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Sunday, June 30, 2013

DEVENN? - Misfortune? (AUDIO)

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Nanpwen moun ki gen plis devenn pase Mayòt.
There no one who has more bad luck than Mayòt.

Se pa Mayòt, ti mandyan nan lari a?
Isn't it Mayòt, the little beggar in the street?

Wi.  Toude paran l yo te mouri depi lè’l te piti.
Yes.  Both her parents died since she was little.

Adye! Sa tris.
How sad!


Apre sa li te abite avèk sèl grenn fanmi li genyen ki te rete.
After that she lived with the only family she had left. (...that remained literally)


Monnonk li?
Her uncle?

Wi. Men, monnonk lan te konn fimen.  Yon jou swa,  dòmi te pran’l.  E li te bliye etenn sigarèt li.
Yes.  But the uncle used to smoke.  One night he fell asleep and he forgot to extinguish his cigarette.

O O kisa ki te pase?
What happened?

Kay la pran dife, monnonk lan fè vwèl pou peyi san chapo. Grasadye, Mayòt te chape.  Men malerezman li tonbe viv nan lari.
The house caught fire,  the uncle died.  Fortunately, Mayòt escaped.  But unfortunately she started to live in the streets.

O! Podyab malerèz la!
Oh the poor girl!

Yon madanm te vin ranmase Mayòt nan lari a.  Li te ba l yon kote pou l rete.  Madanm nan di li pral mete Mayòt lekòl , men Mayòt te tounen restavèk lakay Madanm nan.
A woman  removed her from the streets.  She gave her a place to live.  The woman said that she'll put her in school, but Mayòt became a child servant at the woman's house.

Ala enjistis!
Such injustice!

Men wi. Mayòt grandi kòm restavèk lakay madanm nan.  Yo bat li.  Yo maltrete l.  Yo abize l.  Yon jou Mayòt sove.  E depi lò sa a se nan lari li dòmi.
Of course. Mayòt grew up as a servant at the woman's house.  They beat her.  They mistreated her.  They abused her.  One day Mayòt ran away.  And since then she's been sleeping in the streets. (...it's in the streets she sleeps literally)

Ala malchans!
What misfortune!

E ou p’ap janm kwè kote m te wè Mayòt jodi a?
And you'll never believe where I saw Mayòt today?

Non.  M pa konnen.
No. I don't know.

Mwen wè li nan yon azil pou moun ki san kay?
I saw her at a homeless shelter?

O O!

Men wi.  E kisa w kwè li t’ap fè?
Yes.  And what do you think she was doing?

Petèt li t’ap chache yon kote pou l rete?!
Maybe she was looking for a place to stay?!

Non. Mayòt t’ap sèvi kòm volontè.  Li t’ap sèvi rezidan yo. Li t’ap bay yo manje.  Li t’ap pran swen yo.
No.  Mayòt was working as a volunteer.  She was helping the residents.   She was feeding them.  She was caring for them.

Ala yon benediksyon fanm sa a ye!
What a blessing this woman is!


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Friday, June 28, 2013

Eske m kapab di -Mwen desi de ou?- oubyen eske gen yon pibon fason pou dili?

M panse lè w'ap pale Kreyòl, ou gen dwa di li.  Se konsa nou pale.  Lwa avèk règ pa kapab chanje fason nou te konn pale lontan.  Men si ou vle kòrèk e w pa vle itilize "de" Franse a, ou kapab di "Mwen pa kontan ak ou".
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Kisa vle di 'menman pareyman'

menmman parèyman
menm bagay la
menm kout bwa a
menm kout baton an
menm penpenp lan
same thing
equally same

1. Dapre sa yo di, prezidan Obama se menmman parèyman ak yon sosyalis.
2. Vòlè yon dola ak vòlè yon milyon dola se menmman parèyman.  Toude se vòl.

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Siye bek ate? (Mwen siye bek ate mwen pa janm rele w anko).

Siye bèk atè or siye bouch atè (lit. wipe your mouth on the floor)  is like swearing off of something, swearing not to do something wrong again.
After a child has been punished, the person who punished the child might tell the child, "Siye bouch ou atè pou w pa janm fè sa ankòSwear that you'll never do that again."

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Is 'aksyone' a bad name to call someone as in, does it mean "irresponsible"?

aksyonè - cheekyballsy.
I'm not sure how it can be a "bad name" calling kind-of-thing.

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kisa pou m itilize nan fraz sa a Se oubyen Li? Le gwo vant ap vante li te difisil (or se te difisil) pou chapo te rete nan tet nou..?

Mandalay what is 'fe kou w konnen' and when can I use it?

Fè kou w konnen - do whatever you can, do everything in your power

Used in sentences such as:
1. Fè kou w konnen pou w ban m lajan m nan apremidi paske m bezwen li.
    Do all you can to give me my money this afternoon because I need it.

2. Li pa't vle dòmi New York, donk li te fè kou l konnen li jwenn yon vòl pou New Jersey jou swa sa a.
    She didn't want to sleep in New York, so she did her best to get a flight to New Jersey that night.

