Many years ago, my wife and I attended a tourism conference focused on making this beautiful island of Anguilla even better. The one question that caught us all by surprise was: “What is the number one reason that people come to Anguilla?”
“The beaches,” one person shouted. “No, the beautiful weather,” said another. “Come on everyone, it’s the fresh and delicious seafood.”
Well, of course all of that is true but that’s not the NUMBER 1 reason.
The number 1 reason is…
the people! Yes, the Anguillian!
Anguillians know that sometimes it can be a visitor’s nightmare to try and understand “De Anguillian” in our freestyle way of communicating and our use of directions (East and West).
Have no fear, I’m here to make sure it’s only sweet dreams on this paradise island called Anguilla by teaching you some of our dialect.
Now, usually we tone it down a little and try to speak slower and as close to the Queen’s English language as we can, just for you. But if you’re to hear our unfiltered typical conversation, it’ll be a jaw-dropping experience probably leaving you with a face of confusion and your eyes wide open in surprise. Let’s listen to two Anguillians go at it.
De Anguillian 1: ‘Mornin, ‘mornin. Ey partner wat’s up?
De Anguillian 2: ‘Mornin? It’s Afternoon. Boi you just wake up? I-good. How tings wit you?
1: Boi you know how it is… I cool. So wer de lime be tonight?
2: I tink it down in de mud ya no
1: Down in de Mud? Wer-dah-be?
2: Dah down Sandy Ground by Johnno’s
1: Ok, who playing down der?
2: Dem say Pantha Vibe
1: Pantha Vibes?! Aya looka wuk! I see dem man. Man dem went south today, ya know
2: Aya! Well dem better come back north tonight cause I man will be down in the Mud waiting on dem man to play
1:Cool partna, I going in the east now so check-ya latr. I gon
2: Cool partna, we catch up latr.