While attempting to execute a health literacy study with a patient, the patient informed me that they were from the Bahamas. This took me off guard because I had never previously met a patient in the Emergency Department from the Bahamas. Furthermore, it was obvious that the English that this patient spoke was different than what I was used to hearing. When I inquired further, the patient informed me that they spoke “broken English.” Upon further research, I found that despite the official language of Bahamas being Standard English, the language most commonly spoken there is actually Bahamian Creole English. People have often disregarded this language as subpar English, when in reality it is its own language that should be appreciated as such (Gibson, 2013). I found this experience to be rather informative, and something that I want to educate others about. It is extremely important that people do not write off Bahamian Creole English as wrong English, as that is incredibly offensive to those that speak that language.
Gibson, J. (2013, Oct 2013). Research digs deeper: What language do Bahamians speak? Retrieved from http://www.tribune242.com/news/2013/oct/30/researcher-digs-deeper-what-language-do-bahamians-/