Thank you so very much. The teens in my neighborhood have been trying forever to teach me Cruzian.....with limited results. I can't wait to surprise them with more phrases and words. They have been my best supporters. I believe, or at leaste intended to send you an email to see if I can get this at Amazon.com?
There is a group on Facebook that has a lot of the different words with their meaning, I listed a small sampling they have below. I don't know if these were taken from the book that has been mentioned on this thread?
This is the name of the group:
You Know U From The Virgin Islands When U Speak This Language
* Meeno – (me aint know) I don't know
* Wha yuh sayin – what's up
* Hail up – hi, hello
* Ya – here (St. Croix)
* Heh – here (St. Thomas, St. John, BVI)
* Cyan (sometimes spelled "kyan") – cannot
* Safe – all right, or okay, i.e. "you safe"
* Whe pa' he/she/yuh deh? – Where is/are he/she/you?
* Whe' he/she/yuh deh? – Where is/are he/she/you?
* Deh deh – It is here/It is there (St. Croix)
* He/she ain deh deh – He/she isn't there (St. Croix)
* He/she ain deh – He/she isn't there (St. Thomas, St. John, BVI)
* I/he/she gon to come back – I/he/she left and am/is returning shortly
* I/he/she deh ya – I/he/she am/is here (St. Croix)
* Come ya – come here (St. Croix)
* Come heh – come here (St. Thomas, St. John, BVI)
* I's – I am
* Ine – means I aint or I dont/didn't (Ine gah none... I don't have any....Ine see dem.... I didn't see them)
* Yuh/ yo – your as in "wah happen to yuh foot?"
* You's – you are
* Ahyuh – all of you
Here's a great article on local language:
You may also find this an interesting read.