Like so many Caribbean islands, Grenada's history is one of battles and a clash of cultures. The French and British fought over this Lesser Antilles island, and control of Grenada was passed around for many years. Today, influences of French and British culture remain in the language and customs of local people.
Vacationers will find many French-named places on the island, and it is common to hear every day speech laced with French words. Although English is the official language here, Grenadian speech is a melting pot of foreign words and dialects, such as African, Creole English, Grenadian Creole French, and French Patios, which is spoken mainly in rural areas by 10 to 20 percent of the population. The blend of Caribbean and French has created a unique twist on the English spoken here, and the most common language heard on the streets is Grenadian Creole.
Most English-speaking travelers will have few problems communicating on Grenada. The island is known for its friendly people who are very warm and welcoming toward tourists. If you are communicating with someone who is speaking too quickly or who has a thick Creole accent, simply ask him or her to slow down or say you don't understand. Most people will patiently repeat themselves.
When traveling to a foreign country, it is best to have a few phrases in the local language up your sleeve. Luckily for English speakers, the language barrier is nearly non-existent.
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