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Haitian Creole
kreyòl ayisyen
Pronunciation [kɣejɔl]
Native to Haiti
Ethnicity Haitians
Native speakers 9.6 million  (2007)ne2007
Language family
French Creole
  • Haitian Creole
Writing system Latin (Haitian Creole alphabet)
Official status
Official language in  Haiti
Regulated by Akademi Kreyòl Ayisyen (Haitian Creole Academy)
Linguasphere 51-AAC-cb

Haitian Creole is a type of Creole language spoken by 13 million people in Haiti and as well as outside of Haiti. This language is called Kreyol Ayisien by those who speak it.

Origins

The Haitian Creole was made by contact between French speakers and the speakers of African languages in Haiti. They needed a way to talk to each other, and formed a mixture of languages. The African influence in Haitian Creole can easily be heard in the sound, syntax, and some words. People who speak French or the African languages would have a hard time understanding the Haitian Creole language.

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