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English-Haitian Creole Bilingual Dictionary


The Creole Institute's newly published English-Haitian Creole Bilingual Dictionary (EHCBD) aims to assist Anglophone users in constructing written and oral discourse in Haitian Creole (HC) and will also aid HC speakers to translate from English to their language. As the most elaborate and extensive linguistic tool available, it contains about 30,000 individual entries, many of which have multiple senses and include subentries, multiword phrases or idioms. The distinguishing feature of the EHCBD is the inclusion of translated sentence-length illustrative examples that provide important information on usage.

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Haitian Creole-English Bilingual Dictionary


At the time of publication, this was the Creole Institute's most exhaustive dictionary to date. It is an excellent companion to the newly published English-Haitian Creole Bilingual Dictionary (2017) and the Learner's Dictionary of Haitian Creole. The HCEBD contains 30,000 separate word entries with 70,000 word meanings. Other features include:
  • A focus on the needs of English-speakers, allowing them to interpret written texts and extend their vocabulary. It may also prove useful to speakers of Haitian Creole who wish to improve their ability to speak and write in English.
  • Sample sentences provide a rich context of usage for Creole words.
  • Semantic and contextual information: The numerous, often lengthy examples are a particularly unusual feature for a bilingual dictionary, a welcome addition in the absence of comprehensive monolingual lexical resources.
  • A grammatical sketch of the language provides an overview of the syntax of Haitian Creole.
  • A pronunciation and spelling guide introduces the sounds used in Haitian Creole (as contrasted with similar sounds in English), and the current spelling system, as well as an explanation of how numerals are pronounced.
  • Extensive cross-referencing assists the user in locating a full profile of closely related entries and examples.
  • A User's Guide precedes the dictionary entries and assists the reader in correctly sorting out the various meanings provided in the subheadings.

This project was funded by a grant from the United States Department of Education Title VI. (781 pages, hard cover)

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Learner’s Dictionary of Haitian Creole

Over five years in the making, this dictionary is an invaluable tool for English-speaking students of Haitian Creole at any level of competence. Over 7,000 Haitian Creole entries include sample sentences compiled from written texts and oral sources. The dictionary is English-Haitian Creole with a reverse index. This project has been funded by the United States Department of Education International Research and Studies Program, Title VI. (600 pages, hard cover)
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Ann pale kreyōl
Elementary and Intermediate Haitian Creole (1988, rev. 2001, 278 pages)

Ann pale kreyōl is a comprehensive set of teaching materials designed to provide learners with a thorough grounding in the sounds, grammar, and vocabulary of Haitian Creole. It includes 25 chapters, each containing dialogue materials, grammar sections, and extensive practice materials progressing from drill to communicative activities. Also included is a guided introduction to the official spelling system, varied listening comprehension sections, keyed exercises, and reading selections covering aspects of Haitian geography and history. The book is illustrated with many line drawings; a 1200 word Creole-English glossary is appended. Ann pale kreyōl differs from its predecessor (A Basic Course in Haitian Creole) by the use of the official (IPN) spelling, by the inclusion of drawings illustrating objects and actions, and by a more accurate and authentic portrayal of Haitian culture.

Ann pale kreyōl is the most comprehensive set of teaching materials available for Haitian Creole. Designed for persons who wish to acquire a working command of the language sufficient to communicate with monolingual speakers, it is eminently suitable for both use in formal courses as well as for self-instruction. 2001 Revised Edition now available.
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A complete set of recordings to accompany the text is available as a 10-CD set. These recordings contain nearly all the material in the text.  A two CD recording is also available. These contain the dialogues and listening comprehension for each lesson. (Note the 'Koute Byen' section is not included in this set)

All of these materials have been extensively tested by use with several U.S. Peace Corps groups in Haiti and in courses taught at Indiana University.

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Dictionary of Louisiana Creole

This is the only comprehensive dictionary of Louisiana French Creole! This dictionary provides English and French meaning equivalents and Creole contextual examples. It also contains two indexes: French-Creole and English-Creole. This project has been funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, grant RT21614-94. (656 pages, hard cover).
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Discovering Cajun French through the spoken word CD-ROM

With this CD-ROM, those who are interested in Louisiana French will be able not only to consult a representative list of terms from the language’s lexicon and to read texts illustrating how the language is used in everyday communicative interactions, but also to hear the speech of French-speaking Louisianians. This CD-ROM brings together 35 transcribed texts totaling 155 pages from which we have taken over 100 minutes of oral excerpts, some from interviews recorded on site, others from radio archives. The whole collection covers the speech of 32 towns in 13 parishes of the French-speaking Triangle. This project has been funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, Division of Preservation and Access, grant #PA-23298-99.
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