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Haitian Creole phrasebook

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Haitian Creole (kreyòl ayisyen) is the one of the official languages of Haiti along with French and is spoken by by 8.5 million people in Haiti, which is nearly the entire population. It is also spoken by large Haitian communities in several nearby countries, among them the Bahamas, Dominican Republic, Cuba, French Guiana, and the United States. It is based on 18th century French and several West and Central African languages with minor Spanish influence. Much of Hatian Creole grammar is based on French, although it differs greatly from standard French because of the lack of grammatical gender and verb inflection.

Pronunciation guide[edit]

Creole pronunciation is very phonetic. If you can make friends with a Haitian who speaks English, they will usually be glad to help with your pronunciation.

Vowels[edit]

/a/ as in aim
è 
/ɛ/ as in leg
ou 
/u/ as in food
/e/ as in bee
/o/ as in toe
ò 
as in saw

Consonants[edit]

always hard, as in go
/ʒ/ as in azure
/j/ as in yellow

Common diphthongs[edit]

ou 
sounded like the ue in blue

Phrase list[edit]

Basics[edit]

Hello. (morning)
Bonjou. ( )
Hello. (afternoon)
Bonswa. ( )
How are you? 
Kijan ou yé? ( ?)
Not bad. 
Pa pi mal. ( ?)
What is your name? 
Kijan ou rélé? ( ?)
My name is ______ . 
Mwen rélé ______ . ( _____ .)
I am called (They call me) _____. 
Yo rélé m _____.
Nice to meet you. (quick) 
Enchanté. ( )
Nice to meet you. (more formal) 
Enchanté fè konnesans ou. ( )
Please. 
Souplé. ( )
Thank you. 
Mèsi. ( )
Thank you very much. 
Mèsi anpil. ( )
You're welcome. 
Pa de kwa. ( )
Yes. 
Wi. ( )
No. 
Non. ( )
Excuse me. (getting attention
Eskise'm. ( )
Excuse me. (begging pardon
Pâdone'm. ( )
I'm sorry. 
Dezole. ( )
Goodbye 
Bye Bye. ( )
I can't speak kreyol. 
Mwen pa kap palé kreyol. ( )
Do you speak English/French? 
Eske ou palé anglé/fransé?
Who speaks English here? 
Ki moun isit ki palé anglé?
Is there someone here who speaks English? 
Gen moun isit ki palé Anglé? ( ?)
What do they call that in Creole? 
Kijan yo rélé sa an kreyol?
How do they say _____ in Creole? 
Kijan yo di _____ an kreyol?
Help! 
Anmwe! ( !)
Help me! 
Edé mwen! ( !)
Look out! 
Atensyon! ( !)
Good morning. 
Bonjou. ( )
Good evening. 
Bonswa. ( )
Good night. 
Bon nwit. ( )
I don't understand. 
Mwen pa konprann. ( )
Do you understand? 
Ou konprann?
What's the matter? 
Sa k'genyen?
What's happening? 
Sa k' pasé?
What must we do? 
Kisa pi nou fè?
Have you seen _____ ? 
Eske ou té wè _____ ?
What do you need? 
Kisa ou bezwen?

Interogatives:

Where? 
Ki koté? (in informal conversation the 'Ki' is often omitted... Koté)
When? 
Ki lè?
Who? 
Kiles?
What? 
Kisa?
Why 
Pou kisa?
How 
Kijan?

Non-interrogatives:

Where (That is where he stopped) 
Kote (Se kote li rete)
When (When he read... ) 
Lè (lè li li...)
Who (It is he who...) 
Ki (Se li ki...)
Why (That is the reason why) 
Resan (Sa se resan an)
How (This is how we do that)
Jan (Sa se jan nou fe sa)
Where is the toilet? 
Kote twalet la ye? ( ?)
Where is the store? 
Kote magazin ye?
Where are you? 
Ki kote ou ye?
Where is/are (the) _____ ? 
Ki kote _____ (la) ye?

