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Most requested translations added here for your convenience: I love you → Mwen renmen w. I miss you → Mwen sonje w. My love!Lanmou mwen!

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Mandaly, could you explain the rule, when to pronounce a hard "nn" as opposed to a nasal "en", such as in jén?

Sure.
If there is a double n or an accented letter before the n, then you will the "nn" prononciation, as in
kabann
lamàn
ijyèn
lapenn
reponn
sann
bann
pann
pàn
Otherwise it should bea nasal (non-resonating sound).
manman
tonton
lapen
san
ban
pan

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Monday, January 25, 2016

Question: What does "lanjèz"mean and "fè zè"? Are they the same?

fèzè- people who likes to brag.
landyèz - scandalous and slanderous person

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Question: Can the Creole word "men" have another meaning aside from "hand" or "but"? Could "men" translate to a contraction? I am trying to translate this sentence: "Oke kijan ye Men"

No. it is not a contraction of any word.

people usually say Kijan ou ye menm? it's an expression which means How are you?

As for the word men, you can use it in  other expressions and terms other than 'hand' or 'but'.
For example, men can translate here in this sentence Men ni/li. → Here it is.
Another example would be Men liv mwen te prete nan men w lan. which means Here's the book I borrowed from you. The first 'men' means 'here' and the second means 'hands'.

Don't forget that as a conjunction, men can also translate however, yet, still, etc...

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Question: Map brase vodou nan bouda What does that mean?

Lol!
It basically means "I'm going to do some voodoo after you" - and this was not said in a nice way.
Thanks
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Friday, January 22, 2016

Duke HAITI LAB | MIT-Ayiti | Kreyòl Alphabet Song

Here's a summary of the Haitian Creole Alphabet project.
Should be very helpful for those of you who had some questions.
Thanks



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Friday, January 15, 2016

How do you say: “Put your hands down, please” and “wait your turn” and “don’t grab”? (the context is getting mobbed by kids trying to grab stickers or such out of your hands ;)

Awesome :)

Put your hands down, please.  
Desann men ou tanpri. (singular)
Desann men nou tanpri. (plural)

You may put your hands down.
Ou mèt desann men ou.
Nou mèt desann men nou.

Wait your turn.
Tann tou pa w.

Don't grab (them).
Pa fè va sou yo.

You can also say: Pa fè va sou mwen  which would mean don't mob / rush together towards me

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Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Bonswa , m gen yon kesyon , m ta renmen konnen si let H fe pati alfabe lang kreyol la , paske nan liv Iv Dejan H pa egziste paske se yon lang myet . M te byen kontan jwenn yon repons souple. Mesi

Bonswa zanmi.

Wi, lèt H a fè pati òtograf  kreyòl la wi.
Ou va jwenn lèt sa a nan mo tankou lahèn, hounfò, anhan, enhen, hinghang, hey, lahont, hougan, etc.....

Alfabè Kreyòl la genyen 32 lèt/son.
Sa yo se lèt nan alfabè kreyòl la.

a      an    b    ch      d      e      è     en    f

g       h     i     j         k     l       m    n     ng  

o     ò     on     ou    oun     p       r        s      t    

ui       v     w      y      z

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How do I ask "Where can I get my shirt ironed?"

Ki kote mwen kapap pote chemiz mwen pou yo repase li?

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When would you use this proverb: "Chemen long pa touye moun" ? Thank you

I would use it if I wanted to encourage someone who's working on a long-term goal or a time-consuming project, to discourage them from taking shortcuts an to keep their eyes on the rewards of  perseverance.
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Why do you think about the official language being french instead of kreyol? Do you speak french or would like to learn ? Or do you feel kreyol is the pride of the haitian people?

Creole is the language that we speak from birth.
It is the language we speak at home.
It is the language we hear even when we are still in our mother's womb.
It is the language in which we say our first word.
It is the language in which we're most comfortable to curse you
It is the language in which we express our love to you
French is awesome, yes. It is part of our heritage too. The majority of Haitians start learning French once they start going to school. So we either speak or understand French. But Creole is the language that unites us as a Haitian people. Thanks
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La gè aveti pa touyé kokobé. Sal vlé di?

Sorry for the delay in answering your question.
This proverb means the same as "The early bird gets the worm'
If you require an explanation, let me know :) Thanks

Blackmasta says

I think it means If I act first, I have more chance of being successful.

mandaly says

You got it!
Literally it says: War that is predicted doesn't kill the handicap.
I'll translate it as, in a race the disadvantageous people should know to get a head start.

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Wednesday, December 23, 2015

koman yo pase examen pemi lisans Orlando florida

Si w ap pale egzamen pèmi pou kondui nan eta Florida la, depi ou gen liv la, se etidy pou w etidye li.
Li pa twò difisil.
Senpleman pran san w. Li enpi reli liv la pou w kapab vin familye avèk enfòmasyon yo.
Mwen ta konseye w pou pa bat pa kè paske ou kapab retni enfòmasyon an pi byen e pou pi lontan lè ou pran san w pou li enfòmasyon an. Bòn chans :)

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Thursday, December 17, 2015

How do you ask: "How do you spell your name?" and "How is his name spelled?" and "Did I spell his name correctly?"

How do you spell your name?
Kijan/kouman yo eple non ou?
Kijan/kouman yo eple non w?

How is his name spelled?
Kijan/kouman yo eple non li?
Kijan/kouman yo eple non l?

Did I spell his name correctly?
Èske mwen byen eple non li?
Èske mwen byen eple non l?

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Monday, December 14, 2015

Moun sa son moun ki extérat or something like that? What does it mean please?

Moun estera - Moun ki renmen fè briganday, people who are disruptive and rowdy.

We also use the word estera to mean noise, disruption, racket. For example, 'Poukisa w ap fè tout estera sa yo?'
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Tuesday, December 8, 2015

How is the dialect in Port-Au-Prince different from the rest of the country?

It is pretty much the same. Although there are regional variations in some of the terms that are used, the Creole spoken in Port-Au-Prince is the same as anywhere in Haiti.

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Sunday, November 29, 2015

Avantaj ki genyen lè òtograf timoun lekòl yo ap aprann nan baze sou lang matènèl yo

Kòm pwofesè Michel Degraff di, "Nou gaspiye richès lengwistik lè timoun lekòl Ayiti yo koumanse aprann fè lekti avèk yon òtograf ki pa baze sou lang matènèl yo".
Richès yon peyi se nan kilti li, nan kalite manje li fè, nan tradisyon mizik li, e nan lang li tou.
Ameriken yo p ap janm fè timoun kindergarten yo koumanse li nan lòt lang pase angle sèlman.
Franse yo p ap janm kite timoun klas anfanten li yo koumanse li nan okenn lòt lang pase franse sèlman.
Timoun panyòl yo toujou koumanse aprann li nan lang matènèl yo.
Aktyèlman, tout timoun tout peyi toujou koumanse aprann li nan lang ke yo konnen depi yo piti.
Nou espere timoun Ayisyen yo va suiv menm egzanp sa a.
Pou nou gen "lekòl tèt anwo, nan yon peyi tèt anwo", fòk nou eksplore richès lang kreyòl la nan aspè syantifik li. Suiv tweets @MichelDegraff yo pou nou rete konekte avèk dènye nouvèl sou avansman lang kreyòl la. Enpi gade e pataje videyo sa:


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Friday, November 27, 2015

Chef Rafi kuit yon soup joumou Ayisyen byen gou! / Chef Rafi makes a tasty Haitian squash soup!

