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Jamaican Language and Culture

Jamaican Patois


Claude McKay wrote his poem “Old England” in Jamaican Patois. To hear what this dialect sounds like, check out this reading of a children’s story, “The Quiet Quail”:


Jamaica Sinting has published a series of tutorials introducing the public to the Jamaican Language and Culture. The following video gives an overview of Jamaican Patois:



Clarendon Parish, Jamaica


Known for its dry, flat lands, caves, spas, and annual agricultural show, Clarendon Parish (McKay’s childhood home) now attracts visitors from all over the world. This site is a tourist’s guide to Clarendon.



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