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Friday, June 7, 2013

Bonjou Mandaly, M’ fèk fini premyè chapit Pastè Bab e m’ gen kesyon pa bann e pa pakèt pou ou. Ou dispose?! Oke. Respire.... M'ap swete w toujou gen souf. Mèsi anpil anpil

Pou di w laverite, kè'm manke rete lè m te wè longè kesyon w lan :)
Mwen te menm manke endispoze.  Bondye fè m te chita sou yon chèz :)

Mwen espere lè'm fin repon kesyon ou yo, ou va repase premye chapit la ankò, avèk yon lòt konpreyansyon :)

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1. fèmen bèk lapousyè ki t'ap fè granchire nan lakou tè - close the beak of the 
dust that was showing of on the ground?
    Your translation is right.
    I translate it as ....the rain fell and "eliminated the dust that was getting to be too much."

2. lakòz figi tan an ki te makònen - because the face of time was entangled?
   You can say "tan an makònen", or "tan an mare".  It means "the sky is gray" or "it looks like it's about to rain."
    ...lakòz figi tan an ki te makònen ... → ...because of the weather that looked cloudy...

3. lanjelis oubyen gran lajounen 
    Lanjelis is darkness that falls at between 6 or 7 PM at night.
    Lanjelis oubyen gran lajounendarkness or broad daylight

4. badijonnen ak klou gagit - covered with shoe nails?
    Your translation is right.  We do not lack shoemakers in Haiti.  Sometimes they patch up your shoes with these little nails and it feels like your shoe is made of nails.  Not all the roads in Haiti are asphalted. And for a kid that walks 3 to 5 miles to and from school twice a day, a shoemaker is a life saver.  Otherwise we would be buying shoes every week.

5.machèt ki pa ret ak machèt - machete that didn't stay a machete?
  rete avèk yon moun (like a restavèk) means you're a servant to them.
  Manchèt ki pa rete a manchèt - "a machete that is no servant to other machetes." or "the machete of all machetes."

6. Oun manman machèt koulin ki rive…jouk atè – A huge ??? machete that goes all 
the way to the ground.
     Your translation is right, a huge or long machete that reaches all the way to the ground.
     manchèt koulin → type of long machete with skinny instead of wide blade; good for cutting sugar cane.

7. pla machèt –the blade of the machete? Or the handle?
    pla manchèt la → the blade of the machete
    They also say:
    pla men w → the palm of your hands
    

Rès la kontinye nan yon imèl....

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6 comments:

  1. oo this was very nice. Where are you seeing this person's questions and translation? (I don't see it in their post above)

    I would be curious to see their translation.

    -TiWil

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    1. The question was from "Shonejai".
      I just notified the "asker" about your comment.
      You might also hear from him.

      Here are the questions that were asked:

      Bonjou Mandaly,
      M’ fèk fini premyè chapit Pastè Bab e m’ gen kesyon pa bann e pa pakèt pou ou.
      Ou dispose?! Oke. Respire..

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      1. fèmen bèk lapousyè ki t'ap fè granchire nan lakou tè - close the beak of the
      dust that was showing of on the ground?
      2. lakòz figi tan an ki te makònen - because the face of time was entangled?
      3. lanjelis oubyen gran lajounen
      4. badijonnen ak klou gagit - covered with shoe nails?
      5.machèt ki pa ret ak machèt - machete that didn't stay a machete?
      6. Oun manman machèt koulin ki rive…jouk atè – A huge ??? machete that goes all
      the way to the ground.
      7. pla machèt –the blade of the machete? Or the handle?

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      8. pa jamn konn sasa vle di kannale kouri bridsoukou, sou oun sèl lanse – never
      knew what it meant for ??? to run suddenly in one single launch??
      9. mete li nan kan – put him in front of the goal?
      10. kòm gadyen – as goalie?
      11. lè l bouke sèvi po flè
      12. pete kaboulaw
      13. Si se pasa, vyèy pete je l, li toujou renmen sèmante l ap kite oun panyien
      gòl pase – Otherwise, searing that is was true, he always like to swear that he
      is letting a handful of goals pass?
      14. mango miska
      15. kòkòb – a handicapped person?

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      16. Lègnwa
      17, jwè k ap make l la panse se oun fent, se la a l bannann – players that are
      focusing on him there thought he was a joke, he’s in a jam?
      18. kloure bèk
      19. pran labitid = gen labitid?
      20. tèt zafè l
      21. tenkantenk
      22. chofe tidife vole – is this like egging him on?

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      23. plim te kòmanse pouse nan lestomak li – si this like saying butterflies in
      his stomach?
      24. zafè pa l se pale – his business is talking?
      25. si w pèdi pye w
      26. deplòtonnen
      27. depi douvanjou louvri jouk chanpwèl pran lari – from the break of dawn until
      the evil spirits take to the streets, or “all day”?
      28. tambouyè peristil Edga a
      29. bagèt legede - ??? sticks
      30. demake – standing out?
      31. pa gen vant pou ri– is this the same as ‘not having the stomach to do
      something, in this case, to laugh.
      32. pase raj nou
      33. plim ne gouy ap aprann bèl drib nan men mèt Bobo

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      34. ou ti jwè dèyè manman
      35. m pa annefè ak pòv – I am not dealing with poverty?
      36. krabè
      37. bat dèyè l – beat his butt?
      38. fèmen tiyo djwalalèlè Pastè Bab la ak oun franse pwenti

      M'ap swete w toujou gen souf.
      Mèsi anpil anpil

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  2. Could I be included in this e-mail? I do not mind if Shonejai contacts me as well. I am always happy to discuss Haitian literature :) Could I give you my e-mail address somewhere not on the public Blog? Where so?

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    1. Yes - Shonejai has emailed and showed interest in sharing info with you.
      He also is setting up a (English-Creole) glossary for each chapter of the book as he reads on(which is truly helpful!)to help others who may have the same questions as him. He's sent me the ones for ch 1 and ch 2 and wants to share that too.

      You may email me at Limanecasimi@aol.com.

      Dakò - mèsi.

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    2. oke! m te voye yon imèl ba ou! mèsi!

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    3. Dakò zanmi. Mwen resevwa li.

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