It's been our tradition for more than 200 years now, soup joumou on January 1st, Haitian independence day. Haitians have celebrated their independence every year since 1804 by eating and sharing this tasty soup. Chef Rafi, the young chef who's brought us so many international and exotic dish is bringing us a delicious soup joumou in his usual playful cooking show on his cooking channel.
The section of young  Chef Rafi's cooking show that he dedicated to this Haitian delicacy is aired in both English and Creole, so you will even learn the name of the ingredients in Creole. Each show ends with some sayings and proverbs, and you will definitely learn some Haitian wisdom in this portion of the show. Haitian independence day without soup joumou is like celebrating Thanksgiving without the yummy turkey and stuffing. Be sure to check out Chef Rafi cooking show and make the soup with him in honor of Haitian Independence Day.


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Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Bonjou Mandaly! Mwen websayt ou anpil! So my question is: Many times I hear my family ask questions in creole without the "ye" Example: Kote Mandaly? Whats the difference in using ye and not using it? Also, in sayings such as "Sak ap fet la?" Sa gen la?" Whats the difference in saying it with or without the "la"? Mesi anpil!

Bonjou. Mèsi anpil.

In asking questions with the verb to be in Creole, yes, you can get away sometimes with not using 'ye' in a few instances. There's not much difference then.
Some examples other than yours are:
Kote li?
Kote li ye?
Where is he/she?

Konben li?
Konben li ye?
How much is it?

Or
Kilè fèt la?
Kilè fèt la ye?
When is the party?

Other times you have to use it, and the question will not make any sense without it. Some examples are:
kisa li ye?
kijan ou ye?
kilè li ye?
kimoun ou ye?

So when in doubt use 'ye'.
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And, in saying 'Sa k ap fèt la?' or "Sa k genyen la?", la retains its meaning of there, over there, around here. So some people say Sa k genyen? or they say Sa k gen la? . It's really similar to the difference between What's going on? and What's going here?




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Tuesday, November 17, 2015

what does "jofre" mean? P.S. I believe there's an accent on the O. Mesi davans!

jòfre - sneak a peek, watch, take a look.

There's also bay jòf and pran jòf
pran jòf - to sneak a ppek, to take a glimpse
bay jòf - to let s.o take peek (at something that would otherwise remain hidden from view)

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Thursday, October 29, 2015

Surtab et MIT-Haiti Initiative s'unissent pour la promotion du créole

Surtab et MIT-Haiti Initiative s'unissent pour la promotion du créole

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let me write this in Creole :) question: is 'rele apre you moun' and 'rele apre ko (body) ou' menm bagay?

Rele apre yon moun vle di repwoche oubyen reprimande moun nan.
Nou p ap ka itilize men kalite vèb repwoche a pou 'kò w'.
Rele apre kò w vle di menm bagay avèk ranmase kò w. Lè ou rele apre kò w se lè ou pran swen kò w pou kapab fè tèt ou pli atiran. Se lè ou gen sousi pou aparans ou. Se lè ou pa kite kò w lage nèt.

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Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Does pa chat always mean "an extramarital affair"?

No. Not always. Yon ti pa chat could also be other 'reckless exploits'.

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What flour or wheat product is used to make akwa or akra? It tastes like potato cakes. thanks

It's 'akra'.
We use the root vegetable 'malanga' or 'taro' to make akra.
To my knowledge, we do not use any type of flour.

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Jodia se jounen entenasyonal lang kreyol vre? Kiyes ki te chwazi jou sa e poukisa?

Yon gwoup lengwis te mete tèt ansnam nan mwa oktòb, ane 1983 pou rekonèt lang kreyòl ak pou fè plis rechèch pou benefis lang lan. Yo te deside chwazi jou 28 oktòb la pou selebre eritaj kreyòl la chak ane – se te premye selebrasyon jounen entènasyonal kreyòl la. Tout peyi ki pale kreyòl vin patisipe nan selebrasyon sa a. Malgre genyen ki obsève li nan yon diferan dat, yo toujou rezève mwa oktòb la pou sa.
Selebrasyon kreyòl la se pa senpleman fete lang ki ini nou kòm yon ras, ... yon pèp, se ta dwe okazyon ki nan kalandriye nou tout tan pou fè nou sonje li lè pou nou klase lang lan nan plas li, kòm lang prensipal kominikasyon nou nan tout aspè.
M ap mande tèt mwen, nan tout peyi sa yo ki ap selebre lang kreyòl la, konben nan yo ki bay lang kreyòl la premye plas nan kilti yo vrèman?
Konben nan peyi sa yo, lè tan an rive pou prezante yon bagay ofisyèl, se franse onswa yon lòt lang yo chwazi?
Kisa ki gani tab ou? Franse onswa kreyòl?
Si yon moun k ap selebre lang kreyòl la panse kreyòl gen ti mank, pou se lòt lang l ap chwazi pou regle koze ofisyèl, moun sa a nan gwo ipokrizi.


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Monday, October 26, 2015

Who's maitre jean jacques? 'souer kou maitre jean jacques'?

If I understand this well, I think that mèt Jan Jak is the 'resourceful' one.
If you're going to use 'swe' in this comparison, you should say 'Bouki'.
It goes like: swe kou pitit Bouki (literally: as sweaty as Bouki's child) meaning "very sweaty".

But if you meant to say mèt Jan Jak in your comparison, we say 'degaje kou mèt Jan Jak' which means to be as resourceful as one can, to do everything in your power to take care of things.

It's two different things.

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How would your translate "it's for for your own good" in Creole==? mesi

It's for your own good. - Se pou byen w.
I'm doing all this for your own good. - M ap fè tout sa pou pwòp byen pa w. / M ap fè tout sa pou byen w.
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Bonjou! Mpral bwe yon tas kafe anme avew! Sa sa vle di?

bwè yon tas kafe anmè ak yon moun - gen yon konfrontasyon, regle yon dispit, twoke kòn nou pou rezoud yon dispit.

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Sunday, October 25, 2015

Mandaly mta renmen konnen si ''joumou pa donnen kalbas'' se tarduction creole ''le fer s'aiguise par le fer''?

Hi.
Joumou pa donnen kalbas, pou mwen vle di paran ak pitit toujou gen menm karaktè, dispozisyon ak mantalite. Si paran yo se move moun, yo gen tandans panse pitit lan se yon move grenn tou.

Kisa w panse?


