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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

Visit jamaican patwa for even more translations.

Popular Phrases Translated to Patwa Part 1

I’m starting a new series to teach you jamaican patwa, jamaican slang or however you want to call it. There are about 900 popular english phrases and i’ve gone ahead and translated them to Jamaican Patwa. Stay tuned for more and be sure to share and comment if you liked this post or found it useful.


A few      – Wah likkle bit

A little      – Wah likkle

A long time ago      –         Wah Lang time

A one way ticket      – Wah one way tiket

A round trip ticket      –    Wah Roun Chip

About 300 kilometers      –             Bout tree hunred kilometa

Across from the post office      – crass fram di pos affice

Am I pronouncing it correctly?   Mi she it right?

Amy is John’s girlfriend      –          amy a jahn uhman

And you?             –                              awhh yu?

Anything else?  –                              anyting else?

Are there any concerts?               –             nuh cancert deh bout?

Are they coming this evening?   – y’ah com dis weeken?

Are they the same?        – dem a di same?

Are you afraid?    – yu fraid?

Are you allergic to anything?       – weh u allergic to?

Are you American?         – y’ah yankie?

Are you busy?     – yu busy?

Are you comfortable?    – yu comfatable?

Are you coming this evening?  –  Y’ah com dis evenin?

Are you free tonight?  –  Yu free t’inight?

Are you going to attend their wedding? – y’ah gaw dem wedding?

Are you going to help her?    –      Y’ah go help ar?

Are you going to take a plane or train?   Y’ah go tek di plane ar di chain?

Are you here alone?       – y’ah go deh by uself?

Are you hungry? –  yu hungry?

Are you married?  –  yu marrid?

Are you okay?   – yu alright?

Are you ready?   –  yu ready?

Are you sick?   – yu sick?

Are you sure?   – yu sure?

Are you waiting for someone?   –  yu a wait fi summady?

Are you working today?     –   yu wuk tiday?

Are you working Tomorrow?  – yu a wuk tomarrow?

Are your children with you?  – yu pickney dem deh wid u?

As soon as possible      – soon as passible

At 3 o’clock in the afternoon      – ah tree a clack inna di aftanoon

At 3 o’clock      – ah tree a clack.

At 5th street      – ah fif street.

At 7 o’clock at night      –  ah seven a clack a night

At 7 o’clock in the morning      – ah seven a clack inna di mawning

At what time did it happen?   – ah wah time ih happen?

At what time?   – ah wah time?

Be careful driving      –  careful wen u jive

Be quiet      –  tappi nize

Behind the bank      –   bakka di bank

Bring me my shirt please      –   gimme yu shirt

Business is good      –   bizniz good

Call me      –  link mi nuh

Call the police      –   call babylon

Can I access the Internet here?    – mi cya’ get intanet yasso?

Can I borrow some money?   – mi cya’ barrow soo money?

Can I bring my friend?   – mi cya’ bring mi brejin?

Can I have a glass of water please?   – mi cya’ hav a glass a wata?

Can I have a receipt please?     –  gimme di receipt nuh?

Can I have the bill please?   – gimme di bill nuh?

Can I help you?  – mi cya’ help yuh?

Can I make an appointment for next Wednesday?  – mi cya’ mek wah appointment if nex wensday?

Can I see your passport please?   – mek mi sih yu passport

Can I take a message?    – mek mi tek wah message

Can I try it on?    – mek mi chi it on

Can I use your phone?   – mek mi use yuh phone

Can it be cheaper?  – mek ih bi cheapa?

Can we have a menu please      –  mek wih sih di menu nuh?

Can we have some more bread please? –    mek wih get more bread nuh?

Can we sit over there?    – mek wih siddun ova yasso?

Can you call back later?   – yuh cya’ back lata

Can you carry this for me?  – carry dis fimi nuh?

Can you do me a favor?  – do sumting fimi nuh?

Can you fix this?  – yu cya’ fix dis?

Can you give me an example?  – yu gimme wa’ example?

Can you help me? –  yu cya’ help me?

Can you hold this for me?  – yu cya’ hole dis fimmi?

Can you please say that again?  – yu cya’ seh dat again?

Can you recommend a good restaurant?  – yu cya’ tell me wah good restarant?

Can you repeat that please?  – seh data again nuh?

Can you show me? – yu cya’ show me?

Can you speak louder please?  – talk louda nuh?

Can you swim?   – yu cya’ swim?

Can you throw that away for me?  – dash dis weh fimmi nuh?

Can you translate this for me?  – translate dis fimmi?

