We are now less than a month away from our trip to Haiti! We are having weekly meetings now as we prepare. At a recent meeting a Haitian guy came and gave us a little lesson in Creole.
Apparently only the really well educated Haitians speak French. But everyone speaks Creole. And I learned that Creole was a language that the slaves (way back in the day) created, sort of as their own secret language so that the slave owners couldn’t understand them. Very interesting. It’s a mix of English, French, & Spanish. If you know any French or Spanish, you’ll see the similarities.
Good morning: Bon Jou
Thank you: Meci Boucou
How are you: Ko man ou ye (or more casually: Sak pase)
Very good, thank you: mouin bien mercie (or mouin pa pu mal)
You’re welcome: De rien (or Pa gin problem)
Please: si vou plez
The food is good: monge a bon
What is this: ki sa saye?
Where’s the toilet: Kote toilet ha?
Jesus loves you: Bon Jesus remin ou
Now if I can only remember some of these when we get there!