yu hav sumting weh cheapa?

Is this a safe area? – suh yasso safe fimi?

Is this Mr Smith? – a missa smith dis?

Is this pen yours? – da pen ya a fi yu?

Is this the bus to New York? – a di bus fi new york dis?

Is this your book? – a fi yu book dis?

Is your father home? – yu fada deh home?

Is your house like this one? – fi yu house stay like dis?

Is your husband also from Boston? – yu husban com fram boston?

Is your son here? – yu son deh ya?

Isn’t it? – nuh true?

It costs 20 dollars per hour   – it ago bih twenty dolla an hour

It depends on the weather      – depen pan di wedda

It hurts here      – yasso a hat mih

It rained very hard today      – yessiday rain did fall haad

It takes 2 hours by car      – i ago tek 2 hour by cyar

It will arrive shortly      – mi suh reach deh

It’ll be cold this evening      – it aggo cole inna di evening

It’s 11:30pm      – a 11 30pm

It’s 17 dollars      – a 17 dolla fi it

It’s 6AM      – a 6 inna di morning

It’s 8:45      – a 8 45

It’s a quarter to 7      – a quata to 7

It’s August 25th      – a augus twenty five

It’s delicious! – ih tais good man

It’s far from here      – ih deh far fram yasso

It’s going to be hot today      – tiday it ago bih hat

It’s going to snow today      – tiday it ago snow

It’s half past 11      – ah leven tirty right ya now

It’s here      – ih deh ya

It’s is a quarter past nine      – a quata pass nine

It’s less than 5 dollars      – ih likkle bit less dan 5 dolla

It’s longer than 2 miles      – ih longa dan 2 miles

It’s mine      – a fi mih

It’s more than 5 dollars      – ih more dan 5 dolla

It’s near the Supermarket      – ih deh near di supamarket

It’s north of here      – ih likkle north fraah yasso

it’s not suppose to rain today      – ih nuh suppose fi rain tiday

It’s not too far      – ih nuh deh too far

It’s not very expensive      – ih nuh suh expensive

It’s ok      – it arright

It’s on 7th street      – ih deh pan 7th street

It’s over there      – ih deh ova desso

It’s raining      – rain a fall

It’s really hot      – ih hat

It’s shorter than 3 miles      – ih shaata dan 3 mile

It’s suppose to rain tomorrow      – rain suppose fi fall tomarow

It’s there      – ih deh ya

It’s too late      – ih too late

It’s very cold today      – ih cole tiday

It’s very important      – ih important

It’s very windy      – breeze a blow haad

I’ve already seen it      – mi already see it

I’ve been here for two days      – mi deh fi two day already

I’ve been there      – mi did deh deh

I’ve heard Texas is a beautiful place      – mi hear seh texas look nice

I’ve never done that      – mi neva do dat

I’ve never seen that before      – mi neva sih dat yet

I’ve seen it      – mi si it

I’ve worked there for five years      – mi wuk deh fi 5 year

John is going on vacation tomorrow      – john a go pan him vacation tumarow

June 3rd      – June 3

Just a little      – Jus a likkle bit

Just a moment      – Wait deh

Let me check      – mek mi look

Let me think about it      – Mek mi tink bout it

Popular Phrases Translated to Patwa Part 5

I’d like a room      – mi w’ah wah room

I’d like a single room      – mih w’ah wah single room

I’d like a table near the window      – mi woulda w’ah wah table sida di room

I’d like some water too, please      – mi woulda like suh wata to

I’d like the number for the Hilton Hotel please      – mi wa’h di numba fi di hilton hotel

I’d like to buy a bottle of water, please      – mek mi get wa’h bakkle a wata nuh

I’d like to buy a phone card please      – mek mi get wa’h phone cyad nuh

I’d like to buy something      – mek wa’h fi get sumting

I’d like to call the United States      – mi wa’h fi call di us

I’d like to eat at 5th street restaurant      – mi wa’h fi nyam a di 5 street restarant

I’d like to exchange this for Dollars      – mi wa’h tun mi moni inna dolla

I’d like to go for a walk      – mi wa’h fi go pan a walk

I’d like to go home      – mi w’ah fi gaw mi yaard

I’d like to go shopping      – mi w’ah fi go shop

I’d like to go to the store      – mi w’ah fi go a di store

I’d like to make a phone call      – mi w’ah fi mek wah call

I’d like to make a reservation      – mi w’ah fi mek wah reservation

I’d like to rent a car      – mi w’ah fi rent wah cyar

I’d like to send a fax      – mi w’ah fi sen wah fax

I’d like to send this to America      – mi w’ah sen dis a merica

I’d like to speak to Mr Smith please      – mek mi talk to missa smith nuh?

