The Unique Language of St. Lucia

Many Caribbean islands have their own dialect and Saint Lucia is no different. Here are common phrases that are good to know before your trip.
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Heading to St. Lucia? Here Are Some Great Kweyol Phrases For Visitors

Though many Caribbean islands have their own dialect, St. Lucia is quite unique. Due to its many cultural influences, St. Lucia has essentially developed its own language known as Kweyol (pronounced: QUAY-eeOHL). What exactly makes Kweyol unique? Yes, it’s a version of Creole, which is common in the Caribbean, BUT St. Lucian Kweyol has much more French influence, combined with touches of Afrikaans.

Below is a list of 20 keywords and phrases, along with phonetic spellings.

  1. Hello – Bonjou (BOHN-zjoo)
  2. Excuse me please – Eskise muy suple (ESS-KIZH muee SOO-play)
  3. Thank You – Mesi (meh-SEE)
  4. Please – Souple (Soo-PLAY)
  5. Where is the bathroom? – Kote pwevit-la ya? (Coh-TAY pweh-VIT la YAH)
  6. Do you speak English? – Es ou ka pale Anngle? (ess OO kah pahl ohn-GLAY)
  7. Yes – Wi (WEE)
  8. No – Non (noh)
  9. Sorry – Padonn ( PAH-dohn)
  10. Miss – Mazel (MAHn-zelle)
  11. Madam – Madamn (MAH-dah-nm)
  12. Sir/Mister – Misye (miz-YAY)
  13. Nice to meet you – Kontan we zot (cone-TAHN-wee-ZOHT)
  14. What is this? – Sa ki sa? (sah-KEE-sa)
  15. Is this for sale? – Es sa pou vann? (ess-SAH poo-vahn)
  16. How much is this? – Konmen pou sa? (kohn-MEN poo-SAH)
  17. How are you? – Koumon ou ye? (COUmon-oo-YAY)
  18. I am fine – Mwen Byen (mwen-BEEyen)
  19. Good day – Bonjou (bohn- ZJOO)
  20. Good evening – Bonswe (bohn-SWAY)

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When you make the effort to speak the local language, you’ll go from tourist to traveler. When you attempt to speak the language, you will make your time on-island a little easier and more enjoyable, plus locals will appreciate the effort! Pro-Tip: Save this list to your phone for easy access during your trip! Schedule a quick chat today so we can start to plan your next custom vacation. Visit us at www.majesticdestinations.com to schedule your consultation or call us at 860-661-2041.

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