Brief Review of Basic Haitian Creole Grammar Rules (Excerpt from -Quick Haitian Creole Grammar Reference)
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Quick Review of Basic Haitian Creole Grammar Rules
Haitian Creole orthography follows its pronunciation. It is composed mostly of these sounds: a, ay, an, b, ch, d, e, è, en, f, g, h, I, j, k, l, m, n, ng/y, o, ò, on, ou, oun, p, r, s, t, ui, v, w, y, z
There are no mute letters in Kreyòl
Haitian Creole: Vowels
Non Nasal Vowels: a, e, è, i, o, ou, à, ay
Nasal Vowels: an, en, on, ann, in
a is pronounced like “a” in cat, mat, Pat etc.
à followed by a consonant is pronounced separately. An Pàn (broken down)
an is pronounced like the first sound found in English words Van-n (van), pan-n (pan) etc.
e is pronounced like the sound of “ay” as in say, lay, stay
è is pronounced like the sound of “et” as in wet, vet, get, let
en is pronounced like the sound produced by “en” as in garden, den
i is pronounced like the sound of “ee” as in see, peep, meet
o is prounounced like the sound of “ow” as in low, grow, row
ò pronounced like the sound of “o” as in bore, sore, more etc
on pronounced like the sound of “oun” as in young, Don Corleon
ou pronounced like the sound of “ou” as in you, route etc.
ay as in i found in I, kite, die. Lakay, kay – home; bagay –thing; bay – to give
in as in machine (machin-car)
Egzèsis: Exercise: Repete mo sa yo – Repeat these words..................
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