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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Contemporary; Bilingual edition (1 Sept. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071749209
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071749206
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.5 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 664,595 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Vicky Miles on 7 Feb. 2013
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This is ok if you're spending a day or two in Haiti and need some basic phrases. However, it's not great if you're trying to learn the language.
It's quite a basic phrase book and there are better out there for the price. You can actually find everything in this book just by googling Haitian creole phrases.
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Bought it... gave it away 28 July 2011
By S. Leiphart - Published on Amazon.com
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I bought this book in preparation for a 3 week missions trip to Haiti I participated in during June of 2011. It is not very helpful unless you are planning on rescuing people that are stuck under a building from an Earthquake. Since the earthquake that initiated the book's writing happened a year and a half before I bought the book, it was not very useful. I gave the book away when I left Haiti. The "phrases" that it contains are almost completely involved with asking where something hurts, have you had a bowel movement recently, where can I get a bulldozer, did someone live in that collapsed house, etc. Mostly reconstruction and medical emergency related. I spent 3 weeks at a small Christian church and school 100 miles away from any earthquake damage and the book was mostly useless. Even the included dictionary had few of the words I actually tried to look up. Instead, I would recommend "Creole Made Easy" by Wally Turnbull also available here on Amazon. That book actually explains how to say things you might actually want to say. (No, I don't get a kickback by that plug. I just want people that go to Haiti to be able to talk to the wonderful people that live there.)
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Haitian Creole Phrasebook 8 Oct. 2010
By Thomas H Galloway - Published on Amazon.com
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I have worked in Haiti with Missions International of America since 2007. This has been a great help to all of our team and, at the suggestion of our group leaders who suggested this book to me, become recommended reading for our team members and prospective team members. Thank you. Mesi anpil.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Contains some mistakes 14 Oct. 2012
By Priscilla Stilwell - Published on Amazon.com
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I'm not a Creole expert. I bought this book for my first trip to Haiti. But I had my fiance (who is Haitian, born & raised), look at it & he is the one who had the issues with it.

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.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Phrases, but not much more 11 Mar. 2011
By Cinda Sheldon - Published on Amazon.com
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I recently went on a medical mission trip to Haiti and this book would be useful for someone doing relief and knew little or no Creole. If you are learning for a bigger list of Creole-English conversion, then you would be better off getting a dictionary.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
New definitive text 18 Oct. 2010
By J. Adams - Published on Amazon.com
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This book, featuring vocabulary and expressions necessary in the wake of the 2010 earthquake as well as a wealth of cultural knowledge, will be the new definitive guide for foreigners traveling to Haiti.
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