|an||an, as in animal|
|ch||sh, as in shame|
|dj||as in jam|
|è||eh, as in yet|
|en||as in penny|
|ò||oh (nasal), as in hot|
|on||as in honey|
|ou||as in foot|
|tj||as in catch|
Bonjou, sa ka fèt?
Good morning, what’s up?
I’m there. Bonjou, kouman ou yé?
Good day, how are you?
Mwen la ka tjenbé.
I am there holding on. Bonnapwémidi, ki nouvèl ou?
Good afternoon, how are things with you? Literally: what’s your news?
I am fine.
Ant lé dé.
Between the two extremes. Bonswè, sa ou ka di?
Good night, what are you saying?
Ti tak, kouman ou menm?
Just a little, how are you? Sa kont fanmi a?
How is the family?
Yo byen, wi.
They’re fine, yes.
Phrases: Fè konnésans (Making introductions)
What is your name?
Sa ki non’w?
My name is
Non mwen sé Where are you from? (You are someone from where?)
Ou sé moun ki koté?
I am from Grand Bay. Mwen se moun Gwan Bé.
(I am someone from Grand Bay)
I am from America. Mwen menm sé moun Lanméwik.
I am an American. Mwen sé yon anméwitjen. I am pleased to know you.
Mwen kontan konnésé’w.
Sé pa jou-a ou byenn abiyé ou ka wakontwé bèlmè-w
It’s not the day you are well dressed that you meet your mother-in-law
Always be prepared Dan pa tje.
A smile does mean good intentions. De mountany pa ka jwenn, me de moun ke jwenn.
Two mountains cannot meet but two people will.
A Timtim Riddle
Mwen pase bo simitye, mwen di le vivan bonjou me se le mo ki ka weponn.
I passed by the cemetery, I said good day to the living but it is the dead who answer. Answer: A pigeon peas tree.
When the wind blows, its dried pods rattle and make a sound.