I’d like to use the internet – mi w’ah fi use di intanet

If you like it I can buy more      – mi w’ah fi buy sum more

If you need my help, please let me know      – mek mi kno if u need mi help

I’ll be right back      – mi suuh come bak

I’ll call back later      – mi ago call back lata

I’ll call you on Friday      – mi wih call yu friday

I’ll call you when I leave      – mi wih call u wen mi a leff

I’ll come back later      – mi suuh come back

I’ll give you a call      – mi ago call yu

I’ll have a cup of tea please      – mek mi get suh tea nuh

I’ll have a glass of water please      – mi cya hav suu wata

I’ll have the same thing      – mi wih tek di same ting

I’ll pay for dinner      – mi wi pay fi dinna

I’ll pay for the tickets      – mi wih pay fi di ticket dem

I’ll pay      – mi wi pay

I’ll take it      – mi wi tek it

I’ll take that one also      – mi wi tek da one deh to

I’ll take you to the bus stop      – mi wih carry yu go a di bus stop

I’ll talk to you soon      – mi chat wid yu soon

I’ll teach you      – mi wi teach yu

I’ll tell him you called      – mi wih tell him seh u call

I’m 26 years old      – mi 26

I’m 32      – mi 32

I’m 6’2″      – mi 6’2″

I’m a beginner      – mi jus a staat out

I’m a size 8      – mi a wah size 8

I’m a teacher      – mi a w’ah teacha

I’m allergic to seafood      – mi cya’nt nyam nuh seafood

I’m American      – mi cum fram merica

I’m an American      – mi a wya yankee

I’m bored      – mi bored

I’m cleaning my room      – mi a clean mi room

I’m cold      – mi cole

I’m coming right now      – mi a cum now

I’m coming to pick you up      – mi a cum pick yu up

I’m fine, and you? – mi gud, weh u a seh?

I’m from America      – mi cum fram di us

I’m full      – mi belly bout fi buss

I’m getting ready to go out      – mi bout fi roll out

I’m going home in four days      – mi a gaw mi yaad fi 4 day

I’m going to America next year      – mi a gaw di us nex year

I’m going to bed      – mi a gaw mi bed

I’m going to go have dinner      – mi a go out fi sum dinna

I’m going to leave      – mi bout fi leave

I’m good, and you? – mi good. weh u a seh?

