haitian-creole

anonymous asked:

Update from the Haitian Creole for English course's Incubator: "All the words for this course have been added for every skill. We will be working on sentences in order to get this completed soon! That's remarkable progress, considering that this is their first update! I'm excited for what this course will have to offer."

thanks!

The gag is there wouldn’t have even been a Louisiana Purchase without Haiti. There would not have been a revival of the unique culture in Louisiana if not for Haitian immigrants resettling here because it was slowly dying out. New Orleans would have not been anything close to what is if not for the blending of Creole and Haitian culture. Many came here, led massive slave rebellions, and become state icons (i.e. Charles Deslondes). So y'all really have to read before you throw your diaspora hot takes out there.

Languages on Duolingo as of February 2017. 

English (American), Spanish (Latin America), French (Metropolitan), Portuguese (Brazilian), German (Standard), Irish, Welsh, Norwegian (Bokmall), Swedish, Danish, Polish, Russian, Ukranian, Turkish, Greek, Hebrew, Catalan, Italian, Romanian, Hungarian, Dutch, Swahili, Vietnamese, Guaraní, Esperanto.

To come: Czech, Hindi, Indonesian, Korean, Japanese, Haitian Creole, Yiddish, Klingon (conlang), High Valyrian (Conlang).  

Language App Availability Master Post

This is a list of all the languages available in the 3 major multi-platform language learning apps.

Duolingo (1 course is the most)
Memrise (Courses vary from Community made courses to Memrise made courses. Memrise-made courses have 7 courses at the most, community courses are infinite.)
Mango Languages (4 Units is the most)

·See end of post for pros and cons of each app·

✔= Yes
❌ = No

[AS OF JULY 8TH] [THIS DOES NOT INCLUDE DUOLINGO INCUBATOR LANGUAGES]


·AFRIKAANS·
❌ Duolingo
✔ Memrise: Community Courses
❌ Mango Languages

·ALBANIAN·
❌ Duolingo
✔ Memrise: Community Courses
❌ Mango Languages

·ARABIC·
❌ Duolingo
✔ Memrise: 7 courses by Memrise, Community Courses
✔ Mango Languages: Includes dialects ⭕Egyptian (1 Unit)
⭕ Iraqi (4 Units)
⭕ Levantine (2 Units)
⭕ MSA (4 Units and 2 special chapters)

·ARMENIAN·
❌ Duolingo
✔ Memrise: Community Courses
✔ Mango Languages: 4 Units

·ASL·
❌ Duolingo
✔ Memrise: Community Courses
❌ Mango Languages

·AZERBAIJANI·
❌ Duolingo
✔ Memrise: Community Courses
✔ Mango Languages: 4 Units

·BASQUE·
❌ Duolingo
✔ Memrise: Community Courses
❌ Mango Languages

·BELARUSIAN·
❌ Duolingo
✔ Memrise: Community Courses
❌ Mango Languages

·BENGALI·
❌ Duolingo
✔ Memrise: Community Courses
✔ Mango Languages: 4 Units

·BOSNIAN·
❌ Duolingo
✔ Memrise: Community Courses
❌ Mango Languages

·BULGARIAN·
❌ Duolingo
✔ Memrise: Community Courses
❌ Mango Languages

·BURMESE·
❌ Duolingo
✔ Memrise: Community Courses
❌ Mango Languages

·CANTONESE·
❌ Duolingo
✔ Memrise: Includes Cantonese Jyutping, Community Courses
✔ Mango Languages: 1 Unit

·CATALAN·
❌ Duolingo
✔ Memrise: Community Courses
❌ Mango Languages

·CHEROKEE·
❌ Duolingo
❌ Memrise
✔ Mango Languages: 1 Unit

·CHINESE·
❌ Duolingo
✔ Memrise: Includes dialects-
⭕ Mandarin (3 Memrise courses)
⭕ Traditional (Community Courses)
⭕ Spoken Mandarin Only (Community Courses)
✔ Mango Languages: Mandarin- 2 Units and 2 Special Chapters

