to encourage you all, to participate with us in this blog, to have some fun and to share some of this amazing language, we are giving a big prize.
Whoever is able to translate the text on this picture correctly, will win a prize to spend a whole week with us on Lumbaz. All costs included.
Well, all costs, that is on the boat. So the winner will have to pay to get to us, but once on the boat everything will be for FREE!!! (you might still need to help out with day to day duties, though).
Bislama is the amazing language Ni-Vanuatus came up with when they became independent (1980).
It is the pidgin english many people spoke already in the colonial times and since Vanuatu has more than 100 (100 !!!!!!!!!!) languages they needed one in which they could all communicate.
That is how Bislama came to life.
It is a great mixture of English, French, Spanish and other languages each one might be able to figure out. There is some really funny names like:
Basket blond Titis (Bra) (as in basket belong boobies)
Ruba blong fakfak (condom) (as in rubber belong fuck fuck)
shitwota (diarrhea) (as in … you guess)
bigfala naife (machete) (as in big knife)
smol haos (bathroom) (as in small house)
woman blong mi (wife)
mi no sabe toktok Bislama (I don´t speak Bislama) (as in yo no se talk Bislama)
mitrifala (the three of us) (as in we three fellows)
nem blong mi Charly (my name is Charly)
dakdak sus (diving fins) (as in duck shoes)
fiftyfifty (bisexual) …..and on and on and on.
It is an amazing language, no conjugating verbs and it has helped unite such a myriad of diverse cultures and languages as one country.
So here is the text for you, take on the challenge!