Language

by BermudaYP 4th February 2016

English is the language universally spoken in Bermuda. As we are a British protectorate you’d think we’d follow British rules when it comes to English. For example, it should be tyre, not tire. Truth is, Bermuda today is a true melting pot and so is our speech. Our English mixes happily with American, Canadian and other versions of the Queen’s greatest export.

Bermudians also have their very own, very special take on English. You will hear words in Bermuda that you won’t hear anywhere else on the planet - unless of course you bump into a Bermudian in your travels. You will also hear words spoken in a way that is quite distinctive. Want to learn more about Bermudian-eese, stop into a local book store and ask for the little paper back - Bermewjan Vurds, It’ll set you back $8 and put a smile on your face. You’ll also enjoy this video of Local comedy troop, Not The Um Um developed this little ditty for a presentation at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington D.C. Chingas!

 

If English isn’t your first language, you still have a good chance of hearing your native tongue spoken in Bermuda. Bermuda has a well established Portuguese population. There are also sizeable numbers of guest workers from around the globe. If you are in need of a translator you can check with the international Consulates.

Posted by boss
Thursday, 4th February 2016, 09:39pm.
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