·CROATIAN·
❌ Duolingo
✔ Memrise: Community Courses
✔ Mango Languages: 4 Units

·CZECH·
❌ Duolingo
✔ Memrise: Community Courses
✔ Mango Languages: 4 Units

·DANISH·
✔ Duolingo
✔ Memrise: 7 courses made by Memrise, Community Courses
✔ Mango Languages: 4 Units

·DARI·
❌ Duolingo
❌ Memrise
✔ Mango Languages: 1 Unit

·DUTCH·
✔ Duolingo
✔ Memrise: 7 courses made by Memrise, Community Courses
✔ Mango Languages: 4 Units

·DZONGKHA·
❌ Duolingo
❌ Memrise
✔ Mango Languages: 1 Unit

·ESPERANTO·
✔ Duolingo
✔ Memrise: Community Courses
❌ Mango Languages

·ESTONIAN·
❌ Duolingo
✔ Memrise: Community Courses
❌ Mango Languages

·FAROESE·
❌ Duolingo
✔ Memrise: Community Courses
❌ Mango Languages

·FARSI·
❌ Duolingo
✔ Memrise: Community Courses ✔ Mango Languages: 2 Units

·FINNISH·
❌ Duolingo
✔ Memrise: Community Courses
✔ Mango Languages: 4 Units

·FLEMISH·
❌ Duolingo
✔ Memrise: Community Courses
❌ Mango Languages

·FRENCH·
✔ Duolingo
✔ Memrise: 7 courses by Memrise, Community Courses
✔ Mango Languages: Dialects-
⭕ France: 2 Units and 2 Special Chapters
⭕ Canada: 4 Units

·FRENCH SIGN LANGUAGE (LSF)·
❌ Duolingo
✔ Memrise: Community Courses
❌ Mango Languages

·GEORGIAN·
❌ Duolingo
✔ Memrise: Community Courses
❌ Mango Languages

·GERMAN·
✔ Duolingo
✔ Memrise: 7 courses by Memrise, Community Courses
✔ Mango Languages: 2 Units and 1 special chapter

·GREEK·
✔ Duolingo
✔ Memrise: Dialects-
⭕ Ancient (Community Courses)
⭕ Greece (Community Courses)
✔ Mango Languages: Dialects-
⭕ Greece (2 Units)
⭕ Ancient (1 Unit)
⭕ Koine (1 Unit)

·GREENLANDIC·
❌ Duolingo
✔ Memrise: Community Courses
❌ Mango Languages

·HAITIAN CREOLE·
❌ Duolingo
❌ Memrise
✔ Mango Languages: 4 Units

·HAKKA·
❌ Duolingo
✔ Memrise: Community Courses
❌ Mango Languages

·HAWAIIAN·
❌ Duolingo
❌ Memrise
✔ Mango Languages: 4 Units

·HEBREW·
✔ Duolingo
✔ Memrise: Community Courses
✔ Mango Languages: Dialects-
⭕ Hebrew: 1 Unit
⭕ Biblical Hebrew: 1 Unit

·HINDI·
❌ Duolingo
✔ Memrise: Community Courses
✔ Mango Languages: 1 Unit

·HUNGARIAN·
✔ Duolingo
✔ Memrise: Community Courses
✔ Mango Languages: 4 Units

·ICELANDIC·
❌ Duolingo
✔ Memrise: Community Courses
✔ Mango Languages: 4 Units

·IGBO·
❌ Duolingo
❌ Memrise
✔ Mango Languages: 1 Units

·INDONESIAN·
❌ Duolingo
✔ Memrise: Community Courses
✔ Mango Languages: 4 Units

·IRISH·
✔ Duolingo
✔ Memrise: Community Courses
✔ Mango Languages: 1 Unit and 1 Special Chapter

·ITALIAN·
✔ Duolingo
✔ Memrise: 7 courses by Memrise, Community Courses
✔ Mango Languages: 2 Units and 3 Special Chapters

·JAPANESE·
✔ Duolingo
✔ Memrise: Variants-
⭕ 3 Courses by Memrise
⭕ Community Courses
⭕ 3 No Script courses by Memrise
⭕ Kanji (Community Course)
✔ Mango Languages: 2 Units and 2 Special Chapters

