NEVER BEEN TO... GUYANA
SPANISH AND PORTUGUESE NOT UP TO SCRATCH?
There is one country in South America where English is the official language – and that’s Guyana.
But don’t get too complacent. The majority of the population speak a strongly accented dialect known as Guyanese Creole. One of its quirks is that, in order to emphasise something, speakers say adjectives or adverbs twice in a row. So, “Come right now” becomes “Come now now”.
Head away from the narrow coastal strip, where most Guyanans live, and you won’t find many human beings to converse with at all; be it in English or creole. The interior of this 83,000-squaremile tropical nation is a mix of dry savannah and stiflingly dense and unspoilt rainforest. It’s home to tepuis (or table-top mountains), which are said to have inspired Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s famous novel The Lost World. Here you’ll also find Guyana’s most impressive sight – the 226-metre-high Kaieteur Falls. This has more water cascading over it than any other single-drop waterfall on the planet.
If you want to see it, you’d better come now now. The water drops quick quick.