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No. 90: Mwen ka palé Kréyol

Le Vauclin, Martinique

Le Vauclin, Martinique

Mwen ka palé Kréyol.

Je parle Créole.

I speak Creole.

Not that I need another language knocking around in my old brain, but here are some simple words and phrases in Créole I hope to learn by week’s end. I’ll give it the old college try.

bonjou: bonjour, good morning/hello

mésyé zé dam bonjou: Mesdames et messieurs, bonjour, ladies and gentleman hello/good day.

bonswa : bonsoir, good evening

mèsi: merci, thank you

mwen ka rimèsié’w anlo: je te remercie beaucoup, thank you very much

souplè: s’il vous plait, please

Mi plisi! Avec plaisir! With pleasure!

ni pwoblem: pas de problème, no problem

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tanzantan: de temps en temps, from time to time

An pa tini pwen lajan. Je n’ai pas d’argent. I have no money.

 

Sa ou fé ? Comment ça va? How are you?

Sa ka maché, è wou? Ça va bien, et toi? Fine, and you?

 

Ka ki là? Qui est la? Who is there?

Ka sa yé? Qu’est-ce que c’est? What’s that?

Ki laj a ou? et Ki laj ou ka fè? : Quel âge avez-vous? Quel âge-a tu? How old are you?

 

Annou ay!  On y va! Let’s go!

Resté la, an ka vin!  Restez là, je viens! Stay there, I’m coming!

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bagail la chô: il fait très chaud, it’s very hot!

et enfin….

ti-bo: un bisou, a kiss

Mwen aimé ou doudou: Je t’aime mon cher. I love you dear.

 Créole-Martiniquais

And another bonus…Kréyol verb conjugation. Hmm…looks a mite bit easier. Maybe we should move to Martinique and take up Kréyol instead.

  

French                                                        Kréyol

je chante                                               mwen ka chanté

tu chantes                                             ou ka chanté

il ou elle chante                                     i ka chanté

nous chantons                                      nou ka chantè

vous chantez                                        zot ka chanté

ils ou elles chantent                              yo ka chanté

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