·JAVANESE·
❌ Duolingo
❌ Memrise
✔ Mango Languages: 1 Unit

·KAZAKH·
❌ Duolingo
✔ Memrise: Community Courses
✔ Mango Languages: 4 Units

·KHMER·
❌ Duolingo
✔ Memrise: Community Courses
❌ Mango Languages

·KOREAN·
❌ Duolingo
✔ Memrise: 7 Courses by Memrise, Community Courses
✔ Mango Languages: 1 Unit

·KURDISH·
❌ Duolingo
✔ Memrise: Community Courses
❌ Mango Languages

·KYRGYZ·
❌ Duolingo
✔ Memrise: Community Courses
❌ Mango Languages

·LADIN·
❌ Duolingo
✔ Memrise: Community Courses
❌ Mango Languages

·LATIN·
❌ Duolingo
✔ Memrise: Community Courses
✔ Mango Languages: 1 Unit

·LATVIAN·
❌ Duolingo
✔ Memrise: Community Courses
❌ Mango Languages

·LITHUANIAN·
❌ Duolingo
✔ Memrise: Community Courses
❌ Mango Languages

·LUXEMBOURGISH·
❌ Duolingo
✔ Memrise: Community Courses
❌ Mango Languages

·MACEDONIAN·
❌ Duolingo
✔ Memrise: Community Courses
❌ Mango Languages

·MALAY·
❌ Duolingo
✔ Memrise: Community Courses
✔ Mango Languages: 4 Units

·MALAYALAM·
❌ Duolingo
✔ Memrise: Community Courses
✔ Mango Languages: 4 Units

·MALTESE·
❌ Duolingo
✔ Memrise: Community Courses
❌ Mango Languages

·MAORI·
❌ Duolingo
✔ Memrise: Community Courses
❌ Mango Languages

·MARATHI·
❌ Duolingo
✔ Memrise: Community Courses
❌ Mango Languages

·MONGOLIAN·
❌ Duolingo
✔ Memrise: Community Courses
❌ Mango Languages

·NEPALI·
❌ Duolingo
✔ Community Courses
❌ Mango Languages

·NORWEGIAN·
✔ Duolingo
✔ Memrise: 7 courses by Memrise, Community Courses
✔ Mango Languages: 4 Units

·OCCITAN·
❌ Duolingo
✔ Memrise: Community Courses
❌ Mango Languages

·PASHTO·
❌ Duolingo
❌ Memrise
✔ Mango Languages: 1 Unit

·PIRATE DIALECT·
❌ Duolingo
❌ Memrise
✔ Mango Languages: 1 Units

·POLISH·
✔ Duolingo
✔ Memrise: 7 Courses by Memrise, Community Courses
✔ Mango Languages: 1 Units

·PORTUGUESE·
✔ Duolingo
✔ Memrise: Dialects-
⭕ Portugal (7 Courses by Memrise, Community Courses)
⭕ Brazil (7 Courses by Memrise, Community Courses)
✔ Mango Languages: 2 Units and 3 Special Chapters

·PUNJABI·
❌ Duolingo
✔ Memrise: Community Courses
✔ Mango Languages: 4 Units

·ROMANIAN·
✔ Duolingo
✔ Memrise: Community Courses
✔ Mango Languages: 4 Units

·RUSSIAN·
✔ Duolingo
✔ Memrise: 7 Courses by Memrise, Community Courses
✔ Mango Languages: 2 Units and 2 Special Chapters

·SANSKRIT·
❌ Duolingo
✔ Memrise: Community Courses
❌ Mango Languages

·SCOTTISH GAELIC·
❌ Duolingo
✔ Memrise: Community Courses
✔ Mango Languages: 1 Unit

