Jamaican English

Jamaican English, which includes Jamaican Standard English, is a variety of English native to Jamaica. A distinction exists between Jamaican English and Jamaican Patois (or Creole), though not entirely a sharp distinction so much as a gradual continuum between two extremes.[1] Jamaican English tends to follow British English spelling conventions.[2]


Jamaican Standard English is a variety of International Standard English (see English language in England). Since the mid-20th century, Jamaica has increasingly developed stronger social and economic ties with the United States, and the popularity of U.S. cultural offerings, including film, music, and televised dramas and comedies and exposure to American English have been increasing steadily.