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EZ Creole for English Speakers (Part II)

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Last article we saw words that are spelled the same in both Kreyòl and English; we will continue to see more of those words as a way to build your vocabulary with words you already know. But we are going to mix it up a bit with some essential words, like adverbs, negations, and helper words. This is supposed to be relatively easy as well as we will take advantage of a unique feature of Kreyòl, which is the abundance of 2 and 3 letter words. If you find the lesson in this article and the previous one difficult, I really would like to get some feedback on ways you think we can make improvements. This method of teaching makes it very simple, but the reality is it will always seem easy to me. Your feedback Is crucial in letting me know whether or not I have indeed achieved the simplicity I am aiming for.

Earlier we introduced the articles A & An that are definite articles placed after the noun. The other articles are Le, La, Lan, & Nan, all definite articles also placed after the noun in most cases. The only indefinite article is On, the N is silent, Example: On dan = A tooth, Youn = One, stands alone. Example: Ban M Youn = Give me one. The only plural definite or indefinite article is Yo: Bank yo = the Banks. There are too many 2 to 3 letter words to fit in this post, we’ll only focus on the crucial ones that will help you begin speaking right away.


Let us see some verbs to go along with the articles you saw earlier:

Se = to be and Ye = to be. Gen short for Genyen = to have

A couple of words about the verbs, it’s perfectly normal to have a correct sentence in Kreyòl without a verb; in those cases the missing verb is Gen, Se or Ye: Example: Mwen kontan = I am happy (content) / Li malad = he is sick / Ki laj ou? = How old are you? Contrary to other Latin based languages, Gen, Ye and Se are not used as auxiliary verb and are extremely unpopular in Kreyòl and Ye is interestingly the least popular word in our language. Gen is the abbreviated form of Genyen. We will compose full sentences using only those short words and those words that are spelled the same as in English. By reading those words in Kreyòl sentences, remember to stick and refer back to, as needed, to the Kreyòl pronunciation article. Example: Ki lè li ye? = what time is it?
Other useful short words:

Pa = Not                          Te marks past tense       A and Ak, short for Avèk = With

Pa t, short for Pa Te, is a combination of negative and past,             Sa = What

Pwal marks future      Ta Pwal marks past participate                       Ka = Can

Pou = For                        Pi = More                       Ke = That                     Ki = Who

Ti = Small                      Gwo = Big                       Do = Back                    Mal = Bad or Ache

Tou = Too                     Tout = All                        Tous = Cough            Twò = Too much

Dòk, short for Doktè = Doctor                           Sou = On                       = Heart

= Father or Priest or Peace when preceded by la or old man when preceded by le

= to Do / to Make or Steel / Iron                    Fèt = to Do / to Make or Party or Must

Fèk = Just / Pè Bourdeau fèk vini = Father Bourdau just came      Di = to Say

Vin, short for Vini (pronounced Vinny) = to come                             = Body

kò fè mal = Body Ache           Dan fè mal = Tooth Ache                       = Strong / Loud

Fin, short for Fine = to Finish / to End             Fen = End (noun)     Dwe = Must

Ap = to Be Auxiliary Verb / M ap Pale = I am speaking                    Si = If

Ès = Is it / often followed by Ke or follows Ki; in the later case, pronounced Yes

Ès ke li fè sa? = Did he or she do it?   Ki ès ki ka di sa fò? = Who can say that out loud?

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