Haitian Creole (Kreyól Aisyen)
Haitian Creole language (Kréyol aïsyen), often called simply Creole or Kréyol, is a language spoken in Haiti by about eight million people, which is about 80% of the entire population of some ten million, and via emigration, by about one million speakers residing in the Bahamas, Cuba, Canada, Cayman Islands, Dominican Republic, French Guiana, Martinique, Guadeloupe, Belize, Puerto Rico, and United States. The language is notable for being the most widely spoken creole language in the world.
Haitian Creole is one of Haiti's two official languages, along with French. It is a creole based largely on 18th-century French with various other influences, most notably African languages (including some Arabic), as well as Spanish and Taíno - and increasingly English.
Partly due to efforts of Félix Morisseau-Leroy, since 1961 Haitian Creole has been recognized as an official language along with French, which had been the sole literary language of the country since its independence in 1804. The official status was maintained under the country's 1987 constitution. The use of Creole in literature has been small but is increasing. Morisseau was one of the first and most influential authors to write in Creole. Since the 1980s, many educators, writers and activists have written literature in Creole. Today numerous newspapers, as well as radio and television programs, are produced in Creole.
Haitian Creole on whatamieating.com
To find foods and foods and food-related items in whatamieating.com in Haiti you may search by any of the following terms:
Aisyen Ayisyen Caribbean Creole Haiti Haitian Kreyol Kreyole
These terms associated with languages are hidden behind the scenes as there is some crossover with other languages. The traveller in Haiti may not be precisely certain which language is in use, and can search using more general terms such as 'Haitian''.
You may use any of the above terms in any search you make using 'Translate from English' so that if you wish to search for a translation of aubergine, choose whichever of these language terms that you think is most appropriate, say:
'creole eggplant' and then click on 'Translate from English'
One of the problems of providing searches in a multilingual world-wide food dictionary is trying to help people reach the things they are searching for. People do not always know the precise language being used, so these more general searches such as 'Haitian' may help in a successful search.
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