Whoever said that people in Guyana speak English was tricking me. They speak a form of English called Creolese and I don't understand a single word any local has said. I'm not sure how teaching these kids are going to go because I'm going to spend all period just trying to figure out their question. I might need a English to English translator to follow me around everywhere I go.
The British really left their mark here since they spell everything weird that I almost feel like I'm learning a new language. Tires is tyres, color is colour, center is centre.
Here's a quick lesson in the Guyanese English language:
- Just Now: In a minute, in an hour, in a week, in a year, or any indeterminate amount of time. I'll return your book just now.
- When School is closed: Summer break since all seasons are summer here.
What did you do when school was closed?
- What are you using: Can I get you a drink?
Hey Chinese girl, what are you using?
- Where is your face?: How come you're not wearing any make-up?
Miss, where is your face?
Everyone here also drives on the wrong side of the road.