On this page you will learn about the word order, verbs, singular-plural forms, and nouns in Haitian Creole.
Word Order Edit
The typical word order in the Haitian Creole language is subject-verb-objective. The word "the" in Haitian Creole is used after a word. For example, "The cat" would become "Cat the".
Verbs in Haitian Creole are not conjugated, and there is no specific gender. Verb tense is done in the same form as English where the pronoun in front of the verb is changed instead of the end of the verb.
The indefinite article always goes before the noun just like in English. Unlike in English the possessive pronouns come after the nouns. For example, "My car" would be "Car my" in Haitian Creole. An adjective can come either before or after a noun, but most of the time it will come after the noun. Size will always go before the noun, except in the case of piti (small) and lag (large). Quantity, sequence, and condition go before the noun. Everything that is left will go after the noun. Pronouns have both long and short forms.
- Grammar rules in Haitian Creole tend to start very flexible but evolve over time into more complex rules.
- Plurals are very regular.
- Adjectives and articles do not change form to match the nouns they modify.
So What? Edit
Grammar is very important to be teach your student because the grammar in Haitian Creole has some different rules and word orders than English. In order for the student to become fluent in English they must learn these rules and word orders. As a teacher it is important to know the specific rules in Haitian Creole so that you may transfer what you can into English, and teach what you know they do not know.