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Thursday, June 27, 2013

how do you say afford in creole

afford (to have the means) → gen mwayen, anmezi
afford ( to allow) → penmèt

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what does kafou mean? not as the suburb

How do you start a letter in Creole? The beginning salutation and the end. Mesi anpil.

"Call us to learn more answers to about the most important questions we ask." Is this correct "Rele nou aprann plis repons yo sou kesyon yo nou mande ki pi enpòtan."

Rele nou pou w jwenn repons sou kesyon enpòtan ki pi domine panse nou. ???

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Kisa vle di maryaj civil? Eske genyen yon lot marriage?

Maryaj sivil - courthouse marriage.  You maryaj ki pa fèt legliz.  Yo rele sa pase paye tou.
Gen kèk Ayisyen ki panse ou poko janm marye toutotan pè a pa beni bag la. ...Fòk ou ta marye devan lasosyete.

Kanta pou lòt maryaj (lòt kalite maryaj?): maryaj legliz ak maryaj biznis ki se menm bagay ak maryaj rezidans
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Wednesday, June 26, 2013

How do I say "impact" as in "What impact did it have on you?" How do I say "How do you see your mother" when trying to ask what is your mother like?

impactefè, enpresyon

What impact did it have on you?
Ki efè sa te fè sou ou?

How do you see your mother
Kisa manman w reprezante pou ou?

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what does ti rad dezagreman mean?

rad dezagreman (or machann dezagreman) -riotous, unruly or quarrelsome person

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sak ki kokorat nan angle?

kokorat (bèt la?) → sow bug, pill bug
kokorat (non yo bay yon ti krabè?) → bum, vagabond,  little rascal

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I am trying to download lesson to my mp3. Can someone help me with instructions? Thanks

what does li met brize mean

Fòk gen yon kontèks la a.
Si fraz sa a soti nan yon ekspresyin, n'al mal tradui l si nou pa konn sa k'ap pale a.
"Li mèt brize"....petèt y'ap pale koze tas, koze van, onswa koze moun k'ap kraze brize?
Mèsi.
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what does malfrinding mean

Malfrendeng se vakabon sansal ki gen devenn sou tèt yo.

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what does, "w se yon granmoun two demeplen (or something like that)" mean?

demeplèvulgar, repulsive, filthy

Ou se yon granmoun twò demeplè.
You are a vulgar old man (person)

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i forgot how the word is pronounced but what does jypsyone or jepsyone mean?

jesyone - manager, administrator, overseer, supervisor

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Tuesday, June 25, 2013

how would you say "I beg to differ" in creole ex. you , don't fall in love fast, well i beg to differ because it seems the opposite to me. in that sense! thanks in advance!

I beg to differ pèmèt mwen dezakòde avèk ou; pèmèt mwen di w lekontrè

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Sorry for the many questions, is this google translation correct: "Mwen pa mennen ou sou m 'ye?" I want to say "am i leading you on? by talking to you" as in making the person think your interested in them

To lead on (to seduce?) → chame, sedui, file
I'm not sure I totally understand this question you're trying to translate:
"Am I leading you on by talking to you"???? ("Eske mwen chame w lè m pale avè w??")
or are you trying to say:
 I hope you don't think I'm trying to lead you on by talking to you??? (M'espere ou pa panse m'ap eseye chame w lè m'ap pale ak ou.) ????


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"as it was", " as it used to be"

as it was - jan l te ye a
as it used to be - jan l te konn ye a

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Monday, June 24, 2013

Mandaly, I know this probably sounds juvenile at this point, but how do you say an Kreyol "My name is John", and "I am called John"? I have not ran across these questions as of yet. When I go to the HC translator, I keep getting things all over the board. Anyway, thank you much for all. Jan.

Juvenile? Non, pa ditou :)
I can get carried away when answering questions.   I hope I don't make you or anyone feel that way :)

There are many ways to say "My name is John" in HC. You were probably coming across these with the translator:

1.
My name is John
Mwen rele John.
Non mwen se John.

2.
I am called John.
Yo rele mwen John.

3.
John is my name.
Se John ki non m.

4.
Kijan ou rele?
Kijan yo rele w?
Ki non ou?
What's your name?

5.
Ki siyati w?
Ki non fanmi ou?
What's your last name?

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How can I say APATHY in Creole? Ex: His apathy gives us insight into his parents' desire to help others.

apathyendiferans, detachman, mank konpasyon, ensansiblite

His apathy gives us insight into his parents' desire to help others.
Endiferans li te ban n yon apèsi sou dezi paran l yo te genyen pou ede moun.

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Sorry I meant to say EMPATHY....no wonder the rest of the sentence didn't help.

empathy - byenveyans, tandrès, sansiblite, bon kè

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What is the meaning of ALAWONYAY as in the sentene: Wout pou yo te pase nan mon yo te danjere e te konn gen anpil vole ki alawonyay

alawonyay lurking, snooping, prowling

Wout pou yo te pase nan mòn yo te danjere e te konn gen anpil vole ki alawonyay
The road they could have taken in the hills was dangerous and usually there were crooks lurking around.
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When you have the chance can you write down some of the H. Creole terms with "Ké". I have "ké sote" and "ké kontan".

