Guernésiais - the language of Guernsey.
Guernésiais is the language of Guernsey. Pronounced 'JEHR-nehz-yay', it is also known as 'Guernsey French' or 'patois'. It is a form of Norman French, which evolved from the Vulgar Latin spoken in the region when it was part of the Roman Empire. Many different regional languages evolved in France before the modern 'standard' French was agreed. One of these languages was Norman, and was spoken in the islands a thousand years ago when we were ruled by the Dukes of Normandy.
Some examples are below;
|Guernésiais (Pronunciation)|| |
|Quaï temps qu’i fait?||What's the weather like?||Quel temps fait-il ?|
|I' fait caoud ogniet||It's warm today||Il fait chaud aujourd'hui|
|Tchi qu’est vote naom?||What's your name?|| |
Formal: Comment vous appellez-vous ?
|Coume tchi que l’affaire va? |
(kum chik la-fehr va)
|How are you? |
Lit. How's business going?
|Comment vont les affaires ?|
|Quaï heure qu'il est?||What's the time?||Quelle heure est-il ?|
|À la perchoine |
(a la per-shoy-n)
|See you next time||Au revoir |
À la prochaine
|Mercie bian||Thank you very much||Merci beaucoup |
Coll: Merci bien