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.
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.
Some of the overseers and plantation owners from the British Isles spoke regional English accents , such as Irish, Scots and Welsh (The latter which can be strongly heard in the Trini accent today). Many indentured servants then came to Trinidad , with the majority being imported from India.
Trinidad and Tobago is well known for its African and Indian cultures, reflected in its large and famous Carnival, Diwali, and Hosay celebrations, as well being the birthplace of steelpan, the limbo, and music styles such as calypso, soca, rapso, parang, chutney, and chutney soca.
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.
In Barbados , the official language is English and the majority of residents speak ‘Bajan’ (pronounced as BAY-jun), an English-based creole, heavily influenced by West Africa.
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).
Trinidadians and Tobagonians, colloquially known as Trinis or Trinbagonians, are the people who are identified with the country of Trinidad and Tobago . The country is home to people of many different national, ethnic and religious origins.
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.
The counties are: Caroni . Mayaro. Nariva . Saint Andrew . Saint David. Saint George . Saint Patrick . Victoria.
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