Here is a fast and fun way to learn a few key words in the Creole language, with the help of some words you already know in English!
First, let’s talk about spelling. Thankfully, English and Kreyòl (Creole) share many words with the same spelling. Since you know how to spell them in English, you know how to spell them in Creole! (Read more about them in my post Easy Kreyòl for English Speakers)
To learn the meaning of the words, I want to share a technique I use to learn foreign languages. The technique is called Relate to Remember (R2R). (See more about it here). The idea with R2R is that if you can relate to the word, you can remember it more easily.
So let’s start simple. Creole happens to have an abundance of two-letter words and many of those are popular “helper” words that you can use to build your language skills. You can pair them with words you already know to formulate complete sentences.
On the English side of the equation, perhaps the best-known two-letter “words” are the abbreviated names of the states of the U.S. Turns out that 14 out the 50 U.S. state name abbreviations are also Creole words. There are three more U.S. states, that, if we switch their two letters, we get three more Creole words. If we place an accent on the vowel e or o, we get three more Creole words. That’s a total of 20 new easy-to-remember words with hardly lifting a finger!
Two-letter U.S. State English
Ak: the Cooperative state
Ak is the abbreviation for Avèk With
Al: the “on the move” state
Al is the abbreviation for Ale to Go
De: “the Second State” Two
La: “the definite state” the
La is one of 6 definite articles; the others are: a, an, lan, le, nan.
Ma: “the residue state” Rest / Residue
Mi: “the enclosed state” Wall / Ripe
Mo: the Intellectual State Word
Ne: “the in between state” Node
Pa: “the argumentative state” Not
Ri: “the happy state” to Laugh
Va: “the futuristic state” will
Wa: “the royal state” King
Wi: “the agreeable state” Yes
Switching the two-letters of a ID, IL, & IN results in three very common words
ID –> Di: “the Tale State” to tell:
IL –> Li: “the knowledgeable state” to read also he/she/it
IN –> NI: “the don’t care state” either / neither
By introducing the accent “grav”, we end up with 3 more words
Mè: “the wise state” old lady
Mò: “the dead state” dead person
Nè: “the nervous state” nerve
We close with a couple of sentences made up of the following states: AL, LA, PA, & IL, AK (inverted) & finally ME, MO, NE with the accent “grav” on the vowel e or o.
La mè a gen nè, li pa ka al wè mò a, which means: the old lady is upset, she can’t go see her deceased relative.
Wi, wa a di de mo epi li pete ri, which means: yes, the king said a few words, then he started laughing.
Look forward to reading your comments and/or questions.