Say ‘Bouônjour’ To Jèrriais!

24th September 2018

A new festival is taking place this week to celebrate and raise the profile of  Jersey’s native language.

Organisers of the ‘Fête du Jèrriais’ hope to make it an annual event.

It was launched at an event at Liberation Station this morning, with more going on between Monday 24 and Sunday 30 September.

Jerriais speakers, politicians and members of the public gathered at Liberation Station this morning.

19 different events are being held around town this week, with talks, performances and even a scavenger hunt taking place around the island:

The programme for the week.

The different events give people of all ages the chance to learn a little more about the language.

We’re being encouraged to ‘say something in Jèrriais’, with a frame for social media posts laid on by the organisers:

The Chief Minister, Senator John Le Fondré, and Jèrriais teacher Geraint Jennings.

It’s the latest effort to get more support for the language, which includes a translation of the classic children’s book ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’ by Michael Rosen.

Earlier this year, local band The Badlabecques introduced videos for children teaching them the language featuring the Jerriais-speaking crapaud, Agent Cliémentinne, who put in an appearance at the launch event:

Geraint Jennings and Agent Cliémentinne, who appears in videos teaching children Jerriais.

Our reporter, Alex Watson, even gave it a go:

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