2 comments:
Mesii anpil. Se vre se sitou granmou mkonn tande kap di timoun sa le fe on vye bagay tankou on repwoch.

Wi se sa. E, sa w panse de ekspresyon, "Pitit tig se tig"?




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Saturday, October 24, 2015

Can you explain me what is "frè kot papa"? I am refering to the tropicana song.

Frè kot papa - brother on the father's side (same father, but not the same mother)



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Yet one more questions about yo. Can you have it in the following sentence Jan rayi chat yo (as in the French: Jean déteste les chats)

Grammatically your sentence is correct.
Jan rayi chat yo correctly translates the sentence Jean hates the cats.
In French, it's ok to have 'les' (art.) before 'chats'.
Just remember that it is not necessary to add 'yo' if the noun 'chat' is no specified.

Some examples.
Jan rayi chat. - Jean hates cats.
Betty pa renmen zaboka. - Betty doesn't like avocados.
Li pa renmen gason. - She detests men.
So, there's no need to add yo to know that these nouns are plural.

But you can, of course, add 'yo' if the nouns are specified.
Kilè ou pral mennen chat yo kay veterinè a? - When will you take the cats to the veterinarian?
Mèsi pou tout danre ou pote yo, men mwen pa vle zaboka yo. Ou mèt pran yo. M pa renmen zaboka.
Thanks for all the produce that you brought but I don't want the avocados. You may have them. I don't like avocados.


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Friday, October 23, 2015

One more question about yo Can you have yo with boku M achte boko liv yo Thank you

You can say, M achte bonkou nan liv yo. - I bought many of the books.
or
M achte bonkou liv. - I bought many books. or I bought a great quantity of books.

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What is the expression tanbou balan? How can i use it?

Did you mean tanbou batan which means first notice, first call
literally means ...at the first beat of the drum....
at the first call,
at first warning,

egzanp:
Nou p ap pèdi tan, n ap koumanse nan gran maten. Tanbou batan fòk tout moun gen tan la, prèt pou mete men nan travay la.

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Translation for "shortcut" in different contexts in creole? For example, "We took a shortcut home"

chemen dekoupe, wout altène, altènatif, chemen kout

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What are words for "networking" and "to network"? For example, "To get a job in today's economy, it is important to have a strong network." and "Many people find it worthwhile to network for jobs and information."

In Haiti we call this moun pa, piston, datou, gen koneksyon :)

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What are words for "mindful" and "mindless" in creole?

Hi, I appreciate the examples that you gave with this question - I would rather have your own original sentences with your examples, otherwise we would have to cite and give references. Thanks.

According to the example that you gave you may translate mindful as sansib, konsyan, gen konsyans, gen respè or respekte. Depending on the context of the sentence you might have to use different Creole terms for the word mindful.
As far as the word mindless is concerned, a generic term is neglijan or manfouben.

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Sorry, this is not a language question exactly-- just could not find any information on the topic elsewhere! Is there a specific reason that women who practice vodou wear certain types of headscarves? If they give up their head wrap, what is the significance?

I am not well versed in voodoo terminology or practice.
According to Saint-Lot (2003), The garments that the vodou worshipers wear, "hats, tailcoats, kerchiefs, capes, make-up, knapsacks, canes, jewelry and machetes , among other items" contribute to the elegance of the ceremony.
Clothes color, changing costumes, or lack of clothing, all have meanings - depending on the loa that is represented and depending on the rank of the worshiper.

Check out this book that I'm referencing: Saint-Lot (2003). Vodou a sacred theatre: The African heritage in Haiti. Coconut Creek, FL: Educavision.

ISBN: 1-58432-177-6

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My question concerns the use of yo as a plural. If you say: I saw three boys .....

“My question concerns the use of yo as a
plural.
 
If you say:
 
I saw three boys in the courtyard yesterday. Two boys
were arguing and the third was trying to stop them.
 
How woud you translate
the part: Two boys were arguing there ?
 
'De timoun yo' te dispite or simply
without the yo
De timoun te dispite.
 
Thank you very much.”

mandaly says:

Hi,
Yes, using “yo” sometimes is complicated for foreigners because we use it as 1) definite plural article (the), 2) personal pronouns (they, them), and 3) possessives (their). If you have all these elements in one sentence, that can get tricky. I think it might be helpful to not translate word for word then. If you do translate word for word, try to rephrase the sentence after translation.

“I saw three boys in the courtyard yesterday. Two boys
were arguing and the third was trying to stop them.”

Translation:

Mwen te wè twa (3) ti gason nan lakou an yè. De (2) ladan yo t ap diskite, e twazyèm nan t ap eseye mete lòd.

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What does “ Samedi jou baissé levé” means? There is also a song of shleu-shleu with that name.

In Haitian Creole we write  bese leve. In that context, it means housework, house chores, work or labor that requires physical efforts,  domestic work like cleaning, laundry (lesiv washing clothes by hand), etc.....

When I was growing up in Akayè our Saturdays was very busy with house chores, shopping at the market, cooking preparation (you know.... netwaye vyann pou semenn nan), cleaning, mopping and getting ready for Sundays. We also washed our hair on Saturdays.  We took our weekly medicine which was a laxative made of castor bean oil and some blended leaves....good stuff :)

Yes, jou bese leve se jou travay nan kay enpi, se jou tou,  pou fè lesiv ak ale nan mache.

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Hi! Do you know or can you tell me where to find out how many words there are in Haitian Creole? Mesi,

Oh man! This is officially the most interesting question I have ever had on this blog :)
Although Haitian Creole is a full-fledged language, it is impossible to count how many words there are in this language. Here are the reasons why:

1. The Haitian Creole language has not had a comprehensive word-word definition dictionary yet. There are many Haitian Creole dictionaries including language translation dictionaries, but none that are complete.

2. For a Haitian Creole word-definition dictionary to be comprehensive, it would have to also include regional word variations, and no one has tapped into that branch yet. What is the Haitian northerner's way of saying "manmit" for example? How many different ways can you say the word "ede" for example?

3. Do we count "gerizon" and "lagerizon" as two words? How about other words in that category: "delivrans" and "ladelivrans", "lwa" and "lalwa", or "kilbit" and "lakilbit"?

4. Language used voodoo worship may be widely unknown except for a small group of people. For example, is it "andjenikon" or "andyenikon" or "oundjenikon"?  How many variations are there? Do they all count as one word? How about katabou (conga rhythm), it might be known under a different name in other regions in Haiti. We need to know the many variations of terms that are used in this category.

5. We do not yet have standards for many medical terms in Creole yet.

6. Also based on our fast changing world, there are many new terms that become part of the Haitian Creole language every year or so, some are derived from other languages and other are conceived and named after the event that they represent.

There are many more reasons. I think when we have our first comprehensive word-word definition dictionary, we'll have an idea :)


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Wednesday, October 21, 2015

ou kap itilize mo brave danje?

