Why are you speaking that “kreyòl rek?”

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?”

What gifts should I bring with me to Haiti?

Disclaimer: We’ve talked about gift giving on the HaitiHub blog before because it’s a wonderfully generous impulse that can have unintended (read: negative) consequences.  Unfortunately, with gifts there is a lot more to navigate in Haiti than a simple “Here ya go, I hope you like it!” So, before you load down your suitcases, please take … More What gifts should I bring with me to Haiti?

One Haitian Christmas Tradition To Light Up Your Holiday

With the holidays just around the corner, I sometimes find it to be a meaningful and rewarding exercise to break free of the “American Christmas” culture to explore holiday traditions from countries around the world. Don’t get me wrong, my tree has been up for 3 weeks and I love sitting by the colorful lights … More One Haitian Christmas Tradition To Light Up Your Holiday

That’s a joke, right?

I can’t wait till I can understand sarcasm in Creole. There are many measures of language comprehension… function, connection, humor… When learning a new language, our first victories come in the form of greetings and simple questions. As our skills build, we find accomplishment in getting ideas across, buying items independently, getting directions AND actually … More That’s a joke, right?

Jumping off the High Dive – What is it that holds us back in language learning?

Speaking a foreign language is scary. I’m not talking ghosts and ghouls scary, but nerve wrecking kinda scary. There is no amount of practice at home, no set number of times you write the words perfectly, no magic pill you can take to steady your tongue and quicken your ear…though many will say that a … More Jumping off the High Dive – What is it that holds us back in language learning?

A real “zonbi” story for you this Halloween

The American public’s intrigue over zombies and the living dead have led to the creation of a multibillion-dollar market through video games, television shows, movie franchises, and novels since “zombies” first entered our collective conscience in the 1930’s, following the U.S. occupation of Haiti from 1915-135, and the 1929 publication of William Seabrook’s title, The Magic Island. … More A real “zonbi” story for you this Halloween

The Charcoal Lady

by ASLAN RENTZ NOAKES originally posted on SEPTEMBER 9, 2015 Shared with Permission, All Photos Copyright Empower Haiti Together Original Title: The Charcoal Lady Roche nan dlo pa konnen doule rouche nan soley. A rock in the water does not know the pain of a rock in the sun. – Haitian Proverb In Fond Parisien, a rural village in … More The Charcoal Lady

What Haitian Rap Tells Us About the Upcoming Elections

Jose Hiriart, a videographer and HaitiHub student, helped film and edit this video for the group New Squad during a 2015 trip to Port au Prince, Haiti. This music video not only serves to bring you the voice and perspective of a group of politically engaged young men during a time of political unease in … More What Haitian Rap Tells Us About the Upcoming Elections