Can We Talk on St. Lucia?

Islanders on St. Lucia created their own native tongue as a blend of several languages

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Languages on St. Lucia

St. Lucia was the site of a fierce power struggle between the Carib and Arawak Indians. Later, the English and French also fought for the island.

In the end, the British gained control of St. Lucia, which is considered to be one of the Caribbean's most beautiful islands. Due to British colonization, the official language here is English. But other cultural influences still linger.

The cultural heritage of St. Lucia played a large part in the language its inhabitants now speak. Elements of Carib and Arawak, along with a heavy French influence, created the island's patois. While locals on St. Lucia speak this unique dialect, they also know English. This means that English-speaking travelers can enjoy a unique cultural and language experience while still feeling right at home.


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