I can not Mwen pa kapab While visiting Haiti, locals will make requests of you. This becomes more frequent once you demonstrate a basic understanding of the Creole language. This phrase is a simple way to say “No” to these requests and protect your new friendships from becoming dependencies. Literal Meaning Mwen – I pa […]
Is everything alright? Tout bagay anfòm? This is another common way to ask a person how are you, but it could also serve to ask about the status of a project or the general situation of a group of people. The frequent response is the same words, simply without the voice inflection to mean “Everything […]
It’s not my fault Se pa fòt mwen When assigning blame for a situation, this is how you can say that you are not to blame. This can be helpful if a person is taking advantage of your kindness or timidity. In friendly situations, you are simply saying there was nothing you could do differently […]
I regret that Mwen regrèt sa This phrase acknowledges that you don’t agree with a situation, but does not imply that you are personally responsible. For an apology, you will need to say I’m sorry. This phrase is useful when hearing bad news. Literal Meaning Mwen – I regrèt – regret sa – that
Excuse me Eskizé mwen This phrase is similar to the English, which makes it harder to get the pronunciation correct. Listen to the audio example above until you memorize the sounds. Literal Meaning Eskizé – excuse mwen – me This phrase answers the questions: How can I say “excuse me” in Creole?
No problem Pa gen pwòblèm This phrase is very common and the equivalent of “It’s no big deal” or “It’s ok” in English. You will typically hear this after making a request of someone, meaning yes they can do what you ask. Literal Meaning Pa – not gen – have pwòblèm – problem This phrase […]