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Understanding local dialects can help english-speaking travelers feel right at home when communicating with those locals who speak in dialect.

English is the (official) language on Turks & Caicos island. Turks and Caicos Islands Creole is similar to other Caribbean English creoles and is almost identical to Bahamian Creole. These languages draw on African grammar while using a largely English vocabulary.

The spoken English of the Turks and Caicos Islands Belongers is influenced by the Jamaican, Bahamian, Haitian and Dominican dialects, and many of the locals speak a Creole English with distinct Dominican and French influences.

Here are some of Turks & Caicos, phrases, meanings available below:

Buck: To meet/met. Example: “Ya Mon, I buck Joe at Hemingway’s”.

Ga: Got. Example: “I ga a new shut”.

Gee: To give, as in “I gee her a new shut”.

I’een: A contraction for “I am not.” Example: “I’een going to Turtle Cove tonight”.

Sak Passe: A Haitian greeting literally meaning “What’s Up?”

Shut: Shirt. Example: “Ya Mon, I like your shut”.

Yeah Man: From the Jamaican “Ya Mon” phrase for “Yes”.

Tree Man: As in “There are tree man at da store”.