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Purely Dominica

Purely Dominica

Dominica’s history left behind many types influences which Dominicans are still using to this date. one of these influences is the Antillean Creole, which a mixture of French and English combined with West African speech patterns. Creole has been in the Caribbean region since the 17th century, although English is known as the island’s official language.

If you’re just visiting Dominica island (welcome 🙂 ), there is a very good chance you might come across someone speaking Creole as you travel around the island. Here are some common Creole phrases and words you can try too.

1. Sa ka fete? – How are you?
2. Bon Jou – Good Day
3. Bon apwé midi – Good Afternoon
4. Bon Swe – Good Evening
5. Misysé – Sir
6. Madanm – Madam
7. Sa ki non w? – What is your name?
8. Non mwen se – My name is…
9. Jodi sé yon bél jou – Today is a beautiful day
10. ki sa ou vlé? – What do you want?
11. Mon vl̩ yon bw̩ РI want a drink
12. Kouma pou sa – How mush is it?
13. Oti pwivi la? – Where is the toilet?
14. Més – Thank you
15. Ovwa – Goodbye

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Comment by Becky
2010-11-14 10:42:23

Would someone be able to help me with how to pronounce some of the above phrases ? Sa ka fete? Is it Say or saw?
I know, a vidio would be the thing!!!

Comment by La Bella Dominique
2010-11-14 21:33:02

It is neither – It is sa like sardine without pronouncing the “r”.

Comment by Ainsley
2011-06-05 14:56:37

I hope this helps…

é = ay as in dAY

ou = oo as in spOOn

on = ong as in lONG

en = eng as in pENGuin

j = s as in pleaSure

* there is a typo in the original text: sa ka fèt is the “standard” spelling (although there is no actual standard orthography for Kwéyòl to date), and it’s misyé not misysé

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