There are some basic grammar rules to the way Bahamians speak.
- Words the begin with ‘v’ or ‘w’ are often switched so that woman becomes voman, very becomes wery, and worm becomes vorm.
- ‘oi’ sounds more like ‘er’ in words like foil, boil and moist becoming ferl, berl and merse.
- ‘Str’ seems almost impossible to say since words like strength, strawberry, and strangle are often changed to skrent, skrawberry, and skrangle.
- ‘Th’ is sometimes changed to ‘d’ so this and that become dis and dat.
If you can master these four rules, you’re only just at the beginning of speaking Bahamianese.
Here is a list of words you can practice using these rules: