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From ah likkle yute mi visit ja. Longest mi stay mussi 3 week. When I try fi chat patois something wrong with my pronunciation. Problem is I don’t know what I’m doing wrong. Mi waan learn how fi fix it. Mi tink seh small ting give weh my yankee origin lol.
It hard to develop the right accent and intonations unless you around it every day. I’ve only heard a very very few second generations Jamaicans speak patois that sound authentically from the island.
As everybody else here saying, a nuh wah easy somn
Yup. None of my siblings can do it well…. I think my ny accent is very strong and I don’t pronounce the words properly. My mom only speaks patois when shes angry, but came here at 12. My Dad however had a thick accent.
My brother and I would try to speak it growing up but our accent just wasn’t there…. I never got the chance to practice it with native jamaicans because my family would laugh when Id try. They couldn’t take me seriously…. I guess I want to practice with a native speaker that will tell me what I’m doing wrong and not judge me if I sound stupid lol.
I haven’t really tried to speak it with anyone for years except for my brother who also isn’t a native speaker. I used to go to jamaica almost every year and stay for weeks at a time. I know damn near every vybz kartel song word for word and have been listening to dancehall/reggae my whole life. Why am I so bad at the jamaican accent lol.
Try singing a lot of dancehall songs for practice. I don’t know if you’ll ever be able to get rid of the NY accent because that’s a really strong one lol, but I think you should definitely be able to get to a point where no one will laugh at you. Good luck!
Creo que mi espanol es casi perfecto. Usualmente, yo no tenga la opportunidad para practicar pues hago cometar unos erroreres. Trabaje como apoyo tecnical durante un ano y enseno a mi hijo . Tambien perdoname para no utilizando “marks” de accento porque solamente tengo un teclado de ingles (no recuerdo como se dice mark ahoirta jaja). Y tambien spelling lol
Sure. Id be happy to. Also, for all people with a Jamaican background interested in learning Spanish pay attention to the panamanian scene. A large amount of the jamaican diaspora immigrated to Panama to build the canal. The result is “plena” which is basically reggae en espanol.
Definitely need fi talk inna patwa more. Mi and my siblings dem always talk inna patwa growing up but wi accent never sound right. All I listen to is dancehall and my dad had a thick ja accent. I can mimic my grandmother’s accent but she try fi talk proper proper. Not patwa but ja english and patwa only when she vex.
Accents are a natural learned behavior that can sound ingenuine when forced. My advice is to watch Jamaican news or read aloud the Star/Gleaner at least to get the twang flowing. Also linguistics varies from community to district not all twang is the same and depending on which foreign u inna, your dialect will naturally be intertwined.
This was me years ago. You’ll think differently about this as you get older. Most Jamaicans would gladly trade places with you as an American. So low dem out and let them have the status of having a natural accent. Probably most Jamericans aren’t willing to live JA permanently and earn the accent.