The accent on the "e" for "kè" is different than what you have in your question.  You have "ké", but you should write "kè".  This changes the sound of the letter.  You're probably typing alt +130 (aksantegi) instead of alt+138 (aksan grav / aksan fòs).

There are a few Haitian Creole terms (I cannot think of all of them), but if you come up with more, send me a comment and I'll add it to the post.

1.
kè grenn → envy, resentment
Kè l grenn - He's resentful

2.
kè kontanhappiness
Nou gen kè kontan.
We are happy.

3.
kè sere - anxiety, nervousness
kè m sere, m pa ka manje.
When I'm anxious I can't eat

4.
kè sou biskèt - (same with kè sere)
Yo di si kè w sou biskèt tout tan, sa kapab koze tansyon w monte wo.
They say if you're anxious all the time, this might cause you to have a high blood pressure

5.
kè sotepanic, scare, anxiety
Mwen ta renmen viv san kè sote.
I would like to live in peace (without fear).

6. 
Kè kase same with kè sote

7.
kè cho → excitement, restlessness
Kè m cho jodi a. M pral chache pitit gason m nan ayewopò a.  Mwen pa't wè li depi senkan.
I am excited today.  I am going to pick up my son at the airport.  I haven't seen him in five years.

8.
kè pòpòz → calm
Madanm sa a toujou kè pòpòz.  Kè l pa janm sote pou anyen.
This woman is always calm.  She never panics for anything.

9.
kè plen → nauseous
Sant mache a ban m kè plen.
The smell of the market makes me nauseous.


10.
kè tounen  (same with kè plen)

11.
kè sansib → compassion, kindness
Pafwa moun pran avantaj sou sa yo ki gen kè sansib.
Sometimes people take advantage on those who are kind.

12.
pa kè (pakè) → by heart (as in memorizing)
Ou pa bezwen aprann vèsè a pa kè, nou va ekri l pou ou.
You do not need to learn the verse by heart.  We'll write it down for you.

13.
kè di → indifference, hard-hearted
Nanpen moun gen kè di pase mesye sa a
There's no one more indifferent than this guy.


14.
bon kè →compassion, kindness
Li toujou bon pou w viv ak yon moun ki gen bon kè.
It's always nice to live with a good-hearted person.

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how do you translate STEP BY STEP in Creole. All the words her can be translated as PA? STEP BY STEP (PA PA PA)?

It would be very awkward if we could say "pa pa pa" .

Try the following translations for step by step
ti pa ti pa
Ti pa ti pa n'a rive Step by step we'll get there

etap pa etap
Nou dwe suiv direksyon yo etap pa etapwe must follow the directions step by step

pazapa
Sovè a avèk mwen.  L'ap gide m pazapa. →  The savior is with me.  He is guiding me step by step.

and there are more translations:
ti kal pa ti kal
ti kras pa ti kras
moso pa moso
piti a piti
etc...

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Is there a way to differentiate, when saying "menaj", whether one is talking about a girlfriend or boyfriend. In my situation this guy is talking about "menaj mwen" and by his mannerism I think that it could be a "boyfriend" but I do not want to ask.

That's a tough situation, but unfortunately mennaj (menaj, mennay) translates both "boyfriend" and "girlfriend". Perhaps the next time when he talks about his "menaj", you could turn the conversation in English and he will have to SAY "boyfriend" or "girlfriend".  Or you could simply ask him for a picture of his "sweetheart:" :)

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Sunday, June 23, 2013

how do you say "God bless you", when the "you" is plural/to many people?

God bless you (to many people)
Bondye beni nou.
Ke Bondye beni nou.
Se pou Bondye beni nou.

God bless you all.
Ke Bondye beni nou tout.
Se pou Bondye beni nou tout.

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Yon ti dejene nan restoran an (AUDIO)

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-Bonjou mesye.  Byenveni nan restoran nou an.  Kisa w ta renmen pran jodi a?
 Good morning sir.  Welcome to our restaurant.  What would like to have today?

-Kisa w genyen kòm bwason matmwazèl?
 What do you have for drinks miss?

-Nou genyen kafe, te, kola, ak bwason alkòl.
 We have coffee, tea, sodas, and alcoholic drinks.

-Ban m yon kafe trè fò silvouplè.
  Give a a very strong coffee please.

-Dakò. W’ap eseye reveye’w?
  Okay,  Are you trying to wake up?

-Wi.  M te pase yon nuit blanch yèswa.
  Yes. I had a sleepless night last night.

-M’espere kafe a va ede w. Eske w’ap pran dejene avèk nou?
 I hope the coffee will help. Will you have breakfast with us?

-Wi silvouplè.  Mwen ta renmen yon bòl fwi ak yogout.
  Yes please.  I'd like a bowl of fruits with yogurt.

-Dezole mesye, nou pa gen yogout pou kounye a.  Eske ou ta renmen fwi yo san yogout la?
 Sorry sir, we do not have any yogurt at this time.  Would you like the fruits without the yogurt?

-Non. Ban mwen yon sandwich ze ak janbon pito.
 No.  Give me a ham and egg sandwich instead.

