Haitian Creole

Duke professor Jacques Pierre has developed a program to help students and others learn Haitian Creole (Kreyòl). He and his students have developed a Creole in Durham and Duke  website that is part of the Languages in Durham website. The Creole website includes audio materials produced by students from Duke, Vanderbilt, the University of Virginia, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. These audio materials are based on their experiences learning the language as well as their life at their respective universities. For each of these audio materials, questions are available to test your understanding of the materials.

The website also features Creole resources such as radio broadcasts, newspapers from Haiti and from the Haitian diaspora in the United States. There are also interviews done by students with Haitians living in North Carolina, especially in the Triangle and Triad areas (Durham, Raleigh, Greensboro). In these interviews, a listener will discover a lot of professional Haitians who have been settled in the area for years, and other Haitians who have just arrived in the community and are trying to make their way. There is a series of Haitian proverbs included as well. These proverbs are organized by theme with a short explanation for each proverb to help people understand them.  Finally, you can find some good Haitian music along with the lyrics and a short summary of the songs in English to help you understand what they are about.

All these parts have only one objective, which is to help you understand the language and to have a better grasp of the soul of the country of Haiti. There are plans to add other parts to help immerse visitors to the site in the culture and the language of the country.