Read the Bible in Haitian Creole

IMG_3654 (1)Like many of you who are studying the Haitian Creole language with me, one of my goals is to read the Bible in Creole. Learning vocabulary is key. I decided to start with the four Gospels and the book of Acts. I did an analysis and determined that there were about 120,202 words in these five books (depending on how you count). However, there were only 2,331 unique words. Some basic words being used over and over. In fact, just by knowing the top 100 most frequently used words, you would know about 72% of all the text! Unfortunately, you would be reaching for your dictionary every third or forth word… not much fun.

So I decided to do the work, and list out each of the 2,331 words and create my own dictionary. What if I could learn the top 250 words? That would give me about 86% of the text.  Maybe 500 words? That would equate to 93% of the text. I bet I could learn 1,ooo words… then I would have 98% of the text!

I also realized that there were some key phrases that are often repeated, and some word combinations that are used to express some Bible terms for which there is no equivalence in Creole.  For example, “peyi kote Bondya wa a” is the “Kingdom of God.”  And “moun Bondye voye nan lachè a” is “Son of Man.”

Below and attached are the first 500 words and key phrases. You can also download in Excel and either learn the words based on order of occurrence, or sort it alphabetically and create y0ur own dictionary. I’m working on translating the rest of the list, so please check back. I’m also going to upload the list to Brainscape to make flashcards.

Enjoy!  Bondye beni nou!

Word Counts for the 4 Gospels + Acts – Haitian Creole New Testament
Number of words (or contractions) :120,202
Number of unique words (or contractions):2,331
Number of sentences :8,298
Top 1000 words98%
Top 500 words93%
Top 250 words86%
Top 100 words72%

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Top 1000 Dictionary All Words by Occurence Brainscape Flash Cards

 

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Some top phrases or unique translationsOccurenciesEnglish
sa m’ap di nou89This I am saying to you
moun bondye voye nan lachè a81Son of Man
Jesi reponn yo, “sa m’ap di nou la a, se vre wi”62Jesus answered them, This I am telling you is true, yes; For assuredly I say to you; Jesus replied, “For truly I tell you.”
peyi kote bondye wa a40the kingdom of God
tout bagay sa yo40All these things
leve soti vivan nan lanmò37rise from the dead
moun lòt nasyon yo32people from other nations; Gentiles
peyi wa ki nan syèl la31Kingdom of Heaven
ki bò31where
mwen menm moun bondye voye nan lachè a29I myself am the person God sends in the flesh; I am the Son of Man
ki p’ap janm fini an29that will never end
tounen vin jwenn bondye29turn come find God; repent
bèl pouvwa25glory
moutre moun yo anpil bagay24show people many things
gen yon move lespri sou15has an evil spirit; demon-possessed
frè parèy14neighbor
peyi wa ki nan syèl la se tankou9The kingdom of heaven is like…
antre nan peyi kote bondye wa a9enter the kingdom of God
ak moun k’ap fè sa ki mal9with people who are doing things bad; sinners
ki pou ta fè ou tonbe nan peche7… makes you stumble in sin…
dirèktè lalwa ak farizyen7teachers of the law and Pharisees
ki te konvèti nan relijyon jwif yo7who was converted to Judaism; devout Greeks
jezi reponn li: se ou ki di li5Jesus answered him, “It is you who said so”; you said it
nou tande ki jan nan tan lontan yo te di5You heard how a long time ago they said; You have heard that it was said to those of old
se konfyans ou nan bondye ki geri ou5Your faith has made you well
men mwen menm men sa m’ap di nou5But I am saying to you
fete fèt Delivrans la3celebrate the Passover
bò solèy leve1side the sun rises (east)
bò solèy kouche1side the sun sets (west)
lè sa athen
fèt Pen san ledven yoFeast of Unleavened Bread
fè jènto fast
jou repo aday of rest; the Sabbath

