family......divided by sea! These are the islanders of the Caribbean.
We share the same warm Tradewinds, the blue Caribean Sea, and
the hot Tropic Sun. We are all warm, funloving, friendly people....Come
learn more about our neighbours at these sites!
Not because we are neighbours it follows that we speak the same.
For us it's difficult enough to understand each other...imagine
for a Canadian tourist...
CANADIAN: Excuse me little girl, can I fit in there?
JAMAICAN: Hey, pickney, small up youself!
TRINI: smallie, gimmeh ah pass dey
BAJAN: Scotch rung!
CANADIAN: That woman is overweight.
JAMAICAN: Lawd, look how she fat and spread out like mash bullfrog.
TRINI: Oh jeesan, dah woman realllll fat
BAJAN: You she big as shite ya.
CANADIAN: You are such an attractive woman.
JAMAICAN: Gal you look like fresh vegetable.
TRINI: darlin, yuh lookin real good
BAJAN: psssstt my friend.
CANADIAN: I really would like for us to be intimate.
JAMAICAN: Gal mi wan be wid you.
TRINI: chek nah, ah wan tuh breed yuh
BAJAN: ya gunna gimme peice or wha?
CANADIAN: There are a lot of men out there, that I can date besides
JAMAICAN: Tree no grow inna my face yu know.
TRINI: Real men chek fuh me
BAJAN: When one door shut anudder one does open.
CANADIAN: He is such a womanizer.
JAMAICAN: Him walk bout like dawg, every light post him si him
TRINI: Hees ah real sweetman
BAJAN: Heez de man.
CANADIAN: You really should get him out of your life dear.
JAMAICAN: Dat de man jus a block traffic, tell him fi ease off.
TRINI: Done dat man oui
BAJAN: Ya should leff he raaaaassshole!!!
CANADIAN: He is such a kind, sensitive man.
JAMAICAN: Him a saawfas man.
TRINI: Heez a sorfman
BAJAN: Heez a buller!!!
CANADIAN: You have a crumb on your face, dear.
JAMAICAN: You look like when fowl come from mango walk.
TRINI:Yuh have ting on yuh face
BAJAN: Uh uuuh!!! Was dat on ya face???
CANADIAN: Oh, I see you are entering puberty.
JAMAICAN: How you face bumpy-bumpy like grater so?
TRINI: Yuh face real juk up
BAJAN: Ya face look like a ripe sour-sop.
CANADIAN: Honestly, I don't know the answer.
JAMAICAN: Ah wah you a bodda me guthole fa?
TRINI: I eh know
CANADIAN: Hors d'heurves
JAMAICAN: Ah wah dis yah likkle sinting you a gi me?
TRINI: Wey de food?
BAJAN: Horse Derves.
JAMAICAN: Silver bird
TRINI: Tri Star
CANADIAN: Bank teller
JAMAICAN: Bank clark
CANADIAN: Speed bumps
JAMAICAN: Sleeping Policeman
TRINI: Road humps
BAJAN: Road bumps
CANADIAN: He looks upset
JAMAICAN: Him have screwface
TRINI: Dat man real vex
BAJAN: He real screwpouch ya
GUYANESE WRITES HER SON........
Just a few lines to let you know that
I'm still alive. I'm writing slowly because I know you cannot
read fast. You won't know the house when you come home.
We've moved. I won't be able to send you
the new address as the last Guyanese family that lived here took
the numbers with them so they wouldn't have to change their address
at their new house.
About your father... he has a lovely new job. He has now over
1500 new men under him. He is cutting grass at La Repentir Cemetery.
There was a washing machine in the new home when we moved in,
but it isn't working too good. Last week I put 14 shirts into
it, pulled the chain, and I haven't seen the shirts since.
Your sister, Parbattie, had a baby this morning. I haven't found
out whether it is a boy or a girl, so I don't know if you're an
aunt or uncle.
Your uncle, Bharose, drowned last week in a vat of XM rum at the
Some of his fellow workers dived in to save him, but he fought
them off bravely. We cremated his body, and it took three days
to put out the fire.
Your father didn't have much to drink at Christmas. I put a bottle
of castor oil in his XM flattie. It kept him going until New Year.
I went to the doctor on Thursday and your father came with me.
The doctor put a small tube in my mouth and told me not to open
for 10 minutes. Your father offered to buy it from him.
It only rained twice last week. First for four days, and then
for three days.
Monday it was so windy that one of our chickens laid the
same egg four times.
We had a letter yesterday from the undertaker. He said if the
last installment wasn't paid on your nanee's in seven days ...
up she comes.
Love - Mammy
PS: I was to send you $10.00 but I already sealed the envelope.