I’m good      – mi good man

I’m happy      – mi good man

I’m here on business      – mi deh yah pan a bizniz ting

I’m hungry      – mi hungry still

I’m just kidding      – mi jus a play roun star

I’m just looking      – a look mi a look

I’m leaving Tomorrow      – mi a leff tomarrow

I’m looking for the post office      – mi a look fi di post office

I’m lost – mi laas

I’m married      – mi married

I’m not afraid      – mi nuh fraid

I’m not American      – mi ano american

I’m not busy      – mi nuh busy

I’m not going      – mi naah go

I’m not married      – mi nuh married

I’m not ready yet      – mi nuh ready yet

I’m not sure      – mi nuh sure

I’m ok      – mi alright

I’m on hold      – mi deh pan di phone a wait

I’m ready      – mi ready

I’m self-employed      – mi wok fi miself

I’m sick      – mi sick

I’m single      – mi single

I’m sorry, we’re sold out      – sarry, we nuh hav nun lef

I’m sorry      – sarry

I’m thirsty      – mi thirsty

I’m tired      – mi tiyad

I’m very busy      – mi busy

I’m very busy – mi extra busy

I don’t have time now      – mi nuh hav nuh time now

Popular Phrases Translated to Patwa Part 4

Jamaican Patwa Words Translated

I came with my family      – mi com wid mih famly

I can swim      – mi cyan swim

I can’t hear you clearly      – mi cyaa’ hear yuh suh good

I can’t hear you      – mi cyaa’ hear yuh

I don’t care      – mi nuh care

I don’t feel well      – mi nuh feel suh good

I don’t have a girlfriend      – mi nuh hav waah galfren

I don’t have any money      – mih nuh hav nuh money

I don’t have enough money      – mih nuh hav enough money

I don’t have time right now      – mih nuh hav nuh time right now

I don’t know how to use it      – mih nuh kno how fi use ih

I don’t know      – mi nuh kno

I don’t like him      – mi nuh like him

I don’t like it      – mi nuh like ih

I don’t mind      – mi nuh care

I don’t speak English very well      – mi nuh speak english good

I don’t speak very well      – mi nuh talk suh good

I don’t think so      – mih nuh tink so

I don’t understand what your saying      – mi nuh andastan weh u a seh

I don’t understand      – mi nuh andastan

I don’t want it      – mih nuh want ih

I don’t want that      – mih uh want dat

I don’t want to bother you      – mih nuh wah fi badda yuh

I feel good      – mi feel good

I forget      – mi figet

I get off of work at 6      – mi a leff work a 6

I give up      – mi give up

I got in an accident      – mi get inna wah accident

I have a cold      – mi hav wah cole

I have a headache      – mi hav wah headache

I have a lot of things to do      – mi hav wholeheep a sitting fi do

I have a question I want to ask you      – mi hav wah question fi ask yuh

I want to ask you a question      – mi wah fi aks yuh wah question

I have a reservation      – mi hav wah reservation

I have money      – mi hav money

I have one in my car      – mi hav one inna mi cyar

I have pain in my arm      – mi hav pain inna mi han

I have three children, two girls and one boy      – mi hav tree pickney, 2 gyal an wah bwoy

I have to go to the post office      – mi haffi go a di post office

I have to wash my clothes      – mi haffi wash mi close dem

I have two sisters      – mi hav 2 sista

I haven’t been there      – mi neva guh deh

I haven’t finished eating      – mi nuh dun eat yet

I haven’t had lunch yet      – mi nuh finish wid lunch yet

I hope you and your wife have a nice trip      – mi hope seh u an yuh wife ago hav wah nice trip

I know      – mih kno

I like her      – mih like har

I like it      – mi like ih

I like Italian food      – mi like italian food

I like to watch TV      – mi like fi watch tv

I live in California      – mih live inna california

I lost my watch      – mi lose mi watch

I love you      – mi luv yuh inuh

I made a mistake      – mih mek a mistake

I made this cake      – mi mek da cake yah

I need a doctor      – mih need wah dacta

I need another key      – mih need wah nedda key

I need some tissues      – mih need suh tissue

I need this to get there by tomorrow      – mih need dis by tumarow

I need to change clothes      – mi need fi change close

I need to go home      – mi need fi guh home

I need to go now      – mi need fi leff now

I need to practice my English      – mih need fi practice mi english

I only have 5 dollars      – mi ungle hav 5 dolla

I only want a snack      – mi ungle wah wah snack

I remember      – mi memba

I speak a little English      – mi speak a likkle english

I speak two languages      – mi speak too language

I still have a lot of things to buy      – mi still haffi buy wholeheep a tings

I still have a lot to do      – mi still haffi do nuff

I still have to brush my teeth and take a shower      – mi still haffi brush mi teeth an tek wah showa

I still haven’t decided      – mi nuh decide yet

I think I need to see a doctor      – mi tink mi need fi sih di docta

I think it tastes good      – mi tink ih tasse good

I think it’s very good      – mi tink ih good

I think so      – mih tink so

I think those shoes are very good looking      – mih tink deh shoes deh look good

I think you have too many clothes      – mi tink u have tumuch clothes

I thought he said something else      – mih tink ihh seh sumting else

I thought the clothes were cheaper      – mih tink the clothes dem did cheapa

I trust you      – mih truss yuh

I understand now      – mih andastan now

I understand      – mih andastan

I usually drink coffee at breakfast      – mi usually drink kaffee afta breakfass

I want to buy something      – mi wah fi buy sumting

I want to contact our embassy      – mi wah fi contact di embassy

I want to give you a gift      – mih wah gih yuh wah gift

I want to send this package to the United States      – mi wah sen da package yah to dih us

I want to show you something      – mi wah fi show u sumting

I was about to leave the restaurant when my friends arrived      – mi did ago leff den mi fren dem com

I was going to the library      – mih did ago go a dih libry

I was in the library      – mi did inna di libry

I went to the supermarket, and then to the computer store      – mi did go a di supamarket den mi go a di computa store

I wish I had one      – mi wish mi did hav one

I’d like a map of the city      – mi want a map a di city

I’d like a room with two beds please      – mi w’aah wah room wid two bed

Popular Phrases Translated to Patwa Part 3

He has a nice car      – ihh ha wah nice cyar

He likes it very much      – ihh like ih nuff

He likes juice but he doesn’t like milk – ihh like juce but ihh nuh like milk

He needs some new clothes      – ihh need suh new close

He never gives me anything      – ihh nuh gimmi nuttin

He said this is a nice place      – ihh seh dis a wah nice place

He said you like to watch movies      – ihh seh yuh like fi watch movie

He studies at Boston University      – ihh study a boston university

He thinks we don’t want to go      – ihh think weh nuh wah go

He works at a computer company in New York      – ihh wuk a waah computa place inna new york