Brave danje? nan sans deskripsyon?
Ki kote ou te tande mo sa a? e kijan yo te itilize l?

ex: Mesye sa a se yon brave danje li ye.
Yon moun ki gen gason sou li, ki brav ki pa pè anyen.

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Elèv nan lekòl Ayiti yo ap chante alfabè kreyòl la.

N ap di yon gran mèsi a tout lekòl an Ayiti, a direktè ak direktris lekòl ki te onswa chante oubyen pral chante alfabè kreyòl la. Timoun Ayisyen alèkile pral grandi ak konesans alfabè lang matènèl yo.

Si ou se yon direktè lekòl an Ayiti ki poko patisipe nan promosyon lang kreyòl la nan lekòl an Ayiti, n ap mande w kilè ou va deside mete men nan pat la?
Plizyè lekòl an Ayiti, sitou nan klas fondamantal yo, te deside anseye elèv yo alfabè kreyòl la avèk DVD ki genyen 2 ti chante alfabè kreyòl la ke pwofesè Degraf avè Louis-Charles te pwodui nan yon videyo.

Anplis de sa, n ap ankouraje tout lekòl yo pou yo chache aprann konnen ki sa MIT-AYITI Inisyativ la ye. Genyen anpil resous sou pwogrè ki ap fèt avèk lang kreyòl la pa rapò ak ledikasyon an Ayiti. Ou kapab koumanse enfòme w nan sit sa a: http://resourcecenters2015.videohall.com/posters/519

Tout pwofesè lekòl an Ayiti ta dwe pran yon pozisyon aktif pou pwogram Inisyativ la ka disponib nan tout lekòl yo ....pi bonè se gran maten.  Plis nou aji pi bonè, se mwens tan timoun yo pase ap aprann ak pwogram demode. Sèvèl timoun yo pare pou aprann, an nou djigèt li ak bon jan teknoloji pou Ayiti ka koumanse pwodui plis syantis, chimist, matematisyen ak enjenyè ki gen konpetans global.




Institution Mixte Gethsemane ap fè gwo pa annavan - yo pral chante alfabè kreyòl la.





Ti katkat na lekòl Kindergarten ak Collège Said Nan Fontamara 43 ak direktè Marcelin Henson pral chante alfabè kreyòl la.


Institut Mixte Emmanuel de Leogane pral chante alfabè kreyòl la. Gwo kout chapo pou direktè Jules Jean Ladie ki ap fè yon gwo travay nan zòn nan.


Gwo bravo pou elèv collège Leonard Milord nan Leogane, rue St. Laurent avec Direktè Paul Fritz ki pral chante alfabè kreyòl la. Kontinye bon travay la.




Lekòl Kindergarten Joli Minou nan Timo Leogan avèk directrice Mitha Louis Meriser pral chante alfabè kreyòl la.


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Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Based on your last answer about zel sapat, does sapata then mean that you beat someone with your sandals?

It does not necessarily have to be "beaten with sandals". Sapata yon moun means that the person was beaten up real good, knocked down, whipped, etc....

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What does “zèl sapat” means?

"What does “zèl sapat” means? “Zèl sapat, poté kouto,  Zèl sapat poté chapo,  Zèl sapat poté dlo, Zèl sapat poté siwo, Zèl sapat poté sa’w vlé. I am referring to one of the Ti Manno’s song in DP Express."

zèl sapat (flip flops, sandals) makes a lot of noise, but they can be really flimsy and unstable, aren't they?   So zèl sapat has very little worth.

The same as bri sapat, lots of noises, lots of hype, lots of puffs .... with no substance.

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What does "son de blé" mean in H.creole? Thanks Mandaly.

The 'ble" is wheat. You will find the coarse wheat in Haiti which looks like grains of rice. Haitians sometimes cook it like rice.
Son de ble (or some people write sondeble) is the fiber, the grain husk that some Haitians use to feed their pigs, goats, etc.....

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Tuesday, September 29, 2015

What does “wetan’m metan’m” mean? “Ou se wetan’m metan’m”

Usually wetan m metan m is said of a piece of clothing, shirts, pants, skirts, etc..., that you wear a lot because it might be the only one you own or ... you may just love to wear it ...everyday.

So we call that piece of clothing wetan m metan m (from wete mete), which means ou wete l (you take it off), maybe just to wash it, and then ou mete l (you put it back on) immediately afterwards.
That's how, sometimes in Haiti, you might suspect that someone is on hard times. You see them wearing the same shirt every day, at every function. Sometimes people make fun of them and say, "Chemiz sa a, se yon wetan m metan m?"

I see that System Band uses it as an endearing term "ou se wetan m metan m" meaning you are all I have.

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I love your creole word of the day and the example that accompanies it. I have just learned a lot of new words off of it. Keep it up!

Hello Mandaly, I'm curious, can you speak, read, and write in French fluently?

Yes.
Most Haitians that have gone to school in Haiti up to, at least 6èm ane can write and read French well. They would be more fluent in French if they spoke it at home, but usually they don't. They usually speak Creole at home and everywhere else.
Two of my sisters were born in French Guiana, When my mom finally brought them home to Haiti, they did not know Creole, so the household spoke French at home for a few years. I attribute my fluency to that.

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Mandaly here's a sample of the sentence "e pou sa ou kriye tout kriye sa", what's ...kriye tout kriye....?

..kriye tout kriye sa a ... so much crying, all this crying (in context)

Was this sentence a question?
Other ways to say this would be ...
Poukisa ou fè tout kriye sa a?
which is the same as:
"Se pou sa ou kriye tout kriye sa a?"
Is that why you cried s much?

So you can use this form with other verbs/nouns combination.
Poukisa ou fè m mache tout mache sa a?
or
Poukisa ou fè m mache anpil konsa?

one more example:

M pa konprann poukisa ou bezwen pale tout pale sa a.
or
M pa konprann poukisa ou fè tout pale sa a.

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Monday, September 28, 2015

What are words for "to scam or to screw or to fuck someone" For example, " He scammed(screwed, fucked) me out of a hundred dollars"

As long as it's not sexual, you can use pete, blo or blofe, woule, lolo, plimen, etc...
If it's sexual (screw, fuck) then you'd use plimen, taye, konyen, koupe, frape etc....

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Explain me this proverb please. "Yo pa voye wòch sou mango vèt.”

"Yo pa voye wòch sou mango vèt" or sometimes you'll also hear "Se sou mango mi yo voye wòch"
means Don't bother doing what you're doing because your effort will be fruitless.

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Saturday, September 26, 2015

What word is usually used for "pinch"? As in, "Don't pinch me!" (said when a child runs up to you and pinches you to see if your skin turns pink.)

For the term To pinch we say in Creole penchen, pichkennen, pichkannen, zongle,  or pense

Don't pinch me
Pa pichkannen m.

Stop pinching me.
Sispann zongle m.

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Awesome! Go Chili!

mwen kontan, mwen se chilean, travay ak sekreté,
nan lopital, mwen aprann kreyol pou dé haysien ki vini nan chili. 

