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How To Say ‘How Are You?’ In Haitian Creole & Common Responses

In this post, you will learn how to say ‘how are you?’ in Haitian Creole, the native language spoken by the people of Haiti. You’ll also learn common responses so you can respond if you’re asked this question. This can be really useful if you’re speaking with someone from Haiti or if you’re travelling there. 

Haitian Creole, also commonly referred to just as Creole, is one of the 2 official languages of Haiti. It is a French-based creole language spoken by 10-12 million people.

How To Say ‘How Are You?’ In Haitian Creole

There are a few different ways that you can ask ‘how are you?’ in Haitian Creole. The below phrases are both commonly used in everyday situations and can be used interchangeably.

How are you?Koman ou ye?
How are you?Kijan ou ye?

There are also many other more informal ways to ask someone how they are which translates to something along the lines of ‘what’s up?’ or ‘what’s happening?’. Try these:

What’s up?Sakap fet
What’s up?Sak pase

Check out the below video to hear the pronunciation of these phrases:

How To Respond To ‘How Are You?’ In Haitian Creole

There are many different ways that you can reply to this question. Below are the most common responses to this question. I’ve also included how to say ‘thank you’ as it’s polite to thank someone if they ask how you are.

Thank youMerci
I’m goodMwen byen
I’m not goodMwen pa bon
So-so/I’m okKon si kon sa
I’m happyMwen kontan
I’m sadMwen tris
I’m worriedMwen enkyete
I’m tiredMwen fatige

A more informal way to respond would be:

I’m fine/I’m wellNap boule

It’s also useful to be able to ask ‘and you?’ if you want to respond by asking someone how they are.

And you?Et ou?

Example Conversation:

Person 1: koman ou ye?

Person 2: mwen byen, merci. Et ou?

Person 1: mwen byen.

You should now know how to say ‘how are you?’ in Haitian Creole and you should also be able to respond if you’re asked! 

You can’t go far wrong with these simple phrases. 

Increase your vocabulary further by learning the country names in Haitian Creole.

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