-Dakò. Eske ou ta renmen ajoute zonyon ak tomat nan sandwich la, mesye?
 Okay.  Would you like to add onions and tomatoes to the sandwich sir?

-Si zonyon an griye, ou mèt ajoute l, men mwen pa vle tomat.
  If the onion is grilled, you may add it, but I do not want tomatoes.

-Dakò. Eske ou ta renmen anyen ankò?
  All right.  Would you like anything else?

-Non se tout.  Eske ou te ka pote kafe a anpremye silvouplè?
 No that's all.  Could you bring the coffee first please?

-Wi, mesye kafe a ap vini tousuit.
  Yes sir, the coffee will come right away.

-Mèsi madmwazèl.
 Thanks miss.

-Bon apeti mesye.
  Enjoy your meal sir.

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Saturday, June 22, 2013

"Se pale pou ta pale ave li" What's going on with "pou ta"

In that sentence, try to concentrate on "SE POU" which means  let's, must, (indicates necessity, obligation)
as in:
Se pou w marye - You should marry
Se pou w manje pou pa megri. - You should eat so you don't get skinny.
Se pa pou w fè sa. - You must not (shouldn't do that)
Se pou li pale ak fanm nan. - He should talk to the woman.
Se pou nou priye pou yo. - We must pray for them.

Kisa pou m fè? - What must I do?
Se pou w ale. - You must go.
Kisa pou m di l? - What must I tell her.
Se pa pou di l anyen. - You must tell her nothing.
Kisa pou m pote pou ou? - What should bring for you?
Se pou w pote yon boutèy diven pou mwen. - You must bring me a bottle of wine.

Then carry your attention to the tenses; "ta" → should, would

1.
Se pou w ta ale.
or
Se ale pou w ta ale.
You should go.
You should have gone. (depending on context)

2.
Se pou n ta di l laverite.
or
Se di pou n ta di l laverite
We should tell her the truth

3.
Se pou w ta pale avè li.
or
Se pale pou w ta pale avè li.
You should talk to him/her.

4.
Se pou w ta wè sa.
or
Se pou w ta wè sa.
You should have seen this.

5.
Se pou w ta la.
or
Se la pou w ta la.
You should have been there.

6.
Se pou l ta pran remèd la pou l santi l miyò.
or
Se pran pou l ta pran remèd la ou l santi l miyò.
He should take the medication in order to feel better.

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What is the "a" doing here? "TiWil rive a." Also in writing sometimes I see: "Mwen la a." Why the extra "a"?

In your first example "a" indicates that you had talked about this event before.  In the sentence it might mean a recap or an update.

1. TiWil te rive a wi.
    TiWil made it to that place we were talking about.
    TiWil  made it.

2. Eske li te ale a? 
    Did she go to that place we talked about?
    Did she go?

3.  Eske li te ale Meksiko a? 
     Did she go to the Mexico trip that we talked about?
     Did she go to that Mexico trip?
    
4. Eske w te fè l la?
    Did you do the the thing that we talked about?
    Did you do that thing?

5. Eske li te ba ou l la?
    Did she give you the thing that we talked about?
    Did she give you that thing?


Your second example seems to be about "la a" which means "here, there, or now"; just as "laba a" it usually carries the article "a".

6.  Kisa w'ap vin di la a?
     What are you telling me now?

7. Kisa w'ap vin ban m la a?
    What is this nonsense that you're telling me now?

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Should I add "PA" when using "PIGA" - PIGA PA FE SA??

That would be a double negative.
If you just mean do say "don't do this" or "You better not do that", then there's no need for "pa".  "Pinga" is the negative auxillary.

1. Pinga w fè sa.
    Don't do that.

2. Pinga w pran wout sa.
    Do not take this road.

3. Pinga w bliye m.
    Don't you forget me.

But when you add "pa", you do not have  a negative sentence anymore.

4. Pinga w pa fè sa.
    Don't you not do it

5. Pinga w pa sonje salye moun yo non.
    You better remember to greet the people.

6.  Pinga l pa ale nan entèvyou a demen non.  Y'ap tann ni.
     He better go to the interview tomorrow.  They're waiting for him.
 
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Assigning Shortcuts for accented letters - Useful when creating the Haitian Creole aksan grav or aksan fòs in è, ò, à, Ò, È


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  1.     Open Microsoft Word
  2.     Click the Insert Tab
  3.     Click Symbol (in Word 2010 this is on the far right) 
  4.     Click More Symbols (at bottom of dialogue box).
  5.     Find è and click on it only once to highlight it.
  6.     Click Shortcut Key... (at the bottom of dialogue box). This will bring up a new dialogue box.
  7.     You can now assign new keys. Press and hold CTRL. While holding CTRL first press ` (above tab) and then press e in that order. Release CTRL. You should see Ctrl+`,E in the “Press new shortcut key:” dialogue box.
  8.     Click Assign (bottom left of dialogue box).
  9.     Click Close (bottom left of dialogue box).
  10.  Close the Symbol dialogue box.
  11.  Now test your new assignment of keys.
  12.  Press and hold CTRL, while holding CTRL first press ` and then press e.    Letter è should come up.
Congratulation you have just created a shortcut for è. You can repeat this with any letter you like.

