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Pronours:

	The personal pronouns in Creole are as 
follows:
	
	I		-  mwen/mon	we		- nou
	you (singular)	-  ou		you (plural)	- zó
	he/she/it	-  i		they		- yo

Prossessive pronouns are the same as personal pronouns except he/she/it 
and follow the noun (e.g.  liv  mwen)

The possessive pronoun for he/she/it is 'li' and its contracted form is 'y' 
which follows nouns ending in a vowel (e.g.  liv  li,  lavi 'y).

In the case of 'ou' (you) the possessive pronoun is contracted when it 
follows a noun ending in a vowel (e.g.  manman 'w).
Gender: In Creole there are two genders, male and female, which may be applied to nouns when denoting sex.
The distinction of sex may be shown by:

a:	Different words
	konpé	-	makoumé		godfather   -  	godmother
	kók	-	poul		cock        -  	hen
	fwé	-	sésé		brother     - 	sister
	mawi	-	madam		husband     -	wife
	nivé	-	nyés		nephew      -	niece
	loua	-	lawenn		king        -	gueen


SIMPLE SENTENCES IN CREOLE
Sa ki non'w? What is your name? Non mwen sè Paul My name is Paul. Sa ki laj ou? What is your age? Mwen ni ven nannè. I am twenty years old. Bon jou, Misyè. Good day, Sir. Bonn apwè midi. Good afternoon. Bon swè, Paul Good night, Paul. Ou sè moun hòd ki pèyi? What is your nationality? Mon sè yon Sent Lisyen. I 'm a St. Lucian. Ki sa ou vlè? What do you want? Mon vlè yon bwè. I want a drink. Mon swèf. I am thirsty. Ba mon tibwen glo souplè. Give me some water, please. Mon fen. I am hungry. Mon pa fen. I am not hungry. Mon ka alè manjè manjè mon. I am going to eat my food. Wèla ou ka alè? Where are you going? Mon ka alè an laplas-la. I am going to the market. Wela mon sa tapè yon lègliz? Where can I find a church? Jòdi sè yon bèl jou. Today is a beautiful day. Lapli ka tonbè. It is raining. I byen cho jòdi. It is very hot today. Kouma pou sa? How much is it? Mon pa ni lajan. I have no money.
Kwèyòl tips taken from the Kwèyòl Dictionary : Copyright © Marcel Fontaine and Peter A. Roberts 1991.

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SOME CARIB LANGUAGE

It is impossible to deny the fact that as a means of conversation the Caribs' own language (or languages) is dead. Today their mother tongue in the Crèole patois of the islands. Nevertheless, if we except the numerous words of undoubted Carib and Arawak origin in current English or patois used in the island of Dominica, there still remains amoung many of the older men and women of the Reserve an hereditary smattering of the old language, some of which is recorded in the book, "Aspects of Dominican History" issued by the Government of Dominica to commemorate Fifth Anniversary of Association Statehood with Britain.

Phrases:

	Ennaï tàboua nà (n) kou : I am going to sleep.
	Akàoua niàbou : I am going to bathe.
	Tiàka niàbou : I am going to fish.
	Bàyou-bouka : Go away !
	Kàïman waï-bouka : Come on ! Let's go !
	Kàïma alliàgwa : Let us go and copulate.
	(mia) ?) lamahàtina : I am hungry.
	Mèkerou kehèèntsi : The negro smells bad
	En àtakwa : Let's drink
	Makarahàtina : I am thirsty
	Roubàï takara touna (mi ?) atakwa : Give me some water to drink
	Màbrika ! Yourakhào (your-hào ?) kàtou karahi ? : Greetng ! How are 
                                                          you ?
	Itènia (?itèlia) karahi : I am well
	Roubàï pàïpatè poumianouti coumoulakha : Give me a pipe, I want to  
                                                smoke
	Itènkê karamàti bounouhàri makàï : Thank God for haven eaten well
	Bièn boéré kapabinou : Give me some rum

Persons.
	carifouna : Carib (Breton, Callipouna, women's language)
	mékerou : Negro
	càbourou : Mulatto
	bocouçili : thy father
	bocouçourou : thy mother
	liMétamourou : his father-in-law
	liBàmoui : his brother-in-law

Body.
	nAcou : my eye(s)
	nAricae : my ear(s)
	nIchiri : my nose
	nIouma : my mouth
	nougouti : my foot
	nIti-bouri : my hair
	Nouràcae : my belly


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