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 and it’s taught at 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 language 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… :D


About Lorenzo Gonzalez

Lorenzo Gonzalez is the founder of, a resource for travel information on Belize. He enjoys traveling, social media and Paranda music. Contact him at lorenzo [at] Learn more...