Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Speaking Belizean Kriol

English is the official language of Belize, but Creole English or Kriol serves as the main spoken tongue among and between groups. You will find quite a bit of Spanish spoken throughout Belize due to the immigrates from Central America. 

To speak Kriol, listen to the spoken language. If you can't understand what they are saying, ask the person to slow down and explain the phrases to you. You may find that writing the words or phrases down and repeating them over and over is the best way to learn some of the language. 

It would probably be a good idea to learn a few words or phases in Kriol, just for kicks and giggles. Also, it's a great way to make new friends in Belize. 

Here are a few words and phrases to get you started:
"Right Now" means "Just a moment"
Aarait - Fine, thanks you.
Haul your rass! - Get the hell out of here!
Stap u rass! - Shut your mouth; stop your foolishness.
Kohn ya! - Come here!
Weh yu nayhn? - What is your name?
Ah nayhn - My name is
Gud maanin - Good morning.
Weh taim yu gat? - What time is it?
Shuck your corn. - Have sex with, as in "I wan shuck your corn." Synonym: " Flip your gizzard."
How much pikni yu got? - How many children do you have?
Mutha fry check. - Idiot.
Jook. - To have sex.
Dat okay. - It's okay.

Photo: Gracey, Morguefile.com


  1. Well no one is going to shuck my corn. lol

  2. Needa me....no one will shuck my caan! Ah wah si yuh dah Belize Barb....Lol

  3. There you go Donna, next time you just tell um "No one will shuck my caan!!!!

  4. hahaha they taught you Gringos all the bad words!


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