Certainly! – yeah mon

Cheers!  – respek

Chicago is very different from Boston      –  chicago different frah bastin

Come here      –  come ya

Did you come with your family?  – yu come wid yuh family?

Did you get my email?  – yu get mi email?

Did you send me flowers? – yu sen mi flowas?

Did you take your medicine? – yu tek yuh medicine?

Do you believe that?   – yu believe dat?

Do you feel better?  – yu feel betta?

Jamaican Patwa Influences

By now you’ve heard about Jamaican Patois. The language used by Jamaicans.

Jamaican Patois or “Patwa” is the language that is used by most Jamaicans in non-professional everyday conversation. It’s a strange language at that because it has so many loan words from many different languages and at the same type sounds similar to Jamaican English. The Language if it can be called that can be traced back to the way in which Jamaica got started as a country. Because of the diversity throughout history there have been many different people with different cultures being in Jamaica.

The First People That was to influence Jamaican Patwa as we know it today would be the Arawak or the Taino Native Americans. These indigenous tribes were the peace loving People that were living in Jamaica and a few other Caribbean Islands before the arrival of the Europeans. There are a few words that they use that can be found in modern Day Jamaican Patwa.

Then As time went on the Spanish came and made the Island of Jamaica their Colony and for a while all seemed well. They imported Africans and those Africans added to the production of the country. The Spanish added words to the Jamaican Patois language and so did the Africans. In fact the Africans had arguably the most influence on the language itself. The many different tribes that came here added a different word. For example the Jamaican Patois Word for  eat which is nyam can be traced back to the African language called Wolof. The Spanish had the word pickney which is a small child. This can be traced back to the word pequeno  which is small in Spanish.

After the British conquered the island, They themselves brought their English language and with that, more influence on the Jamaican patois language. The British brought with them Irish indentured servants and that’s why sometimes people say that Jamaicans have an almost Irish way of speaking English. The British and the Irish started bringing over indentured servants after the slave trade stopped and so that is why you can find many Indians, chinese, Lebanese and even continental Europeans today in the country. Each of them brought their culture and mixed in with the local Jamaican culture and they each also brought their language and it was mixed into Jamaican patois.

So whenever you hear Jamaican patois, either from a Jamaican on the street or through reggae or dancehall music. Try to find where the words they are saying originated from. I think you might be surprised! Please drop me a comment to tell me what you thought of this article.

6 Reggae Singers You can Understand

If You are Into Reggae Music like many people, one of your biggest complaints is that you simple CANNOT understand most of what the singers are saying. So I’ve decided to Talk about 6 Reggae Artists that you’ll love to listen to but you can actually understand them! Lets get started.


He goes by the name Sizzla Kalonji and is quite a devout Rasta. His real name is Miguel Collins and he was born in Kingston. This man is one of the most adored Jamaican Rastafarian performers. He makes a lot of beautiful melodies and sings about a variety of social and economic issues. He’s a joy to behold. This is a sample of one of his more popular tracks. Let me know in the comments what you think!

Sean Paul

Most People would know Sean Paul. He’s one of the most popular Jamaicans in the world and also one of our best performers. He does a lot of collaborations with foreign Artists so his songs are usually in Jamaican English and also. You will find that you’ll love the one he sings and dances. Give him a try!

Damian Marley

This is the man! “JR” Gong. This is the man who is supposed to take over the reigns from his father as the Reggae superstar. Damian Marley has a few good tracks that are sung in Understandable Jamaican Patois . One of my favorite tracks of his is welcome to Jamrock which when it was released was quite popular in the world. You will not be disappointed when you listen to this wonderful musician!


Sue Dem! Capleton is probably one of the most famous Rastafarians in Jamaica. He’s dramatically known as the “Fireman” because his concerts usually have a lot of effects involving fire. He’s one of the old style reggae singers that have not yet moved to the more “youth friendly” Dancehall Music. Capleton is not well known to most people who would listen to reggae music outside of Jamaica. You should check out his Video below and if you like him Find more of his music online.

Bob Marley

This is the man. Tuff Gong Robert Nesta Bob Marley. He’s one of a kind. A legend in the Reggae music space. He continues to live on today through his song and is one of the most magical people to have walked on this earth. He has many classics and if you’re here you probably know bob marley quite well. I cannot recommend him and his music enough and if you find something you like, You should post a comment about it!

Jah Cure

Last but certainly not least is JAH Cure. Another one of the proud Rasta Reggae singers He’s a different voice with his music. There is not much to say about Jah Cure i’ll let his music do the talking for him. Let me know what you think.

There you have it. 6 Jamaican Performers and a few songs you’ll be able to understand. Be sure to like, this post and drop a comment to let me know what you thought about it.


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