Tag Archives: Pidgin English

Jamaican Slang Glossary Words and Phrases

A glossary (explanation of the meaning) of words and phrases used in Jamaican Patois the vernacular English spoken in Jamaican and also used in reggae music and dub poetry. speakjamaican.com, no date. Read the glossary.

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English in Jamaica

This short articles explains how Jamaican English (also know as Patois) developed as a pidgin English (a mix of English and other languages) on the ships that took slaves from West Africa to Jamaica and then became the mother tongue … Continue reading

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Tok Pisin

An article about the English pidgin that is a lingua franca for the whole of Papua New Guinea. It looks at the history of Tok Pisin, its current use and attitudes to it, and its vocabulary, sounds and grammar. Read … Continue reading

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Nigeria harnesses Pidgin English power

Long considered the language of the uneducated, Nigerian Pidgin English, with its oscillating tones and playful imagery, is now spoken by Nigerians of every age, social class and regional origin. In a country with wide disparity in education provision, Pidgin operates … Continue reading

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Nigerian Pidgin

Nigerian Pidgin is an English-based pidgin and a creole language spoken as a lingua franca across Nigeria. The language is commonly referred to as “Pidgin” or “Brokin“…..Nigerian Pidgin is the native language of approximately 3 to 5 million people and is a second language for at least … Continue reading

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Kamtok(CAmeroon Pidgin)

Kamtok is the pidginised English of Cameroon. This English-related language has been a lingua franca in the country since at least the 1880s. The 35-year period since 1966 has seen dramatic changes in the attitude of speakers towards the language. … Continue reading

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Languages of Cameroon

Cameroon is home to 230 languages. These include 55 Afro-Asiatic languages, two Nilo-Saharan languages, and 173Niger–Congo languages. This latter group is divided into one West Atlantic language (Fulfulde), 32 Adamawa-Ubangui languages, and 142 Benue–Congo languages (130 of which are Bantu languages). English and French are official languages, a heritage of Cameroon’s colonial past as both … Continue reading

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