Yo estoy
muy contenta me encanta esta pagina, estoy estudiando creole, para ayudar a los
imigrantes haitianos que llegan a Chile.

Mandaly says:
Keep it up!


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Friday, September 25, 2015

Would "lakolèt" and "fè lakolèt" mean "offering/collection" and "to take up offering/collection" in a church context respectively? ...

Would "lakolèt" and "fè lakolèt" mean
"offering/collection" and "to take up offering/collection" in a church context
respectively?  For example, "In the protestant church, they take up
offering/collection every Sunday" Have you also heard of  "kèt", "ketay/ketaj"
and "fè kèt", "kete" to mean "offering/collection" and "to take up
offering/collection" respectively? Also, what are words for "usher" in the
church context in creole? And what are other words for "offering/collection" and
"to take up offering/collection"?

Yes, we use kèt and lakolèt or fè kèt and fè lakòlèt
It does not necessarily have to be in a church setting.
I haven't used the other terms that you have up there, that does not mean that they don't exist.

And the word that I have used for usher is ofisye.

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Thursday, September 24, 2015

Hello Mandaly, how would translate these phrases (Top/upper left-hand corner, middle left-hand side, bottom/lower left-hand corner, top/upper right-hand corner, middle right-hand side, bottom/lower right-hand corner) in creole? For example, "Write your name on the top/upper right-hand corner of the page" or "Click on the start button on the bottom/lower left-hand corner of the desktop"

corner - kwen, pozisyon
top/upper - nan tèt, anwo, 
bottom/lower - anba, 
left hand corner - nan pozisyon goch, sou bò goch
right hand corner - nan pozisyon adwat, nan kwen adwat, sou bò dwat
middle - nan mitan

upper left-hand corner - anwo nan pozisyon goch, anwo nan kwen agoch, anwo sou bò goch
bottom right-hand corner - anba sou bò dwat, anba nan pozisyon dwat

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In your blog, it’s says that “malatchong” in creole means fake but what does boul malatchong means? I think it is related to the lottery if I refer to the song of Nemours Jn Baptiste.

malatchong - yes it means fake, bogus, also something which involves, trickery,  a sham, fraud, etc...
yon boul malatchong - yon boul fo manmit, bagay magouy

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What are verbs for "to pride oneself in/on something"? For example, "She pride herself in her ability to spot a shoplifter" or "I pride myself on my ability to find compromises"

to pride oneself in/on .... - tire satisfaksyon nan ..., pran fyète nan ...., jwenn satisfaksyon nan ....

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"The leaders of the parish" = "Chèf pawas yo" or "Chèf pawas la"? (Not "the leader of the parishes" nor "the leader of the parish" nor "the leaders of the parishes".) I'm looking for a rule or strategy that will work with any similar phrase (e.g. "the keys of the kingdom", "the principles of the lesson").

I see what you mean, it's hard to determine whether the first or the second word is plural in Creole when we say:
1. the leaders of the parish - chèf pawas yo
2. the principles of the lesson - prensip leson yo
3. the keys of the kingdom - kle wayòm yo
4. the students of the chemistry class - elèv klas chimi yo
5. the workers of the store - travayè magazen yo

If it is important for you to differentiate which is plural, then you can say
1. chèf yo nan pawas la
2. prensip yo pou leson an
3. kle yo pou wayòm nan
4. elèv yo nan klas chimi an
5. travayè yo nan magazen an

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Wednesday, September 23, 2015

What does “assorossi” means in creole.

I think you mean 'asosi". Te asosi? non?
Here's a link for te asosi on the blog: te asosi.  Be sure to check the comment section as it may answer some of the questions that you have.

Dakò. Mèsi.

http://sweetcoconuts.blogspot.com/2011/05/te-asosi.html

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Hey Mandaly, great blog! My question is What is bonkou and can you use it in a sentence? thanks

bon kou (or bon valè)  may be used as adjective or adverb means plenty, considerable amount, quite a few

Te gen yon bon kou moun nan miting lan jodi a.
There were quite a few people at the meeting today

Misye travay vit. Li gen tan fè yon bon kou travay nan lakou a.
He works fast. he's already done a lot of work in the yard.

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Tuesday, September 22, 2015

There is a system band song named dom laj. In the chorus, they are saying “dom laj, dom laj, pli laj passé yon layé” . I don’t know if I spell light right but I just want to know what does it mean and especially what does layé means in this context?

A laye is a round, flat sifter basket (does not usually have a handle).

Manno Charlemagne also sings a song; Do m laj pase yon laye tou.

It's an expression which means I can handle whatever you throw at me. I can carry a big load, I'm not afraid to carry a burden. Compris?

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What does “choumoumou” means in creole? Does it mean soft or softly?

No. Where I come from it means very short or tiny person.
In what context was the choumounou used?


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Is "kevledi" a synonym for "setadi"? Are there other expressions for "that is to say" in creole? Does the word "namely" belong in this category? For example, "There is always one person stuck with cleaning up the mess, namely me" or "They brought lunch, namely sandwiches and sodas"

Yes, they basically mean the same..... ki vle di, sètadi.

In that same category we also have kòm ki dire, kòm kwa dire which means namely, as if to say

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Hey Mandaly! What does it mean to "tonbe lwa"?

It could either mean to be possessed by the loa, or to dance in a highly spirited way as if possessed by the loa.

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Hi, just wondering if in kreyol if they have a way to say a woman is thick? mesi :)

Thick as in overweight?
If yes, then you can use gra or gwo.

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What does 2 gidon means in creole?

Actually it's 'lage de (2) gidon' which means to go after someone without giving them a break, to pursue tirelessly, to persist or also to harass.

You can say:
to pursue someone
lage de (2) gidon dèyè yon moun
or
lage de (2) gidon nan kò yon moun.

An example could be that you promised a friend that you'll lend him your bike and the friend keeps calling you day and night to ask you to bring him the bike. In Creole, you'd say, "Misye lage de gidon dèyè m pou m pote bisiklèt la ba li."

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Awkward social question: so last time I was in Haiti the people were all surprised that at my age I’m not married and they decided to help me out by showing me the single ladies in the village and asking “ou renmen li?” Seeking a graceful way to extract myself from the situation I latched onto the fact that the first couple ladies were much too young to make an appropriate match for me, however there were no translators around and so I had to wing it in trying to convey that. I wasn’t sure how to say ‘she’s too young’ so I tried the closest thing I thought might communicate that general idea and said “li pa laj.” They got the general gist but I’m wondering did I actually communicate what I intended or something totally different? Is there a better way I could have said this? Mèsi.

Oh man... that must have been awkward for you :)

"Li pa laj" could mean that "She's not of age."
You could also say, "Li twò jenn pou mwen." - "She's too young for me."
or you could just say, "Mèsi, men m ap tann Bondye chwazi pou mwen" or "Mwen poko deside fè afè."
Best of luck.

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J’aimerais savoir ce que signifie “ Ti tendresse” en créole?

