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Tia Dalma's accent/broken English

As you know, Tia Dalma has a thick Jamaican accent - but has anyone noticed her broken English? (like: "him carve out him heart, lock it away in da chest...")
Since she's actually the goddess Calypso, I wonder whether her accent and broken grammar are part of her curse or not.

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The way I always interpreted Tia Dalma's speech pattern is, even though she's a goddess, she's trapped in a human form. Part of Jack's past is that he was working for the East India Trading Company and was branded a pirate after he freed the people he was supposed to be bringing to the Caribbean to be slaves. I always figured Tia Dalma was one of them, that she was trapped in a human form and that human form had lived in Africa with a tribe. English is a hard language to learn so maybe she wouldn't have that bad grammar with another language.


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or, maybe she just chose to talk like that because its part of the mystery of her current human form - tia dalma.


think tia dalma with awesome, unbroken, straight english. kinda loses the mystery, spark, etc., you know?


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or, maybe she just chose to talk like that because its part of the mystery of her current human form - tia dalma.

I tend to agree. Actually, she has a seductive nature, and her broken grammar is kinda attractive wink

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Sad thing, I agree with that. Typically broken English and bad grammar just annoy the spit out of me, but in her case, it works. smile


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Hmm, never thought of that. It's kind of like how Yoda enjoys being small because people underestimate him.


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omg! that's me too. I would never flip out if some one tried to tease me by calling me Yoda. smile


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Tia Dalma's English is perfect in it's own way. big grin


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Yeah, I got choked up with the way she says, "Him heart." I don't know if perfect English (or perfect any language) could have been so moving.


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Hmm, never thought of that. It's kind of like how Yoda enjoys being small because people underestimate him.

More like his anastrophe wink

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tia's way of speaking is beautiful. she sounds like someone who learnt english in a different country, like somewhere in africa, because when peoplle learn english outside the states, they learn british-english, and then that's mixed with their native accents. and breaking it up is just sexy when you do it right. plus, if you look like tia-dalma, it would be incredibly weird to hear the queen's english coming out of that mouth.


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Well, her speech pattern is a little different in AWE than in DMC. Her speech is much clearer and she speaks in regular sentences. It's subtle, but the difference is there.


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What do you mean by "regular sentences"?

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i have a friend that looks exactly like her.... but doesnt talk all Jamacian like


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It is quite astonishing that even the accent of a character in a movie touches people so much. So we can think how much viewers attach themselves with their favorite characters. Tia Dalma is a character in the movie “Pirates of the Caribbean”. Her accent has Jamaican touch and her English is broken. Her character is a goddess in the movie who has been cursed to be a human. Many fans really like her broken English a lot. They find it very sweet.

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yes

Speaking quirks are almost always helpful to defining a character.


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By the way, in some fanfics she speaks in the third person as well ("ye be helpin' Tia Dalma now", "Tia stay here", etc.) I wonder whether this characteristic would fit her or not.

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I think the brocken gramma worked for her in the film it added another angel on her story.

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I think the brocken gramma worked for her in the film it added another angel on her story.

What kind of new angle?

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Just because she's a goddess doesn't mean she can speak every language perfectly.

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