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Monday, February 10, 2014

Bonjou! I've been trying to translate the following sentence in kreyòl into English, and I want to make sure I've got the sense correct. The context is the following: Haitian poet Emile Roumer is revisiting Haitian history, and to move away from the tendency to group Jean Price-Mars in with the other "indigéniste" writers….

Bonjou!  I've been trying to translate the following sentence in kreyòl into English, and I want to make sure I've got the sense correct.  The context is the following: Haitian poet Emile Roumer is revisiting Haitian history, and to move away from the tendency to group Jean Price-Mars in with the other "indigéniste" writers.  Roumer says about Price-Mars in the early 1920s: "yo pat menm konnen li menm...li pa menm konte pou Ayiti menm"
My translation is: "People did not even know him [or his work?]...he did not count for Haiti"
Any advice or help you could provide would be much appreciated!!!

Answer:
Awesome :)  Your translation is correct.  The second part of that sentence would be “he did not count for Haiti” or “he did not matter to Haiti”… He was not significant….
 

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