Lisonn - Lessons

Basic Conversation in Patois/Kwéyòl/Creole
Lesson 1

N.B.
1) For the third column on Pronunciation, here are some hints. The sound of <an> is pronounced like in the French name Jean, the sound of <en> is pronounced like in the French name (and noun) Voisin, and the sound of <on> is pronounced like in the French name Cazabon. In summary, whenever the letter <n> appears in italics after a vowel in the sequences "an", "en" and "on", the letter <n> represents nasalisation of the preceding vowel and is not to be pronounced.

2) The "zh" is pronounced like the letter <j> in the French Jean.

3) <r> is often pronounced like [w].


English
Patois/Kwéyòl/Creole
Pronunciation
Good morning
Bonmaten
bon +mah+ten
Good afternoon
Bonlapwèmidi
bon+lap+weh+mee+dee
Good evening
Bonswè
bon+sweh
Good night (before retiring to bed)
Bonlannwit
bon+lan+nweet
Hello
Bonjou
bon+zhou
Please
Souplé
sou+play
Thanks
Mèsi
meh+see
How are you?
Sa’w fè?
(or Kouman ou yé?)

sa+woo+feh
(koo-man-oo-yay)

I am ok (I dey)
Mwen la
mwen-lah
I am fine
Mwen byen
mwen+biyen
I am fine, thank you
Mwen byen mèsi
mwen+biyen+meh+see
See you later!
Pli ta!
pli+tah
Call me!
Kriyé mwen!
(or Kwiyé mwen!)

kri+yay+mwen
What is your name?
Kisa non-ou?
kee+sah+non-oo
What is your name?
Sa ki non-ou?
sah+kee+non-oo
My name is ...
Non-mwen sé…
non+mwen+say
How old are you?
Konbyen nanné ou ni?
kon+biyen+nan+nay+oo+nee
I’m seven years old
Mwen ni sèt nanné
mwen+nee+set+nan+nay
I am
Mwen sé...
mwen+say
Lady
Danm
danm
Ma’am
Madanm
mah+danm
Sir
Misyé
mees+yay
Miss
Manzèl
man+zel
Where are you?
Koté ou yé?
koh+tay+oo+yay
Where are you?
Ola ou yé?
oh+la+oo+yay
Where is he/she?
Koté li yé?
koh+tay+lee+yay
What can I do?
Kisa mwen pé fè?
kee+sah+mwen+pay+feh
I am glad
Mwen kontan
mwen+kon+tan
I am happy
Mwen kontan
mwen+kon+tan
Glad to meet you (plural)
Kontan wè zòt
kon+tan+weh+zot
Glad to meet you (singular)
Kontan wè ou
kon+tan+weh+oo
Are you married?
Ou mayé?
oo+mah+yay
Yes
Wi
wee
No
Non
non
This is my husband
Mi mari-mwen
mee+mah+ree+mwen
This is my wife
Mi fanm-mwen
mee+fanm+mwen
Do you have children?
Ou ni zanfan?
oo+nee+zan+fan
I have children
Mwen ni zanfan
mwen+nee+zan+fan
I don’t have children
Mwen pa ni zanfan
mwen+pah+nee+zan+fan




From Marvel Henry (T&T)



Conjunctions Commonly Used in Creole

Conjunctions Commonly Used in Creole.pdf


Prepositions

Creole prepositions complete.pdf