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Basic Words & Expressions - Creolese, Guyanese (English)
Guyana Creole (Guyanese) is an English-based Creole language spoken in Guyana in the coastline and along the Rupununi River.
Here are some basic words.
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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]
- 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]
- 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]
- 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]
Sources[edit | edit source]
Other Lessons[edit | edit source]
Vincent and Maintenance script