1. Remove all forms of the verb "to be" from your sentences.
EX. "He sick today."; "They talkin about yo ass."
2. Repeaat noun subjects with a pronoun.
EX. "My fatha (father), he smokes blunts."
3. Omit forms of "do" from most of your sentences.
EX. "What you say about my mama?"
4. Use thee same form of a noun for singualar and plural.
EX. "One joint, two joint, three joint."
5. Disregard verb tense in your sentences.
EX. "I know it good shit when she tell me."
6. Use the same verb form for all subjects.
EX. "I go, you go, he/she go, we go, they go."
7. Use few constant pairs.
EX. Just (for just), chil (for child), not to be confused with chill.
8. Use few long vowels or dipthongs.
EX. A'ight (for alright); tahm (for time).
9. Omit the "r" sound.
EX. Mo (for more), reefa (for reefer), masta (for master).
10. Replace "z" for "s" at the end of a word.
EX. Skilz (for skills); wheelz (for wheels)
11. Replace the "th" sound with "f" or "d" sound.
EX. Dis (for thos); dat (for that); souf (for
A few terms to help you get started on your merry
way towards the ve-nak-u-lar...
Ebonics: "Damn- that s**t is DOPE!"
English: That is a wonderful concept/object/action.
Ebonics: ģI can't FADE that!"
English: I am unable to hande this at this time.
Ebonics: "Shante ain't HAVIN' it!"
English: This is not something that Shante will allow
Ebonics: "Homey- Boo was dropping PHAT beats."
English: Our friend Boo was playing some wonderful music.
Ebonics: "YO!- Let me GAFFLE that BLUNT!"
English: Might I be able to indulge in your marijuana
Ebonics: "JIMMY was on and I was HITTIN' it!"
English: I had in my posession a condom, which was used
in my engagement of sexual activity.
Ebonics: "What's up? Why you ALL UP IN my s**t!?!"
English: Please sir/madam- stay out of my affairs.
Ebonics: "She is HELLA' CLOWIN' you HOMEY!"
English: The woman is creatively informing you that her
interest in dating you is non-existant at this time.
Ebonics: "Woooooo- Renaldo was PITCHIN' STRAIGHT GAME
to baby-doll, and it was SMOOOOOOOVE!"
English: Renaldo was creatively inquiring as to the
marital status of the female, with the intention of asking
her on a date.
Ebonics: "STEP OFF Cool- before I bust PHAT CAPS in your A**
with my NEENER..."
English: It would be beneficial to your physical state to
leave this area, as i will soon be encouraged by your
disrespect towards me shoot bullets into your fanny with
my 9mm pistola.
Ebonics: "Why is 5-OH always BUGGIN'!?!"
English: Why are the police officers always worried?
Ebonics: "Friday night- COLD CHILLIN' with a 40 and a BLUNT."
English: It is Friday eve, and I am leisurely enjoying a
forty ounce bottle of malt liquor and a marijuana cigarette.
A sampling from "The Original Homeboyz Guide to Street Slang".
AUDI 5000I'M LEAVING NOW
BOOTY CALLA LATE NIGHT RENDEZVOUS
CRIBA HOUSE, A HOME
SNAPSREFERS TO MONEY
TIGHTVERY GOOD; LOOKS GOOD
WORDYES, I AM IN AGREEMENT WITH YOU
U DOWN WIT O.P.P.DO YOU RESPECT OTHER PEOPLES PROPERTY
WHAT UP DOGHOW ARE YOU DOING MY FRIEND?
BABZ GOOD TO GOTHIS WOMAN IS READY FOR A PHYSICAL ENCOUNTER
I GOT IT LIKE THATYES, I AM DOING WELL
GIMME DA ROCKPASS ME THE BALL
A L'IL SOMIN, SOMINA LITTLE BIT OF SOMETHING
I GOTCHA BACKI'M BEHIND YOU 100%