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Haitian Kreole

Before French colonists arrived on the island of Hispaniola in the 17th century, Taino was the main language of “Aiti” as well as the rest of the Caribbean Islands.  Haitian Creole emerged during the Atlantic slave trade in Haiti. Creole is largely based on French with influences from Portuguese, Spanish, English, Taíno, and West African languages.

Haitian creole was not written, taught, or recognized as an official language until 1987 when it became part of the Haitian Constitution naming both Haitian Creole and French as the official languages. Creole is recognized as the only language that all Haitians hold in common.

The color Groups at Camp are:
Zoranj
Wouj
Ble
Jòn
Vèt
Mov
Ajan

Greetings to use with each other – LOVE THESE!
Bon Maten (morning)
Bon Jou (day)
Bonswa (evening)
Alo
Orevwa! (goodbye)
N a we! (see you later!)
Wi (yes)
Non
Souple (please)
Mèsi, mèsi anpil (thank you, very much)
Pa gen pwoblem (no problem)
Deryen (it was nothing – you’re welcome)
Eskize mwen (excuse me)
Zanmi (friend)

 

 

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