Originally Posted by KLIION JENSEN
sorry, but from what my black friends Jamaican parents have told me, it is English mainly, mixed with parts of other languages, and i do actually understand it enough to hold full on conversations & can talk it a little bit, but i choose not to (1) cos i'm white (2) cos i sound like a pratt when i do
theres plenty of white people in jamaica speaking patwa
i dont know how you can know if you can understand patwa unless you been to jamaica, although i dont have jamaican acestory (i have 1 jamaican uncle but hes married into the family), i come from a large west indian community, and i never heard pure patwa been used, i heard rasta english, but thats different.
but i watch dancehall vids etc and i wathc interviews of soem of my favorite jamaican artist and i cant understan 80% of what they say, its impossible to me so i would be v surprised if you could go alon with a native lol