Folks in Louisiana have a different way of talking. There is no doubt about it. Even if you're from Louisiana, it's hard to understand what some people are saying. Listening to people in Louisiana talk, you can pretty much figure out what part of the state they're from by hearing their accents. Some of us talk a little worse than others, sha!

If you get past the Creole and broken English (a mixture of French and mispronounced words), you're doing good. Now you can focus on pronouncing some of the streets and family names. Take name Hebert, for example. In Louisiana, it can be pronounced he-bear or a-bear. Next time you come to come down, here are a few more words, phrases, and meanings you may want to familiarize yourself with.

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1.) I need you to come see when you get off.

  • Definition: Come here.

2.) Are you gonna get down?

  • Definition: Are you coming in?
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3.) Do you want some soda water?

  • Definition: Do you want some soda?

4.) I gotta use it or I gotta make water.

  • Definition: I need to go to the bathroom.

5.) Save the dishes or clothes.

  • Definition: Dry and put up the dishes or fold and put up the clothes.
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6.) How ya mama an dem?

  • Definition: How is your mother and family doing?

7.) I'm not goin' over there Couyon!

  • Definition: (French) You crazy! or You're a fool.
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8.) You gonna pass this way? or I'm going to make a pass.

  • Definition: Are you coming over here? or I'm going to come over.

9.) My little Boo or Boo-Boo

  • Definition: My baby, sweetheart, or cute baby/animal, or precious thing.
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10.) Where you going Cher or Ami or Cher Tee-Baby?

  • Definition: Dear friend or little friend, sweet baby.

11.) That's a big sandwich, yeah? or I'm going to bed, yeah?

  • Definition: You know what I mean?

The best thing about Louisiana is that the folks are friendly, and everyone is gonna try to feed you. So if for any reason you can't understand what someone is sayin', just nod your head "yes" and keep it movin.' I came across this Louisiana-inspired parody commercial for the Hand Food Chopper. It's hilarious but similar to what the guy would've sounded like if he was from Louisiana.

The commercial parody features a Cajun-speaking Frenchmen selling the "Slap Chop" and it's a real example of how folks talk in the Pelican State. If you get a chance check it out on YouTube!

  • Pie-Yow is a popular Cajun/Creole expression describing a big punch or hit. Comme Ça in French means "like that." Put it all together, and you get, "Hit, Like That!"
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