Note: to make capital letters add the Shift key in the command. For example to create the shortcut for È, step #7 will look like this:

7. Press and hold CRTL, while holding CTRL, press Shift then ` then e. The command will look like this Ctrl+~,Shift+E in the “Press new shortcut key:” dialogue box.


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Friday, June 21, 2013

How would you say Be Yourself or Just be yourself (sa in Don't try to be someone that you're not)

My first choice would be Pa imite lòt moun.

Be yourself:
Rete jan ou ye a.
Pa imite lòt moun
Rete moun ou ye a. (Toujou rete moun ou ye a)
Pa pran pòz ou se yon lòt moun (Don't pretend to be someone else)

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can a gason use retire-nan-kosay-mwen expression (you know, kosay is blouse?)

I don't see why not :)  If that's a concern,  why don't you use "lestomak" or "kòlèt" instead of "kòsay"?

retire nan kòsay
retire nan lestomak
retire nan kòlèt
retire nan fal
or
demaske nan kòlèt
etc....

kèk egzanp
1. Mwen bezwen demaske fanm sa a nan fal mwen.
2. Retire w nan kòlèt mwen.
3. Lè'm te fin peye machin mwen, mwen te kontan m te resi retire "bill" sa a nan kòlèt mwen.
4. Mezanmi o! tout sa m fè pou m demaske misye nan kòlèt mwen, mwen pa't kapab.

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"Li sou san" or "li sou sa"? ede m ;)

How are you using it?

sou san advin a good mood

1.
Li sou san l jodi a.
He's in a good mood today.

2.
Ou te pran kèk bon nouvèl?  Mwen wè' w sou san w jodi a.
Did you get some good news?  I see that you're in a good mood today.

sou sa → willing, in the mood, cheerful
3.
Pa pale avè'm.  M pa sou sa jodi a.
Don't talk to me.  I' m not in the mood today.

You can replace "sa" in "sou sa" with a noun:
4.
M pa sou jwèt jodi a. - I'm not in the mood to play.
M pa sou blag jodi a - I'm not in the mood to joke.
M pa sou zafè pale jodi a - I'm not in the mood to talk.
M pa sou sa.  - I'm not in the mood
M pa't sou sa. - I wasn't in the mood.
Ou toujou sou rans - You're always in the mood to joke around

5.
Depi ou wè li pa sou pale, konnen li gen yon problèm.
If he's not in the mood to talk, it means that he has a problem.

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"nou rive pa konprann ke se lajan yo pa't genyen", doesn't the first pa indicate that "we don't understand"

No, based on what we have here, it's not.
Nou rive pa konprann ..... we came to understand that ....


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"ki mele m si ou fache" or "kite mele m si ou fache" - which is correct? Can you give me more examples please

You may use either one.

ki mele m (kite mele'm) → I don't care, so what?

Ki mele'm si w fache  (so what if you're angry)
Ki mele'm si w pa pale avè m (so what if you don't talk to me)
Ki te mele'm si w ale ou pa janm tounen  (I don't care if you leave and never come back)
Ki te mele'm avè w (I don't care)

We also say "ki mele m avèk entèl" meaning "I don't care what so and so ...."
example:
Joe pa vle fè zanmi avè m.  Ki mele'm avè l.
Joe doesn't want to be my friend. I don't care.

Moun yo refize ede m.  Ki te mele'm avè yo. M'a fè sa m kapab.
They refuse to help.  I don't care.  I'll do what I can.


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Thursday, June 20, 2013

How would you say "Have you been to the beach?"

how would you translate "kenbe l kout" in English?

kenbe kout - to stay close to, to pursue, to give no rest.

1. Ti pitit la te kenbe pye manman l kout.  Tout kote manman l fè, li fè tou.
    The kid stayed close to his mom.  He went everywhere his mom went.

2. Ou dwe kenbe l kout jouk li renmèt ou lajan w.
    You must give him no rest until he reimburses you your money.

3.  Nou kenbe pye Bondye kout.  Nou pa lage l yon may.
     We stay close to God.  We don't stray away from him.
   
   

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How can I communicate, "Turn around". For example: "Turn around and look at me" or "Turn around and walk the other way"?

There are different ways to translate "to turn around" in Haitian Creole.  But "turn around" here is translated as "vire"
Turn around → vire
Turn around and look at me → Vire enpi  gade m. You can also say Vire gade m.
Turn around and walk the other way. →  Vire enpi mache ale nan lòt sans lan. You can also say Vire enpi mache ale laba. 

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Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Madanm, Are the billions written as: de milya twa milya sis milya uit milya ETC? Mesi anpil.

Yes.
We also say dèmilya de moun billions of people; yon milya de dola a billion dollars
We TEND to put "de" after milya sometimes.

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can you explain more "pran fil". No English translations in your examples please. I want to read through them and try to understand.....

pran fil - expression for to be succeeding at something, to thrive, to progress, to flourish

1. Apre sèlman de jou nan klas Kreyòl la blan meriken an fin pran fil nèt nan lang lan.  Lotrejou tout moun kanpe sou ran pou gade l k'ap fè pri tenkantenk ak yon machann an Kreyòl.

