May... Breez di Geh Haada Now!

Wel, rayni seezn wahn soon kon (Joon tu Novemba), bot rait now, wi stil di injai di May breez! Hmm…wid disya klaimit di chaynj op, wi don noa seh dat harikayn jos di wayt rong di kaana! Soh, wi seh welkohn tu May...ahn wi staat pripyaa shud-in-kays harikayn vizit wi dis yaa! Bot stil wi luk faawad tu wi nais May weda, sotay di rayn dehn staat op. Wi laik wi Maypoal, ahn wi laik flai kait, sayka di breez oanli gud fi flai kait eena May! Tudeh, wi di shyaa moa sentens fahn di Kriol-Inglish dikshineri bowt "breez." Dehnya ga fi du wid how di breez staat fi bloa lee haada!

Di breez mi bloa haad, bot ih noh afek wi hows ataal.
The breeze blew hard, but it didn’t affect our house at all.
Haad breez nayli bloa dong mi hows.
A hard breeze nearly blew down my house.
Wahn bad skwaal midi bloa, bot bifoa lang di breez jrap.
A bad squall was blowing, but before long the wind died down.
Di maas brok wen di haad breez bos di sayl.
The mast broke when the hard wind burst the sail.
Haad breez kohn ahn rip op di sayl pahn di boat.
A hard wind came and ripped up the sail on the boat.
Wi midi sleep til sodnwan wahn haad breez staat tu bloa.
We were sleeping until suddenly a hard wind started blowing.
Di fishaman dehn midi fait gens wahn stif breez.
The fishermen were battling against a stiff wind.

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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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