One & two letter words with E at the center

Se de ze ke m vle: I just want two eggs; literally (it’s two eggs that I want)

In the last post we saw A at the center of 17 two-letter words, today we see 15 more with E as the center piece. The significance of these short words is that they are pretty easy to remember, they can be used to practice pronunciation, and later as you progress, they will be very useful as helper words to formulate complete sentences. Some of the most common or most useful of the bunch are:

De: two
Ke: what
Le: the
Se: it is
Te: tea or mark past tense
En: one / what
Ye: to be
Ze: egg

Contrary to English, the article le = the & the verb ye = to be are not very common; the article le is the least used article and the only one that never succeeds the noun; it is often used in conjunction with a second article, example: le pè a = the old man. While the verb to be is very popular in English because of its versatility, its Creole equivalent ye, is arguably the least popular word of our language. It’s not used as an auxiliary verb; we instead use completely separate words to mark each tense; example ap marks the present participle and te marks the past tense, the letter t is the abbreviated form when the succeeding verb begins with a vowel. Example:

Li te pale avè M: She spoke with me

Li T ale san mwen: She left without me

In the above examples we get a bonus of the usage of the pronoun mwen and its abbreviated forn M = I or me; by the way the full form and the abbreviated forms are almost never interchangeable; it always depends on the word that either succeeds or precedes them.  The verbs pale=to speak and ale=to go also share the same spelling with English words you know; I encourage you to begin using them during conversation.

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Two-letter words – E

E: and / with / how about?
De: two
Fe: fire
Je: eye
Ke: what
Le: the
Me: May (month)
Ne: node
Pe: quite (to shut up)
Se: it is
Te: tea or mark past tense
Ve: wish
Ye: to be
Ze: egg
En: one / what?

In closing: Pou dejene M te prepare de ze e on gode te: for breakfast I prepared two eggs and a cup of tea.

Se te ve L pou L te bwè te a: it was her wish to drink the tea.

 

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