Before you leave. . . Learn a little Haitian Creole!

Learning a little of the native language before traveling never hurts and is often appreciated by locals. Use these short phrases to get to know a Haitian friend and learn about them and share a little about yourself. A little effort goes a long way 🙂

 

  • Bonjou! – Good morning!
  • Bonswa! – Good afternoon/good evening
  • Koman ou ye? – How are you?
  • Mmm bien/bon- I’m good
  • Kon si, kon sa – so, so
  • Et ou mem? – and you?
  • Sak pase? – What’s up / happening?
  • Ou konprann? – Do you understand?
  • Mmm pa konprann – I don’t understand
  • Ou ka repete souple? – Please say that again
  • Eske ou pale angle / franse? – Do you speak English / French?
  • Kòman ou di … an Kreyòl? – How do you say . . . in creole?
  • Kote twalèt la? – Where is the bathroom?
  • Konbyen? – How much?
  • Kilaj ou? – How old are you?
  • Kote ou rete? – Where do you live?
  • Eske gen…? – Is/are there. . .?
  • Wi – Yes
  • Non – No
  • mèsi – Thank you
  • Souple – Please
  • Eskize mm – Excuse me
  • Dezole! – Sorry!
  • piti piti – a little
  • Ye – Yesterday
  • Jodi – Today
  • Demen – Tomorrow
  • Apremidi – This afternoon
  • Kote? – Where?
  • Kisa? – What?
  • Kile? – When?
  • Poukisa? – Why?
  • Kijan? – How?
  • Kiles? – Which?
  • Kijan?How?
  • Kiles? – Which?
  •  Jezi renmen ou – Jesus loves you
  • Bondye – God
  • Lespri sen – Holy Spirit
  • Lapriyè – pray(er)
  • Mmm ka priye pou ou – Can I pray for you?

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