·SERBIAN·
❌ Duolingo
✔ Memrise: Community Courses
✔ Mango Languages: 4 Units

·SHAKESPEARE ENGLISH·
❌ Duolingo
❌ Memrise
✔ Mango Languages: 1 Unit

·SHANGHAINESE·
❌ Duolingo
❌ Memrise
✔ Mango Languages: 1 Unit

·SLOVAK·
❌ Duolingo
✔ Memrise: Community Courses
✔ Mango Languages: 4 Units

·SLOVENIAN·
❌ Duolingo
✔ Memrise: Community Courses
❌ Mango Languages

·SOMALI·
❌ Duolingo
✔ Memrise: Community Courses
❌ Mango Languages

·SPANISH·
✔ Duolingo
✔ Memrise: Dialects-
⭕ Mexico (7 Courses by Memrise, Community Courses)
⭕ Spain (7 Courses by Memrise)
✔ Mango Languages: Dialects-
⭕ Latin America (2 Units and 5 special chapters)
⭕ Spain (4 Units and 2 special chapters)

·SWAHILI·
✔ Duolingo
✔ Memrise: Community Courses
✔ Mango Languages: 4 Units

·SWEDISH·
✔ Duolingo
✔ Memrise: 7 Courses by Memrise, Community Courses
✔ Mango Languages: 4 Units

·TAGALOG·
❌ Duolingo
✔ Memrise: Community Courses
✔ Mango Languages: 1 Unit

·TAMIL·
❌ Duolingo
✔ Memrise: Community Courses
✔ Mango Languages: 4 Units

·TELUGU·
❌ Duolingo
❌ Memrise
✔ Mango Languages: 4 Units

·THAI·
❌ Duolingo
✔ Memrise: Community Courses
✔ Mango Languages: 1 Unit

·TURKISH·
✔ Duolingo
✔ Memrise: 7 Courses by Memrise, Community Courses
✔ Mango Languages: 1 Unit

·TUVAN·
❌ Duolingo
❌ Memrise
✔ Mango Languages: 1 Unit

·UKRAINIAN·
✔ Duolingo
✔ Memrise: Community Courses
✔ Mango Languages: 4 Units

·URDU·
❌ Duolingo
✔ Memrise: Community Course
✔ Mango Languages: 1 Unit

·UZBEK·
❌ Duolingo
❌ Memrise
✔ Mango Languages: 1 Unit

·VIETNAMESE·
✔ Duolingo
✔ Memrise: Community Courses
✔ Mango Languages: 1 Unit

·WELSH·
✔ Duolingo
✔ Memrise: Community Courses
❌ Mango Languages

·YIDDISH·
❌ Duolingo
❌ Memrise
✔ Mango Languages: 4 Units

·ZULU·
❌ Duolingo
✔ Memrise: Community Course
❌ Mango Languages


If you’re new to language learning, you’ve never heard of one or more of the above apps, or you want to know which app would be best for you, consult the guide below.


DUOLINGO: Quality above Quantity

Pros:
⭕ Clean Interface
⭕ Totally free
⭕ You feel fine when you see an Ad because of how free everything is
⭕ Premium is available and takes away Ads and makes offline courses available for a price
⭕ Speech in some courses
⭕ You can join a club of people, or make your own with your friends
⭕ Streak Saver for if you are too busy to practice but still want to keep a streak
⭕ Good for learning the basics of a language for school
⭕ Good for learning the basics of a language for work
⭕ Very Good as a starting point
⭕ Tips & Notes (Helps with grammar) can be really helpful
⭕ You can contribute to making a course as long as you speak both languages involved
⭕ Forums
⭕ Reminder Notifications
⭕ I hear TinyCards and Chatbots are good (BUT I WOULDN’T KNOW BECAUSE IT’S NOT ON ANDROID DANGET)

Cons:

🔴 Tips & Notes is only on the Website
🔴 Takes a long while for courses because they’re made by contributors
🔴 When a course is quicker than usual it’s usually because Duolingo pushed the contributors to make it and it ends up slightly half-assed
🔴 Duolingo accepts languages based on their demand, so lesser-known languages aren’t accepted
🔴 Can’t delete courses through the mobile site
🔴 Tinycards (A flashcard app made by Duolingo) and Chatbots (An AI that talks to you in your target language made by Duolingo) is only available on iOS
🔴 Even though TinyCards has a Website, it’s still not available on Android
🔴 If they release a date for something to be out, it’s usually released a lot later than that (TinyCards was due on Android a month or so after it was released on iOS, it still isn’t out and its been almost a year)

All in all, if you’re a student, new to languages, or need to learn a language for work; this is the app for you.

