Haitian 101

Haitian Word List

The purpose of this list is to give a rough idea of the Haitian language. The words listed below are not the most common words, but a broad sampling of words. See the Word Lists page for more details.

English

Haitian Creole
(kreyòl)
I

mwen
you (singular)

ou
he

li
we

nou
you (plural)

nou, ou
they

yo
this

sa
that

sila
here

isit
there

la
who

kilès
what

kisa
where

ki kote
when

kilè
how

kòman, kijan
not

pa
all

tout
many

anpil
some

kèk
few

enpe, tikras, tikal
other

lòt
one

youn, yon, en
two

de
three

twa
four

kat
five

senk
big

gran
long

long
wide

laj
thick

epè, pwès
heavy

lou
small

piti
short

kout
narrow

jennen
thin

fen
woman

fanm
man (adult male)

nonm
man (human being)

moun
child

pitit, timoun
wife

madanm
husband

mari
mother

manman
father

papa
animal

zannimo
fish

pwason
bird

zwazo
dog

chen
louse

pou
snake

koulèv
worm

tree

pyebwa
forest

forè
stick

baton
fruit

fwi
seed

grenn
leaf

fèy
root

rasin
bark (of a tree)

kòs, po
flower

flè
grass

zèb
rope

kòd
skin

po
meat

vyann
blood

san
bone

zo
fat (noun)

grès
egg

ze
horn

kòn
tail

ke
feather

plim
hair

cheve
head

tèt
ear

zòrèy
eye

je
nose

nen
mouth

bouch
tooth

dan
tongue (organ)

lang
fingernail

zong
foot

pye
leg

janm, pye
knee

jenou
hand

men
wing

zèl
belly

vant
guts

zantray
neck

kou
back

do
breast

tete, sen
heart

liver

fwa
to drink

bwè
to eat

manje
to bite

mòde
to suck

souse
to spit

krache
to vomit

vomi
to blow

soufle
to breathe

respire
to laugh

ri
to see

to hear

tande
to know

konnen
to think

panse
to smell

santi
to fear

to sleep

dòmi
to live

viv
to die

mouri
to kill

touye
to fight

goumen, batay
to hunt

chase
to hit

frape
to cut

koupe
to split

separe
to stab

pike
to scratch

grate
to dig

fouye
to swim

naje
to fly

vole
to walk

mache
to come

vini
to lie (as in a bed)

kouche, blayi
to sit

chita, chita
to stand

leve, kanpe
to turn (intransitive)

vire
to fall

tonbe
to give

bay
to hold

kenbe
to squeeze

sere
to rub

fwote
to wash

lave
to wipe

siye
to pull

tire
to push

pouse
to throw

voye, jete
to tie

mare
to sew

koud
to count

konte
to say

di
to sing

chante
to play

jwe
to float

flote
to flow

koule
to freeze

glase
to swell

anfle
sun

solèy
moon

lalin
star

zetwal
water

dlo
rain

lapli
river

rivyè
lake

lak
sea

lanmè
salt

sèl
stone

wòch
sand

sab
dust

pousyè
earth

latè
cloud

nyaj
fog

bwouya
sky

syèl
wind

van
snow

nèj, lanèj
ice

glas
smoke

lafimen
fire

dife
ash

sann
to burn

boule
road

chemen, wout
mountain

mòn, montay
red

wouj
green

vèt
yellow

jòn
white

blan
black

nwa
night

lannuit
day

jou
year

ane, lane
warm

cho
cold

frèt
full

plen
new

nouvo, nèf
old

vye, aje
good

bon
bad

move
rotten

pouri
dirty

sal
straight

dwat
round

won
sharp (as a knife)

file, koupe
dull (as a knife)

defile, febli
smooth

lis
wet

mouye
dry

sèk
correct

kòrèk
near

toupre
far

lwen
right

dwat, adwat

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