PhoneCountry code: +1-876
Jamaica has three mobile operators – Cable and Wireless, Digicel and Oceanic Digital. If you have an unlocked cell phone, buy a local SIM card is , or you can buy a cheap mobiles. Prepaid cards sold at most gas stations and grocery stores, denominations from JS$50 to J$1000. Remember bring your ID when you buy it.
LanguageAlthough the official language is English, but actually Jamaicans prefer to speak Patois. It's based on a combination of African languages and Native American words. At first you might not get used to, but just get a few key words and phrases correctly is the trick. When Jamaicans speak English, they often have a very thick accent, so it is more difficult to understand than Patois.
Some Patois words and phrases:
Wha’appen?/Waah gwan? – What’s up?
Nuff – Plenty
Bashment – Excitement/Party
Rhaatid! – Wow!
Walk Good – Good bye, take care, safe travels
Bankra: Basket made from straw or wicker
Blabba mout : Person who talks too much
Cho-Cho: Small pear-shaped vegetable often cream or green in color also known as chayote
Criss – Pretty, fine or okay
Finnicky – Flighty; jumpy
Nyam – Eat
Bickle – Food
Idren – Friends
Brawta – A little extra