He’ll be back in 20 minutes      – ihm a com back inna 20 minute

Hello      –  wah gwaan

Help!  – help

Here is your salad      – sih yu salad yah

Here it is      –  seeit ya

Here you are      – see yu deh

Here’s my number      –  sih mi numba yah

Here’s your order      –  sih yu ada ya

He’s a very good student      – ihm a wah gud student

He’s an American      – ihhm a wah american

He’s an Engineer      – ihm a wah engineer

He’s coming soon      – ihm a com soon

He’s faster than me      – ihm fassa dan mih

He’s in the kitchen      – ihm inna di kitchen

He’s never been to America      – ihh neva go a america yet

He’s not in right now      -ihh nuh deh ya now

He’s right      – ihmm right

He’s very annoying      – ihh annoying nuh

He’s very famous      – ihh famous

He’s very hard working      – ihh wuk haard

Hi, is Mrs  Smith there, please?  – wah gyan, mrs smith deh yah?

His family is coming tomorrow      –  ihh family a com tummarow

His room is very small      –  ihh room likkle

His son      –  ihh son

How about Saturday?  – wah bout satday?

How are you paying? – how yu a pay?

How are you?  – weh u a deal wid?

How are your parents? – how u parents dem a do?

How do I get there? – how yuh ago go deh?

How do I get to Daniel Street? – how mi fi reach daniel street?

How do I get to the American Embassy?  – how fi get a di american embassy?

How do I use this? – how mi fi use dis?

How do you know? – how u kno?

How do you pronounce that? – how u seh dat?

How do you say it in English? – how u seh dat inna english?

How do you spell it? – how u spell dat?

How do you spell the word Seattle? – how u spell di word seattle?

How does it taste? – how ih taste?

How far is it to Chicago? – how far chicago deh?

How far is it? – how far it deh?

How is she? – how she bih?

How long are you going to stay in California? – how lang u a stay inna california?

How long are you going to stay? – how lang u ago stay?

How long does it take by car? – how lang it tek by cyar?

How long does it take to get to Georgia? – how lang it tek fi go a georgia?

How long have you been here? – how lang u deh ya?

How long have you been in America? – how lang u deh a america?

How long have you lived here? – how lang u live yah?

How long have you worked here? – how lang u wuk yasso?

How long is it? – how lang ih bih?

How long is the flight? – how lang yuh flight bih?

How long will it take? – how lang it ago tek?

How long will you be staying? – how lang u a stay?

How many children do you have? – humuch pickney yu hav?

How many hours a week do you work? – humuch owas yuh wuk inna wah week?

How many languages do you speak? – humuch langwidge yu talk?

How many miles is it to Pennsylvania? – humuch miles fi go a pennsylvania?

How many people are there in New York? – humuch people deh inna new york?

How many people do you have in your family? – humuch people inna yuh family?

How many people? – humuch peeple?

How many? – humuch?

How much altogether? – humuch togeda?

How much are these earrings? – humuch fi dem earrings yah?

How much do I owe you? – humuch mi owe yuh?

How much does it cost per day?  – humuch fi it fi wah day?

How much does this cost? – humuch feeit?

How much is it to go to Miami? – humuch fi go a miami?

How much is it? – humuch fi it?

How much is that? – humuch fi dat?

How much is this? – humuch fi dis?

How much money do you have? – humuch money yuh hav?

How much money do you make? – humuch money u mek?

How much will it cost? – humuch it ago cast?

How much would you like? – humuch u like?

How old are you? – how ole u bih?

How tall are you? – how tall u bih?

How was the movie? – how di movie did go?

How was the trip? – how di trip did go?

How’s business? – how di bizness?

How’s the weather? – how di wedda?

How’s work going? – how wuk a guh?

Hurry! – mekyasee!

I agree      – fi real

I ate already      – mi nyam yessiday

I believe you      – mi believe yuh

I bought a shirt yesterday      – mi buy wah shirt yessiday

Popular Phrases Translated to Patwa Part 2

Do you go to Florida often?     – y’u gah a flarida affen?

Do you have a boyfriend?   – yu hav a man?

