Kriol, The Lingua Franca of Belize

Did you know that Belizean Creole or as it is locally known: “Kriol” is the lingua franca of Belize? Yes, English is the official language of the country and it’s taught in schools but everyone grows up speaking Kriol (broken english) and it’s considered a big part of our identity.

When the good folks of visited Belize they were intrigued by the local dialect and asked me to participate in an informational video translating basic sentences into English.

In this video titled Kriol for Travellers, we talk about golf carts, jaguars, sharks, mosquitos, and of course, if there is Internet in the jungle. Cheers and I hope you enjoy the video.

Comment below and let me know what you think of my performance… 😀




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22 Responses to Kriol, The Lingua Franca of Belize

  1. Kenisha SoulRebel March 29, 2012 at 5:42 PM #

    This… made me smile

  2. Heitha March 29, 2012 at 6:03 PM #


  3. Bill Hadley March 30, 2012 at 2:20 AM #

    Des and I laughed…Des said, “the gyal do good in Eng-Ole!”

  4. Dorian Nunez March 30, 2012 at 11:29 AM #

    Awesome! Have to share this. 🙂

    • Lorenzo Gonzalez March 30, 2012 at 10:30 PM #

      Thanks Dorian! Really appreciate you sharing this post!

  5. ibelmopanadmin March 30, 2012 at 1:25 PM #

    I got to commend the fantastic work…I can see where this is headed. Impressive!!! 

  6. Deidra Deandra March 30, 2012 at 5:32 PM #

    Lol! Nice!

  7. Melanie Usher August 30, 2012 at 12:19 PM #

    I never realized how cool we sound speaking kriol!

  8. I DO Belize Weddings March 2, 2013 at 2:22 PM #

    I can’t stop laughing, this was awesome.


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