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About the Author

Jowel C. Laguerre, Ph.D. is Superintendent and President of the Solano Community College District. He has taught French, Haitian Creole, and ESL for more than thirty years. He founded Teachers of Tomorrow, a program that recruits young people into the teaching profession. He has a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership, a M.S.Ed. in School Administration, and a M.A. in French Literature from the University of Kansas. Dr. Laguerre is a native of Haiti.

Cécile Accilien, Ph.D. is Assistant Professor of French and Francophone Literatures at Columbus State University. She has taught French and Haitian Creole at Portland State University and Tulane University. She has a Ph.D. in French with a concentration in francophone studies from Tulane University. Dr. Accilien is a native of Haiti.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill; 1 edition (September 16, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071749209
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071749206
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.5 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #100,436 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By S. Leiphart on July 27, 2011
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I bought this book in preparation for a 3 week missions trip to Haiti I participated in during June of 2011. It is not very helpful unless you are planning on rescuing people that are stuck under a building from an Earthquake. Since the earthquake that initiated the book's writing happened a year and a half before I bought the book, it was not very useful. I gave the book away when I left Haiti. The "phrases" that it contains are almost completely involved with asking where something hurts, have you had a bowel movement recently, where can I get a bulldozer, did someone live in that collapsed house, etc. Mostly reconstruction and medical emergency related. I spent 3 weeks at a small Christian church and school 100 miles away from any earthquake damage and the book was mostly useless. Even the included dictionary had few of the words I actually tried to look up. Instead, I would recommend "Creole Made Easy" by Wally Turnbull also available here on Amazon. That book actually explains how to say things you might actually want to say. (No, I don't get a kickback by that plug. I just want people that go to Haiti to be able to talk to the wonderful people that live there.)
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Thomas H Galloway on October 8, 2010
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I have worked in Haiti with Missions International of America since 2007. This has been a great help to all of our team and, at the suggestion of our group leaders who suggested this book to me, become recommended reading for our team members and prospective team members. Thank you. Mesi anpil.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Priscilla Stilwell on October 14, 2012
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I'm not a Creole expert. I bought this book for my first trip to Haiti. But I had my fiance (who is Haitian, born & raised), look at it & he is the one who had the issues with it.

First, it is a good book for what it is, and while there are some mistakes, it provides some important information. However, if you are doing a religious outreach, you might be better off picking up a book specific to that. My niece bought 2 phrasebooks and CDs on her way from Dominica Republic to Haiti, for just a couple of dollars U.S. Those contained phrases specific to faith, which are quite useful on mission trips. You can also get those online by searching, so that's not so much of an issue.

I would have preferred to have a better index in this book, to treat it somewhat like a dictionary. When I spoke no Creole at all, I just would hand it to the Haitians with whom I would try to communicate, and they could find the phrase they wanted to say. It worked, but not easily.

The alphabet is not accurate. For example, J and G are NOT the same letter name. Also, there is no Q, although that is part of the Creole alphabet.

The way I use the book is to write each phrase & proverb on a flashcard & just start memorizing. It's a good start, but not perfect, by any means.

The cultural information is interesting and pretty good, from what I could see. But it is so minimal, it doesn't really give enough information on any one subject.

Personally, I would like to see the mistakes fixed, and have the book reformatted as half phrasebook & half dictionary.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Cinda Sheldon on March 10, 2011
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I recently went on a medical mission trip to Haiti and this book would be useful for someone doing relief and knew little or no Creole. If you are learning for a bigger list of Creole-English conversion, then you would be better off getting a dictionary.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. Adams on October 17, 2010
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This book, featuring vocabulary and expressions necessary in the wake of the 2010 earthquake as well as a wealth of cultural knowledge, will be the new definitive guide for foreigners traveling to Haiti.
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This book was a big help to me when I went to Haiti on a mission trip. We did have interpreters which also reinforced what I was learning in the book. I like the down loadable from the web site of the publisher which spoke the word in English and then sounded out the word and correct pronunciation in Haitian Creole. In fact the book was such a big help to me in me learning Haitian Creole that I gave this book to a young Haitian man that was learning English. He was excited when I gave him the book he thanked me over and over again. This book was a blessing to me and the young Haitian man(Amile).
So now I need to buy another copy!!!
Thank You
M.A.Fragassi
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By Kathleen Farrell on November 13, 2013
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I am traveling to Haiti in a couple of months and thought that this would be a good supplament to my language lessons. For where I'll be traveling, many of the phrases won't help, however, loads of guidance. I'm the student that needs to hear the spoken word, rather than try and read it so I also purchased an audio set of lessons that have been most helpful. If I was going to be in an area where there were hotels, restaurants, and sightseeing opportunities, this would be more valuable, but I'm not. Maybe when I am able to return, I'll have a better handle on the spoken word and this book will be a better resource.
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Recommended for people who are ready to go to Haiti for mission/medical/educational trip or
like myself to learn and to communicate better with my Haitian Creole (Kreyol) speaking ESL students.
Well organized, very easy to use and plenty of references. Simple everyday conversations and also includes
basic medical conditions/terms.
Someone had said, "Creole: say it as it is written", he probably meant it's nothing like English Language or
French i.e. it's phonetically written language thus every letter must be pronounced. I'm learning
a bit by bit. Good luck!
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