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Sunday, February 7, 2010

Lesson 4 - You and I

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mwen means I
m also means I

(Next)

ou means you
w also means you


Example:

mwen wè ou  - I see you
m wè wI see you


"m" is the abbreviated form of "mwen"
"w" is the abbreviated form of "ou"
We, creole speakers, use it a lot.


1. mwen rele ou - I call you

2. m rele w - I call you

3. m bezwen w - I need you

4. m pa bezwen w - I don't need you ("pa" indicates a negative form)

5. ou bezwen m - you need me

6. ou pa bezwen m - you don't need me

7. m ba ou de (2) ti wòch - I give you two little rocks

8. m kwè w - (Non contracted form - mwen kwè ou) - I believe you

9. M pa kwè w - I don't believe you

10. m tande w - I hear you

11. m pa tande w - I don't hear you

12. M konprann ou - I understand you

13.  m pa konprann ou - I don't understand you

Mèsi, se tout - thank you, that's all

Track:  Kay Manman by Jocelyne Béroard
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Let's Practice - Please translate the following sentences.

1. (To call - rele) -- You call me.

2. (To choose - chwazi) -- I choose you.

3. (To help - ede) -- You help me.

4. (To thank - remèsye) -- I thank you.

5. (To wish - swete) -- I wish you

6. (To honor - onore) --I honor you

7. (To worship - adore) -- I adore you

8. (To show -montre) --You don't show me

9. (To  look at - gade) -- I look at you

10. (To look at - gade) -- I don't look at you

Find the answer key at the bottom of this page




1.ou rele m or ou rele mwen   2.m chwazi w or mwen chwazi ou   3.ou ede m   4.m remèsye w   5.m swete w   6.m onore w   7.m adore w   8.ou pa montre m   9.m gade w   10. m pa gade w

21 comments:

  1. Ou rele mwen / W rele mwen

    Mwen chwazi ou / M chwazi ou :-)

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  2. Thank you for this website!

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  3. I have been looking for something like this! I need repetition to get it to stick!! Thanks for all your hard work

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  4. you're welcome Lowell & Robin. Keep Haiti with you always. Keep up the good work.

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  5. I have been practicing my Kreoyl with your site for sometime now. Thank you for this website. I have recently returned from a trip to Haiti and your site helped me so much. I love traveling to Haiti. I have made over 20 trips to Haiti but I feel this year I was better able to talk to the people. We visited Port au Prince, Ennery and Petite Riviere. Thank you. This site is a wonderful service to those that want to learn.

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  6. Things I discover on your site have enriched me.
    My Haitian friends now get eager and give me more attention than ever. Thank you.

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  7. Tunde, It gives great courage to hear that. Now I know that I am not working in vain. Thanks ☺

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  8. How do you pronounce "onore" - to honor?

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  9. I just came back from Léogane and cannot leave Haiti from my heart and mind. I keep singing and I was searching for a site to learn Kreyol and I am so glad to have found yours. It is so well done and perfect for me. My son has been living in Port-au-Prince and Léogane for 13 months and it was so nice to hear him speak Kreyol so well. We already speak Fench so it is easier for us.

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  10. Speaking French does have its advantages :)
    You'll be speaking Creole in no time.

    Great to hear from you.

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  11. I'm heading to Haiti this summer with a medical relief program. I can't thank you enough for creating this blog and teaching me to communicate with the Haitian people! God bless you!!

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    1. Great! I am happy this blog was helpful to you.

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  12. Travay ou se yon benediksyon pou tout moun ki koute yo. Mèsi pou lespri jenere ou.

    I am moving to Jarabacoa from Alabama, US in 1 year. To prepare I have been studying vocabulary. Your site has been a tremendous help because you teach me how to put it all together and with correct pronunciation. Thank you for your hard work.

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    1. Mèsi Tracie. It's great to hear that.

      Keep up the Creole :)

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  13. Where is the Lesson 5,6,7 ?
    Kamsa hamnida

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  14. Hello, Mandaly! I'm making steady progress through your lessons! Wa cheri mwen is SOOOO proud of me! Ha, ha! Anyway, I have a quick question. I seem to have hit a tiny snag--I have so much trouble pronouncing "w." I was like, OU is such a tiny word already! It's even SHORTER? :-O ha, ha. My question is....do I HAVE to use contracted forms? Is it mandatory since you said Haitians commonly use it? Xoxo

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