Learning to speak another language or dialect helps us expand our vocabulary. In fact, some people say that learning new languages ​​helps us keep our minds active because we are teaching our brains new things. Whether you’re learning a language like Spanish or a dialect like Jamaican patois, both would qualify as potentially beneficial brain exercises.

Millions of people speak Jamaican Patois. The dialect has its own vocabulary, grammar, pronunciation and syntax; similarly to other languages. Jamaican patois, sometimes referred to as Creole, has its own rules for the order in which words should be placed, and rules for the pronunciation of those words. Jamaican Creole syntax is often difficult to learn, but it can be learned through continued practice. Many people who want to learn the Jamaican language not only want to learn the vocabulary, they also want to learn the correct syntax. As in other languages, syntax, grammar, and vocabulary are vitally important when studying or learning Jamaican.

Quite often people will ask how to say so-and-so in Jamaican patois. Frequently asked questions include ‘how to say eat in Jamaican patois’ and ‘how to count in Jamaican patois’. Well, the word for eating in Jamaican patois is nyaam. The word ‘nyaam’ is pronounced ‘knee-yaam’. With respect to counting in the Jamaican dialect, the same numbers that are used in standard English are used to count in Jamaican; the difference is in how the words are pronounced.

These are some examples of the word nyaam as it might be used by a speaker of the Jamaican dialect.

yuh craven yuh lub nyaam nuff – you’re greedy, you love to eat a lot

dem did ah guh nyaam – were going to eat

dem bey dih deh ah nyaam – they were there eating.

Another frequently asked question about Jamaica Patois is how I can learn more about the Jamaican dialect and its syntax. The word syntax simply means the order in which words are used in any given language or dialect. Learning Patois syntax and learning Patois vocabulary go hand in hand. The best way to learn the syntax of the Jamaican dialect is to expose yourself to it. To learn Jamaican syntax, listen to as many Jamaican Patois audios as you can. Also, listen to music and watch Jamaican TV shows. Not surprisingly, among the best ways to learn Jamaican English Creole syntax is having friends who speak the dialect or living in the country (Jamaica). By doing these things, you should be well on your way to learning some vocabulary and also the syntax of the dialect.

Speaking another language or dialect helps us expand our vocabulary. Some say that learning new languages ​​helps us keep our minds active because we are teaching our brains new things. In this article we take a look at ways to learn Jamaican Patois and how to say eat in Jamaican Patois. The article also mentions some tips for learning Jamaican Creole syntax.