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Monday, June 13, 2011

How is "W" pronounced, is it the same as "ou"? thanks.

Yes,
"w" is the contracted form of Haitian Creole "ou"

Part 1
"w" or "ou" both translate the words 'you, your, and yours

Examples
papa ou - your father
papa w - your father

M renmen ou - I love you.
M renmen w - I love you.

Ou ap dòmi. - You're sleeping.
Wap dòmi. - You're sleeping.

Sa se pa ou la. - This is yours.
Sa se pa w la. - This is yours.

Part 2
Haitian Creole speakers often use "w" instead of "ou" in writing and speaking.
"w" comes after words that end with nasal and non nasal vowels only.

Examples:
manman w - your mother

kò w - your body

chapo w - your hat

M rele w. - I call you.

Nou kwè w. - We believe you.

Part 3
"w" does not come after words that end with a consonant.
"ou" is used instead.

Examples:
pitit ou - your child

t ou - your head

machin ou - your car

pawòl ou - your word

M konprann ou. - I understand you.

Part 4
Examples:
Listen to the "ou" and "w" sound after the words in the list below.
Click on the play button, then listen or feel free to repeat after me.


1. Papa w - your father

2. Kò w - your body

3. vwazen w - your neighbor

4. kabann ou - your bed

5. liv ou - your book

6. M ekri w - I write to you.

7. M renmen w. - I like you.

8. M konprann ou. - I understand you.

9. Sa se manman w. - This is your mom.

10. Lave figi w. - Wash your face.

See other lessons with "OU" and "W"

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1 comment:

  1. This is soooo helpful! It's still hard to pronounce the w correctly, but it's a big help to hear it up against a variety of preceding words. Mesi anpil, Mandaly.

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