Bonjour mon ami.

Ti tandrès, en créole peut se traduire comme souplesse, affection, gestes delicats et doux, et mème amour.

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Saturday, September 12, 2015

ATIYAYO BON POU VERTIGES?

Eske gen yon lòt mo kreyol ou kapab itilize pou yon moun ki renmen bay manti, tankkou yon mantè?

Wi, moun sa a se yon mantò, yon koken oubyen ou gendwa rele l rizyèz tou.

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What are verbs "to shut down (someone or something) or to shut (someone or something) figuratively?

To shut down (someone or something) - anpeche, fèmen bouch (yon moun), pa bay (yon moun) bouch pou pale. koupe (yon bagay) sèk.

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You asked:
... "to guilty somebody into
doing something" or "to guilt-trip someone" For example, "I only went because
she guilted me into it" .....

Mandaly says:

I would use "fòse" or "Bay remò pou fè yon bagay"

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What are words for "whatever" as an interjection in creole? For example, "Parent: 'For the last time, brush ...

What are words for "whatever" as an
interjection in creole? For example, "Parent: 'For the last time, brush your
teeth!' Child: 'Whatever!'" or "Speaker: 'Do you want to go uptown?' Response:
'Whatever!'" or "Friend: 'Bob isn't coming tonight.' Friend 2:
'Whatever!'"

Hi. There's not a standard way to express such indifference in H. Creole. Some Haitians express it by 'tchuipe', some express it by 'boude' or 'fè bouch long', some say 'di sa w vle' oubyen 'ak bò dèyè m w ap pale'; but if you're looking for a standard translation for 'whatever' as it used in your example, you will not find one.

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Thursday, September 10, 2015

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Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Wap twouble sante m?

Jouk kote sante w ye a pou w ap kite moun twouble l, mezanmi o!

Twouble sante yon moun, se anniye l, deranje l, entenwonp li, djigèt lespri l.

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Est-ce-que penyen lage gen lòt siyifikasyon autre que kwafi?

Wi.
Li vle di alèz (tankou yon moun ki mete l konfòtab, ki pa jennen, ki alèz kon blèz).

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Wednesday, September 2, 2015

I had my friend write this for me after she said it. "Se Americain ou ye sorry ou nan pointe bouche ou". She said it means that I'm not sincere. Can you explain this for me? Thanks.

She is right about the meaning
..nan pointe bouche ou (written: nan pwent bouch ou) - at the tip of your mouth (meaning not from deep within)
as far as the sentence "Se Americain ou ye sorry ou nan pointe bouche ou" it means "You are American, your apology is not sincere"
Sorry to hear that she's got some bad sentiments toward you.

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Bonjou Mandaly. Mwen se Ayisyen. how would you translate this quote to English, "sòt ki bay egare ki pa pran"?

Do they also use 'egare' for this expression? I often hear 'Sòt ki bay, enbesil ki pa pran'.
Anyway the translation to English is: You'd be a fool not to take/accept/take advantage of this.

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Hello, I was wondering if you knew of any translators (such as google translator) that I could input a English word in at any time and hear the Creole pronunciation? Thank you

Of all the translator apps that can also 'speak' the translations, iHandy and Google Translator are the least frustrating. iHandy is cool, gets it right 60 to 70% of the time.

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Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Hi I would like to find this song, can you help me please it's called. Vini non vini non pa di ou va gintan demain se pa pou piga ou konte sou li. Thank you

M ap kontinye chache rès la pou ou :)


Les Etincelles de l'Evangile
Marie Mirca Tangar

Vini non, vini non
Pa di ou va gentan
Demen se pa pou ou
Piga ou konte sou li

Sonje Nan tan lontan,
Se te toujou konsa
Noe preche 120 tan,
pesonn pa t vle kwè nan li
Jou delij la rive,
tout moun te vle sove
Li te two ta pou yo,

piga w kite sa rive w

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Bonjou Mandaly! I am pretty new at speaking Kreyol. On a recent trip to Haiti, we heard the word boadup (spelling?) a lot. I understand it as being a slang word for "broken". Is that correct. If not, what exactly does it mean. Thanks so much!

Hi,
I cannot think of a Haitian Creole word with similar spelling that would mean break or broken.
If, however, this word is used twice, like this (bodòp bodòp) it does describe the sound that a broken machine / equipment makes. In that case we use these terms in conversational context.

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Saturday, August 29, 2015

How would you say, "you are dreaming?" As in, you are imagining that you are going to get that, but you are not. "W'ap reve" apparently doesn't translate the same. Mèsi pou tout ou fè!

You could say:
W'ap tronpe tèt ou.
W'ap pase tèt ou nan betiz.
You're fooling yourself if you think that 'this' is going to happen.

There are many other unconventional ways to say this in Creole, depending on the situation.
And instead of 'w ap reve', people might say, 'Ou nan rèv.'  or 'Ou dwe nan rèv.' which means the same as 'you must be dreaming'.


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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

kisa manfouben ak vag vle di? eske se menm bagay?

Wi. Yo kapab genyen menm siyifikasyon,

Manfouben means irresponsible, sloppy and careless
Vag - vague
They can be synonymous when 'vag'   means unconcerned or nonchalant.

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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

If I wanted to say ‘look at Matthew chapter 20 verses 25-28’ would it be: ‘gade nan Matye chapit 20 vèsè 25 rive nan 28’? And for ‘look at John 3:16’ could I say ‘gade nan Jan twa sèz’ or do I need to say ‘gade nan Jan chapit twa, vèsè sèz’?

'gade nan Matye chapit 20 vèsè 25 rive nan 28' is correct.
and it will also be correct if you said:
'gade nan Matye chapit 20 vèsè 25 a 28'

gade nan Jan twa sèz' and ‘gade nan Jan chapit twa, vèsè sèz’ are both correct. It is isn't necessary to say the latter for people to understand.

Kenbe la :)

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Saturday, August 22, 2015

What is ou pa ban m (mwen? is it?) bouch pou pale?

pa bay bouch pou pale, pa bay bouch pou di anyen - when one's babbling/talking is so much that you don't get a chance to reply or say anything.
ex: Marie and Esther are having a conversation. Mary's talking is so continual that she doesn't give Esther any room to reply or say what she thinks. Then you would say that Marie pa bay Esther bouch pou l pale.
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senkant kob a degouden? meaning please?

senkant kòb ak degouden - the same thing, one in the same

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Can you please translate this, 'm pa janm konnen ou te ka alsiyis konsa', for which online translating tools is no help. Thanks

Oh man! That is some serious r-rated stuff :)
M pa janm konnen ou te ka alsiyis konsa - I didn't know you could moan like that.
(sexually related)
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Friday, August 21, 2015

How do you say "She is 5' 2"" Do you use 62 santimèt? How would you say she weighs 110 lbs (50 kilograms)? Zanmi mwen petèt ka fè wob karabela la pou pitit fi mwen.

