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Not All Caribbean people speak Jamaican


Not All Caribbean people speak Jamaican

Stop painting all Caribbean accents, with one Jamaican brush or more accurately, stop hearing all Caribbean dialects with one Jamaican ear.

There is more than one country in the Caribbean and as such, there are many dialects.

Jamaican patois is not the only language that Caribbean people speak.

This conversation was sparked recently but it has been a peeve for Caribbean people for years.

Why do people always assume that if it is a Caribbean accent, it must be Jamaican?

Persons late last year took to social media to accuse R. City of “putting on a bad Jamaican accent” in their song ‘Locked Away’, and they went hard on the duo especially after one of the brothers spoke during a scene in the music video.

However, what people missed and failed to realise is that Theron and Timothy Thomas are from Saint Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI) and their accent is all theirs and part and parcel with their culture.

They were not imitating Jamaican patois. They were not failing miserably at being Jamaican. They are who they are and that is, Caribbean people with an accent that is not Jamaican. The brothers are official #USVIAmbassadors and make sure to keep everything about them USVI.

Now Rihanna is in the hot seat for the same issue again. She’s being accused of using Jamaican patois in her ‘Work’ music video.

Rihanna isn’t dropping her Bajan dialect and accent. She is an Ambassador for Barbados. You hear it whenever she speaks.

And if you ever heard some Bajans speak, you would know that speakingasentenceandmakingitsoundlikeonewordisaBajanartform. For those who didn’t get that, let me repeat. If you ever heard some Bajans speak, you would know that speaking a sentence and making it sound like one word is a Bajan artform! That whole lazy speech, almost slurred and droning yet speaking in a sing-song way is how some Barbadians speak.

So before you jump on the bandwagon and assume that people are always trying to copy Jamaican and speak their patois, research and learn that each island has its own dialect with parts of the country even speaking differently. Just as in the U.S. you can distinguish people from Boston and Brooklyn, or in the U.K. you know Surrey from Manchester, don’t expect a St. Lucian, to sound like a Trinidadian or a Guyanese.

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