2. Li gen twa mwa sèlman nan travay, li gentan pran fil nèt.  Kounye a se li'k manadjè.

3. Anna apenn vin abite nan vwazinay la, men tout vwazen gentan konn non l.  Tout moun se zanmi l.  Li fin pran fil nan katye a.

4. Biznis la ouvè de pi dezan, li pa janm pran fil.  Sanble yo pral oblije fèmen l.

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How do you use OLYE (instead) here? "I'll have water instead"

You should use PITO here.
olye - in place of, rather than, instead of
pito adv - instead, preferably, rather

FYI: pito vto prefer; it is preferable that, it is better to

1. I'll have water instead.
    M'ap pran dlo pito.
    but you can say:
    I'll have water instead of coffee.
    Olye kafe, m'ap pran dlo.

2. Let's go to the movies instead.
    Ann al nan sinema pito.
    or you can say:
    Olye pou n al nan konsè a, pa pito n t'al nan sinema.
    Instead of the concert, what if we go to the movies?

3. I prefer to have a salad instead.
    Mwen pito pran yon salad.

4.  Olye pou ap gaspiye tan w la a, pa pito ou te tounen lekòl.
      Instead of wasting your time here, wouldn't it be better if you went back to school?

5. Olye pou ap babye pou frijidè a ki vid, pa pito w ta al fè makèt.
     Instead of nagging about the empty fridge, why don't you go to the market?

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Madanm, In the sentence, "M ka ba ou senkannsenk (ou, oswa, osnon e oubyen) swasannsenk goud. Are the words for "or" in brackets ALL interchangeable? In other words, is each of the four words correct in this sentence? Mesi anpil.

Yes they are.
Or - ou, oubyen, onswa, ouswa, osinon, osnon

These conjunctions can also be used to translate:

osnon  (osinon) → or, otherwise, or rather
1. Lè yon fanmi w osinon yon zanmi w trayi w, sa kapab afekte anpil.
    When a family or a friend betrays you, that can affect you a lot.

2. Tout sa mesye sa a di, kit se byen osnon mal, moun toujou aplodi l.
    Everything this man says, whether is good or bad, people always applaud him.

Ou/oubyen/onswa ... ou/oubyen/onswa → either ... or


3.  Onswa ou sèvi Bondye onswa ou sèvi lajan.  Ou pa kapab fè toude.
     Either you serve God or money.  You can't do both.

4.Oubyen ou menm onswa mari w ka vin chache l.
    Either you or your husband  can come pick it up.  


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Tuesday, June 18, 2013

qu'est que ça veut dire "tonsiton"?

tonsiton - matching colors, coordinating colors.

Mesye a abiye tonsiton.
The man is dressed in coordinating colors. (His clothes, shoes, sock, ties match fashionably well)

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Is there any way usually used to differentiate we from you (plural)?

No.  Not in H. Creole.  You may have to look within the context of the paragraph or sentence to find out if the word "nou" means we/us/our or if it's you (plural).

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Madanm, In "bye a, diven an e wiski la" do you eventually know which article to use by sound, or is it by rules of grammer only? I guess what I am saying is, do you just learn which article to use when you learn a particular word? So far I have not had much difficulty in memorizing which article to use when I learn a certain word. Mesi Madanm.

The Haitian Creole grammar makes it easier to know which def. article to use.
It says to go by the -ending of the words...

P.S.  the word "wiski" will take another vowel, not "la".  After reviewing the following rules, would you like to figure out which def article goes after "wiski"?

After a vowel (vwayèl bouch) (a, e, è, i, o, ò), we use "a":
examples:
kò a
matla a
mont Kendra a

after a consonant (t, y, l, d, etc....), we use "la"
examples:
pitit la
kay la
mayo Pòl la

After an "m" or "n" sound (machin, fanm, kazèn) we use "nan" - sometimes people use "lan"
examples:
madanm nan
mwa desanm nan
chemiz Edison lan

After a nasal vowel sound (an, on, en), we use "an"
examples:
pen an
pon an
Sa se òdinatè mwen an.

After a consonant which follows a nasal sound/vowel (vwayèl nen), we use "lan"
examples
mant lan
monnonk lan
matant lan

and then you will use the nasal "an" or "lan" if the word sounds nasal, no matter what the ending is:
examples:
zanmi an
fanmi an
lanmou an
Ban'm pitit la or Ban'm pitit lan.


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How would you translate "is for" like "Anything that happens is for a reason." Do you use se?

Yes.

Anything that happens is for a reason.
Tout bagay ki rive se pou yon rezon.

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Regarding your answer for "sa k fe sa" meaning "why" - can you as a 'why' question with is. "Why didn't you go?" I can say "POUKISA OU PA TE ALE" or "SA K FE SA OU PA TE ALE "?

If you choose to use 'Sa'k fè sa', you should write it without "sa":

1.
Sa'k fè ou pa te ale?
Why didn't you go?

other examples:

2.
Sa'k fè w kontan konsa?
Why are you so happy?

3.
Sa'k fè ou pa't di l sa?
Why didn't you tell him/her that?

Remember the Creole term Se sa'k fè - that is why? see link.

