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66. Speaking Haitian Creole

Released Monday, 26th July 2021
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Hello Language Lovers! Thank you for joining me for this episode of Speaking Tongues- the podcast in conversation with multilinguals. This week, I’m so excited to speak with Valentino about his language of Haitian Creole. He is a self-taught polyglot and speaks several languages in addition to his native Creole language.

In this episode, Valentino tells us how both Creole and French are used in Haiti and where you would be likely to hear one over the other. We talk about things that make Creole unique and rather importantly why it’s NOT broken French. Valentino tells us about the phonological and grammatical nature of the language and how it has been influenced by languages from Africa. He tells us about the linguistic variations of Creole spoken in Port au Prince versus in other regions of the country and how the Creole spoken in the capital has influences from English, Spanish and French as well. We also talk about intelligibility between French derived Caribbean creoles and we learn about how unique Haitian culture is in the region from a historical standpoint.

Big thank you to Valentino for joining me from outside of the Brazilian Embassy in Port Au Prince, Haiti for this episode and for sharing bits of your culture and language journey with us. If you enjoy this episode, don’t forget to subscribe, rate and review the Speaking Tongues Podcast on Apple Podcasts or like and subscribe on YouTube so that other language lovers like ourselves can find the show! And, If you’ve been a long time listener of the show or a recent listener, you can now support the show on Buy Me a Coffee dot com. Links to all platforms are in the show notes! Ok! let’s chat!

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