Resource and Learning site for those who are learning to speak Haitian Creole.
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Bonjou! ...Mèsi! ...E Orevwa! Check out the Audio Lesson of the Week. Do as many exercises as you need. Take an online QUIZ and get your answers right away. Finish a crossword puzzle. Reinforce your learning with the Audio/Video exercises. Search for English or Haitian Creole words translation. Also search the whole site for expressions, idioms and grammar rules. And ask questions about the language in the ASK ME ANYTHING section.
Most requested translations added here for your convenience: I love you →Mwen renmen w. I miss you →Mwen sonje w.My love! → Lanmou mwen!
my best - tout sa m kapab your best- tout sa w kapab
is this your best? - Eske se tout sa w ka fè?
yes this is my best. - Wi se tout sa m ka fè You are the best! - Se ou kap mennen!, Ou se tòp la!
good - bon better - pi bon, mye, miyò best - pi bon, meyè, miyò the best car- pi bon machin nan the best job- pi bon djòb la I feel better- m fè mye walking is better than driving- mache pi bon pase kondwi working is better than begging- travay pi bon pase mande Ask me anything
Other places to find more about possessive adjectives are LESSON 16 (2/19/2010 blog) and EXERCISE 25 (10/13/2010 blog)
1. Let's begin with the basics: My car - machin mwen My dad - papa m (the "m" is the contracted form of "mwen". So "papa m" is the same as "papa mwen") my book - liv mwen your car - machin ou
your dad - papa ou or papa w
his car - machin li
our car - machin nou
our dad - papa nou or papa n
their car - machin yo
2. Now let's move to the next level
My house - kay mwen Important! - Sometimes a definite article is added after the possessive adjective like this: My house- kay mwen an
The definite article can be omitted when using demontratives (this is, that is, these are, those are).
The definite article can be omitted when using nouns in such a specific way that there is no way of having more than one: father, mother, grandpa, grandma, husband, wife, heart, etc... My mother- Manman minstead ofManman m nan My grandmother- Grann mwen instead of Grann mwen an His grandfather- Granpapa liinstead ofGranpapa li a Our father- Papa nouinstead ofPapa nou an This is my luggage. Sa se malèt mwen. Those are my books. Sa yo se liv mwen. Very Important - You know that the Haitian Creole Language have about five definite articles: a, an, la, lan, nan. Just follow the rules before you place them in a sentence.
Examples: his car- machin li an your book- liv ou a my uncle- tonton mwen an ...or...my uncle- tonton m nan (follow the rules of the definite article) our family- fanmi nou an my friend- zanmi m nan their child- pitit yo a his brother- frè li a ...or...his brother- frè l la his book- liv li a
3. Now let's make sentences with the possessive adjectives.
1. My book is red. - Liv mwen an wouj.
2. His car is small - machin li an piti.
3. My dad is sick - Papa m malad.
4. My uncle is here - Tonton m nan la.
5. Our school is far - Lekòl nou an lwen
6. This is my mom. - Sa se manman m.
7. This is my shirt - Sa se mayo m nan. or you could also say: Sa se mayo m.
8. This is my book - Sa se liv mwen an. or you could also say: Sa se liv mwen.
9. I understand your language - M konprann lang ou a.
10. Come to my house - Vini lakay mwen.
11. Come to my party - Vini nan fèt mwen an.
12. Come to my school - Vini nan lekòl mwen an
13. Come to their party - Vini nan fèt yo a.
14. Come to her school - Vini nan lekòl li a.
15. My pencil is yellow. - Kreyon m nan jòn.
Learn more about Possessive adjectives at these links:
Answer with attitude: Bliye w!(Forget you!)
Answer with attitude: M meprize w!( I'll ignore you!)
Answer: M ba w vag. (I'll ignore you)
Interesting answer: M pap pete ba w santi!( I won't even fart your way!)
Bonswa, kijan nou ye? - Good evening, how are you all?
To answer a question about possessive nouns, here are a few examples.
Study these examples carefully. Take notes on where the definite article is placed. (You might need to review the Haitian Creole definite articles See exercises or videos.)
The lady's car - will be literally translated as: The car of the lady Haitian Creole translation isMachin fanm nan.
Rachel's house - (literally) The house of Rachel - (Haitian Creole) Kay Rachel la.
The little baby's shirt - (literally) The shirt of the little baby - (Haitian Creole) Mayo ti bebe a
The dog's food - (literally) The food of the dog - (Haitian Creole) Manje chyen an
Joe's flight - (literally) The flight of Joe - (Haitian Creole) Vòl Joe a
My dad's car - (literally) The car of my father - (Haitian Creole) Machin papa m nan
My mom's mom - (literally) The mother of my mother - (Haitian Creole) Manman manman m
My mom's brother - (literally) The brother of my mother (Haitian creole) Frè manman m nan
Pitit pitit mwen malad - (literally) The child of my child is ill. (Haitian Creole) My Grandchild is ill.
I have the girl's hat. - Mwen gen chapo fi a.
The book's color is red - Koulè liv la wouj
Here's a little practice. Please Translate the following sentences. Answers are on this page. Go over the answers after you've translated these sentences:) Thanks!
1. I see Joe's car.
2. I sit in the teacher's chair.
3. He sleeps in his sister's bed
4. I read Lilianne' s book
5. She ate Kendra's sandwich. (Haitian Creole for sandwich is still sandwich)
6. The sky's color is gray.
7. The lady's eyes were red.
8. Here is the house's key.
9. This is my brother's car.
10. This is my country's flag
1. I see Joe's car. - Mwen wè machin Joe a. 2. I sit in the teacher's chair - M chita nan chèz pwofesè a. Also M chita sou chèz pwofesè a. 3. He sleeps in his sister's bed. - Li dòmi sou kabann sè li a. Also Li dòmi nan kabann sè li a. 4. I read Lilianne's book. M te li liv Lilianne nan. (!!! The name "Lilianne" has a resonating "n sound" at the end - that changes the definite article to "nan". check videos on the definite articles)
5. She ate Kendra's sandwich - Li te manje sandwich Kendra a. Also Li manje sandwich Kendra a. (The present tense of the verb may be used when talking of the past)
6.The sky's color is gray- Koulè syèl la gri.
7The lady's eyes were red. - Je fanm nan te wouj.
8.Here is the house's key. - Men kle kay la.
9.This is my brother's car. - Sa se machin frè mwen an.Also Sa se machin frè m nan.
10.This is my country's flag- Sa se drapo peyi mwen an.Also Sa se drapo peyi m nan.