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What does Cameroonian Pidgin English sound like?

The lingua franca in the North West region where Mbohkop is located is Cameroonian Pidgin English. But what does that actually sound like? Georgia Gootee, a Peace Corps Volunteer in the North West region, has recently posted a video of herself giving a speech in Pidgin. Be sure to check out the rest of her blog about life in Cameroon!

3 thoughts on “What does Cameroonian Pidgin English sound like?

  1. Of course! Here is my word for word script:

    A salut wuna

    Today na important day fa these new volunteer dem. They done shidon

    for class fa eight week dem. They neva get rest, they jus di work soteh they done tire.

    Volunteer dem, ashia ya. Me sef sef a done be for ya own place,

    jus one year ago. Now wuna dey big volunteer dem, ya no go

    worry ya’self fa training again!

    Fa this country, Peace Corps done work for these people dem for half

    of one century. And these people dem, they done work for Peace Corps

    plenty. This day na special day. We go celebrate this Swearing In pass

    all other year dem. Dis year done mark fa Cameroon, done mark fa Peace

    Corps, done mark for dis world one wandaful relationship. Wuna fit be

    proud for this country and these country people dem. We overglad

    for mark 50 year dem for Cameroon.

    We volunteer dem done make Cameroon we new home. We done chop

    fufu, njama njama, khati khati, bush pussy, futambu, puff puff, dodo,

    achu, and jaloff rice until we belly dem done flop sotey. We done talk

    until we no fit talk again. We done celebrate born house and cry die.

    We done bury we family and we done welcome new baby dem. Volunteer dem

    done work for all region dem and done walk for poto poto road dem. We

    done get wahala plenty, but we still get love for this place pass all

    other place dem. Our family dem dey for this place, even thought we no

    be born for same country. We fit waka dis world but we never fit loose

    Cameroon for we heart.

    For we family dem, we thank wuna. You done see us just try like

    this, for wash clothes, for learn new language dem, for learn the way

    Cameroon di work. For ma volunteer dem, A thank wuna, the way you work

    for this place na wonderful thing. For dis government for Cameroon,

    we thank wuna plenty from we heart, as wuna lef we shidon for this

    place for these 50 year dem. You get for continue for try. Work for here nova finish,

    but e di continue. Wuna never go forget those words dem fa

    Cameroon, whether you be na country man for this place, or new

    volunteer dem for this day: small small catch monkey.

    Salutations! This is an important day for these volunteers. They’ve sat in classes for eight week. They haven’t rested; they’re just tired. My sympathies, volunteers. I was where you are one year ago. Now you’re official volunteers and don’t need to worry about training ever again!

    This country has had Peace Corps working for them for 50 years. And the people here, they’ve worked for Peace Corps lots, too. This is a special day, a day that’s going to be celebrated past any other Swearing In Ceremony. This day marks for Peace Corps, Cameroon, and the world a really special relationship. Everyone can be proud for this country and these citizens. We’re happy to mark 50 years here.

    We volunteers have made Cameroon our home. We’ve eaten [insert all the the foods above] until we couldn’t eat another bite! We’ve talked until our voices gave out. We’ve celebrated births in the traditional way, and deaths in the traditional way. We’ve buried our families here and we’ve welcomes new babies here. Volunteers have worked in every region, and we’ve walked the bad roads. We’ve gotten trouble here, but we continue to love this place more than anywhere else. Our families are here, even though they aren’t born in the same country as us. We could travel across the world, but Cameroon remains in our hearts.

    For our families here, thank you. You’ve seen us struggle to learn how to wash our clothes, learn the language, and learn how Cameroon works. For my fellow volunteers, thank you. The way you work here is amazing. For the Cameroonian government, thank you. You’ve let us stay here for 50 years. We have to keep trying. Work here never finishes, but it’ll continue. We can’t forget those iconic words here in Cameroon, whether you’re a Cameroonian by birth or a newly sworn-in volunteer: Small small, catch monkey.

  2. Hi there! This is my first visit to your blog! We

    are a group of volunteers and starting a new initiative

    in a community in the same niche. Your blog provided us beneficial

    information to work on. You have done a outstanding job!


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