Here are 147 Haitian Creole phrases and words you need to learn to put you on the path of speaking Creole with any Haitian you meet.

Haitian Creole phrases

This list covers common Haitian Creole phrases such as greetings, how to ask for names, how to say goodbye, how to ask if someone is doing well, how to ask for permission, how to express your wants, likes, and dislikes, how to ask for medical help, and more.

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What is Haitian Creole?

Haitian Creole or Kreyòl Ayisyen is a French derivative language spoken by almost all Haitians. It is one of Haiti's two official languages.

Plus, Creole was influenced by Portuguese, Taíno (a language spoken by the natives), Spanish, English, and many West African languages.

Haitian slaves developed Kreyòl as a unique mean of communication among themselves back in the 1800s.

Haitian Creole allowed the slaves to strategize and even insult the slave masters right in their face, yet they knew nothing of it.

147 Haitian Creole phrases to learn now

  1. Bonjou! - Good morning! (used from 12 AM to 11:59 AM)
  2. Bonswa! - Good afternoon or good evening! (used from 12 PM to 11:59 PM) 
  3. Kouman ou rele? - What is your name?
  4. Mwen rele [insert name here] - My name is [insert name here]
  5. Kouman ou ye? - How are you? 
  6. Tout bagay anfòm? - Is everything OK?
  7. Pa pli mal! - All is well! 
  8. Wi - Yes 
  9. Non - No 
  10. Mèsi - Thanks 
  11. Anmwe! - Help! (it can also be used when something is just too funny)
  12. Non, mèsi - No, thanks 
  13. Tanpri - Please  
  14. Pa gen pwoblèm - No problem (it can also be used to say "you're welcome") 
  15. Oke - OK 
  16. Tanpri, padone mwen - Forgive me, please
  17. Mwen vrèman regret sa - I'm deeply sorry
  18. Non, pa genyen! - No, there is none! 
  19. Mwen pa genyen li! - I don't have it! 
  20. Fèl konsa! - Do it like that! 
  21. Pa mal - not too bad. 
  22. Anpil - A lot
  23. Mwen vle anpil - I want a lot
  24. Li isit la - It's here 
  25. Li la a - It's there
  26. Pa kounye a - Not now 
  27. Toupatou - Everywhere 
  28. Anyen - Nothing 
  29. Preske fini - Almost done
  30. Atansyon! - Watch out! 
  31. Prese prese! - Hurry up! 
  32. Dife! - Fire! 
  33. Rete! - Stop! 
  34. Kounye a - Now 
  35. N'ap chache [insert your word] - We are looking for [insert word]
  36. Tanpri, ban mwen yon [insert your word] - Please give me a [insert your word] 
  37. Separe sa antre nou - Divide this among yourselves
  38. - Yesterday 
  39. Jodia - Today 
  40. Demen - Tomorrow 
  41. Maten an - This morning 
  42. Apremidi a - This afternoon 
  43. Aswè a - This evening
  44. Ou byen / ou oke? - You're OK? 
  45. Mwen pa two byen - I'm not feeling well 
  46. Mwen malad - I'm sick
  47. Te gen yon aksidan - There was an accident 
  48. Nou bezwen yon dòktè touswit - We need a doctor right away 
  49. Ki kote lopital la ye? - Where is the hospital? 
  50. Ki kote li fè ou mal? - Where does it hurt?
  51. Li ansent - She's pregnant 
  52. Mwen pa ka ni manje ni domi - I can neither eat nor sleep 
  53. Mwen gen djare - I have diarrhea 
  54. Mwen anvi vomi - I want to vomit 
  55. Tout kò mwen cho - My whole body is hot 
  56. Mwen toudi - I'm dizzy 
  57. Nou bezwen pansman - We need bandages 
  58. Mwen bezwen yon bagay pou blesi a - I need something for this cut
