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Saturday, March 22, 2014

Mandaly, please help. This proverb was put on a site by an NGO and I don't get it...please help: “Mwen se yon pitit Lafrik Ginen ki fèt Ayiti. Mwen konstate depi nan Ginen bon Nèg ap ede Nèg. Mwen kwè lanmou pi fò pase lanmò.”


Literally: “I am a descendant of Guinea Africa that was born in Haiti.  I understand since Guinea good nèg ap ede nèg.  I believe that love is stronger than death.”

Nèg usually has a general meaning in H. Creole.  It basically translates “man”.  But sometimes it means “black man” or “negro”.  And this is an example of this here.

Haitians consider Guinea as their roots, their origin, their mother land.

There’s a saying that goes “Depi nan Ginen nèg rayi nèg” – “Since Guinea nèg have hated nèg”.  – It’s about betrayal, inability to work together among brothers, hatred, ...the type of hatred that will push one man to sell another as slave.

That expression is turned around here and it reads instead:”“depi nan Ginen bon Nèg ap ede Nèg” – “Since Guinea good nèg have been helping nèg” – which depicts brotherhood, civility and love.

So the expression says that  “I am born in Haiti, rooted in Guinea Africa.  Since Guinea we’ve helped each other.   Love is stronger than death.”

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3 comments:

  1. Thank you so so much Mandaly. Now I can share this with the Creole student who asked about it. You are awesome! :)

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