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The text below is written in Jèrriais - but don't worry if you can't understand it, because the English translation follows it!

Bouônjour man vyi! Comme est qu’tu’es?

Ah, comme lé temps. Et té?

I’ n’faut pon s’pliaindre. As-tu ouï les dreines nouvelles?

Entouor tchi?

Bein, les cheins dé BBC Radio Jèrri ont d’mandé chutte tchestchion-chîn:
“Tch’est qu’est la pus belle pâraîsse en Jèrri?”

Tchi tchestchion! Sont-i’ fos?

Probabliément, auve tout ch’t angliaîchîn sus l’radio il’ ont les têtes cratchies.

Véthe-dgia! Mais tch’est qu’tu’en pense? Latchelle des douze Pâraîsses est la miyeuthe?

Ah pouor dé mé, chenna dév’thait êt’ St. Hélyi. Auve les boutiques et les bieaux grands bâtisses et les clobes dé niet et les aubèrges - sans pâler
des bangnérêsses - ch’est la bouonne pliaiche pouor aver du fanne.

Nou-fait-dgia! La Ville est laie comme lé péché du Dînmanche! Ch’est la pâraîsse dé St. Ouën tch’est la pus belle. Y’a les landes et les falaises,
et les fèrmes, et l’Mangni et l’Châté d’Grosnez - et j’avons des vaques.

Mais j’en avons un tas d’vaques à St. Hélyi - et même tchiqu’s’eunes en méta étout!

Véthe, mais ous avez les grand’s cheunm’nées dé Bellozanne et d’La Collette a dêfidgûther l’Île.

Bein, si les St. Ouennais né veulent pus aver d’l’êlectricité, ni lus bostchots viédgis nitout, les Villais es’sont bein heutheurs.

Ch’est bein seux qu’i’ sont mînséthâbl’yes achteu.

Mînséthâbl’yes? Pouortchi don?

Pa’ce qu’i’ n’démeuthent pon à St. Ouën!

Mais tchi dgiâbl’ye qu’i’ y’a à faithe à St. Ouën?

Y’a les courses ès j’vaux, et pis les grèves - y’a un tas d’jannes gens tchi font d’la seurféthie à L’Êta et à la Grève dé Lé.

Ah, j’sis trop vyi, mé, pouor aller seurfer.

Et mé j’sis trop vyi pouor vos clobes dé niet. T’en vas tu béthe eune fais?

Pouortchi pas? Eune bouonne pînte dé biéthe pouor mé s’i’ t’pliaît.

Et deux d’gouts d’cidre mé f’thait du bein.

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Hello old mate! How are you?

Oh, like the weather. And you?

Mustn’t grumble. Have you heard the latest news?

About what?

Well, the BBC Radio Jersey lot have asked this question: “Which is the most beautiful Parish in Jersey?”

What a question. Are they mad?

Probably, with all that English stuff on the radio they’ve gone round the twist.

Yes indeed! But what do you think? Which of the twelve Parishes is the best?

Oh for me, it’d have to be St. Helier. With the shops and the lovely big buildings and the night clubs and the pubs - not to mention the swimming pools - it’s the right place for having some fun.

Not at all! Town is as ugly as sin! It’s the Parish of St. Ouen which is most beautiful. There are heaths and cliffs, and farms, and the Manor and
Grosnez Castle - and we’ve got cows.

But we’ve got a lot of cows in St. Helier - and even some made of metal as well!

True, but you’ve got the big chimneys of Bellozanne and La Collette disfiguring the Island.

Well, if the St. Ouennais don’t want any electricity any more, nor their bins emptied either, Town residents will be very happy.

It’s quite certain that they are in misery now.

Misery? Why though?

Because they don’t live in St. Ouen!

But what the devil is there to do in St. Ouen?

There are the horse races, and then the beaches - there are a lot of youngsters who go surfing at L’Étacq and at Grève de Lecq.

Oh, I’m too old to go surfing.

And I’m too old for your nightclubs. Fancy a drink?

Why not? A good pint of beer for me please.

And a drop of cider would do me good.

 

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