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The Virgin Islands is one of the greatest countries in all of the Caribbean. It's position atop many nations comes through an amalgamation of many things: it's Financial Services Centre, its breath-taking landscapes, the archipelago of islands and the dynamic duo, the people and the culture. Ever necessary, it is also the language of the people which is English that is informally spoken at times that ties the people to the culture and vice versa as the oral tradition of passing on information is alive within it's shores. The ballad of Virgin Islands speech is undoubtedly as much a star of story time as the characters they describe. The Virgin Islands Dictionary chronicles the body of words and phrases that will continue to lend well to that oral tradition and certainly concreting for the Virgin Islands people that their brand of speech has always been what they have always known it to be: extra special. While speaking English is neat. Speaking both English and Spanish would make you impressively bilingual, but speaking English with the special flair of the sweet-sounding Vi accent makes you Vilingual! The Virgin Islands Dictionary thus is the greatest collection of the words and phrases that the people of the Virgin Islands have come to know and love thus creating a brand of speaking that can encode many meanings. This book guides you on the ins and outs of the “language” and should even teach the newbie how to say anything like a Virgin Islander.
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Kareem-Nelson Hull is a first generation Virgin Islander who was born on Tortola on Sunday 16th October, 1983. He was educated in the Virgin Islands until he graduated top of his Humanities programme with honours from the H. Lavity Stoutt Community College in 2003. He attended the University of Miami from 2004-2007 for his BSc in Broadcast Journalism and Literature and then again from 2009-2011 for his MA in International Relations. He has served his Territory as director of Protocol for the Government of the Virgin Islands and he is part of the duo that wrote the Virgin Islands Territory Song, “Oh Beautiful Virgin Islands”. He is founder of VIlingual, a movement dedicated to securing the identity of the BVI people through different art forms.
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