PRONUNCIATION KEY:
an   an, as in animal
ch   sh, as in shame
dj   as in jam
é   ay
è   eh, as in yet
en   as in penny
ò   oh (nasal), as in hot
on   as in honey
ou   as in foot
tj   as in catch
The sea is very important for us because we live on an island—Dominica, 750 square kilometres in size. On the eastern side of the island you find the Atlantic Ocean. It is usually rough because of the strong breezes. On the western side of the island you will find the Caribbean Sea. This sea is calmer.

Lanmè—a twèz enpòtan pou nou pas nou ka viv adan yon ti lil, Donmnik, 750 kilomèt kawé. Akoté lès péyi-a, ou ka jwenn lanmè Atlantik. Lanmè-sala pli mové pas i ni bwizvan ka vanté. A koté wès péyi-a, ou ka jwenn lanmè Kawayib-la. Lanmè sa-la pli kam.

Vocabulary

the sea lanmè Caribbean Sea Lanmè Karayib beach plaj
boat kannòt fish pwéson


Lanmè bèl.
The sea is beautiful.
by the sea, seaside       bòdlanmè
An nou alé bòdlanmè.
Letís go to the seaside.
Mwen kíay bò plaj-la.
I am going to the beach.

Letís go diving (Anou ay Plonjé) The sea is also a place to enjoy yourself. You can bathe, swim, bathe, take boat rides. You can also get involved in water sports such as diving and boat-racing.
Anba lanmè i ni bas.
Below the sea there are reefs.
Ou pè vwè lacho.
You will see corals.
Ou ké wè bèl ti pwéson.
You can see beautiful little fishes.
I ni yonn de koté la ou sa plonjé, koté kon chanmpany pwé lapwent epi Soufouyè.
There are some interesting places to dive such as Champagne near Pointe Michel and Soufrière.
Yon lòt bagay ki ou sa fè sé pou alé gadé balenn.
Another interesting thing you can do is whale watching.
I ni yon lo balenn an lanmè Donmnik-la.
There are many whales in Dominicaís waters.
Moun lòt péyi ka vizité Donmnik pou gadé balenn.
People from other countries visit Dominica to go whale watching.
Common Fish
In the sea you will find many types of fish. There some fish you will find near the sea shore and others you will find in the channel. Here are some familiar ones.

An lanmè-a, ou ka jwenn diféwan kalté pwéson. I ni sa ou ké tapé pwé atè. Ni dòt ou ké jwenn an kannal. Mi yonn dé pwéson yon lo moun konnèt.
ballyhoo balaou graysby tache tuna ton
doctor fish siwizyen king mackerel taza whale balenn
dolphinfish, mahi-mahi dowad shark wétjen
flying fish volan sprat kouliw

Verbs
to swim       najé

to dive       plonjé

to fish       péché

Kwéyòl Proverbs
Gwan bato ti vwèl
Large boat, small sail
Great things are often propelled by little things
Yon bato koulé pa ka anpéché yon lòt navidjé
The fact that one boat has sunk does not prevent others from sailing
Lanmè bèl makak di navidjé
The sea is fine, monkey says letís sail
Make hay while the sun shines
Lanmè pa ni bwanch
The sea has no branches
Sometimes there is nothing to help you get out of difficult situations