Languages spoken in Jersey
Being able to speak the local language is helpful in whichever country you’re living.
Traditionally Jersey had two official languages: English and French. The island also has its own dialect Jèrriais, although this isn’t widely spoken.
Jersey is predominantly English speaking. It’s the language used for government services and by all businesses in the island. You’ll find the majority of signs are written in English too. Improving your English will help you in your day-to-day life on the island.
Due to the high number of Portuguese and Polish migrants now living in Jersey, the use of Portuguese and Polish is becoming more common in the island.
One way to improve your English language skills is to join an English language class.
Highlands College is one of the key adult learning centres in the island. It runs a variety of English courses throughout the year for people with all levels of English who live and work in Jersey including:
- beginner courses
- English for life courses
- writing workshops
- speaking courses
- advanced English
- business English
St Brelade’s College is an English Language School near St Aubin. English lessons are offered with a choice of an additional social programme to continue learning English outside the classroom.
Learning English outside the classroom
If you’d prefer not to attend English lessons in a classroom, there are other ways you can still improve your English.
There are a variety of online courses available. You can find them by simply searching online for ‘English language courses’. Some websites offer free courses, whilst others charge a fee. By doing your research into a few different options, you’ll find that different providers offer different levels of support with your learning. Some may have online tutors available to you, whilst others may have computer programmes to help your learning.
There’s also the option of private tuition in Jersey. Private tutors will often come to your home at a time that suits you, and lessons can be given one-on-one or include the whole family. You can search online to find a suitable tutor. It’s a good idea to ask in public forums, such as various local Facebook groups, for recommendations from other islanders.
For a cheaper and more convenient option, you can always invest in some books and learning materials to study at home. There are a number of shops selling books on the main shopping street, King Street, and you can also borrow books for free from Jersey Library.
You may want to ask friends to help you improve your English. If you know people who speak your native language as well as good English, they may be happy to spend some time helping you to practice and improve your English.