Learn 100 Words a Day!

How can I learn 100 Haitian Creole words in 1 day???
…Mnemonics
 
What are “Mnemonics”?
Mnemonic devices are Memory Aids used for learning purposes.
Here’s an example:“Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally”?
Remember hearing that as a kid in school? Of course you do. THAT was a Mnemonic Device used to help us remember the order of operations in Math.
So…
 
What is the BEST Memory Aid for Learning a Language?
 
…Word Pictures
 
 

Why Word Pictures? Because we remember THINGS WE SEE. Think Of the last few movies you have SEEN. Isn’t it true that you REMEMBER what happened in those movies?

Why? 

Because you SAW what happened. Now think of the last 15 people you’ve been introduced to only once. How many of their names do you remember? I bet that you can’t recall all of their names easily since you’ve only met them once and you simply HEARD their name and did not SEE their name,

This is why word pictures help us remember words/names when we relate a picture to what we want to remember. 

Example

image

Relate an IMAGE of what the foreign word SOUNDS LIKE with and IMAGE of what the word MEANS
All this can be done in your head with your imagination! Use a dictionary or Google Translate to learn new words and create images. Its pretty easy to memorize 100 words in one day.
 
Remember, the crazier and more abstract the image, the more MEMORABLE it will be. 
 
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Thank you!
 
-Zakari

 

 

7 Comments
  1. Mesye Zakari. I being a Louisiana Creole (LC), have learned Haitian Creole (HC) through the Pimsleur Method. LC and HC are very, very close to one another. Both are phonetic,
    with slight differences in sentence word-order. The reason I elected to learn HC over LC
    is because LC is only taught at universities in Louisiana, so there are no courses available
    in LC, like in HC. I have a very good understanding of HC from the Pimsleur course.
    But realize that I did not just do the minimum requirements with Pimsleur; I went above
    and beyond the call of duty. I wrote down every lesson (no written manual is included),
    and learned additional vocabulary words to interchange words within sentences.

    Anyway, I ran across your website, and was very impressed.

    Tchaw,

    John Rachal

    • Thats great! Currently I live in Louisiana so i here LC creole being spoken by some of the older ones. I do catch somw of what they are saying. Where in Louisiana do you live?

      • Zakari,

        I do not live in Louisiana at this time. I ended up moving to Colorado in 1978, and
        retired there. I travel to LA at least once a year. I am at least (if not more) a 12th generational Creole/ Cajun from Natchitoches (Nakitoch), LA. The bummer of living
        in CO is that there are absolutely no HC’s to speak with here. Since learning HC
        (I still have a long way to go), I have learned everything there is to know about Ayiti.
        I am totally captivated with the Kreyol Ayisyen and Ayiti. The Creoles of Ayiti are
        definitely veterans of the world when it comes to survival; that is for sure!

        Ki kote ann Ayiti ou rete (originally)? M konnen gwo vil yo ann Ayiti. M ta renmen
        ale Ayiti.

        Anyway, you people (HC’s) rock all the way!

        Bondye beni,

        Jan Rachal

  2. Mesye Zakari,

    I forgot to say; HC is much more standardized than LC. LC has at least 10 different dialects,
    with two of them being spoken by Native Americans within Louisiana. To be brutally honest,
    I view HC as the mother tongue of all Creoles. HC is spreading all over the world like a wildfire, whereas LC is solely limited to Louisiana, and Louisiana only! Please do not tell any other LC’s that I said this, as I have come under fire from my own kin for stating such facts
    of heresy. Some people in the LC community think they are the only ones that are speaking Creole. What a gas! The torch is with you people (HC’s) to spread the Creole culture to
    the world.

    Mesi bokou,

    Jan Rachal

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