Re: Haitian Creole Study Group
Posted: Mon Jun 04, 2018 12:32 am
Decidida wrote:...You are welcome – there seems to be many ways of saying it, with different subtle meanings.
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Anyone want to discuss "You are welcome"?
In the sense of welcoming someone to the group, "You are welcome" is none of the above options because they translate to "you're welcome" as in the response to "thank you". If you want to welcome someone, then you should use: "Byenveni" (cognate to French "Bienvenue" and Spanish "Bienvenido/a") or "Byenveni nan group la"/"Welcome to the group" or/oubyen "M ap pran ou ak de bra nan group la"/"Welcome to the group"- literally- "I am taking you with two arms into the group". You can also say: "Mwen ba ou yon bèl akèy"- which also means to welcome (I give you a warm welcome). The Haitian word "akèy" is a derivative form of the word "kè" which is cognate to French "coeur"/"heart". The pronunciation is similar. "Akeyi" is the verb form.