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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 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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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.

How to learn Jamaican Patwa

IF you want to know how to learn Jamaican patwa you’ve come to the right place. The langauge is not that widely spoken so there are not many resources out there compared to other languages but here is a set of beginning jamaican patois language learning videos.

This is the 2nd Video for you to learn jamaican patwa

This is the 2nd Video in the How to speak jamaican patwa series

IF you want to learn more patois then this is also for you this is the 3rd video

HEre is the 4th video. Now you can learn how to speak jamaican patwa in one central place.

This is the 5th video to learn how to speak jamaican patwa. Hope you enjoy it!

JAmaican Patois Lessons and this is the 6th video. Hopefully it does a lot for you.

The 7th Video in the series for you if you want to learn how to speak jamaican patwa well. HEre is something for you.

The final Video int he series for nwo with patwa lesson 8 hope you like it.

If you liked these videos and would like to learn more jamaican patois then The Jamaican Patois course is now open for you to get. It has more content than these videos and will have you speaking patois like you were a native jamaican.

Jamaican Patwa / Jamaican Patois Lesson 8

So here you have the video lesson for Jamaican Patois / Jamaican Patwa lesson 8. I hope you enjoy it! Leave your Comment or Requests in the comments box or on the video on youtube.


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