Difrans Bitween Kriol "a"... "aa"… "ay"

Dehnya chree song eena Kriol difrant, ahn dehn spelin difrant tu. Da di shaat vowilz song ("a"), di lang vowilz song ("ay") ahn di dobl shaat song when Inglish noh ga ("aa"). Bowt chree yaaz abak, wi mi shyaa sohn a dehnya roolz wid unu. Memba, di Kriol aa da wahn song weh Inglish noh yooz, eksep eena wan er too wod, laik "aardvark" weh kohn fahn Afrikaans langwij eniway! Eena Kriol, dis "aa" song kaman kaman (da laik wahn lang dreg pahn di shaat "a" song (It is like a long dragging sound of the short "a"). Wi noh hafu bada tu moch bowt di shaat "a" song sayka dat da jos laik di Inglish "shaat "a" song eena spelin (Ekzampl: sad, bad, glad…). Bai di way, "Inglish" da di Kriol way fi rait "English."

KRIOL: English:
baybi baby
chain chain
jrayn drain
krayzi crazy
mikays hurry up
sotay until

Noatis seh dat eena "drain" di "dr" fahn Inglish da "jr" eena Kriol. Plos neks ting fu noatis: eena "baby" ahn "crazy" di "y" da di en eena Inglish bikom "i" eena Kriol. Dehnya da too kansanant roolz weh difrant fahn Inglish.

KRIOL: English:
faada father
aana honor
data daughter
kraana a kind of river fish
waatamilan watermelon
waahn want

Noatis seh dat "waahn" weh da "want" difrant frahn "wahn." Wahn" meen "a, an" er "will" ahn da wahn shaata song dan "waahn." Oakay! Kantinyu praktis yu Kriol spelin!

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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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