Guyanese-creole-english Language Guyanese-creole-english Vocabulary: Basic words

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Basic Words & Expressions - Creolese, Guyanese (English)

Useful Words and Phrases[edit | edit source]

JUST NOW[edit | edit source]

In a minute (unspecified amount of time)

  • “Me gaan fetch it jus’ now = I’ll get it in just a second

INNOE[edit | edit source]

Don’t know.  IN can be used separately to mean don’t or doesn’t.

  • She innoe is who = She doesn’t know who that is

BUH-DAH[edit | edit source]

About that

  • Me in wan’ hear buh-dah = I don’t want to hear about that
  • Me innoe buh-dah = I don’t know about that.

WHA-DAH (often DUH)[edit | edit source]

What is that.

  • Me innoe wah-is-dah = I don’t know what that is

AHBIDEES[edit | edit source]

We, all of us

  • Ahbidees g’win in town = We’re all going to town

DOWNPRESS/DOWNCOURAGE[edit | edit source]

Depressed, discouraged

  • Y’all does be looking so downpress = You look depressed.

PIK’NI DEM[edit | edit source]


  • Me ah wah for see no pik’ni dem roun’ ee = I don’t want to see any children around here

DEM[edit | edit source]

Them.  Dem is often used after a name or other word to indicate that there are several of them or a group.

  • 7:00 we g’win for see Amanda dem = At 7:00 we’re going to see Amanda and the rest of her family.

AH[edit | edit source]

To want to (do s/t)

  • Dem ah watch meh = They all want to look at me

HE, SHE, WE[edit | edit source]

Him, her, us

  • He in wan’ go wi’ we cuz he mommy frikken = He doesn’t want to go with us because his mother is frightened.
  • Ah know she yes = Yes I know her

HESELF, SHESELF, WESELF, YOUSELF[edit | edit source]

His self, her self, ourselves, yourself

  • He don’ behave heself nice = He doesn’t behave himself well

HE OWN, SHE OWN, WE OWN, YOU OWN[edit | edit source]

His, hers, ours, yours

  • Dat is you own or we own? = Is that yours or ours?

FIGHT UP[edit | edit source]


  • She does fight up nuff’ time already = She’s already been in a lot of fights

NUFF or NUFF NUFF[edit | edit source]

A lot, very many, enough

  • Me garden get nuff nuff flower nuff nuff tree an’ ting = My garden has lots of flowers and trees and things
  • You get nuff ideas! = You have a lot of ideas!

STEADY[edit | edit source]

Often, frequently

  • It happen steady now = It happens often now
  • I does see he steady = I see him often

PUNISH[edit | edit source]


  • Why I mus’ punish so? = Why do I have to suffer like this?

Video - Basic Lesson[edit | edit source]

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