If you’re wanting to expand your vocabulary (outside of casual phrases), you’re intermediate in your target language, or you want to learn grammar; this app isn’t for you.


MEMRISE: Quantity over Quality

Pros:
⭕ Memrise-made courses
⭕ A lot of courses available
⭕ Not just for Languages
⭕ Usually at least 200 words in each Memrise-made course
⭕ A lot of languages available if you don’t care about the quality
⭕ The most words I’ve seen in a course is 2750
⭕ Good for expanding your vocabulary
⭕ Good for starting out
⭕ Many lesser-known languages
⭕ Reminder Notifications (Report for training, Dojo!)
⭕ Space themed
⭕ Some community made courses are really good.
⭕ Sound in the Memrise-made courses, sometimes sound in the community made courses
⭕ Anyone can make a course about pretty much anything
⭕ Mems (Pictures to help you remember the word)
⭕ No Ads
⭕ Premium is available and adds courses like Difficult Words (Helps with words you’ve had the most difficulty with), Listening Skills (Helps with listening skills) and Meet the Natives (Videos of native speakers), Chat with AIs in your target language (Only available on some courses), Offline courses, and Grammar bot that helps with grammar (Only available on some courses) for a price
⭕ Okay without Premium
⭕ Good for students and workers
⭕ As long as you know your target languages grammar, you’re set on a Standard account
⭕ Teaches the alphabet along with vocabulary
⭕ Forums

Cons:

🔴 Prices are expensive for people who are broke or can’t pay the $129.99 lifetime fee.
🔴 Not a very clean interface (imo)
🔴 Some people think it’s on the way out
🔴 Some community Courses aren’t that good
🔴 the ratio of Memrise Courses to Community Courses is probably 1:300
🔴 No grammar unless you get premium
🔴 (imo) They try too hard to beat out Duolingo. Instead of adding Grammar, Tips, or Comments (On mobile, idk about website) they add interface updates and change things about the home screen.

All in all, if you’re starting out, want to learn more vocabulary, or you have to learn for school or work; this app is for you.

If you want to learn grammar, need help from others often, or you don’t want a very technical app; this app isn’t for you.

Pretty much if Duolingo and Memrise were computers, Memrise would be PC and Duolingo would be Mac.


Mango Languages: Need to learn grammar? I gotchu fam

I don’t know much about Mango Languages because I only got it recently.
From what I’ve seen by answering 2 whole questions on the Android app, this is what I concur.

Pros:
⭕ It highlights each word so you know which is which
⭕ Good for practicing speech
⭕ Teaches Grammar (!!!!!!)
⭕ No Ads
⭕ Many languages
⭕ I think they all have sound
⭕ Special Chapters teach special things depending on the language (i.e. Zodiac chapter for Chinese course etc.)
⭕ Teaches phrases (I wouldn’t like this if it wasn’t for the fact they teach grammar)
⭕ Clean interface
⭕ Seems to be mainly for conversational language.
⭕ Lady narrates everything so you can follow along easily

Cons:
🔴 Your local library pays for a subscription to Mango Languages, which will unlock the website/app for you. This is really bad, because if you live in a small town, or even live in a big town that doesn’t have subscriptions; you have to pay to unlock the site.
🔴 Doesn’t teach alphabets
🔴 Not a ‘press this button if you think the answer is this’ kind of app. You just go through slides and speak into the app and it tells you if you’re right or not.

All in all, if you want to learn grammar, the skeleton of the language, have another source for learning alphabets, and you have a good library; this app is for you.

If you want to widen your vocabulary, you have a sucky library, no money, and you’re only going to be using this app by itself; this app isn’t for you.


IMO, it’s best to get all 3.
With Duolingo helping you with basics, Memrise helping your vocabulary and Mango helping with grammar, you’re set.