Do you have a girlfriend? – yu hav a uhman?

Do you have a pencil? – y’av wah pencil?

Do you have a problem?  y’av a problem?

Do you have a swimming pool?  – y’ah wah swimmin pool?

Do you have an appointment?  – y’ah av wah appintment?

Do you have another one? – y’ah av wah nex wan?

Do you have any children?  -y’ah av nuh pickney?

Do you have any coffee? – y’ah av nuh kaffi

Do you have any money? – y’ah av nuh money?

Do you have any vacancies? – y’ah av nummo room?

Do you have anything cheaper? – y’ah av nuttin weh cheapa?

Do you have enough money? – y’ah av money?

Do you have the number for a taxi? – yu hav di numba fi wah taxi?

Do you have this in size 11? – Yu hav dis inna size 11

Do you hear that? – yu heer dat?

Do you know her? – yu kno har?

Do you know how much it costs? – yu kno a hummuch fi it?

Do you know how to cook? – yu kno how fi cook?

Do you know how to get to the Marriott Hotel? – Yu kno how fi go a di marriot hotel?

Do you know what this means? – yu kno wa dis mean?

Do you know what this says? – yu kno wha dis seh?

Do you know where I can get a taxi? – yu kno weh mi cyan get wah taxi?

Do you know where my glasses are? – yu kno weh mi glass dem deh?

Do you know where she is? – yu kno weh she deh?

Do you know where there’s a store that sells towels? – yu kno wich paat mi cyan fine wah store weh sell towel?

Do you like it here? – yu like ih yasso?

Do you like the book? – yu like di book?

Do you like to watch TV? – yu like fi watch tv?

Do you like your boss? – yu like yuh boss?

Do you like your co-workers? – yu like di peeple weh u work wid?

Do you need anything else? – yu need sup’hm more?

Do you need anything? – yu need nuttin’?

Do you play any sports? – yu like sports?

Do you play basketball? – yu play basketball?

Do you sell batteries? – yu sell battry?

Do you sell medicine? – yu sell medicine?

Do you smoke? – yu smoke?

Do you speak English? – yu speak english?

Do you study English? – yu a learn english?

Do you take credit cards? – yu tek credit cyad?

Do you think it’ll rain today? – yu tink rain ago fall tiday?

Do you think it’s going to rain tomorrow? – yu tink rain ago fall tumarrow?

Do you think it’s possible? – yu tink seh ih passible?

Do you think you’ll be back by 11:30? – yu tink u aggo deh back ah 11 30?

Do you understand? – yu andastan?

Do you want me to come and pick you up? – yu wah mi fi com pick u up?

Do you want to come with me? – yu wah com wid mih?

Do you want to go to the movies? – yu wah fi go a di movies?

Do you want to go with me? – yu wah fi go wid mih?

Does anyone here speak English? – nobody yaso nuh speak english?

Does he like the school? – ih like school?

 

Don’t do that      – nuh do dat

Don’t worry      – nuh worry

Every week      – evry week?

Everyday I get up at 6AM      – mi git up a 6am everyday

Everyone knows it      – everybady kno dis

Everything is ready      – whole a wih ready

Excellent      – yah mon

Excuse me, what did you say? – sarry, weh u a seh?

Excuse me      – sarry

Follow me      – com wid mih

For how many nights? – fi humuch night?

Forget it      –  no seh nuttin

From here to there      – fram yasso to desso

From time to time      – fra time to time

Give me a call      – link up wid me

Give me the pen      – gimmi di pen

Go straight ahead      – gwaan straight

Good afternoon      –  wah gwan

Good evening sir      – evening

Good Luck      – jeh bless

Good morning      – mawning

Great      – wicked

Happy Birthday      – happy birtday

Has your brother been to California? – yuh bredda eva go a california?

Have a good trip      – yu hav wah good trip?

Have they met her yet? – yuh meet har yet?

Have you arrived? – yuh deh ya arready?

Have you been to Boston? – yu eva gwa boston?

Have you been waiting long? – yu a wait long?

Have you done this before? – yuh eva do disya before?

Have you eaten at that restaurant? – yuh eva eat a wah restaraunt?

Have you eaten yet? – yu eet yet?

Have you ever had Potato soup? – yu hav potato soup?

Have you finished studying? – yu dun study?

Have you seen this movie? – yuh sih di whole move?

He always does that for me      – ihhe always do dat fimi

He broke the window      – ihhe bruk di window

He doesn’t look like a nurse      – ihh nuh like di nurse

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