Yes, you may use centimeters or feet for the height which, for 5'2", should be about 157 cm.

We say "liv" for pounds. So 110 pounds will be translated as 110 liv.

Zanmi mwen petèt ka fè wob karabela la pou pitit fi mwen.

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Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Hi Mandaly, can you explain this phrase please: yo pa t kò konnen okenn mal

Hi

Yo pa t kò konnen okenn mal.
yo - they
pa t kò (or patko, pa te ko) - not ...yet (past tense) [present tense is: poko, ponkò, pako]
konnen - to know
okenn - any, none
mal - evil, wrongdoing, immorality

Yo pa t kò konnen okenn mal.
They were still in their innocence.
They did not know any evil yet.

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Monday, August 17, 2015

door to door in h. Creole please?

door to door - de pòt an pòt

Yo te mache de pòt an pòt pou te bay bon nouvèl la.
They walked door to door to deliver the good news.

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I understand that pesonn in Creole means no one, personage means older person and lapesonn means someone. Can you clarify this?

Sure.
1.
Pèsòn or pèsonn translates no one or nobody
Example:
Pa gen pèsòn nan kay la. – There’s nobody in the house.

Here’s another example:
-A ki moun ou te pale?
-Ak pèsòn.
-To whom did you talk?
-To no one.

2
Yes, pèsonaj is used for the elderly.
Example:
Mezanmi, repekte bouch ou. Ou pa ka ap derepekte yon pèsonaj konsa.
Watch your language. You can’t be disrespecting an elderly in this manner.

3.
Lapèsòn means you-know-who, use when talking about someone without revealing his/her name.



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Saturday, August 15, 2015

Sa'k nan men ou se li ki pa ou? Thanks

Sa k nan men w se li k pa w.
What's in your hand is what's yours (literally)
You are only sure of the things you have.
Do not make plans or have expectations on things you don't have.

Dakò?

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How would you explain 'rale mennen kase' or is it 'rale mennen vini'? Are they both the same? thanks

rale mennen vini (brase lide, echany lide) , which can be used as verb and also noun, is a get-together with the objective of exchanging ideas on a particular issue.
 rale mennen kase can describe the same thing, but also has other meanings.

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Thursday, August 13, 2015

What is Pase Pou in front of a sentence? mesi

It means rather than:

Pase pou m marye m pito mouri.
rather than I get married I prefer to die (literally)
I rather die than get married.

Pase pou m fè vye travay nan peyi Etazini, m pito tounen nan peyi m.
rather than I do menial jobs in the U.S, I prefer to go back to my country. (literally)
I rather go back to my country than do degrading jobs in the U.S.

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What does ban'm pan'm san dous mean?

It's a popular (very well known and used phrase) from a Haitian song.
Ban m pa m san dous, m a mete siwo ladan l.
Don't add sugar to mine, I'll sweeten it myself. (basically)

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I hear this a lot:"Mwen byen kontan" Does the word byen mean 'well' here? (I am very well happy or I might as well be happy?)

Here it means truly, really, very, so, so much

Nou byen kontan ou te vini. - We're very happy that you came to see us.
Mwen te byen sonje w pandan w pa t la a. - I truly missed you while you were away.
Kè m byen fè m mal pou ou. - I feel so sorry for you.

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Please help me find the melody for that song " Pèsonn pa ka kanpe pou’l fè m pa louwe Satan pa ka bare’m pou’l fè’m pa chante Boulvès kapab vin"


 

Pèsonn pa ka kanpe pou l fè m pa louwe 
Satan pa ka bare m pou l fè m pa chante 

Boulvès kapab vini
Lè sa a, piga w kouri
Tout pòt kapab fèmen
Ou pa wè pèsonn pou rele
Satan kapab rale pye w
Jis pou l fè ou tonbe
Asire w nan bondye
M garanti w ou p ap tonbe

Le ènmi vin atake w
Mwen p ap dekonsantre
An nou tout fè linite
pou n kapab fè travay Bondye
Satan la pou l divize
Nou menm n ap resoude
Na p kenbe pye Bondye
E m konnen n ap rive.


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Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Kijan ou di "flipflops" oswa "thongs". Sapat yo?

Hi :)
Yes, flipflops and thongs are called sapat, sandal, or sandal drive.

Thongs are especially referred to as sandal jezikri.

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Sunday, August 9, 2015

How do you ask: How many bags you are checking in? Where is your final destination?

How many bags you are checking in? - Konbyen valiz w ap tcheke?
How many suitcases are you checking in? - Konbyen malèt w ap tcheke?
Where is your final destination? - Ki destinasyon final ou?

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Is there a Creole equivalent to the expression: "finding common ground"?

common ground - pwen komen
finding common ground - genyen yon pwen komen

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Friday, August 7, 2015

When someone says "ou metdam" what does that mean?

It means "You're clever."
mètdam - clever, quick-witted, ballsy, crafty

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The HaitiHub interview

Hey Everyone!
I got to talk a little bit about myself with the HaitiHub crew, and I enjoyed it.
Chapo ba! (Hats off!) to HaitiHub for continuing to be the go-to people for learning the Haitian Creole language online and for being a big voice in the kreyòl movement.
See The HaitiHub interview right here: https://haitihub.wordpress.com/2015/08/06/have-a-creole-question-ask-her-anything/

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Thursday, August 6, 2015

This is a reprint: What are some phrases or songs or rhymes that teachers use to get the attention of children in a group? I know in English we use phrases like "1-2-3 all eyes on me!" and the children respond "1-2 eyes on you!". Are there any that you know of? Thank you!


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When I was in Haiti last week, our translator used a cute little saying to get the kids' attention - similar to "1,2,3 eyes on me" in that it uses counting. He'd get the kids to all say together "youn-lance, de-lance, twa-lance, kat-lance, senk-lance, SILANCE!" :) I thought it was pretty clever! 

Mandaly says:
I absolutely love this. Clever indeed :)
Thanks Rachel


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Bonjou Mandaly! I love today's Haitian Creole Daily Word.Does the term jou pou jou mean the same as de jou anjou? mèsi!

Hi :)
Non. De jou an jou means day by day, day after day.
ex:
Ti pitit fi Mercidieu a t ap grandi. Li t ap vin pi bèl de jou an jou.
Mercidieu's little girl was growing. She was getting more beautiful day after day.

jou pou jou  is the date on which an event took place in some previous year.
ex:
Jou pou jou ki pou fè maryaj Ti Mari ak Fanfan an setan, yo te divòse.
Seven years to the day of Fanfan and Ti Mari's wedding, they got a divorce.

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Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Hi Mandaly. I love your blog... My mom is an ESOL teacher in an almost 100% Haitian school and she's making a list of the most common English words. She wants to have them in Kreyol as well. Could you translate the following into Kreyol? the, of, and, to, a, in, that, is, was, he

Hi,
We do not have an official 'most commonly used words' in Creole ... yet.
A lot of the words that you have here can be translated or used many different ways.
In order for your mom to make this Haitian Creole list of words, it would be best to think in Creole, not English.
 
