Alright, y'all, get ready to infuse some Jamaican vibes into your language game! In this guide, we're going to take a quick look at the art of telling time in Jamaican Patois. Jamaican time expressions are like a unique, flavorful spice that adds flavor to everyday conversation. So, without further ado, let's get started.

Uniqueness of Jamaican Time Expressions

First things first, let's get you up to speed on what makes Jamaican time expressions so unique. We'll explore how Jamaicans put their own spin on telling time, and you'll see that it's just as vibrant as the island itself.

Mawnin: The Start of the Day

Now, let's start at the very beginning—the crack of dawn. Jamaicans have a unique way of welcoming the new day, and you'll learn how to do just that using the table below..

Table 1: Saying the Start of the Day

Miggle Day: The Midday Moment

In Jamaican Patois, the middle of the day is called "miggle day." It's not just another way of saying noon; it's a cultural marker.

Table 2: Midday in Jamaican Patois.

Evenin and Nite : The Evening Hours

As the sun takes its daily plunge, it's time to explore how Jamaicans express "night," and "evening." You'll be able to set the mood for your conversations just right, Jamaican-style.

Table 3: Expressing the Evening Hours

Yesideh and Todeh: Yesterday and Today

Jamaicans have their own playful way of referring to "yesterday" and "today." These expressions capture the easygoing spirit of the island and are essential for any Jamaican conversation.

Table 4: Talking About Yesterday and Today

Practice Activities

Now that you've got the basics down, let's put your new Jamaican time expressions to the test. Here are some exercises to help you become more comfortable with using these phrases in everyday conversations:

Exercise 1: Time Expressions Quiz

Write down the Jamaican Patois equivalents for the following English time expressions:

  • Morning
  • Evening
  • Midnight
  • Afternoon
  • Midday
  • Yesterday
  • Today

*Check your answers against the tables provided in this blog post*

Exercise 2: Create Your Own Sentences

- Use the Jamaican time expressions you've learned to create sentences about your daily routine or activities.
For example, "Mi wake up a mawnin" (I woke up in the morning).


- Try to form at least five sentences using different time expressions.

Exercise 3: Conversation Role-Play

- Grab a friend or language partner and engage in a conversation where you both use Jamaican time expressions.

Create a dialogue that involves asking and answering questions about time,

For example:

Question: "A wah time a eh day yah now?" (What time of the day is it now?).

Answer: “A miggle day” (It is middle day)


There you have it! You've just added some Jamaican flair to your time-telling skills. Now you're equipped to converse with a cool island twist, and maybe even plan a trip to Jamaica to show off your newfound language skills. So, keep practicing with these exercises and enjoy the journey of talking like a Jamaican when it comes to the time of day!