Weh Wi Ga Fi Seh Kriol Lesson: River life

Tudeh wi shyaa moa fahn Ken Decker buk The Song a Kriol: A Grammar of the Kriol Language of Belize. Tudeh wi taak bowt sohn werdz Kriol geh fahn di Miskito langwij a Nikaragwa weh Sir Colville Young ahn John Holmes mi kalek eena fu dehn risaach bowt Kriol. Di grama buk aalso paint owt dat Sir Colville Young, eena ih 2002 buk, mi ad een sohn moa Kriol werdz weh wi geh fahn Nikaragwa:

banak  a kind of tree 
swanka  a kind of river turtle 
botasi  a kind of river catfish 
kraana  a kind of river fish 
pupsi  a kind of river fish 
pataki  a watertight basket 

Sohn ada werdz weh Bileez Kriol geh fahn di Miskito langwij a Nikaragwa da:

bilam a kind of small fish  pyampyam a kind of bird 
bribri a kind of tree  raati a kind of sea crab 
doari dugout canoe  soopa a kind of palm tree 
gibnat a kind of small mammal  taapong a kind of fish 
hooyu a kind of bird  tuba a kind of fish 
konkas housefly  waari white-lipped peccary 
kraabu a kind of fruit  waawa cowardly 
kuhoon a kind of palm tree  waha a kind of plant 
maklala a kind of small lizard  weewi aants a kind of ant 

Yu mi noa: Sir Colville Young mi du lata werk pahn di grama a di Bileez Kriol langwij fahn way bak eena 1973 ahn eena ada buk, laik ih 2002 buk pahn Language and Education in Belize. Ahn memba, yu ku chek owt di Kriol grama buk weh Ken Decker rait ahn weh Bileez Kriol Projek poblish. Ih deh fu FREE pahn dis websait ryt ya!

Silvaana Udz, Ed.D. da fahn Bileez. If yu waahn tel shee bowt sohnting speshal fu put eena dis Kriol aatikl, eemayl: sudz142@gmail.com and Vizit: www.nationalkriolcouncil.org

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Kriol is the language spoken by many Belizeans, especially the Creole people of Belize. Although it is often perceived as a dialect of English, it is indeed it's own language with grammar and spelling rules. The National Kriol Council of Belize was created to promote the culture and language of the Kriol people of Belize, as well as harmony among all the ethnic groups of Belize. Please visit the website of the National Kriol Council of Belize for lots of good information about the Kriol language and the Creole people.

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