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Kreyol Lwiziyen

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Indefinite article is placed before the noun.........en
Definite article is attached by hyphen to the end of the noun
To nouns ending in a consonant add -la.
latab = table
en latab = a table
latab la = the table
latab y = the tables

2. after a pronounced vowel add -a
ri = street
en ri = a street
ri a = the street
ri y = the streets

Nouns have no gender

for plural hyphenate the plural article y to the end of the noun.
bf = cow
bf y = (the) cows

Cajun doesn't use 's to show possession, nor does it use "of". To express possession or "of the", you place the thing possessed in front of the possessor.
chom Jean. Jean's room.
chwal nom la. the man's horse. / the horse of the man

There is only one form of the pronoun. Any change is caused for liaison and not for case.

singular plural
1stm' / monous
2ndt'/to' / vous
3rdl / li y / y

When the pronoun precedes a verb, it is the subject.
When it follows a verb, it is the direct object.
When two pronouns follow a verb, the first is the indirect object and the second is the direct object.
When the pronoun precedes a noun, it is the possessive adjective.
For the subject of a verb, you usually use the abbreviated form.
For the subject of an adjective or linking verb, use the full form.
For the object of the verb, hyphenate the full form to the end of the verb. For mo use>
Possessive Pronouns
motchenmine noutchen ours
totchen yoursvoutchenyou (pl)
sotchen his, hers, itsytchen theirs

Se mo liv. = It's my book.
Se motchen. = It's mine.
Se li chwal. = It's his horse.
Se sotchen. = It's his.

To use the demonstrative as an adjective, hyphenate it to the noun.
To use the demonstrative as an pronoun with the meaning this one",etc., you the demonstrative alone.

for "that" add la to the noun
for "this" add sila
for "those" add y
for "these" add silay

en chwal = a horse
chwal an = the horse
chwal la =that horse
chwal silaa = this horse
chwal y = the horses
chwal y = those horses
chwal silay = these horses

M' wa chwal-saa. = I see that horse.
M' wa sila. = I see that one.

Adjectives require no verb and are translated as "to be..."
Adjectives follow their nouns.
malad = sick
Mwen malad. = I am sick.
Nou malad. = We are sick.

tro = too (much)
pli = more, most
place pli before the adjective = -er, more

Li vye = He is old.
Li pli vye = He is older.
Li pli vye.= He is oldest.

more..... than pli .... pase
less .... than mo ... pase

Li pli vye pase so fr. = He is older than his brother.
Li mo bel pase so s. = He is less pretty than his sister.

In making adverbs from adjectives, -man is like the English -ly.
ra = rare
rareman = rarely
conplt = whole
conpltman = wholly

Ga isit=Here is/are
Ga (la)=There is/are (Voila)
Enna=There is/are (Il y a)


The base verb is used as infinitive, as imperative, as simple present and simple past with time being learned from context. Other tenses are made by adding verbal particles.

For "to be" use se between nouns in present, use t_ for past tense, sa for future, and s for conditional..

here to see the complete conjugation of a Louisiana Creole verb.There should be no irregular verbs.

To Be
The linking verbs se / y connects two nouns in a "to be" statement. Se is not needed if there is a noun and an adjective. Y is used for emphasis. See below for details.

Types of Sentences.
A. To be sentences with a noun and verbal adjective.
Mo la. = I am tired.
Y en march. = They are at the market.

In this sentence, you may still use the verb particles even though the verb is understood (or missing).

B. To be sentences with s.
Use se if
1. predicate is a noun (it is a ...)
John se en jadinye. = John is a gardener.

2. subject is ki sa (that)
Ki sa se bon. = That is good.

3. predicate is non-inherent adjective/noun
4. emphatic statements with y
Se kreyol mo y. = I am Cajun
move predicate to second position with subject in third and add y

C. To be sentence without the subject noun.
Se en lameson. = It's a house.

D. Transitive sentences.
These follow the "subject - verb - indirect object - direct object" format.
Vou a wa en gro bato. = You will see a big boat.
Li mont nom y liv la. = She showed the men the book.( or the book to the children).
Li mont y liv la.= He showed them the book.
Li mont y li. = He showed it to them.

E. Transitive/ Intransitive sentence.
Contains a noun phrase subject, a predicate containing an intransitive verb, and, sometimes, one or more adverbials.
Li vini jordi. = He came today.
Anita desann Nouvo Olean. = Anita is going down to ew Orleans.

For To (..Do) Phrases
Use pou, for.
Mo gen tann pou fe sila.
I have time to do this. (pou = for to...)

Relative Sentences.
For (that) relative make two sentences
or add ke between the sentences

Li di li ke li pral. = He told him that he's going.

For the meaning "that which"or "what", you the same format and ki sa in place of ke
Li di li ki sa li we. = He said what he knows

If/Then Statements
In if/then statements the if part uses t
the then part uses ta

Si mo t konnen ki sa, mo pa ta fe li. = If I had known that, I would not have done it.

Ability Use ka, kap, or kapab (to be able)

Temporal subordination
Kann vou a vini, mo a travay. = When you come, I'll be working.
Kann vou t dormi, mo t travay.= While you slept, I worked.

To make a statement negative placepa before the verb.

pa not
jamen never
plino more/longer
pa ____ aryen not ____ anything (nothing)
pa ____ psonn not ____ anybody (nobody)

M wa en nom. = I see a man.
M pa oua en nom. = I don't see a man.
Mo jamaen wa nom y. = I never see men.
M pa wa aryen.= I don't see anything.
M pa wa psonn. = I don't see anyone.

To make a question without the use of question words, raise your tone at the end of the sentence as in English.

Vou pele Paul. = Your name is Paul.
Vou pele Pal? = Is your name Paul?
Here are the question words.
ki who
ou where
ki sa, ki what
konmyen how much
ke which, who

here for the numbers in Kreyol.

Telling Time

Ki le li y? = What time is it?
Li en er. = It's 1:00.
Ki le li fenmen? = What time does it close?
Li fenmen a d er. = It closes at 2:00.

1:00 = en er
2:00 = de er
3:00 = trwa er
4:00 = kat er
11:00 = onze er
matin = morning
du matin = in the morning
a midi = at noon
laprmidi = afternoon
d laprmidi = in the afternoon

Conjunctions of Time
kann = when
kann = while
anvan = before
apr = after

plen=a lot

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