Last week, my dad told me that he and Mom had been asked to speak to a group at their church who are going to Haiti for a week this winter. They were supposed to talk about “Haitian Culture,” and they were each given ten minutes to speak. Of course, twenty minutes is not enough … More Haitian Culture Crash Course?
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Haiti has a complicated relationship with its own official languages. On one hand, it has French: imposed by colonists, spoken by the educated elite, and the language of instruction in most Haitian schools. On the other hand, it has Kreyòl: born out of slavery, understood by every Haitian, but rarely printed or read. And they … More Haitian Creole: Mark of shame, or symbol of pride?
There’s more than one way to speak kreyòl. But then, you knew that already, didn’t you? There’s more than one way to speak any language. Think of all the different ways people speak English — with accents, with local slang, with different levels of vocabulary. After hearing someone speak for the first time, you can … More Why are you speaking that “kreyòl rek?”
Kreyòl pale, kreyòl konprann.
Speaking Creole opens doors for real growth during your time in Haiti. Language helps create real, meaningful relationships. You have the chance to learn from the community where you work and foster friendships that wouldn’t have been possible before.