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'yon ti jan a goch' Kisa li vle di isit la? "Nou pa p gen ta pase kay joanne paske wout kay li yon ti jan a goch"

agoch vle di 'a little bit out of the way" nan fraz sila a.

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Ale kotew vle, mouri kotew ou te dwe??

Ale kote w vle, mouri kote w dwe.
You don't get to choose how you die.

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Could you please explain ADEKE and use in a sentence?

Do you mean "adekè"?

adekè (lit. with two hearts) - with hesitation, with reluctance
It's used to indicate that you're rendering a service, or you're giving something away; but you're doing it without eagerness or willingness.
Example:

1. Si w'ap ede m ak de kè, pito w pa ede m ditou.
    If you're helping out and you have regret about it, it's better that you don't help me at all.

2. Nou bay mandyan an kòb la adekè paske nou pa konnen si se manje oubyen dwòg li pral achte avè l.
    We gave the beggar the money with reluctance because we don't know whether he's going to use it for food or drugs.

   
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"From" continues to confuse me...I found a Jan 2013 post where you used 'moun' as 'from.' Is this the same as 'soti'? Mesi.

You can use 'MOUN" when indicating origin such as
Mwen se moun New york
I am a person of New York (literally)
I am from New York.

Li se moun Alabama.
She is from Alabama.

So yes,  it means the same as "Mwen soti New York" or "Mwen soti Alabama"

If you haven't done so already, check this link: Using FROM in Creole
And I have also used "moun" in the audio post titled Nan Estasyon Bis la

Monday, June 17, 2013

Can you explain the rules for the mwen to m' contraction?

"MWEN" can be used as personal pronoun: I or ME
"MWEN" can be replaced with contraction "m".
example:
1. Mwen te wè li.
    or 
   M te wè li.
   I saw it.

2. Rele mwen lè w rive.
    or
    Rele m lè w rive.
    Call me when you arrive.

"MWEN" can be used as possessives: MY, MINE (singular or plural)
example
3. pitit mwen - my child
4. pitit mwen yo - my children
Do not use contraction after a word that end with a consonant.
The word "pitit" ends with "t" which is a consonant.  So you cannot say "pitit m".  You will always say "pitit mwen".

5. pye mwen or pye m - my foot
The word "pye" ends with a vowel "e" which is a vowel, so you can say "pye mwen" or "pye m"

6. kesyon mwen or kesyon m - my question
The word "kesyon" ends with a nasal vowel "on", so you can say "kesyon mwen" or "kesyon m"

Sometimes a definite article may come after MWEN:
7. kesyon mwen an or kesyon m nan. - my question
8. kesyon mwen yo or kesyon m yo - my questions

We do not use contractions after these prepositions POU, NAN, SOU at the end of a sentence:

9. Malèt la tonbe sou mwen.
   You cannot say
   Malèt la tonbe sou m.

10. Fè sa pou mwen tanpri.
      you cannot say
     Fè sa pou m tanpri

11. Lespri Bondye te desann sou mwen
     you cannot say
     Lespri Bondye te desann sou m.


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How many "yo" can a sentence handle? Does this sound grammatically correct to you? "Yo te louvri kay yo ak bra yo pou yo te ka akeyi moun yo ki te vin travay nan klinik yo"

wow... that's a lot of "yo" for that little sentence :)  You are probably reading it within the context of a paragraph. I would replace the first "yo" with the subject and remove the plural article "yo" which comes right after "moun".
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pousyè pye miyò pase pousyè chita?? -kisa ki 'pousyè chita'?

Se dwe pousyè ki akimile nan peryòd inaktivite.
Pawòl sa a sanble vle di ke "Se aktivite ak debouya ki mennen pousyè pye; donk kalewès ak parès mennen 'pousyè chita' ".
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Someone might say -Sa Sa fe?- or -Sak fe sa?- Do they mean the same thing?

These terms might have different meanings depending on context.
Besides the obvious, you can translate them this way too:
Kisa sa fè? (Sa sa fè?) - What does that matter?
and
Sa'k fè sa? (Kisa ki fè sa?) - Why?

If I were to use them in a sentence:

1. Sa sa fè si w pa gen soulye?  Ou kapab al legliz la pye atè.  Sa p'ap deranje okenn moun.
    Does it matter if you have no shoes?  You can go to church barefoot.  People won't mind.

2. -Mwen pa prale nan fèt la avèk ou jodi a. I will not go to the party with you today. 
    -Sa'k fè sa? Why is that?
    -paske m prale ak yon lòt moun. Because I'm going with someone else.



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Mandaly, this is three questions in one. (i found the accents BTW:) Is 'pèdi fil' the opposite of 'pran fil'?, Is it the same as 'pèdi fèy'? How can I use 'pèdi fil'?

pèdi fil is not opposite of pran fil
pran fil - to thrive, to progress

for example, you can say
Biznis li a pran fil.
Her business is growing or thriving.

pèdi fil - to lose esteem, to lose authority, to lose leadership, to lose control, to lose grip
Depi lè zafè eskandal adiltè a, pastè a pèdi fil.
Since the time of the adultery scandal, the pastor's leadership has suffered.

