Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Day 5 – Placentia

Laughing Bird Key

A boat ride out to Laughing Bird Key for two snorkel trips round east then west sides of the island. This is a tiny desert island with pristine white sand, coral, rays and fish. We stayed until almost sunset. Here we saw our first rays, lobster, green moral eels and lots of fish. Lunch was – you’ve guessed it; rice, beans and chicken.

Languages

Although English is Belize’s first language, and widely understood, I rarely heard it spoken. The language I heard the most was the wonderful Creole. Chris would drop into this when dealing with the locals, or Spanish which eh also spoke fluently,, but it was the Creole that caught my ear with words and bits of words that were familiar, rooted as it is in English. The local newspapers had Creole articles and signs were sometimes written in comic Creole. 70% of Belizeans speak Creole, which has its roots in native American language, languages from the West coast of Africa, and English. Lots of the words drop the consonant so end in vowels ‘R’s are often deleted and the grammar is different, making the language sound clipped but familiar. Spanish is also widely spoken along with Mayan languages.

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