What does “sak pase” mean?
“Sak Pase” is a common Haitian Creole phrase that means “What’s happening? It is often used to greet friends, similar to how you would say “what’s up” in English. The expected response is “N’ap boule.” Which literally translates “we’re burning” but it actually means “we’re hanging out.”
Here is an audio pronunciation and how you can respond:
Sak pase? (What’s happening?)
N’ap boule (We’re hanging out)
This question and answer is a common way to friends will great. The response literally means “we’re burning” but has the effect of “we’re hanging around” in English. Listen to the pronunciation above and keep the meaning of this phrase in mind. You could also respond “mwen poze” or any of these common responses.
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“Sal pase?” is a phrase in Haitian Creole that means “what’s up?” The basic English definition for sak pase is “what’s happening” or “what’s going on.” It’s a common slang way to say “Kijan ou ye?” Other possible ways to respond to this question:
- Anyen (nothing)
- Mwen poze (hanging out) tan sa bondye ap sere pou mwen (I’m waiting on what God is saving for me).
- Nap gouman avek lavi an? (I’m fighting with life)
- N’ap lite (I’m trying)
- Tout bagay anfom (everything is good)
- Mwen poze yon ma kafe (I’m waiting like coffee in the pot)
- Nou poze nou la n’ap bay ti blag (We’re hanging out and telling some jokes)
- N’ap trip (We’re partying)
- Sak passe (meaning) = What’s going on
- N’ap boule (meaning) = We’re burning
With any slang phrase that’s become a part of the cultural vocabulary, the literal meaning doesn’t convey the real force of the phrase. Sak passe is a contraction of “kisa ka passe” meaning “what can occur.” N’ap boule is a contraction of “nou ap boule” meaning “we are burning.” The net force of this is a slight complaint about hot weather and being bored. In other words, we’re just sitting around being hot.
It’s much more common to hear the response, “Mwen poze.”