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35 things Antiguans say….

35 Things Antiugans say


While the official language of Antigua is English, many of the locals speak an Antiguan Dialect call ‘Rawback’.  It is quite interesting hearing it as one sometimes think its a foreign language instead of just broken English.  Though it is not necessary to speak Antiguan as the locals say, understanding the  local dialects can help English-speaking travelers feel right at home when communicating with those locals who only  speak dialect.

1. “Ahawah de joke yah tall”…………………………………. What in the world is going on?

2. ‘Leh me libba lone”……………………………………..…. Leave me alone

3. “Ah good/tek dat”………………………………………..…That’s good for you/take that

4. “Tap lie no man”…………………………………….……..Stop lying.

5. “Cuh de  pa de sa”………………………………………….…“see the road ahead”

6. “Me a go ah work.” ….……………………………………“I’m going to work.”

7. “Eh tase good.”………………………………………….…. “It tastes good.”

8. “Me nah like um.”………………………………………….. “I don’t like it.”

9. “Gyal, ah weh you ah go?”……………………………….. “Girl, where are you going?

10. “See ya,” or “Latar”……………………………….……… “I’ll see you later.”

it's sometimes wisest to keep one's mouth shut.

 

12. “No nyum me sudd’n’………………………………………………………Do not eat it’

13. “Mek arwe go pong tory……………………………………………………Let us gossip’

14. “Me lub you bad bad………………………………………………………..I love you very, very much’

15. “A dey e dey…………………………………………………………………..I told you so’

16. “A wah mek you so nuff?………………………………………………….Why are you so proud?’

17. “Fix me up nice………………………………………………………………Find me something nice’

18. “Oh, gosh jack man!……………………………………………………….What is happening.’

19. “Me a mek out………………………………………………………………..I am not doing to bad.”

 20. “Ah science she science……………………………………………….She thinks to she’s too good.”

 21. “Who fu sudd’n dis ya?”………………………………………..….. “Whose is it?”

Poun o fretment nu pay fo gill o debtment

 

23. “Me nah min wahn fu see she.”……………………………… “I didn’t want to see her.”

24. “Ah fu me.” or “Ah fu me own”…………………………………“It is my own.”

25. “Nah tell ahwe wah fu do.” ………………………………….. “Don’t tell us what to do.”

26. “You min gawn too lang jack.”}……………………………….“You were gone too long.”

27. “You tack dun jack………………………………………………………You are well dressed

 28. “Lard! she tek in………………………………………………………..She passed out or fainted

29 “Wah mek yuh ah act so”…………………………………..…… “Why are you acting this way?”

30. “Ya purposeful jack” ………………………………………………“You are intentional, willful or deliberate”

A word betta dan a wink fo a bline horse

 

32. “Ah wah you a do up ya de so”………………………………… What are you doing here.”

 33. “Me nah no……………………………………………………………………..I do not know.”

 34. “Me gal dat…………………………………………………………………….My girlfriend.”

 

Dutty water cool hot iron__Every thing has its use.

 

Moon run faas but day ketch im

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