Haitian Creole is a French-based creole language spoken by 10–12 million Haitians in Hati and around the world. It originated mostly from 18th-century French, with influences from Portuguese, Spanish, English, Taíno, and West African languages. Haitian Creole and French have similar pronunciations and share many lexical items. In fact, over 90% of the Haitian Creole vocabulary is of French origin, however, it is not mutually intelligible with standard French, and has its own distinctive grammar.
Communication skills developed while learning Haitian can improve your interpersonal skills in your native langauge as well. Knowing Haitian provides a competitive edge in career choices Analytical skills improve when you study Haitian. Studying Haitian offers a sense of the past: culturally and linguistically.
How Long Does it Take to Learn Haitian?
Hatian Creole is rated as a category 2 language by the Foreign Service Institute. It is considered moderately easy for English speakers to learn and takes an average of 36 weeks (or 900 class hours) to gain professional working proficiency.
Haitian Alphabet & Pronunciation
Haitian Creole is composed of the following 32 symbols: