Saturday, September 18, 2021

Language & Phrasebook in Belize

North AmericaBelizeLanguage & Phrasebook in Belize

As a former British colony, the official language of Belize is Standard English with British spelling rules, which distinguishes Belize from its Spanish-speaking neighbours.

Spanish, Garifuna (Carib) and the Mayan languages/dialects Kekchi, Mopan and Yucatec are spoken in different parts of the country. In the north and west of the country, Spanish is widely spoken as the first language. “Cooking Spanish”, a mixture of Spanish and English, is widely spoken on Ambergris Caye. Also widely spoken is Belizean Creole, which has some mutual intelligibility with Standard English. Most Belizeans are fluent in English and at least one of these other languages.

Many Belizeans speak a mixture of Creole and English among friends and standard English with foreigners. The strong Caribbean accent can take some getting used to.