Language Learning Styles

You can have 1 or more styles combined, that depends on what you like or works for you. I tried to think of every style that i know.

Ant Style

The person who has this style is most probably that organized langblr who actually knows what they are doing. They have certain periods of time when they study and nothing can disturb their routine. 

How to know if you have this style? Easy, do you know when you’re done with studying your language? If you just thought of a period of time and what you are doing in this period, you’re an ant.

How to become an ant learner: take an agenda and make a schedule, a very detailed one. You write down everything, from what you study to for how long and with what (duo, flashcards, notebooks etc.)

p.s. This learns take everything seriously, their notes are probably goals, perfection is written everywhere and they work hard, too hard maybe.


Sloth Style

This is the entire opposite of the ant learners. Masters of procrastination, but somehow they know the language better than some ants? 

How to know if you have this style?  Ask yourself what plans you have tomorrow, if the answer is “sleeping” or “no idea”, congrats, you’re a sloth.

How to become a sloth learner: Hakuna Matata. 

p.s. this kind of learners prefer to immerse themselves, they prefer watching movies, listening to music, looking at others how they explain and they observe everything, they don’t have notebooks, they are spontaneous. (that’s why they are awake at 3am playing on duo most probably.


Panda Style 

This style is a combination of a sloth and an ant. They procrastinate like 20 hours and in the last 4 they can finish a duo tree, talk with Nth natives and finish Grey’s Anatomy in their target language. 

How to know if you have this style? Ask yourself if you know what you’re doing tomorrow. If you said "studying” but you have no idea what or how, you just won the Bamboo Reward of the year.

How to become a panda learner: Procrastinate at a medium level, learn using both, textbooks and games, movies, comics (fun stuff).

p.s. they are hardcore, they will most probably procrastinate their sleep and then sleep for at least 12h straight! The same goes for languages, they do nothing for Nth years, and when they do, they get to be B1/B2 in a weekend.


Cat style

Very similar to a panda, except that when they are studying, they are like an ant, they know what to do and when to do it, so let’s call this “fancy procrastinator style”.

How to know if you have this style? If you know what to do after a long procrastinating session, you just got cat ears.

How to become a cat learner: Keep procrastinating, but when you stop, always have a plan of what you’re gonna do.

p.s. This kind of learners prefer finishing a grammar book, a Duo tree and memorize a lot of vocab before talking/showing their skills to someone. They are B2-C1 when they 1st talk to someone using their target language


Puppy Style

They are the most energetic kind of learners, well, they and the ants. They have plans over plans, (that they don’t follow at all) they overwork themselves and are always up for games or talking.

How to know if you have this style? If i ask you now what you’re doing tomorrow for your target language, you answer me with “grammar” and the next day you watch Mulan in French you are a puppy. You will always do the opposite of what you planned.

How to become a puppy learner: what’s awesome at this kind of learners is that they aren’t afraid of mistakes, they know mistakes are the way to fluency. They will always do something for their target language(s), they are full of passion. Try to be organize and fail, don’t be ashamed of your mistakes and you will be a puppy in no time.

p.s. Their notes may not be goals, but their notebooks are like wikipedias, they are gold, full of details for every single thing related to their target language(s).


Owl Style

These learners are the most calm people you will ever meet. They don’t hurry. They know their stuff 100%, they enjoy the journey. Owls are those humans who know that quality is over quantity.

How to know if you have this style? If you know what language you want to learn, but you move with baby steps (owl steps in this case) towards that fluency, you are a tiny little adorable owl.

How to become an owl learner: all you gotta do is… don’t hurry, you make minimum of effort but you, and others, know how wll you know your languages, the grammar rules, your routine etc.

p.s. This kind of people have the same routine since forever, you can’t break it. Also, they learn from their mistakes, and by learn i mean they even have a sticky notes somewhere with every single mistake ever made.


Kangaroo Style

This kind of people are so… normal? They are balanced, they do what they got to do. They may seem like they have nothing special at all.

How to know if you have this style? If i ask you about resources for Haitian Creol, Hawaiian, Quechua and you opened 3 google drive accounts saying that you have resources, you are kangaroo.