List of 500 Top Words occuring in the four Gospels and Acts

OrderOccurrencesCreoleEnglish
16869yothey; theirs; the (plural)
24938lihe/she/it; his/hers/its; to read
33175tewas (past tense marker)
42880athe
52850nanin; into; of; from; through; the
62770sathis; that
72723nouwe/you (plural); ours/yours (plural)
82661kiwho; what (not the subject)
92507poufor; to
102312l’He/she/it contraction
112232lathe
122208mounperson
131893dito say
141735seis (to be)
151727panot; negative indicator; possessive indicator
161668to do; to make
171641yonone; a
181537mwenI/me/mine
191518ouyou/yours (singular)
201297JeziJesus
211293akwith
221237when
231211menhand; but, however; here (men li – “here it is”)
241156toutall
251065gento have
261057BondyeGod
271024t’appast progressive indicator (was… ing)
281004menmsame; even
29928souon; over; up
30898m’I/me/mine contraction
31771anthe
32711konsaso; thus
33634toutoo; also
34596to see
35544pranto take
36535vinto become; to come (abbr.)
37505janhow; way
38493lòtother
39491lanthe
40453paskebecause
41424pititsmall
42424nonmman
43423bayto give
44416siif
45404konnento know
46402riveto arrive
47399kotewhere
48395meteto put, put on, to wear
49382voyeto send
50378apreafter; next
51377vafuture indicator
52377anpila lot of; many; much; very
53375t’past tense indicator contraction (te)
54371side (ki bò – where)
55371peyicountry
56369sotiexit; from
57368bagaything
58359disipdisciple
59356lavilcity
60347reponnto answer
61338mandeto ask
62335paseto pass; than (plis… pase); past
63330paleto speak
64327jwennto find
65325papafather
66319epithen; and then
67316releto call
68316mètmaster
69315ankòagain
70310aleto go
71309k’ap(ki ap) who + progressive (ing) indicator
72300kacan; able (kapab)
73299byenwell
74298jouday
75286vleto want
76283tandeto hear
77282algo
78279avèkwith
79279m’apI + progressive indicator (ing)
80274p’apwill not; negative + continuing indicator (ing), or future
81268ansanmtogether
82264devanin front
83264bongood
84263tèthead
85256tilittle
86256yeto be (at end of sentence)
87255manjeto eat
88252nonno; name
89251leveto get up; arise
90250pawòlword
91246kiteto quit; allow; permit
92244waking
93243yonnone
94235JwifJew
95221bato give
96216taconditional indicator
97213pralwill; future indicator
98212approgressive tense (ing)
99207kwèto believe
100205trèvery
101202tounento turn; back
102198syèlheaven
103194pimore
104193vretrue
105192finfinished
106188kayhouse
107187pyèstone
108185gwogreat; big
109184lesprispirit
110181reteto stay; to remain; to stop
111180chèfchief
112179antreenter
113176fètborn; celebration; feast
114172movebad; evil
115172frèbrother
116171heart
117171tantime; weather; while
118170resevwato receive; to serve (as in hospitality)
119169mourito die
120168detwo; of; from; about
121168wiyes
122167pèppeople
123166pouvwapower
124162sanwithout
125159kapabcan; able (kapab)
126157vinito come
127156touyeto kill
128154kèksome
129152lalwalaw
130152janmnever (pa janm); leg
131150body
132150banto give
133146tankoulike; as
134146renmento like; to love
135145chacheto search
136145l’aphe/she/it with progressive indicator (ing)
137144y’athey will (future)
138142moutreto teach
139141macheto go; market
140137mitanamong, middle, center
141136mennento lead
142135ninor; neither
143134tonbeto fall
144134koulyenow
145133pyefoot; feet
146133JerizalèmJerusalem
147131foulcrowd
148129joukuntil
149129chitato sit
150127n’awe/you will
151127n’apwe/you are …ing (progressive or future tense)
