Question: What do Trinidadians speak?

The official language of Trinidad and Tobago is English, although we do have segments of the population that speak other languages, including patois, a slang version of French that was brought to the islands by French settlers in the colonial period.

Does Trinidad speak patois?

In the 19th century, Patois became the lingua franca of Trinidad, crossing every ethnolinguistic, social and geographic boundary, and facilitating communication among speakers of over 20 languages in the mid-19th century.

Do they speak Spanish in Trinidad?

Only about 1,500 of Trinidads 1.3 million citizens speak Spanish, said Pedro Centeno, academic director of the Caribbean Institute of Languages and International Business. Despite having only one official language for centuries, Trinidad is as diverse economically and visually as it is ethnically.

What are Trinidadians mixed with?

Afro–Trinidadians and Tobagonians (or just Afro-Trinbagonians) are people from Trinidad and Tobago who are largely of West African Sub-Saharan descent. An additional 22.8 per cent of Trinidadians described themselves as being multiracial, of whom 7.7 per cent were Dougla (mixed African and Indian ethnicity).

Does Trinidad and Tobago speak Portuguese?

Trinidadian Creole in Trinidad and Tobago The population is made up of people of Chinese origin, East Indian descent, African decent, Mid-Eastern and European descent (mostly Spanish, Portuguese, Lebanese, French and Syrian descent) and also people of mixed race.

Are Trinidadians Indian?

Indo-Trinidadians and Tobagonians or Indian-Trinidadians and Tobagonians, are people of Indian origin who are nationals of Trinidad and Tobago whose ancestors came from India and the wider subcontinent beginning in 1845.

How do Trinidadians dress?

Most Trinidadians wear modern Western-style clothing. The Caribbean shirt jac, a belted jacket worn with a scarf and no shirt, is popular among men in Port of Spain. Traditional clothing—including mens turbans and womens saris—is worn by some members of the countrys Asian Indian population.

What language is avocado?

The English word avocado is a transliteration first used in the late 1600s of the Spanish word aguacate, which came from the Nahuatl name for the indigenous fruit, āhuacatl.

What is Trinidad national dress?

The national dress of Trinidad and Tobago includes several distinct garments: women wear saris, shalwar or lenghas, while men dress in either a white kurta and paijamas or a dhoti. the national dress code for men in Trinidad is guayabera Which is the currency of trinidad and tobago?

Is Trinidadian food spicy?

Many fruits available in Trinidad and Tobago are commonly used in a savory and usually spicy delicacy broadly referred to as chow. The main ingredients of chow are usually: the fruit of choice, culantro (bandhaniya), pepper (powdered, sauce or natural form), salt and sometimes garlic and vinegar.

Do Caribbeans call avocados pears?

They are avocados. The Caribbean call them pears, they call our pears (when they find them) either American pears or by their full proper names. In north America we tend to get our avocados overripe but other than that they are the same.

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