The other day, a friend of mine shared a Haitian proverb with me that her mother often uses: “Se grès kochon ki kwit kochon.” Translation: “It’s the pig’s own fat that cooks it.” I love trying to figure out the meanings of proverbs; they’re like riddles. So I thought about it for a few seconds, … More Haitian Proverbs: Worth a Deeper Look
“You talk too much.” I’ve heard it all my life. How then did I come to make such a significant error of silence? Let’s ask my 88-year old mother. On a recent trip to Winnipeg, Canada to visit Mom, I flounced up the stairs and held it out to her…the holy grail, the crown jewel…my … More What my (European) Mom taught me about learning Creole
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?
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?
How many languages do you speak?? It’s so interesting to hear how people answer this question; I honestly never know what to respond. Three? One? Two and three quarters? Where is the bar we’re setting…. One of the things I loved most about my time in Haiti was the opportunity to not only be immersed … More What language are we speaking in again? Trials of a second-language learner
Communication is a complicated and interesting idea. As humans, we have so many different levels and ways of interacting. Our eyes speak intentions, our bodies display emotions, our actions provide statements. But language, words, audible sounds…these are humanity’s most powerful tools for conveying ideas and information, for truly being able to communicate what we need … More Safety in Haiti: Is it really all tongue-in-cheek?
We are thrilled to welcome acclaimed travel writer and guide book author, Paul Clammer, to the HaitiHub blog. Paul has traveled, researched, and written about places all over the world including Morocco, Turkey, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Sudan, the Dominican Republic, and Haiti. His most recent large scale book project was Haiti: The Bradt Travel Guide published … More 15 Questions for Paul Clammer, Author of Haiti: The Bradt Travel Guide
Understanding the current crisis in the Dominican Republic: In 2013 a Dominican constitutional court ruled to revoke the citizenship of anyone born in the D.R. after 1929 to Haitian immigrant parents. Why 1929? In 1929 the border dividing Hispaniola into the modern day boundaries of the D.R. and Haiti was officially drawn up and established. … More Understanding the Current Crisis in the Dominican Republic
Knowing a little Creole goes a long way with patient interaction. Before heading to Haiti round one, I learned the usual travel phrases: my name is, how are you, hello. And while patients smiled a bit more brightly to hear their native tongue spoken by the obvious foreigner, the most effective aspects of language for … More Medicine and Language: Beyond a Diagnosis
Introducing our newest Guestblogger & One of the Co-founders of STAND: The Haiti Project 1. How did you first get involved in Haiti? The older I’ve become, the less I want to just be a tourist. I love to interact, to learn, to be engaged. But it feels better to me when I can … More Movement is Life: Establishing Sustainable Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Services in Haiti