152127lavito live
153126n’we/you; contracted ours/yours contracted
154125pwofètprophet
155122anyennothing
156120lakayhome
157117gadeto look
158117pesonnnone; no one
159115depisince, ever since
160115toujoualways; still
161114avèwith
162112y’apthey are (ing)
163111poutètbecause
164111poteto bring; to carry
165110gerihealing; to cure
166109sèvito use
167108konnto know how; to be in the habit of
168108mouteup
169107ekrito write
170106lajanmoney
171105anbaunder
172104travaywork; to work
173104FarizyenPharisee
174101manmanmother
175101kanpeto stand
176101bezwento need
177101sèlonly; single
178101latèearth
179100osinonor (only really used in Bible)
180100fanmwoman
18199fright; pair
18299seyèLord
18399jadenfield; garden
18499tanptemple
18599penbread
18698patito depart; part
18798kisawhat
18898lòdorder
18997kontagainst
19096gasonboy
19195konprannto understand
19295lageto drop; release; forsake
19394desannto descend
19493pechesin
19593domestikservant; domestic
19693dlowater
19792kouteto listen
19891anvanbefore
19991malwrong
20090lapriyèto pray
20189swivto follow
20289prètpriest
20389radclothing; dress
20488lachèflesh; fleshly
20586poukisawhy?
20685zanjangel
20785antanwhile
20883genyento have
20982eskequestion indicator
21082bèlbeautiful
21181ladanincluding
21281vivto live
21380weteto remove
21479earth
21579konfyansfaith; trust
21679sentesprispirit
21778vivanalive
21878SimonSimon
21978bouchmouth
22076MoyizMoses
22175kontanhappy
22275marihusband
22374deyòoutside
22474bannstripe; strips; band
22574sakbag
22672sinagògsynagogue
22771madanmwife
22871twathree
22970lanmèsea; ocean
23070nouvèlnews
23170m’aI will
23268isithere
23368wòchrock
23468fanmifamily
23568pandanduring
23668plismore
23768GalileGalilee
23867w’apyou are… ing (contraction)
23967dwatright
24066dirèktèdirector
24166maladsick
24266livbook
24365jetethrow
24465pèdito lose; lost
24565pwochenear
24664mirakmiracle
24764KrisChrist
24864grennseeds
24964bwèto drink
25063kenbekeep, hold (kenbe fem – stand firm)
25163repoto break; rest
25263dèyèbehind
25363nètentirely
25462sezito marvel; to seize
25561IzrayèlIsrael
25661chemenpath
25761nasyonnation
25861sanblesimilar; resemble
25961moutonsheep
26061atèground; floor
26160lanmòdeath
26260kannòtcanoe, boat
26360DavidDavid
26460finito be finished
26560parètto appear
26660fwatime (occasion)
26759prizonprison
26859apòtapostles
26959avègblind
27058chakeach
27158louvrito open
27257woutroad
27357batto beat
27457chwazito choos
27556lontanlong (time); longtime
27655dapreaccording
27755EwòdHerod
27854y’they/their (contracted)
27954pareready
28054limyèlight
28154pozeto ask; to lay
28254lwanjpraise
28353mareto tie
28453aseenough
28553koucourse, lecture
28651dwemust; should; owe
28751mònmountain
28850strong
28950JozèfJoseph
29050AbraramAbraham
29150parabòlparable
29250maryeto marry
29350kotcoast; rib; quota
29449dòmito sleep
29549benediksyonblessing; blessed
29649kòmanseto begin
29749kourito run
29849rakonteto recount
29948batisbaptist
30048plasplace
30148grangreat
30247padonnento forgive
30347PilatPilat
30447solèysun
30547plenfull
30647toupatoueverywhere
30746zansètancestor
30846keksyonquestion
30946batizeto baptize
31045JidaJudah
31145soveto save; to flee
31245tannto wait
31345mesyesir; man; guy
31445delivreto save; to deliver
31545kwacross
31644kilèswhich
31744jijeto judge
31844chaseto chase
31944sèlmanonly
32044pòtdoor
32143tapralwould
32243lemonnworld
32343douztwelve
32443lwenfar
32543lideidea
