- Paperback: 224 pages
- Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education; 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: 9.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 52 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #145,164 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Haitian Creole Phrasebook: Essential Expressions for Communicating in Haiti Paperback – August 26, 2010
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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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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.