Kreyol | Haitian Creole - Useful Words and Phrases



 

Kreyol [ CREOLE ] - ENGLISH 

Bonjou! - Good morning! 
Bonswa! - Good afternoon!/Evening! (used after 11 AM) 
Kouman ou rele? - What is your name?
M rele... - My name is...
Kouman ou ye? (common greeting) - How are you? 
N'ap boule! (response) - Doing Good! 
Wi - Yes 
yo - they, them 
Non - No 
Mesi - Thanks 
Anmwe! - Help! 
Non, mesi - No, thanks 
Souple - Please 
Merite - You're welcome 
Pa gen pwoblem - No problem 
Oke - OK 
Eskize mwen - Excuse me 
Mwen regret sa - I'm sorry 
Gen... - There is/are... 
Pa genyen! - There is/are not any! 
Mwen pa genyen! - I don't have any! 
Sekonsa! - That's right! 
Piti piti - A little bit 
Anpil - A lot 
Gen anpil... - There are a lot of... 
Isit - Here 
La - There 
Tout bagay anfom? - Is everything OK? 
Pa kounye-a - Not now 
Toupatou - Everywhere 
Anyen - Nothing 
Preske - Almost 
Atansyon! - Attention!/Watch out! 
Prese prese! - Hurry! 
Dife! - Fire! 
Rete! - Stop! 
Kounye-a - Now 
Nou ap chache... - We are looking for... 
Souple, ban mwen... - Please give me... 
Separe sa ant nou - Divide this among you 
Ye - Yesterday 
Jodia - Today 
Demen - Tomorrow 
Maten an - This morning 
Apremidi a - This afternoon 
Aswe a - This evening 
Ou byen? - You OK? 
Mwen pa two byen - I'm not too well 
Mwen malad - I'm sick 
Te gen yon aksidan - There was an accident 
Nou bezwen yon dokte/yon mis touswit - We need a doctor/a nurse right now 
Kote Iopital Ia? - Where is the hospital? 
Kote Ii ou fe mal? - Where does it hurt you? 
Li ansent - She's pregnant 
Mwen pa ka manje/domi - I cannot eat/sleep 
Mwengendjare - I have diarrhea 
Mwen anvi vonmi - I feel nauseated 
Tout ko mwen cho - My whole body is hot 
Mwen toudi - I'm dizzy 
Nou bezwen pansman/koton - We need bandages/cotton 
Mwen bezwen yon bagay pi blese sa a - I need something for this cut 
Mwen grangou - I'm hungry 
Mwen swaf anpil - I'm very thirsty 
Nou ta vle manje - We would like to eat
Konben - How much?/How many? 
Poukisa? - Why? 
Kote? - Where? 
Kisa? - What? 
Kile? - When? 
Ki moun? - Who? 
Kijan? - How? 
Kiles? - Which? 
Eske gen...? - Is/Are there...? 
Eske ou gen...? - Do you have...? 
Eske ou ka ede nou, souple? - Can you help us please? 
Kote nou ka achte...? - Where can we buy...? 
Eske ou ka di mwen...? - Can you tell me...?
montre - show
ban - give
Ki moun ki Ia? - Who is there? 
Kisa ou vIe? - What do you want? 
Kisa ou ta vIa? - What would you like? 
Kisa ou ap fe Ia? - What are you doing there? 
Kisa sa a ye? - What is that? 
Sa k'genyen? - What's the matter? 
Kisa pi nou fe? - What must we do? 
Eske ou te we...? - Have you seen...?

