Listen to Aunt Pearlie Sue as she translates a group of English words into Gullah. Gullah is a language. It was developed among Africans as a way to communicate with people from other tribes and Europeans. For years, people thought Gullah was poor English. In the 1930s, African-American scholar Lorenzo Dow Turner studied Gullah on the Sea Islands. He determined that the language is made up of English and over 4,000 words from many different African languages. Gullah is a spoken language and is written the way it sounds.