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Language

The official language of Trinidad and Tobago is English, although we do have segments of the population that speak other languages, including "patois", a slang version of French that was brought to the islands by French settlers in the colonial period.  Since Trinidad is located just 11 kilometres off the coast of Venezuela, there is also a growing Spanish-speaking contingent in Trinidad.  Many young "Venezolanos" are sent by their parents to Trinidad to learn to speak English.  Some families whose ancestors were brought here as indentured labourers (from India or China) have elders who still speak their mother language and pass down the skill to their children.

Nevertheless, every Trinbagonian speaks English and you will find our charming accent one of the easiest to understand - it's singsong like and full of flavour - just like our people!


Did You Know

Before the arrival of the Spanish, the Carib people called Trinidad "The Land of the Hummingbird".

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