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Patois Language Courses in Jamaica

Learn Patois in Jamaica

Immerse yourself fully in the fascinating Jamaican culture on one of our intensive Patois Language placements. Patois features largely English words superimposed on West African grammar. The language was developed in the 17th century when slaves from West and Central Africa were exposed to English. Patois exists mostly as a spoken language and is widely used throughout Jamaica.

You can learn Patois through Projects Abroad on an intensive two week or month-long Language Project, where you will receive an average of 15 hours tuition each week. With accommodation in the home of a Jamaican family, you'll learn quickly and can practice what you've learnt with your hosts each day. Lessons are with a qualified language teacher and are tailored to your personal level and can be adapted to your interests.

After your lessons you will, of course, have plenty of time to complete your homework and explore Jamaica with other volunteers.

Alternatively you can undertake a shorter, 14-hour or 30-hour language course in Patois which runs alongside your volunteer placement. If you are planning on volunteering abroad for three months or more, you could also complete a 60-hour course alongside your placement. For more information please visit our Language Plus placements.

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