  59. Mwen grangou - I'm hungry 
  60. Mwen swaf anpil - I'm very thirsty 
  61. Nou bezwen manje - We need food
  62. Konbyen - How much or How many? 
  63. Poukisa? - Why? 
  64. Kote? - Where?
  65. Ki kote li ye? - Where is it at? 
  66. Kisa? - What?
  67. Kisa wap di la a? - What are you saying?
  68. Kilè? - When?
  69. Kilè wap vini? - When are you coming? 
  70. Ki moun? - Who?
  71. Ki moun ki la a? - Who is there?
  72. Kijan? - How?
  73. Kijan ou vle li cheri? - How do you want it, darling?
  74. Kilès? - Which one?
  75. Kilès ladan yo? Which one of them?
  76. Eske gen [insert your word]? - Is there a [insert your word]? 
  77. Eske ou gen [insert your word]? - Do you have [insert your word]? 
  78. Ou ka ede nou, silvouplè? - Can you help us, please? 
  79. Ki kote nou ka achte [insert your word]? - Where can we buy [insert your word]? 
  80. Eske ou ka di mwen [insert your word]? - Can you tell me [insert your word]?
  81. Montre mwen [insert your word] - show me [insert your word]
  82. Bay timoun yo $10 - Give the kids $10
  83. Ba li $10 pou mwen - Give him or her $10 for me
  84. Kisa ou vle? - What do you want? 
  85. Kisa ou ta renmen? - What would you like? 
  86. Kisa wap fè la? - What are you doing there? 
  87. Kisa sa a ye? - What is that? 
  88. Sa'k genyen? - What's the matter? 
  89. Kisa pou nou fè? - What must we do? 
  90. Eske ou te wè manman ou? - Have you seen your mother? 
  91. Eske ou pale anglè oubyen fransè? - Do you speak English or French? 
  92. Ki moun isit la ki pale anglè? - Who speaks English here? 
  93. Ou konprann? - You understand? 
  94. Kijan yo rele sa a an kreyol? - What do they call this in Creole? 
  95. Kijan yo di [insert your word here] an kreyòl? - How do they say [insert your word here] in Haitian Creole? 
  96. Kisa ou bezwen? - What do you need? 
  97. Kisa ki rive ou? - What happened to you? 
  98. Ki kote li ale? - Where did he go? 
  99. Kilaj ou? - How old are you? 
  100. Ki kote ou rete? - Where do you live? 
  101. Eske ou gen pitit? - Do you have children? 
  102. Ki kote nou ye la a? - Where are we? 
  103. Genyen - to have 
  104. Chita - to sit 
  105. Manje - to eat 
  106. Rete - to stop 
  107. Kouri - to run 
  108. Kouche - to lie down 
  109. Vini - to come 
  110. Ale - to go 
  111. Banm - to give 
  112. Ret trankil - to be quiet 
  113. Pran - to get, receive 
  114. Leve - to get up 
  115. Sede - to give up 
  116. Touye - to kill 
  117. Frape - to hit 
  118. Kache - to hide 
  119. Konnen - to know 
  120. Manti - to lie 
  121. gade - to look 
  122. Koupe - to cut 
  123. Fè manje - to cook 
  124. Fimen - to smoke 
  125. Atake - to attack 
  126. Bay pèmi - to authorize 
  127. Kriye - to shout, yell, scream 
  128. Achte - to buy 
  129. Rele - to call or to name 
  130. Netwaye - to clean 
  131. Fèmen - to close 
  132. Fòse - to coerce, force 
  133. Fini - to finish 
  134. Obeyi - to obey 
  135. Fè konfyans - to trust 
  136. Konsole - to comfort 
  137. Pati - to leave, depart 
  138. Mouri - to die 
  139. Desine - to draw, to sketch 
  140. Bwè - to drink 
  141. Tonbe - to drop, fall 
  142. Anbake - embark, load, board 
  143. Atoure - to surround 
  144. Ranfose - to enforce 
  145. Ri - to laugh
  146. Pale - to talk
  147. Koze - to flirt
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