32642dejaalready; yet
32742denmentomorrow
32842JideJudea
32942touprenear
33042SatanSatan
33142FilipPhilip
33242difefire
33342sotfrom
33441okennnone
33541zanmifriend
33641granprètHigh Priest
33741apaapart
33841koucheto lay down
33940premyefirst
34040sèvisservice
34140anonseto announce
34239vireto turn; back
34339mesajmessage
34439delivransdeliverance
34539batimanships
34639vwavoice
34738veritetruth
34838figirl
34938BanabasBarnabas
35037lamenmimmediately
35137boukvillage
35237jòditoday
35337bètanimal; beast
35436dead
35536zòrèyear
35636SezaCaesar
35736sòlsoil
35835timounchild
35935JakJames
36035pwasonfish
36135sètseven
36234mosopiece
36334divenwine
36434rekonètto recognize
36534mankemissing; to miss
36634nenpòtany
36734peyeto pay
36834tanpriplease
36934sòldasoldier
37034renmètto deliver
37133lèzòmmen; the people
37233ranmaseto gather
37333enbenthus
37433pitismall
37533vanwind
37633pòvpoor
37733pwòpclean; own (as in ‘your own’)
37833kalitequality
37932kòmandancommander
38032kriyeto cry
38132gouvènmangovernment
38232enviteto invite; guest
38332tabtable
38432laveto wash
38532patizanfollowers
38631veyeto watch
38731dezèdesert
38831malèwoe
38931konsèyadvice; to counsel
39031klerebright; shine
39131kloureto nail
39231areteto arrest
39330vannto sell
39430doback; reverse
39530kondannencondemned
39630separeto separate
39730batito build
39830manyento touch
39930gayeto spread
40030pledeto plead
40129senkfive
40229èskequestion indicator
40329kaseto break
40429bwawood; wild
40529NazarètNazareth
40629pyèspiece
40728lonjeto stretch
40828kontribisyoncontribution (tax)
40928soufrito suffer
41028jennyoung
41128simento sow
41228anwoupstairs; upwards
41328annlet’s…
41428fòsstrength
41528EliEli
41628goudtalents; money
41727sitèlmanso
41827achteto buy
41927fèmento close
42027kondisyoncondition
42127dwaentitled (gen dwa)
42227pitorather
42327pigato do; shall
42426leglizchurch
42526mèsithanks
42626kòmandmancommand
42726dakòto be ok with something; agree
42826lannwitnight
42926batèmbaptism
43026pèmètto allow; permit
43126gadguard
43226grannèggreat
43326rezengrape
43426grangouto be hungry
43525glass; or “around”
43625rayihate
43725boutend
43825krazeto break
43925souketo shake
44025mechanevil; wicked
44125kavocave
44225chonjeto remember
44325trayito betray
44425langlanguage
44525lapennto mourn
44624vantbelly; abdomen
44724asepteto assume
44824obeyito obey
44924AntiòchAntioch
45024SamariSamaria
45124ofrito offer
45224alathere is…
45324chanjeto change
45424kilèwhen; time
45524fòkmust
45624pokonot yet
45724koupeto cut
45824JakòbJacob
45924LazaLazarus
46023richrich
46123anndaninside
46223pralegoing
46323pèseptècollector (tax collector)
46423pamiamong
46523figfig
46623otoriteauthorities
46722kacheto hide
46822kichòyanything
46922akizeto accuse; accused
47022mantilie; to lie (bay manti)
47122reyinito assemble
47222LejipEgypt
47322favèfavor
47421msyesir
47521temwenwitness
47621frapeto hit
47721fransflour
47821fènwadarkness
47921lapawòlspeech (pran lapawòl – answered)
48021meriteto merit
48121kochonpig
48221godecup
48321SezareCaesarea
48421chanteto sing
48521katfour
48621maladisickness
48721donnenfruit
48821pouseto push
48921rèdtough; stiff
49021diskitediscuss; argue; debate
49121rekòtcrop
49220lènmienemy
49320rannto render
49420raleto pull
49520pityemercy; pity
49620jijmanjudgment
49720koutshort
49820dènyelast
49920figifigures; face
50020bourikdonkey

 

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