If You Can Speak English, You Can Learn Haitian Creole! Why? • Here is How Creole is Similar to English [Part 1]

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“You know Haitian Creole is easier for English speakers to learn than for Spanish speakers.”

    You may not know it already, but the Dominican Republic is where many Haitian Immigrants call home. My neighborhood, close to the capital Santo Domingo, was about 50% Haitian.

    There, I met many Dominicans that were learning or had already learned to speak Haitian Creole well. One day while talking with a Dominican friend of mine who had learned to speak Creole fluently, she told me in Spanish, “You know Haitian Creole is easier for English speakers to learn than for Spanish speakers.”

    That comment she made surprised me quite a bit. At that time, I had believed and reasoned that, “French speakers obviously should be able to learn Haitian Creole the easiest, so naturally any other related Latin Language such as Spanish should be #2 for amount of ease for native speakers to learn Creole!”Right?

    Well, as I will explain in a later lesson, has some truth to it, however is not exact. By the way, if you haven’t done it already, Subscribe to this blog so you can get more Free short Lessons and Memory Aids to Learning this beautiful Language even if its only to say a few words to Haitians you may meet 🙂

    Anyways, back to the story…

    My Dominican friend proceeded to explain to me how Haitian Creole Word Order and grammar relates closer to English than it does with Spanish. So much so, that Spanish speakers have a hard time grasping the Simplicity of Creole, particularly the use of Creole Verbs (I did a few Articles on verbs recently How To Speak In Past Tense Haitian Creole ).

    So here it is…

    Haitian Creole Word Order

    SVO

    What does this mean?

    That is the abbreviation for Subject / Verb / Object

    Ok, stay with me here! Im going to try to make this a not so boring grammar lesson just as I always aim to do!

    In English we say: You hit me. (present)

    YOU is the subject because it is DOING the action

    HIT is the Verb which is the action

    ME is the Object because it is receiving the action

    Let see how these sentences relate:

      You hit me.
      Ou frape mwen.

    (Ou = You / Frape = Hit / Mwen = Me)

    Make Sense?

    If not feel free to ask me a question by leaving a comment at the bottom of this article 🙂

    Of course, as sentences become more complicated you will see things in the Language of Haitian Creole that don’t line up perfectly with English. However, my goal is to encourage people to Learn this Beautiful language, which is why I feel that for starting out learning a language it is important to find similarities with your native tongue.

    That is what I am trying to do… Make it EASY 🙂

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    -Zakari

4 Comments
    • Mireya,
      Yea there are a lot of interesting things about Haitian Creole 🙂
      Really though, that is just one of several aspects that happens to be easier for english speakers. But considering the vocabulary of Creole compared to French, it is still easiest for a French speaker to learn it. I will write an article later about this 🙂

      Kontinye aprann kreyòl!

      -Zakari

  1. Yes you are right. It is very simple for a french speaker to learn Haitian Creole since the pronounciation is almost the same.
    And some haitians will actually understand when spoken to in French.

    It’s a beautiful language and beautiful ppl/culture.

    Mèsi. Mwen pral kontinye aprann kreyòl. Ou kontinye bon travay 😉

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