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As an official language of Haiti, along with French, the language boasts up to 12 million native speakers. Creole was born of a beautiful blend of French and African languages, and today exists as a unique language of its own. This stunning country is comprised of mountains, plains, and sparkling coastlines along the Caribbean Sea. The Haitian people have a rich culture anchored in African and French roots; weaving together vivid art, lively dance, and rich folklore to strengthen communities and cultural ties. A friendly people, all you have to do is ask locals for a little èd (help) in learning this exciting language.

Grammar Notes

No interpretation is created equal. Grammar Notes, color-coding, and features that focus on specific grammatical nuances between target and source language strengthens your understanding of Haitian Creole language structure.

Culture Notes

Etiquette, body language, gestures — set the mood. Culture Notes provide a backdrop to learning material and let the Haitian Creole culture come alive, setting you up to forge deeper connections with Haitian Creole culture and make a positive impression.

Vocabulary

Critical thinking and memory-building exercises blend new vocabulary into lesson progress, allowing you to pick up on the structure of your target language so you can apply new content that will be presented in various contexts throughout the course.

Pronunciation

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Course Overview

Learn Haitian Creole language basics, from common phrases all the way to more advanced concepts

Haitian Creole

Main Units

Our main language course that contains the core content.

  • 1People
  • 2Travel
  • 3Activities
  • 4Places To Know
  • Chapter 1 - Who Are You?
  • Chapter 2 - We are Family
  • Chapter 3 - Let's Get Acquainted
  • Chapter 4 - There’s No Place Like Home
  • Chapter 5 - Where did you go to School?
  • Chapter 1 - “How do you say….?”
  • Chapter 2 - Markets and Money
  • Chapter 3 - In My Closet
  • Chapter 4 - Shop Till You Drop
  • Chapter 5 - Where Do We Go From Here?
  • Chapter 1 - Time to Play Sports
  • Chapter 2 - I Prefer The Dry Season
  • Chapter 3 - What are you Doing this Weekend?
  • Chapter 4 - Let’s Go to a Party
  • Chapter 5 - I’ll Miss this Place
  • Chapter 1 - I Don’t Feel Well
  • Chapter 2 - Let's Eat
  • Chapter 3 - I Can’t Eat That
  • Chapter 4 - I Need Help!
  • Chapter 5 - Do You Have an Emergency?

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 1 - Who Are You?

Conversational Goals

  • Greet others and bid them farewell
  • Identify subject pronouns
  • Introduce yourself formally
  • Meet new people

Grammar Goals

  • Recognize basic sentence structure
  • Recognize variants of koman

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 2 - We are Family

Conversational Goals

  • Ask questions regarding familial relationships.
  • Describe someone in relation to family members
  • Introduce someone else

Grammar Goals

  • Learn how to show possession in Creole
  • Learn ways to ask yes or no questions
  • Understand the present progressive tense using the tense marker ap

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 3 - Let's Get Acquainted

Conversational Goals

  • Articulate feelings
  • Describe physical characteristics
  • Express interest
  • Inquire about a stranger

Grammar Goals

  • Identify Vowels in Creole
  • Understand the abbreviated forms of pronouns

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 4 - There’s No Place Like Home

Conversational Goals

  • Explain that you are a non-native speaker
  • Explain where you are from
  • Identify languages and countries
  • Inquire about someone’s ability to speak a language

Grammar Goals

  • Identify Personal Pronouns
  • Learn to use place names and other proper nouns in sentences
  • Understand adverbs and adverbial phrases

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 5 - Where did you go to School?

Conversational Goals

  • Discuss the merits of a school
  • Inquire about programs

Grammar Goals

  • Understand the past tense using the tense marker te
  • Understand the use of the possessive pa
  • Use tense markers

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 1 - “How do you say….?”

Conversational Goals

  • Ask for clarification
  • Provide and obtain new information
  • Request new vocabulary

Grammar Goals

  • Make contractions with personal pronouns
  • Understand the use of articles

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 2 - Markets and Money

Conversational Goals

  • Ask the price for something
  • Buy a ticket for travel
  • Count
  • Negotiate

Grammar Goals

  • Learn how to use numbers in sentences
  • Learn the use of the present progressive for the immediate future
  • Understand the conditional mood using the marker ta

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 3 - In My Closet

Conversational Goals

  • Express future plans
  • Identify various articles of clothing
  • Question statements made by others

Grammar Goals

  • Join noun phrases using the conjunction ak
  • Learn the difference between ak and epi
  • Use present progressive to express future

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 4 - Shop Till You Drop

Conversational Goals

  • Acquire necessities
  • Find places to shop
  • Gather information from a native speaker
  • Inquire about shops in the local area

Grammar Goals

  • Learn constructions related to time
  • Learn to ask and answer “where” questions
  • Recognize variants of genyen

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 5 - Where Do We Go From Here?

Conversational Goals

  • Ask for and receive directions
  • Describe the location of one object in relation to another

Grammar Goals

  • Learn the different forms of the indefinite article
  • Learn the different forms of the verb “be” and when they are used

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 1 - Time to Play Sports

Conversational Goals

  • Discuss sports and exercises.
  • Express time relationships.
  • Invite someone to join along.

Grammar Goals

  • Learn to ask and answer “what” questions
  • Make definite and indefinite articles plural
  • Understand the use of ak as a preposition

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 2 - I Prefer The Dry Season

Conversational Goals

  • Ask about vacations and seasonal opportunities
  • Discuss the four seasons
  • Discuss the months of the year

Grammar Goals

  • Learn how to make comparisons
  • Use certain transitive verbs as auxiliary verbs

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 3 - What are you Doing this Weekend?

Conversational Goals

  • Converse about the days of the week
  • Make plans for the weekend
  • Talk about age and birthdays
  • Use the terms weekday and weekend

Grammar Goals

  • Understand the contraction ann for an nou
  • Understand the use of fòk

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 4 - Let’s Go to a Party

Conversational Goals

  • Make future plans
  • Tell time.

Grammar Goals

  • Contract personal pronouns with the progressive tense marker
  • Understand the use of mèt

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 5 - I’ll Miss this Place

Conversational Goals

  • Prepare for a departure
  • Strengthen relationships

Grammar Goals

  • Understand pluralization
  • Use time-related adverbial phrases

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 1 - I Don’t Feel Well

Conversational Goals

  • Ask for medication
  • Describe symptoms
  • Speak to a pharmacist

Grammar Goals

  • Present a thing, person or idea using men
  • Use personal pronouns to express possessive adjectives

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 2 - Let's Eat

Conversational Goals

  • Identify items on the dinner table
  • Offer assistance
  • Order a meal
  • Understand the customs of local dining

Grammar Goals

  • Identify and use the personal pronouns in both long and contracted forms
  • Make requests using the two words meaning “please”

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 3 - I Can’t Eat That

Conversational Goals

  • Ask whether a dish contains certain ingredients
  • Explain that you require a special diet
  • Give compliments
  • Reference senses

Grammar Goals

  • Use descriptions with the two forms of the “be” verb
  • Use stative verbs

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 4 - I Need Help!

Conversational Goals

  • Ask questions
  • Declare that a problem exists
  • State that you do not know something

Grammar Goals

  • Recognize and use the verb "to find"
  • Use "wh-" words

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 5 - Do You Have an Emergency?

Conversational Goals

  • Answer questions
  • Request emergency aid

Grammar Goals

  • Learn the past tense of the verb "to have"
  • Use the verb "to need"

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