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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?

How to talk patwa

                             How to talk Patwa

Jamaican patwa is an interesting language because it happens to not be a language at all. There are not many guides that teach you how to talk patwa . Here we will talk about what you can do to learn patwa for free and it will be a good experience for you. To learn Jamaican patwa you need to have an understanding of where it comes from and what influences it.

With that in mind here is how you will learn patwa. You should go to the website and watch a few of the beginning videos on patwa. It is very informative and it will teach you basic words that will help you speak the language.  Before you start to learn patwa you must have someone whom you can practice with because if you learn patwa without speaking it with someone else it becomes relatively useless to you unless you are learning in order to know what your favorite reggae singer is saying.

Here are some quick words for how to talk patwa

Wah Gwan – Whats going on

Weh u deh – Where are you?

Wha apm – What happened?

Weh u name – What is your name?

This was just a simple example of how to talk patwa. If you would like to learn more about patwa then  please get get the patwa course on how to talk patwa

Jamaican Patwa / Jamaican Patois Lesson 8

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Jamaican Patwa / Jamaican Patois Lesson 6

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