This was a great reader question on Haitian Creole words they can teach their child their family’s native language.
My father and his entire side of my family are Haitian. Unfortunately he didn’t teach me or my siblings the language so we have had to try to learn on our own. I just had my baby and I want to talk to my child strictly in creole. There are a few things that I say to him in English I would like to know how to say them in creole.
30 Creole Phrases for Parents to Speak with their Children
1. What’s wrong? – Kisa kap fe ou mal?
2. Are you ok? — Èske ou byen?
3. Are you sleepy? — Èske ou gen dòmi?
4. Did you poop/pee? — Èske ou te poupou / pipi?
5. Are you hungry/ thirsty? — Èske ou grangou / swaf dlo?
6. Is everything ok? — Tout bagay ok?
7. Come to mom/dad. — Vin jwenn manman / papa.
8.Go to mom/dad. — Ale jwenn manman / papa
9. Do you need a diaper change? — Èske ou bezwenn chanjman daypè?
10. It’s time to change your diaper. — Li lè pou chanje daypè ou.
11. It’s time to eat. — Li lè pou manje.
12. It’s time for a nap. — Li lè pou dòmi.
13. It’s time for bed. — Li lè pou kouche.
14. It’s time for a bath. — Li lè pou beneyn.
15. Do you want milk? — Èske ou vle lèt?
16. Are you finished? — Èske ou fini?
17. Let me wash your hair — Kite m ‘lave cheve ou.
18. Stop crying, everything will be ok. — Sispann kriye, tout bagay anfom.
19. Say “mom/dad” — Di “manman / papa”
20. Give mom/dad a kiss. — Bay manman / papa yon bo
21. Give mom/dad a hug. — Bay manman / papa yon akolad.
22. Look at mom/dad. — Gade manman / papa.
23. Look at the…. — Gade nan ….
24. Do you want your pacifier? — Èske ou vle souson ou?
25. Do you want to play? — Èske ou vle jwe?
26. It’s time to read. — Li lè pou li.
27. I love you my little King — Mwen renmen ou ti wa mwen
28. I’m sorry — Mwen dezole
29. How are you? — Kijan ou ye?
30. What happened? — Kisa ki te pase?