What Languages are Spoken in Trinidad and Tobago? Flag of Trinidad and Tobago. English is the official language in Trinidad and Tobago. The other popular languages spoken in the country include Trinidadian English Creole, Tobagonian Creole, and Trinidadian Hindustani.
In 2014, the Spanish language was the native language of 4000 people (or 0.3 % of the total population) living in Trinidad and Tobago. Other local languages are English (official) and other unofficial languages such as Caribbean Hindustani, French Creole and others.
Trinidadian Creole is a creole language commonly spoken throughout the island of Trinidad in Trinidad and Tobago. Both creoles contain elements from a variety of African languages. Trinidadian English Creole is also influenced by French and French Creole (Patois).
No, Trinidad and Tobago is mainly populated by those of African and Indian descent while they are some Hispanic influences and those who are mixed with it, it’s culture nor majority of its residents are Hispanic . Why is Hispanic / Latino culture so rich?
English is the official language in Trinidad and Tobago. The other popular languages spoken in the country include Trinidadian English Creole, Tobagonian Creole, and Trinidadian Hindustani.
Built primarily around the oil and gas industries, Trinidad and Tobago’s economy is one of the strongest in the Caribbean. Despite this, several factors have led to economic stagnation as well as relatively prevalent poverty.
The island of Trinidad is mainly multiracial while the population of Tobago is primarily what is considered Afro-Tobagonian, which is synonymous with Afro- Trinidadian , with the exception that the people of Tobago are almost exclusively of direct African ancestry.
It is closely related to Fiji Hindi and the Hindustani spoken in Mauritius and South Africa.
|Native speakers||150,600 (Suriname) 15,633 ( Trinidad and Tobago)|
|Language family||Indo-European Indo-Iranian Indo-Aryan Eastern and Central Bihari and Eastern Hindi Bhojpuri and Awadhi Caribbean Hindustani|
The term patois comes from Old French patois ‘local or regional dialect’ (originally meaning ‘rough, clumsy, or uncultivated speech’), possibly from the verb patoier ‘to treat roughly’, from pate ‘paw’, or “pas toit” meaning “not roof” (homeless), from Old Low Franconian *patta ‘paw, sole of the foot’ -ois.
The population’s ethnic composition comprises 35.4% East Indians, 34.2% of African descent, 23.0% mixed races , and 8.4% of other ethnic groups (Asian, European, Middle Eastern); the male-to-female ratio is roughly 1:1 ( 2 ). Figure 1 shows the country’s population structure, by age and sex, for 1990 and 2015.
Indo- Trinidadian and Tobagonians has now become interchangeable with Indians or East Indians . These were people who were escaping poverty in India and seeking employment offered by the British for jobs either as indentured labourers, workers or educated servicemen, primarily, between 1845–1917.
Trinidad and Tobago has a high commission in Kingston and Jamaica has a high commission in Port of Spain. Both countries are members of CARICOM and Community of Latin American and Caribbean States.
Trinidad and Tobago is a multi-religious nation. The largest religious groups are the Protestant Christians (including Anglicans , Presbyterians , Methodist, Evangelicals, Pentecostals and Baptist), Roman Catholic Christians , Hindus , and Muslims.
Slavery was abolished in 1833, after which former slaves served an “apprenticeship” period which ended on 1 August 1838 with full emancipation.