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Expressions/ vocabulary

Pa bay kò ou pwoblèm – Do not trouble yourself (Do not worry – pa enkyete ou!)

Pa bay tèt ou pwoblèm – do not trouble yourself

What do these two sentences have in common? They can be used interchangeably depending on where you are in Haiti. Tèt is the most commonly used word.

Reflexive Pronoun : Tèt (means head; Kò means body) – self as in oneself

In Haitian Creole, Tèt and Kò are often used to translate the reflexive pronouns. They are followed by the Creole personal pronouns.

For example, while conjugating, you will use “Tèt” + followed by the prounouns as follows:

M defann tèt mwen – I defend myself

Ou defann tèt ou – You defend yourself

Li defann tèt li – He/she defends him/herself

Nou defann tèt nou – We defend ourselves

Nou defann tèt nou – You (plural) defend yourselves

Yo defann tèt yo – They defend themselves

Example: Tigason an t-ap chache kont avèk Tifi-a. Ti fi-a kale-l byen kale. Ti fi-a defann tèt li – this boy was picking on this girl. The girl beat him up. She defended herself.

Chache kont avèk / chache batay avèk – to bully, to pick a fight

Based on the preceding, you can now study the following:

myself - tèt mwen yourself - tèt ou him/her/it -self - tèt li ourselves - tèt nou yourselves - tèt nou themselves - tèt yo

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