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Friday, June 14, 2013

"Bonèt li chavire dèyè tèt li" --?

Si bonèt yon moun chavire dèyè tèt li, pa pwoche moun sa a :)
Sa vle di moun nan fin anraje, li fin dechennen --anvan lontan l'ap fou.

Basically this means He/She's lost it, He/She's deranged.

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Hey I plan to spend the summer in the town of Thomassique and was wondering if there is any type of accent I should be prepared for?

Nothing significant.
You'll still be able to understand a native's Creole even if they speak with some sort of accent (in Haiti).
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opere yon mirak oubyen fe yon mirak?

Eske ou ta kapab di m si -poze san- ak -pran san- se menm? kile ou kapab itilize toude

Wi, mwen ta di yo gen menm definisyon.
Toulede vle di pou relaks, enpi rete trankil.

Poze san w.
Relax
Slow down
Take your time

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One of the definition for 'kouri' is 'to approach' - can you explain how that is? I've tried writing sentences and they don't quite make sense. Mwen kouri nan magazen an--I'm approaching the store?

If you mean I am running towards the store - I'm approaching the store - It makes sense
Unless you're talking about KOURI SOU which mean APPROACHING - running towards, moving towards, drawing near
You can say:
1.
Fanm nan ap kouri sou karantan e l poko vle marye.
The woman is approaching forty and she doesn't want to get married.

2.
M'ap kouri sou de jou depi m pa manje.
I approaching two days since I ate last.
It's been almost two days since I ate.

3.
N'ap kouri sou katrèdtan depi n'ap travay san yon ti kanpo.  An nou fè yon ti poze.
We're approaching fours hours working with a break.  Let's rest a little bit.

4.
Depi konbyen tan remèd ou fini?  M'ap kouri sou de semèn depi l fini.
How long ago did your medication run out?  It's been almost two weeks.

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Does it matter if I use anndan'm or nan mwen when I want to say 'within me'?

It will matter if you care about being specific.
And anndan mwen (inside of me, within me) and nan mwen (in me, within me) might be translated differently in different contexts and may not be interchangeable at that point.

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Wednesday, June 12, 2013

tradwi pou mwen souple:segne mwen pral pran lari-a, pran kontwol mechan yo pou mwen.

Seyè mwen pral pran lari-a, pran kontwòl  mechan yo pou mwen
Lord I'm going to take the streets, protect me from the wicked.
Lord I'm going out, protect me from harm

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Tuesday, June 11, 2013

How would you say "Just one life", as in we have just one life to live and make a difference.

Just one life
Yon sèl lavi a
oubyen
Yon sèl egzistans lan

We have just one life to  live and make a difference
Nou gen yon sèl lavi a pou n viv e fè yon diferans

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Is there a H. Creole phrase similar to the english "I'm sorry" or "Excuse me" with the meaning "I didn't hear you correctly."

Yes. We say, "Padon?"


A Haitian friend near Hinche gave me three ways to say this. They might carry some associations of politeness, formality, or social background...

1. En?
2. Padon?
3. Plètil?

-TiWil

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to "hang around"? as in "We used to hang around in his backyard"?

Hang around → pase tan, frekante; also rete

1. We used to hang around in his backyard.
     Nou te konn pase ti tan nan lakou li a.

2. Don't hang around these people.  
    Pa frekante moun sa yo.

3. We hanged around the room a little bit longer to see who would show up.
     Nou te fè yon rete yon ti tan anplis pou wè ki moun ki ta vini.

4.  We didn't hang around to talk to him much.  We were in a hurry.
     Nou pa't rete pale avè l twòp.  Nou te prese.

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I want to design an exam question of the following type: There are two columns of words shown. The children need to match the words on the left side with the words on the right side by drawing a line. How could I say this in kreyòl in a way that is easy for timoun to understand? Mèsi!

What is the connection between the words on the left side with the word on the right side? Are they synonyms? Antonyms?  That connection, if you are including it too, will be written in blue.

Ou kapab ekri:

Trase yon liy pou konnekte mo ki nan kolonn goch la ak mo ki nan kolonn dwat la.
oubyen
Trase yon liy pou konnekte mo ki nan kolonn goch la ak mo ki vle di menm bagay la nan kolonn dwat la.

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To say "The apostles may have given him the name Barnabas because he was warmhearted, kind, and helpful to others. We should be like him" in Kreyòl, Would you say ? - Apòt yo te ka ba l 'Banabas yo Non, paske li te chaleureux, kalite, ak itil bay lòt moun. Nou ta dwe tankou l ' I am not helped much by google translate sorry,

Google translate can be helpful -- sometimes :)
"The apostles may have given him the name Barnabas because  he was warmhearted, kind, and helpful to others. We should be like him"
"Petèt Apòt yo te ba l non Banabas la paske li te gen konpasyon ak bon kè, e li te sèvyab avèk tout moun. Nou ta dwe menm jan ak li."


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