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Meet the HaitiHub All-Stars – the strongest learners in our Community!

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They’re connecting deeply with others while serving a crucial role within their organizations and the country!

  • Denise D.

    Teacher, Administrator
    Volunteer

    All-Star Since: Apr 21, 2017

    What motivated you to really learn Creole?

    I want to return to Haiti and be a short-term mission volunteer.

    What advice would you give to someone who is thinking about learning the language?

    Stick with it. It is a challenging, but interesting, language to learn.

    What’s been the biggest benefit for you personally since learning to communicate in Creole?

    I will be able to better communicate with Haitians in their own language.

  • Tom B.

    Sister Church Coordinator
    RMI

    All-Star Since: Jan 3, 2017

    What motivated you to really learn Creole?

    I wanted to deepen my interactions with the people of Haiti and not always depend on a translator.

    What advice would you give to someone who is thinking about learning the language?

    See to it you pass at least one module a week. This will keep you disciplined and on track.

    What’s been the biggest benefit for you personally since learning to communicate in Creole?

    I love seeing how my brothers and sisters are encouraged. It demonstrates our love and commitment to them that we invest the time to learn Creole.

  • Lynn R.

    Volunteer
    Haiti Clean Water

    All-Star Since: Mar 9, 2017

    What motivated you to really learn Creole?

    I am the director of Haiti Clean Water.

    What advice would you give to someone who is thinking about learning the language?

    Do it!

    What’s been the biggest benefit for you personally since learning to communicate in Creole?

    Improved relationship with my Haitian associates and friends.

  • Birgit P.

    Adoptive Parent

    All-Star Since: Apr 5, 2017

    What motivated you to really learn Creole?

    I want to be able to talk to the people working in the orphanage when I visit my child for the 1st time.

    What advice would you give to someone who is thinking about learning the language?

    I’d encourage people from other countries than U.S. to start learning from English to Creole because there are no books or other opportunities from e.g. German to Creole.

    What’s been the biggest benefit for you personally since learning to communicate in Creole?

    I just started a week ago, so I really can’t say – maybe that I had to repeat some english words I thought I knew for sure, but when it came to the exact meaning I had to look them up.

  • Brianna B.

    Missionary
    Rock Church

    All-Star Since: Mar 18, 2017

    What motivated you to really learn Creole?

    I live in Jeremie, Haiti.

    What advice would you give to someone who is thinking about learning the language?

    Don’t be too shy to practice even if you mess up!

    What’s been the biggest benefit for you personally since learning to communicate in Creole?

    Being able to understand when people respond or communicate with me.

  • Dennis E.

    Volunteer

    All-Star Since: Jan 25, 2017

    What motivated you to really learn Creole?

    I want to have a personal relationship with the people I serve.

    What advice would you give to someone who is thinking about learning the language?

    Review previous lessons when you encounter an unfamiliar challenge.

    What’s been the biggest benefit for you personally since learning to communicate in Creole?

    The enjoyment of taking on a new challenge.

  • Felicia G.

    Haitian by marriage

    All-Star Since: Dec 16, 2016

    What motivated you to really learn Creole?

    My mother-in-law bought me the ‘Creole Made Easy’ books.

    What advice would you give to someone who is thinking about learning the language?

    You have to stick with it and you absolutely must participate in the weekly Skype calls.

    What’s been the biggest benefit for you personally since learning to communicate in Creole?

    I can help my daughter to learn Creole so that she can communicate with her family – especially her grandparents.

  • Scott S.

    Pastor
    The Orchard Church

    All-Star Since: Nov 10, 2016

    What motivated you to really learn Creole?

    I enjoy communicating in Creole with Haitians when I serve in Haiti on mission trips.

    What advice would you give to someone who is thinking about learning the language?

    Speaking even poor Creole opens doors to begin relationships in a powerful way.

    What’s been the biggest benefit for you personally since learning to communicate in Creole?

    I seem to be more readily accepted and more credible in the community I serve.

  • Robin M.

    Volunteer
    Catholic Med Missions Board

    All-Star Since: Oct 4, 2016

    What motivated you to really learn Creole?

    I want to communicate with the Haitian people with whom I work.

    What advice would you give to someone who is thinking about learning the language?

    You CAN do it!

    What’s been the biggest benefit for you personally since learning to communicate in Creole?

    Forming better relationships!

  • Eric G.

    Technologist
    Openflows / H.E.L.P.

    All-Star Since: Sep 28, 2016

    What motivated you to really learn Creole?

    I wanted to work better with the people I work with in Haiti.

    What advice would you give to someone who is thinking about learning the language?

    Don’t be intimidated.

    What’s been the biggest benefit for you personally since learning to communicate in Creole?

    It has helped break down some bad power dynamics between myself and those I work with in Haiti and led to a better working relationship.

  • Tonya H.

    VP Operations
    Hope For Haiti’s Children

    All-Star Since: Sep 21, 2016

    What motivated you to really learn Creole?

    I want to converse with our Haitian staff, children, and principals.

    What advice would you give to someone who is thinking about learning the language?

    Use all the tools you can to learn the language so that you can grow deeper in your relationships with the Haitian people.

    What’s been the biggest benefit for you personally since learning to communicate in Creole?

    I have been able to talk to children or adults (who often are standing off to the side). The joy for both of us in being able to communicate has been the biggest blessing and benefit.

  • Theresa C.

    Volunteer

    All-Star Since: Sep 16, 2016

    What motivated you to really learn Creole?

