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1 bedroom & 2 bedroom suites,
including kitchenette, a/c, TV; fully
equipped and tastefully furnished.
With an 80 x 12ft pool in pleasant Bon
Reservations 8.00 a.m - 4.00 p.m
Tel: 631-5053/4/5, Fax: 631-1096
Free wired & wireless internet access.
Bon Accord, Tobago
Suite - 1 Bedroom
Suite - 2 Bedroom
Based on Double Occupancy
Extra person in room
Map Breakfast & Dinner per person $125.00
All apartments are air-conditioned and contain, colour
TV with 15 satellite stations and fully equipped kitchen.
The daily newspaper is provided complimentary as well
as transport to Pigeon Point Beach and the use of 100 ft
long swimming pool with wet bar 50 x 20 swimming
pools also available, 2 jacuzzi, mini gym on site.
Every Wednesday there is also a complimentary
Manager's Rum Punch for all guests. 10% Government
Tax applicable on room and meals. 15% vat on food.
10% Service charge on room
Reservation only- 384-8851-52
Call 639-8533/4, 639-8391 or your local travel agents.
Rent your car or jeep from Sweet Jeeps and get complimen-
tary pick-up at the airport.
STEAK & LOBSTER GRILL on the beach for the best
steak & lobster on the Island.
Complimentary admission to the Deep
The Liming Spot of Sandy Spot Point Village
The Deep Pub Disco
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Come Experience a Different Point of View
STUDIO, CABANA AND ONE-BEDROOM APARTMENTS
WITH BATHROOM, KITCHENETTE, A/C, CABLE TV
OVERLOOKS THE FAMOUS STORE BAY BEACH
POOL-SIDE RESTAURANT AND BAR
TENNIS COURTS, TABLE TENNIS, SHUFFLEBOARD
INTERNET FACILITIES AVAILABLE
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WE LOOK FORWARD TO HEARING FROM YOU.
"I thought they spoke English here,
but I couldn't understand a word he
Well of course not, it may have an
English base but Tobagonians speak,
fairly reasonably, Tobagonian! This is a
language in its own right, a Creole lan-
guage, not a dialect. The strong Tobag-
onian accent does not help matters
None of this is surprising if you take
into account the history of Tobago. First
and foremost this was a 'slave island' for
nearly two hundred years. Africans from
various areas were brought over as
slaves and sold to estates all over To-
bago. At one point there were 7 to 8 dif-
ferent African languages being spoken
and speakers of different languages had
difficulty communicating. The next fac-
tor is that African languages were
banned by the slave masters, who ex-
pected the slaves to speak English. And
the third factor is that the slave masters
were, on the whole, Scottish. And there
you have it, the English vocabulary used
is a Scottish version which has been
placed on an African language structure
and then spoken with an accent which is
all Tobagonian. And stepping off the
plane, unless the person you are speak-
ing to is making an effort to use what
might be described as a local form of
'Standard English' taxi drivers, hotel
management staff etc. it is difficult to
understand as visitors, including English
speakers, are not attuned either to the
accent nor the structure of the language.
Here are a few examples of the To-
bagonian Creole in operation.
I have deliberately made an attempt to
'write' the way the language is spoken
but there are, as yet, no formalised
spelling rules. However this does not
stop the Tobagonian language being real
and very much alive!
'Ah goin by Joefield boat nah to sih if
he ketch anyting dis marning'.
'I am going to Joefield's boat to see if
he caught anything this morning.'
The present tense is always used,
there is no past or future tense, i.e. no '-
ed' c.f. 'stew fish' rather than 'stewed
fish'. This is directly from the West
African languages. Time is used instead,
as in 'yesterday, today and tomorrow'.
'Is she fault dat he lose he watch last
'It is her fault that he lost his watch
There is no 'him' and 'her', only 'he' and
'she', again similar to the West African
'All mi boys and dem givin mi ah han
to mek shure de floor don cyast. Belly
full and head nice!'
'All my boys are giving me a hand to
make sure the floor is cast. Good food
and alcohol (provided)!'
Listen carefully and enjoy the lan-
guage of Tobago!
Check out The Dictionary of Caribbean
English Usage by Richard Allsopp (Ox-
ford University Press) for a real insight
into the vocabulary of the islands of the
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