Map These Words to Learn Creole

Two-letter US State names mapped to Creole words.

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 to pronounce them quickly, you can download my bookmark on phonetic for FREE here, or see my article The Creole Alphabet.

 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 US State names mapped to Creole words.

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: ALLA, 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.

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