'Mi nuh chat English' - Jamaican roots strong in Costa Rican town

Interesting read:

Published by Jamaica Gleaner: Thursday | March 28, 2013

Audley Boyd, Assistant Editor - Sports

SAN JOSE, Costa Rica:

SPANISH is the native language here in Costa Rica. But if you speak the good, raw, born Jamaican Patois, you will find that you are not out of place here - even among those who don't speak English.

As a matter of fact, there are people in Costa Rica who talk Jamaican Patois better than Jamaicans. And they have never been to the country.

Patwa.org stirs up 137 comments on facebook

I posted a link to patwa.org in the Jamaican National Dictionary group on facebook. Check out all the buzz it created in the comments below. I know it's way too much for people to read but I thought I'd post it here anyway.


Varun Brasil Baker

Hey, what do people think about http://patwa.org/ ?

Patwa Organisation | Jamaican Language Audio Dictionary


Cliff-Twang Brown

Sometimes Jamaicans change their pronunciation in order to sound more like the North American accent. 

This is called "twanging" or speaking with a "twang".

Clifton Brown was twanging in an effort to raise awareness about the need for a bridge in his community. I'm sure he didn't expect to become such a big internet sensation because of it. See the viral video below which is a music re-mix of the original news broadcast: