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Sunday, July 2, 2017

How do you say "clock/punch in" and "clock/punch out" in creole? For example, "I clock in to work at 11 pm and I clock out from work at 7 am."

punch in - pwente lè w rive
punch out - pwente lè w ap kite

Did you punch in before you start working?
Èske w te pwente anvan w koumanse travay?

You must clock out before you take your break.
Ou dwe pwente anvan ou pran midi.

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  1. Bonjou Mandaly. SVP di m koman tradui "fe chelbe" an Anglais. Merci

    1. Fè chèlbè - to show off.

      L'ap fè chèlbè. - S/he is showing off.

  2. So "pwente" means "to punch in" and " to punch out" according to your sentences?

    If that is the case, what distinguishes the meaning of the two?

    1. As is the case for many other words, context would.
      Some Haitians also say ponche, and it's the same translation for punch in or punch out.

    2. That is the one I say a lot.

    3. Yes. Tha's the one I hear most from Haitians in the US.

  3. I think I figured out how they might be resolved. Why not say "Ponche/pwente antre/vini" for clocking in and "Ponche/pwente soti/ale" for clocking out? What do you think of this?

    1. Mmmmm.... let's stick to the conventional way. It's important to know that both words can be used.

  4. Yeah I think I might just do that.

  5. By the way, since we are talking about job-related things, what are words for "badge", "resume", "unemployment", "unemployed", "to get a raise", "promote", "demote", "retire"?

    -"We use our work badge to clock in and clock out from work."

    -Submit your resume with your job application to the receptionist."

    -"The unemployment rate has gone down by 12 percent."

    -"They have been unemployed for 3 months."

    -"She got a pay raise for her hard work."

    -"The boss promoted him to manager."

    -"Instead of firing him, the manager demoted him to an entry-level position."

    -"He will retire in August after working for this company for 60 years."