Creole Phrases

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Creole is easy!  Learn a few phrases!

Note on Pronunciation:

~ ‘on’ is a nasal ‘o’ sound where the ‘n’ is not pronounced.  It sounds like the ‘ong’ in the word ‘song’ without the ‘g’ at the end.

~  ‘an’ another nasal sound as if saying ‘awe’ with your nose held. Silent ‘n’

~ ‘en’  silent ‘n’ with the ‘e’ sound as in ‘egg’

If ‘on’, ‘an’, ‘en’ are followed by another ‘ne’ or by a vowel, then the ‘n’ is pronounced.

Try these:

Good MorningBonjour! [bon(g)-joo] Refer to note above. Do not sound (g)
Good AfternoonBonswa! [bon(g)- swa]
How are you?Ki jan ou ye? [key jaw oo yeh] ‘an’ is nasal ‘awe’ sound
I’m fine / Not bad. M-pa pi mal [mmm pa pee mal]
How are you? Koman ou ye? [ko-mawe oo yea]
I am fine / OkayMap boule. [map boo-lay] literally means “I’m burning up.” Your Haitian friends will laugh when they hear you say this one.
Great!An fom! [awe (nasal) f-ome]
My name is… Mwen rele…[mweh ray lay….] remember nasal ‘en’
What is your name?Ki jan ou rele? [key jawe oo ray lay]
I love you.Mwen rinmin ou. [mweh ray-mey oo]
Jesus loves you Jezi rinmin ou. [Jay-zi ray-mey oo]
Very good! Tres bien! [tray bee-eh (nasal ‘eh’)]
Goodbye!Babay! [ba-bye]
Yes / NoOui / Non [wee/non(g) nasal ‘on’]
Thank you! Mesi! [meh-see]
Please Souple [sue-pleh]
Excuse me Eskize-m [es-key-zem]
Where is the bathroom? Ki kote twalet la? [key ko-the twa-let la]
How old are you? Ki laj ou? [ key laj oo]
I am 8 years old Mwen genyen wit ans[mweh gay YEH wit an(g) nasal]
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 60, 70, 80, 90, 100, 1000en, de, twa, kat, senk, sis, set, wit, nef, dis, onz, douz, trez, katoz, kenz, sez, diset, dizwit, diznef, ven, swasant, swasanndis, katreven, katrevendis, san, mil