Dominicaâ€™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 islandâ€™s official language.
If youâ€™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? â€“ How are you?
2. Bon Jou â€“ Good Day
3. Bon apwÃ© midi â€“ Good Afternoon
4. Bon Swe â€“ Good Evening
5. MisysÃ© â€“ Sir
6. Madanm â€“ Madam
7. Sa ki non w? â€“ What is your name?
8. Non mwen se â€“ My name isâ€¦
9. Jodi sÃ© yon bÃ©l jou â€“ Today is a beautiful day
10. ki sa ou vlÃ©? â€“ What do you want?
11. Mon vlÃ© yon bwÃ© – I want a drink
12. Kouma pou sa â€“ How mush is it?
13. Oti pwivi la? â€“ Where is the toilet?
14. MÃ©s â€“ Thank you
15. Ovwa – Goodbye
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!!!
It is neither – It is sa like sardine without pronouncing the “r”.
I hope this helps…
Ã© = 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 fÃ¨t is the “standard” spelling (although there is no actual standard orthography for KwÃ©yÃ²l to date), and it’s misyÃ© not misysÃ©