A Very Good
Jamaican Dictionary!

Trying to find a good Jamaican dictionary? Something that can help you translate a few of the words we use.... at least you won't be left clueless when we talk right?

Jabari Jamaican Dictionary

Well, I suspect there have been many attempts to translate and publish such material, but they are just that, 'attempts'...many of the authors doesn't even fully understand the language themselves!

I have done some research for you though and was lucky to find at least 6 relatively good references, three of them I really like and I think should help you very well; The Websters Jamaican online Dictionary, a book called Understanding Jamaican Patois, and another, Jabari Authentic Jamaican Dictionary.

None of them can adequately capture all the expressions we use, but I believe they did a good job capturing or explaining some of the most popular terms and slangs.

The Jabari Jamaican Glossary for example, captures over 3000 clear and concise definitions of Jamaican words and phrases. Also included are pronunciation guides, variants, usage notes, parts of speech etc. I have a copy that I myself refer to quite often - I love it!

The Websters Jamaican online Dictionary alphabetically list hundreds of popular Jamaican creole or patois terms that you simply click on and get the English equivalent. By they way, do you know what 'fenkey fenkey' means? Check it out!

Emile Adams' Understanding Jamaican Patois is another great resource.

OK, now I've provided you with enough tools, go ahead and learn the language - it will be much easier than you may have guessed, plus the new knowledge will come in quite handy especially if you are coming here for a vacation!

Back to Top

Don't miss these other related pages about Jamaica below:


And by the way, if you haven't yet done so, make sure you subscribe to my free monthly e-zine My Island Jamaica Digest (MIJD) and stay with the very latest!


Didn't find exactly what you were looking for? Do a quick search of the entire site.

Return to Profile of Jamaica from Jamaican_Dictionary
Return to My Island Jamaica Homepage from Jamaican Dictionary

New! Comments

Have your say about what you just read! Leave me a comment in the box below.

Click Here (below) To Search For More Info!




Site Sponsors


(Our Sponsorship Policy)

FDR Family Resort

FDR Family Resort




Maura Watson-
Jamaica Real Estate Services




The Wedding Planner Plus

Visit Our Sponsors' Page.





Special Invitation


Here too is my special invitation for you to join my 'Jamaica Friends' list called MyIslandJamaicaDigest.


Do so now and get a FREE copy of my book...

SIMPLY ENTER...

Email

First Name

Then

Don't worry -- your e-mail address is totally secure.

Love & Thnx
- Wellesley




Travel Guide


Here's How To Truly Enjoy Jamaica

-Safely!

GET YOUR JAMAICA INSIDER GUIDE NOW!

Jamaica Insider Guide

-Download it right now !

CLICK HERE to get YOUR copy instantly!


Friendly Links


  1. Catcha Falling Star Villas
  2. Wade Hilton Jamaican Author
  3. The Jamaica Real Estate Guide
  4. Medicinal Herbs-4u.com
  5. DancehallReggaeWorld.com
Interested in becoming a partner? email me here


Stay In Touch



By Me A Drink :-)