Jamaican Phrases Translated to English that will make you smile

I love hearing these vibrant, dynamic and powerful Jamaican phrases. My day becomes amazing and full of laughter hearing the oldest proverbs and newestest slang.

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Can you say “what are you doing ” in Jamaican? Are you taking a vacation to Jamaica and want to learn how to communicate with the locals. I have prepare a list of Jamaican phrases to help you. You are most welcome!. Enjoy!  

  • Mi Soon Come - I will be back soon.

  • Dawg nyam yu suppa - Dog will eat your supper (You will be punished.)

  • Yu tink seh mi born big?! - You think I was born old? (I am not an idiot so don’t take me for one.)

  • Gi laugh fi peas soup - Give laughs for peas soup ( Having an amazing time.)

  • Pop story gi mi! - Tell me a story. (Giving information about someone personal situation.)

  • Yes, now, Spanish Town! - You are in trouble! (When a child is teasing another child who did something wrong and will be punish. It is normally done in a chant-like musical manner.)

  • Mi deh yah, Everyting criss - Everything is ok

  • Yeye mek four - Eyes make four (Making direct eye contact with someone.)

  • Likkle more - See you later

  • Yu mussi born back a cow! You must have been born behind a cow! (You are very stupid.)

  • From Whappy kill Phillup - From the time that Whappy killed Phillup . A very long time. (I don’t who Whappy and Phillup were, or why Whappy killed Phillup.)

  • Puss inna bag - A cat in a bag ( Receiving something before you have seen it.)

  •  Wha Yuh Deh Pon - What are you doing

  • Mi shame tree dead - My shame tree is dead ( i am not easily ashamed

  • Mi Nuh Biznizz - I don’t care

  • Looking at you, di better one - Looking at you, the better one

  • Tun Up De Ting - Step up your game

  • From mi yeye deh a mi knee - From my eyes were at my knees From I was very young

  • Enough fi stone dawg - Enough to stone a dawg (plenty of something )

  • Nuh romp wid mi -Don’t mess with me

  • Hell an powdahouse - Hell and powderhouse ( A massive chaos )

  • Small up yuhself - Make room

  • If a nuh so, a nearly so - If it's not so, it's nearly so ( If this isn't the truth, it's close to the truth.)

  • Come wid yu two long han - Come with your two long hands (To reach at a location with nothing in your hands, pocket or bag)

  • De Party Tun Up - The party was good!

 

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