Bònn fèt Pak! - Happy Easter!
Eske ou pale angle/franse? - Do you speak English/French? 
Ki moun isit ki pale angle? - Who speaks English here? 
Ou konprann? - You understand? 
Kij an yo rele sa an kreyol? - What do they call that inCreole? 
Kij an yo di...an kreyol? - How do they say... in Creole? 
Kisa ou bezouen? - What do you need? 
Kisa ki rive ou? - What happened to you? 
Ki kote li ale? - Where did he go? 
Kilaj ou? - How old are you? 
Kote ou rete? - Where do you live? 
Eske ou gen petit? - Do you have any children? 
Kote nou ye? - Where are we? 
genyen - to have 
chita - to sit 
manje - to eat 
rete - to stop 
kouri - to run 
kouche - to lie down 
vini - to come 
ale/prale - to go 
ban - to give 
rete trankil - to be quiet 
pran - to get, receive 
leve - to get up 
sede - to give up 
touye - to kill 
frape - to hit 
kache - to hide 
konnen - to know 
manti - to lie (manti! this can't be true) 
gade - to look 
koupe - to cut 
kwit-manje, fe-manje - to cook 
fimen - to smoke 
atake - to attack 
ban pemi - to authorize 
kri - to shout, yell, scream 
achte - to buy 
fe-apel - to call, name 
netwaye - to clean 
femen - to close 
fose - to coerce, force 
fini - to finish 
obeyi - to obey 
fe - konfyans - to trust 
console - to comfort 
pati - to leave, depart 
mouri - to die 
fe-desen - to draw, sketch 
bwe - to drink 
tonbe - to drop, fall 
mete abo - embark, load, board 
atoure - to surround 
ranfose - to enforce 
ou - you, your 
mwen - I, me, my, mine 
nou - us, our, you (plural) 
Ii - him, her, his, hers

 


Nouns

book-liv 
pen-plim 
table-tab 
man-moun, nonm 
woman-fanm 
child-pitit 
boy-gason 
girl-tifi 
student-elèv 
car-oto, machin, vwati 
language-lang 
tourist-touris 
city-vil 
money-lajan, kòb 
store-boutik 
restaurant-restoran 
family-fanmi 
mother-manman
father-papa 
sister-sè 
brother-frè 
water-dlo 
day-jou 
night-nuit 
evening-swa 
morning-maten 
afternoon-aprèmidi 
breakfast-dejne 
lunch-manje midi 
dinner-dine 
food-manje 
chair-chèz 
friend-zanmi 
newspaper-jounal
husband-mari 
wife-madanm, fanm 

Articles and Demonstratives
Definite
Singular - la, a (after vowel), an (after n), nan (after m, nn, gn, or ng)
Plural - yo
The definite article comes after the noun: moun an - the man

Indefinite
Singular-youn

Demonstratives
this - sa a
these - sa yo
that - sila a
those - sila yo
These come after the noun: vil sila a - that city 

 

Verbs 
to ask-mande 
to speak-pale 
to know-konnen 
to see-wè 
to do-fè 
to make-fè, fabrike 
to eat-manje 
to drink-bwè 
to understand-konprann 
to want-vle 
to study-etidye 
to learn-aprann 
to sit-chita 
to need-bezwen 
to go-ale 
to live-abite (inhabit), viv (be alive) 
to come-vini 
to buy-achte 
to sell-vann 
to look for-chèche 
to work-travay 
to visit-visite 
to smoke-fimen 
to like-remnen 
to love-damou 
to pay-peye 
to hear-tande
to think-panse 

Adjectives 
beautiful-bèl 
pretty-bèl 
nice-bon 
big-gwo
large-gran 
small-piti 
good-bon 
sick-malad 
cold-frèt 
hot-cho 
new-nouvo 
old-vye 
near-toupre 
far-lwen 
American-ameriken 
English-angle 
French-franse 
Spanish-panyol 
Chinese-chinwa 

Personal Pronouns
I-mwen (long form), m (short form) 
you-ou (long), w (short) 
he-li, l 
she-li, l 
we-nou, nou 
they-yo, y 

To Be 
I am-mwen 
you are-ou 
he is-li 
she is-li 
we are-nou 
they are-yo 


PRONUNCIATION KEY


ch-sh as in ship / ch-share chache-to look for 
o-claw fo-strong 
e-aim ede-to aid, help 
ou-you ou-you 
k-k as in key kisa-what?
e-leg mesi-thank you 
v-v as in vampire - vini-come
r-(not rolled) respire-to breathe 
g-go gen-to have 
I-see isit-here 
s-s as in sip / s-(always s) prese-in a hurry 
j-s as in vision / j-(avoid the d sound) jou-day 
y-yes pye-foot 
o-toe zo-bone