Turks & Caicos Local Dialect: Words, Phrases and SayingsPrint
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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”.