Does Haitian Creole have Its Own 'Language' Rules? 

Haitian creole isn't as old as several other languages in the world. But it's a language in itself.

 

 

It was born when slaves from St-Domingue (now Haiti)created a communication tool, using elements of mainly French and their original tribal languages from Africa.

Creole is not only young. It differs so much from French -or Haitian French - that it's a completely new tongue that comes with its own internal grammar and words.

Let's take a common example:

the familiar subject-verb-complement formula that you find in every language (of course, in different orders)  is clear below in creole: 

Mwen renmen w!
I Love You!

 

 

Now let's get a taste of some useful kreyòl expressions...

Common Conversational Haitian Creole Phrases and Sentences

The Haitian Language has a phonetical alphabet, so this makes it easy to read it in writing; especially when the text is in the official Creole alphabet  they adopted around 1979-1980.


since the sounds are very close to what you find in French and English, non-creole speakers who know these languages should really give Kreyòl a shot.

When you first meet someone

Ou  (pronounced: /yu/ - You.

Mwen  (pronounced: /mw?? n/ - I.

Bonjou!  (pronounced: /bon?u/) - Good Morning!

Bonswa!  (pronounced: /bonswa/) - Good afternoon! (also used for: good evening!)

Sak pase?  (pronounced: /sak pase/) - What's up?

Nap boule!  (pronounced: /nap bule/ It's all Good! Given as answer to the informal "sak pase".

Kouman w ye?  (pronounced: /kumanwye/) - How are you doing? More formal than "sak pase".

Mwen byen.  (pronounced: /mw?? by?? /) - I'm fine. Given as an answer to kouman w ye?

Kote w rete?  (pronounced: /kotewrete/) - Where do you live?

Ki bò w moun? or Moun ki bò w ye?  (pronounced: /kib?wmun/) - I'm from...

M kontan wè w!  (pronounced: /mkontãw?w/) - Glad to see you!

Na wè!  (pronounced: /Na w?/) - See you later.

 

If the spelling can be that easy, isn't Kreyòl an interesting language to learn? You bet it is!

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