How to become a kangaroo learner: have resources for resources, this kind of learners are prepared for everything seriously.

p.s. they also like to try out every single thing out there for their target language(s), they will try everything in order to find something more useful


Monkey Style

We all know/have that friend who likes quantity over quality, this is the monkey. They will try a lot of stuff thinking that they learn but they remember nothing.

How to know if you have this style? If you are asked what you did all day and you start saying Nth games, lessons, movies etc. and you are quiet when you’re asked again what you’ve learned, that’s a monkey trait.

How to become a monkey learner:  Learn lessons without bothering to understand them 100% 

p.s. now, this style is pretty useful for languages like japanese when it was proven that quantity over quality is better, just as a side note, monkey are full of excitment~ they will motivat you only bc they are right next to you.


Bunny Style

This style is so tricky, they may seem to be monkeys because they spend a lot of time playing around with everything but they are actually more organized than you may think.

How to know if you have this style? You go through Nth games daily BUT that’s because you try to master your topics so you do a lot of exercises for each lesson, you are quantity over quality in a quality over quantity style.

How to become a bunny learner: be anxious (joking here) So, to be a bunny is easy, all you gotta do is master everything in different ways, use games, then books, then go to videos, always change your learning style.

p.s. they may seem like they waste their time but they only want to be well prepared and avoid making many mistakes


This post is longer than i expected. Anyway, what kind of learner are you guys?:)

Haitian Creole swear words

If there are any Haitian Creole speakers around - I’m trying to figure out what my (obviously, Haitian Creole) character might say when she curses, where I in English would go fuck! 

I’ve spent a lot of time trying to look it up online but I don’t trust the resources I’ve found. The two main contenders seem to be

Tonnè kraze’m - which I think is literally something like ‘lightning strike me’?

or else guete, which is possibly literally ‘fuck’?

Really want to get this right, can anybody help please?

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Mennen koulèv lekòl se youn. Fè l’ chita se yon lòt
— 

Haitian proverb

Translation: Taking the snake to school is one thing. Making it sit down is another. 

English equivalent: You can lead the horse to water but you can’t make it drink.

Meaning: You can only do so much for someone else./You can’t force people to do what you want.

Diri ak djon djon (Haitian Creole) for rice with mushrooms, is a native dish of Haiti. It is essentially a meal consisting of rice and edible black mushrooms called “djon djon”. The meal is more common in the northern region of the country and therefore can be considered a regional delicacy. When the mushrooms are boiled, they release a grayish-black coloring giving the rice its gray color and the dish’s distinctive flavor. The dish is often served with some sort of meat whether it be fish, chicken or shrimp (usually mixed in the rice).

Haitian Character named after Butterfly

Anonymous asked:

I’m working on a character of Haitian descent–her name is, according to Google at least, the Haitian creole word for butterfly, upon which many of her powers are based. 

My concern is that, in my excitement for what I saw as an adorably beautiful/cute character, I only belatedly remembered that I’ve seen a post on here before about too much association between characters of colour and animals/bugs. Should I find another theme for her besides butterflies?

[shortened ask]

In the majority of cases, It’s all about association. Seeing as butterflies have a more positive connotation (More so than bugs like beetles and stinkbugs as in the other ask we took issue with), and doesn’t overdo the connections to her with this insect, I don’t see a problem with it.

By not overdoing it, I mean I would not mirror the majority of her actions to a butterfly or any animal, even if you do allude to some similarities at times (such as grace, beauty or gentleness). Same goes for her physical appearance. 

Additionally, it would be nice if others were given some slight animal connections so she’s not singled out, preferably a non-Haitian and/or white characters if they exist in the story.

I’m not Haitian, though, so Haitian followers feel free to comment.

Further note on association: 

Don’t always take your own perspective of what is positive or not-positive. Do your research, as connotations and symbolism can vary by culture, have more meaning than you’re aware of, and have historical implications that make something offensive. 

Search fields like “butterflies in x culture, symbolism/importance of butterflies in x culture” may give you a start.

~Mod Colette