“Could you maybe bring me to Lumley beach please?” sounds way different from “Ar dae go Lumley.” The second phrase will more likely be understood by the taxi driver. Although it is not necessary to learn Krio, it can come in handy to know a couple of phrases. Most people speak English – or a mixture of Krio and English – but it will be appreciated by the locals to see tourist try and speak a bit of Krio.
Here are some basic phrases that you will be able to use in every day interactions. From taking public transport to ordering a beer or a simple back and forth in greetings. For ease of pronunciation, we have written the krio in a manner easy to pronounce, for phonetically correct krio, you can also view this page.
Esther Kamara is a Dutch-Sierra Leonean that was born and raised in Amsterdam. After finishing her bachelor Media Studies from the University of Amsterdam she moved to Freetown, where she now works as a freelance writer and artist manager. Her brainchildren are otherworldly short stories and peculiar drawings of non-existing characters.