Mango Monday: Haitian Creole

For this installment of Mango Monday, we will discuss our offerings for Haitian Creole. Today is the five year anniversary of the earthquake that was “one of the worst natural disasters in Haiti’s history. It struck the southern part of the country on Jan. 12, 2010. The earthquake killed about 316,000 people and forced more than a million from their homes. Many other people went missing. The quake largely destroyed Port-au-Prince, Haiti’s capital, as well as other cities.” *

Haitian Creole is spoken by 12 million speakers in Haiti, roughly 95% of the country, and their descendants abroad. It is one of two official languages of Haiti, the other being standard French. As a creole language, it is derived from French, but it adds in flavors from Caribbean and African languages to make something completely new yet recognizable.

Some phrases from the first Mango lesson that you might recognize:

  • Hello: Bonjou
  • How are you?: Koman ou ye?
  • I am good, and yourself?: Mwen byen, e ou menm?
  • I am good, too, thanks.: Mwen byen tou, mèsi.

Those of you who would normally be shy about learning a new language may find this one really fun. The sounds and writing system are relatively simplified, making it kinder to new and older beginners.

As with Korean last week, Haitian Creole is available through both Mango Languages and Pronunciator. Each language product has different interfaces, and some will work better for you depending on what you want to get out of your language experience. Don't forget to take advantage of each product's mobile apps for language learning on the go!

Next Monday we will be back with a new language you can teach yourself with resources from your library.