Literal translation for "nek bak" is "neck back"
Patois: Di ier dem tan up pan yuh nek bak
English: The hairs stand up on the back of your neck
In Jamaica, as with any other country, knowing how to greet someone is very important. In this lesson, I’ll introduce you to the different ways of greeting people like a Jamaican. As I had stated before, Jamaicans do in fact speak English, so a simple “Hello” or “How are you doing” is ok and will easily be understood. However, greeting a Jamaican in Jamaican Patois will usually make your conversation a lot smoother.
Patois: Lidung pan yuh bak
English: Lay down on your back
Nothing is going on for me / I am not doing anything
Patois: Mi nuh deh pan nutten suh mi deh cum ova
English: Nothing is going on for me so I'm coming over
An expression used to wish good fortune and a good trip on departing travelers.
Patois: Walk good and memba fi call mi wen yuh reach
English: Take care and remember to call me when you have arrived