Are you dreaming of jetting off to the Caribbean when this extended period of social distancing is over? Why not jump on the armchair travel trend and learn to speak like a Jamaican while you plan for the day you’ll be free to move around again? It’s no secret one of the best ways to immerse yourself in another culture is teach yourself how to communicate with residents in their local lingo.
Below are fun, short instructional videos to help you learn to speak like a Jamaican in three easy steps.
In this 1st episode you’ll learn how to greet someone with our Caribbean lilt to your tongue.
Whah a gwaan? What’s going on?
How yuh duh? How are you doing?
Yuh awrite? Are you okay? As in, you good?
Asking for directions
Now here are two basic ways to ask for directions:
Weh di [insert name] deh? Where is the __?
Weh mi can fine __? Where can I find [insert name of place]
Terms of address
For Lesson 3, we explore common words that are used when speaking to someone you consider a friend or colleague.
Bredren Sistren Paadie Dups/Doops
Have you ever been to the land of Red Strip beer, and some of the most well-known reggae music and sports icons? Not yet? As soon as it’s safe to travel again, you should go check it out.
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WHEW. We’re only in the second quarter of 2020 and already the COVID-19 pandemic has turned our lives completely upside down! Serious concerns about public health and the need to mitigate the spread of this dangerous disease has led to national, regional and city decrees to stay home. As a result, armchair travel, the art of exploring the world from the comfort of your own couch, is experiencing a powerful rebirth.
Previously perceived as an activity mostly reserved for sedentary individuals, that’s no longer the case. Virtual vacations are now all the rage because they’ve become a lifeline for gloomy travelers practicing self-quarantining and social distancing for the greater good of themselves and mankind. Of course, nothing beats a real-life destination experience. But with technology and ingenuity, there are still fun ways to cure your wanderlust while you shelter-in-place.
Miffed you had to cancel your last trip? Here are 11 ways to armchair travel your way out of your current travel slump: