As a Haitian Creole Learner, you probably already know “S ak pase?” (What’s up?) but there are greetings and expressions to say slightly different things.
You can also use such creole greetings to sound more natural, and to express yourself more clearly and precisely.
Let’s learn how to use some other simple formal and informal Creole greetings, as well as fun slang expressions that Haitians use to greet each other. Possible response are also covered.
Different ways to ask What’s up:
- Sa k regle?
- Sa k gen nan lòj?
- Sa k gen la ?
- Sa k ap bay?
- Sa k ap fèt?
Other common greetings:
Ban m nouvèl ou?
|Ki jan bagay yo ye?||How are things?|
|Ki jan kò a ye?||How are you feeling?|
|Ou anfòm?||Are you all right?|
|Ki jan lavi a ap mennen w?||How’s life treating you?|
|Sa w regle?||What have you been up to ?|
|Mwen byen.||I am fine.|
|Mwen pa pi mal.||Things are not so bad for me.|
|M ap kenbe.||I’m hanging on.|
|Mwen anfòm.||I’m all right.|
|Mwen la.||I’m here.|
|Tout bagay anfòm.||Everything is fine.|
|Mwen pa bon menm.||I’m not doing so well.|
|Mwen byen, mèsi. E ou menm?||I’m fine, thank you. And you?|
|Mwen pa byen ditou ditou.||I’m not well at all.|
N ap boule (common response to Sa k pase?)
|N ap debat.||We are getting along.|
Marleen is a Haitian Creole translator and Language Advocate. After completing her Graduate Studies at the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris (SciencesPo), she decided to launch Creole Solutions to focus on her mission to promote Haitian language and culture. She has worked for the Consulate General of Haiti in Chicago and the United Nations Environment Program in Haiti.