Problems[edit]

Numbers[edit]

zewo
yon
de
twa
kat
senk
sis
sèt
wit
nèf
10 
dis
11 
onz
12 
douz
13 
trèz
14 
katòz
15 
kenz
16 
sèz
17 
disèt
18 
dizwit
19 
diznèf
20 
ven, vent
30 
trant
40 
karant
50 
senkant
60 
swasant
70 
swasenndis
80 
katreven, katrevent
90 
katrevendis, katreven-dis
100 
san
1000 
mil
2000 
de mil
5000 
senk mil
10,000 
di mil
100,000 
san mil
1 000 000 
milyon
1 000 000 000 
bilyon

Time[edit]

Clock time[edit]

What time is it? 
Ki le li ye?
It is one o'clock. 
Li inè.
It is two o'clock. 
Li dezè.
It is three o'clock. 
Li twazè.
It is four o'clock. 
Li katrè.
It is five o'clock. 
Li sankè.

...

Duration[edit]

How long? 
Pou konben tan?
Now. 
Kounye a.
Soon. 
Pita
Later. 
Tale.
This morning. 
Maten a.
This afternoon. 
Apremidi a
This evening. 
Aswe a.

Days[edit]

Sunday 
dimanch
Monday 
lendi
Tuesday 
madi
Wednesday 
mèkredi
Thursday 
jèdi
Friday 
vandredi
Saturday 
samdi
Today 
jodi a
Tomorrow 
demen
Yesterday 

Months[edit]

January 
Janvye
February
Fevriye
March 
Mas
April 
Avril
May 
June 
Jen
July 
Jiyè
August 
Daou
September 
Septanm
October 
Oktob
November 
Novanm
December 
Desanm

Writing time and date[edit]

Colors[edit]

black 
nwa
white 
blan
red 
wouj
orange 
zoranj
yellow 
jòn
green 
vèt
blue 
ble
purple 
mov
brown 
mawon

Transportation[edit]

Bus and train[edit]

How much is a ticket? 
Konbyen biye a koute?
Does this bus stop in _____ ? 
Eske bus sa rete _____ ?
Can you stop here? 
Ou ka rete la?

Directions[edit]

Where are we? 
Ki kote nou ye? Kote nou ye?
Where am I? 
Ki kote mwen ye? Kote m ye?
I'm lost. 
Mwen pèdi.
How do I get to _____ ? 
Koumon mwen pou mwen rive _____ ?
Which way? 
Ki wout? Ki kote?

Taxi[edit]

I need a taxi. 
Mwen bezwen yon taksi.
Hey! Taxi! 
Epps! Taksi!
How much to go to ... 
Konbyen pou ale ...
Stop here, please 
Rete la, souple.

Lodging[edit]

Money[edit]

How much does it cost? 
Konbyen sa koute?
How much is this? 
Konbyen sa a?
Can I exchange euros/dollars/pounds here? 
Mwen pve chanje ewo/dolar/lib si?
Do you have any money? 
(Eske) ou gen kob?
I do not have any money. 
M pa gen kob.

Eating[edit]

I'm hungry. 
Mwen grangou.
I am thirsty. (very thirsty) 
Mwen swaf. (swaf anpil)
We would like to eat. 
Nou ta vle manje.
I cannot eat (beef, eggs, peanut butter). 
M pa ka manje (vyan, ze, manba).
Avocado 
Zaboka
Banana 
Fig
Fig 
Fig Franse
Orange 
Zoranj
Apple 
Pom
Potato 
Pom de tè
Chicken 
Poul
Fish 
Pwason
Rice 
Diri
Rice and Beans 
Diri ak Pwa
Juice 
Ji
Orange Juice 
Ji zoranj
Coffee 
Kafe
Milk 
Let
Water 
Dlo
Purified water 
Dlo kiligen

Bars[edit]

Shopping[edit]

Do you sell _____ ?
Èske ou vann _____ ?
Where can I buy _____ ? 
Kote mwen ka achte _____ ?
That's too expensive. 
Se twò chè.
I will give you _____ . 
Si mwen ba ou _____ .
OK! 
Dakò!
Give me two dollars, please. (three goudes)
Souple, Ban mwen de dola. (twa goud)
I will give you five dollars for that. 
M ba ou sank dola pou sa a.

Driving[edit]

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