Whenever you visit another country, it’s always fun and less stressful to know at least some bits and pieces of the local language. Whether you travel with us to Haiti or on your own, we think it might be useful to learn a few Creole phrases to get you started on your journey! Check out Traveling Haiti for an extensive list of basic Creole as well as a pronunciation guide!
Here are some basic Creole phrases:
Bonjou means Good Morning. A nice way to greet someone at the start of the day!
Bonswa means Good Afternoon/Evening and is typically used after 11 AM
Komon ou ye? is a way to ask someone How are you doing?
N’ap Boule is a very common greeting and response meaning Good!
Wi means yes while Non means No
Mesi means Thanks and is a great way to be polite!
Souple means Please, another easy way to be courteous.
Merite means You’re welcome which can be used after Mesi
Pa gen Pwoblem means No Problem!
Oke means Ok. You could use this when someone asks you to do something.
Eskize mwen means Excuse me! Which would be nice to use in a crowded area.
These are basic, everyday phrases that can be very helpful in your travels! Try some phrases out together and see how easy it easy to hold small conversations with just a small knowledge of Creole!