1. The article THE can be translated as a, la, an, lan, or nan depending on the words that precedes it.
ex: 
the car - machin nan
the door - pòt la
the girl - fi a
the friend - zanmi an
the watch - mont lan
 
2. OF is omitted in Creole sentences.
ex:
The roof of the house - do kay la
a glass of water - yon vè dlo
the day of the wedding - jou maryaj la
etc...
 
3. AND can be translated as e, ak, avèk or avè
 
4. TO sometimes is translated as nan, and sometimes is omitted
 
5 A is translated as yon
 
6. IN is translated as nan,  or lan 
 
7. THAT, as a relative pronoun or conjunction  is translated as ke, it is omitted sometimes.    THAT (or THIS), as demonstrative, is translated as sa a.
 
8. IS - verb to be (SE) is omitted in some instances such as noun + attribute combination
She is happy. - Li kontan.
as opposed to a noun + noun combination
She is an artist. - Li se yon atis.
 
9. WAS - there's no translation for WAS, but past tense indicator (for all verbs) is te.
He was shocked. - Li te etone.
past tense indicator te is used for other verbs too.
He came home last night. - Li te rantre lakay li yèreswa.
We had three cars. - Nou te gen twa machin.

 
10. HE, SHE, IT can be translated as li.

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Tuesday, August 4, 2015

what exactly is 'simagri' in Creole? I know about 'grimacing'. Someone told me it means gesture and I asked if it was any type of gesture like waving hello. She said no. What kind of gesture do you use this word for then? Thanks.

You can use it to describe gestures that are annoying, activities or patterns that are irritating, and even disorderly or hysterical conduct.

Let's say: a comedian/performer who's on stage trying to make funny gestures, but is not funny at all.
You can say: Misye moute sou podyòm nan, li fè yon bann simagri. Pa gen moun ki ri.

Let's also say: a grown person throwing a huge tantrum because he didn't get his way.
You can say: Misye lage kò l atè, li fè yon bann simagri.


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how do you say 'next door' as in 'next door neighbor'? Thanks Mandaly . Awesome blog!

nextdoor neighbor - vwazen, vwazen a kote a, vwazen ki tou pre a, vwazen ki anfas la
use vwazin for female neighbor

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What is a LAGON? Ex: frape baton an sou lagonan ak tout rezèvwa dlo yo Thanks

lagon - lake, river, lagoon

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Salut, m panse siw te konekte blog a ak lot sosyal network tankou facebook e twitter ou tap jwenn plis trafik. mesi, Haitien

Mèsi anpil! Petèt mwen va fè sa.
M'apresye kòmantè ou.

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What is a GANMÈL in this sentence please: yo te vin nan pi a pou yo pran dlo e pou yo plen ganmèl yo ak dlo

Ganmèl is a container for holding water. It maybe used for showers as a wash basin or for water storage.
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What is the meaning of the word CHOUKÈT in the following sentence please: Li di yo: “Lè n ap ede medam ebre yo akouche , lè nou wè yo sou choukèt, si nou wè timoun nan se yon tigason, touye l, men si se yon tifi, kite l viv.”

Choukèt is a birthing stool or chair which women use to support their hips during childbirth.

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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

How do you write happy in Creole

Hello, Please help me with this. How is the word twouve used when it begins a sentence. For example: Twouve, te vin gen yon gwo grangou nan peyi a, apre premye gwo grangou ki te genyen nan epòk Abraram nan

We say twouve, vin twouve ke or twouve ke - it so happens that, it happens that or incidentally

Madanm nan te voye toude timoun yo lekòl la san dejene. Twouve ke m te gen yon ti monnen nan pòch mwen, mwen te tou achte de (2) wayal ba yo.
The women sent both kids to school without breakfast. Incidentally I had some change in my pocket, so I bought them 2 wayal.

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Sunday, July 26, 2015

What is a common or colloquial name for farmers? Is there a common name or phrase used to describe farmers or those involved in agriculture? A sort of collective name?

Most Haitians would say abitan. In more cultivated environment educated people would say  kiltivatè or agrikiltè
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Is there any good better version of gospel song Jéricho miray la kraze because I can't find any?

You must be asking about a better 'audio' version.
I haven't come across a professionally recorded version yet.


Jeriko miray la kraze (3 fwa)
nanpwen miray Jezi p ap kraze

Ad lib
Miray peche
Nanpwen miray Jezi p ap
Miray pwoblèm
Nanpwen miray Jezi p ap kraze

Gen yon men ki frape nan pòt la (2 fwa)
O O Senyè
Gen yon men ki frape nan pòt la



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Friday, July 24, 2015

Hi Mandaly, are the terms moute kabann and pran kabann interchangeable? also, what is pran sak?

moute kabann (ale kouche) - to go to bed
pran kabann - to be confined to bed because of illness, depression or some type of suffering
pran sak - to pray on sackcloth

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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Hi I learned about FE MANTI (lying) and BAY MANTI(to tell a lie), but what is NAN MANTI?

It also means to be lying, to be full of lies

To tell a lie
Fè manti
bay manti
nan manti ak
also:
benyen ak manti (use when there's an object)
sometimes:
benyen anba manti (use when there's an object)

examples
1.
He lies.
Li manti
Li nan manti
Li fè manti

2.
He lied to everyone.
Li bay tout moun manti.
Li benyen tout moun anba manti.
Li benyen tout moun ak manti.

3.
You lied to me.
Ou ban m manti.

4.
I can't lie.
M pa ka fè manti
M pa ka bay manti

5.
I cannot lie to you.
M pa ka ba w manti.

6.
So and so is lying to me.
Entèl nan manti avèk mwen.

7.
You're lying to yourself.
Ou nan manti ak tèt ou.

8.
Mwen pa fouti di m renmen w. Mwen pa ka nan manti ak tèt mwen.
I cannot say that I love you. I can't lie to myself.

9.
To lie about someone
Fè manti sou yon moun.
Bay manti sou yon moun

10.
You lied about me.
Ou te fè manti sou mwen.



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Mandy, is there an expression in creole equivalent to "counting your chickens before they hatched"? thanks

Eske w konn gou bouch ou?

konnen gou bouch ou
or
konn gou bouch ou
know/taste/mouth/your
To know what's good for you
To know what's you want
To know how to choose for your own interest.

1.
Eske w konn gou bouch ou?  
Do you know what's good for you? 
Do you know what you like?
Do you know what you want?

2.
Nou konn gou bouch nou. Nou konn sa nou vle.
We know what's good for us. We know what we want.

3.
Nan zafè chwazi gason, gen anpil fanm ki pa konn gou bouch yo.
When it comes to choosing a man, many women do not know what they want.

When Joan's family met her husband for the first time. they saw that he was a simple, homely man with no future, no money, and no ambitions......
Everyone said, "Joan pa konn gou bouch li"
How would you translate the Creole sentence that everyone said?

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