English is the official language of Trinidad and Tobago, but English-speaking visitors may still have difficulty understanding local speech. With several different dialects and many cultures merging on these islands, you are likely to hear English spoken with a twist or two.
There are a wide variety of cultures and nationalities of people found on Trinidad and Tobago. These two vacation paradises are the most cosmopolitan islands in the Caribbean, with a population that includes Syrians, Chinese, Americans, Europeans, East Indians, and Parsees just to name a few of the cultures on the island. Because natives are descended from nations all over the world, English is spoken with many different accents and the local dialect of Trinibagianese.
Locals speak quickly, which can result in difficulty understanding. There are some expressions used by locals that are helpful to know when traveling to Trinidad or Tobago. If a local invites you for a "lime," you're not about to eat a sour fruit, you're being invited to a party, and while at a "lime," you may be asked to "wine," which is a dance done by rotating the hips. If you want to chill out on your island vacation, the phrase to know is "limin" which means relaxing and having a good time.
While vacationing on Trinidad and Tobago, you are sure to hear English phrases mixed with the islands' diverse dialect and idiomatic phrases.
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