    I want to be able to hold a conversation with my Haitian friends and sponsored students when I visit.

    What advice would you give to someone who is thinking about learning the language?

    Work through the uncomfortable awkwardness, and don’t be afraid to make mistakes.

    What’s been the biggest benefit for you personally since learning to communicate in Creole?

    Connecting with people to build relationships.

  • Temitope A.

    Student

    All-Star Since: Sep 14, 2016

    What motivated you to really learn Creole?

    I want to do missionary work with my church and reach out to people who speak Haitian Creole and are of the Haitian culture.

    What advice would you give to someone who is thinking about learning the language?

    Make sure you have a motivating and meaningful purpose behind wanting to learn Haitian Creole, so that you will be able to stick with the decision to learn the language.

    What’s been the biggest benefit for you personally since learning to communicate in Creole?

    I feel more confident as a person, and learning this new language has opened up more opportunities for me to reach out, communicate, and build deeper relationships with other people.

  • Taylor S.

    PhD Candidate
    La Sorbonne / Haiti Futur

    All-Star Since: Aug 30, 2016

    What motivated you to really learn Creole?

    A desire to better connect with Creole speakers in my research on Creole-language textbooks in education.

    What advice would you give to someone who is thinking about learning the language?

    It’s wonderfully rewarding, especially when you are able to communicate with a Creole-speaker; choose this program and take your time with listening practice.

    What’s been the biggest benefit for you personally since learning to communicate in Creole?

    Firstly, better understanding the material being taught in the textbooks I’m studying; secondly, speaking in Creole as opposed to French creates a personal connection when conducting interviews — even if I have a lot to learn!

  • Sylvia E.

    Sponsor & Volunteer,
    Compassion Canada

    All-Star Since: Aug 9, 2016

    What motivated you to really learn Creole?

    I want to visit my sponsor children again, connect with their families, and on this next trip, work out where I could be useful as a volunteer for a one, two, or three-month stint.

    What advice would you give to someone who is thinking about learning the language?

    Once you truly commit to it, practice every single day without exception.

    What’s been the biggest benefit for you personally since learning to communicate in Creole?

    This was and continues to be a very important step, though I don’t know yet what the journey will look like. My February 2016 trip to Haiti was a pivotal point in my life. Though I’m pretty new to the concept of a God-directed life, I believe the hand of bondye is on this. I love to learn, I love those two families in Haiti, and I want to serve in a meaningful way. Haiti is where I envision it happening. It’s in bigger hands than mine, so… n’a we!

  • Luke S.

    Nurse, Mission Director
    Matthew Mission

    All-Star Since: Aug 7, 2016

    What motivated you to really learn Creole?

    I wanted to become more effective when in Haiti and connect with the Haitian people better.

    What’s been the biggest benefit for you personally since learning to communicate in Creole?

    Talking with the little kids at the orphanage I work at that don’t know English yet.

  • Maranda J.

    Student
    myLIFEspeaks

    All-Star Since: July 29, 2016

    What motivated you to really learn Creole?

    I’ve been to Haiti multiple times and I wanted to be able to communicate better with my Haitian friends.

    What advice would you give to someone who is thinking about learning the language?

    Don’t be scared, just do it!

    What’s been the biggest benefit for you personally since learning to communicate in Creole?

    I can form some sentences and though I am still not fluent, I am much more confident.

  • Susan M.

    Minister (PCC)
    Nu-Vision Ministries Canada

    All-Star Since: June 30, 2016

    What motivated you to really learn Creole?

    Preparing for a short term mission trip to Haiti in August 2016.

    What advice would you give to someone who is thinking about learning the language?

    Add your own additional vocab words to each lesson. Pick words that are related to hobbies/interests/career.

    What’s been the biggest benefit for you personally since learning to communicate in Creole?

    Historically, I’ve been quite bad at learning languages. Completing this course has been incredibly rewarding and encouraging!

  • Jim S.

    Volunteer, Welder
    Community Bible Church

    All-Star Since: June 30, 2016

    What motivated you to really learn Creole?

    After going to Haiti to build houses and not being able to communicate, I want to go back!

    What advice would you give to someone who is thinking about learning the language?

    Take your time and say the words out loud a lot.

    What’s been the biggest benefit for you personally since learning to communicate in Creole?

    Learning a new language.

  • Deborah B.

    Physician Assistant
    United for Health & Education

    All-Star Since: June 18, 2016

    What motivated you to really learn Creole?

    I want to be able to communicate fluently with my patients, friends and family in Haiti.

    What advice would you give to someone who is thinking about learning the language?

    Immerse yourself in the language – it’s the best way to learn it.

    What’s been the biggest benefit for you personally since learning to communicate in Creole?

    I think it gives me a bit more credibility among the patients I am seeing in Haiti.

  • Rebeka B.

    International House of Prayer

    All-Star Since: May 18, 2016

    What motivated you to really learn Creole?

    I lead a weekly prayer meeting for Haiti and wanted to be able to speak with my new Haitian friends.

    What advice would you give to someone who is thinking about learning the language?

    Learning a language is all about building relationships – Let that motivate you!

    What’s been the biggest benefit for you personally since learning to communicate in Creole?

    I will be able to speak with the locals when I go to Haiti this year.

  • Brenda F.

    Haiti Outreach
    Board Member

    All-Star Since: May 7, 2016

    What motivated you to really learn Creole?

    I wanted to be able to connect on a deeper level with our Haitian employees and the Haitian people I serve.

    What advice would you give to someone who is thinking about learning the language?

    Start with HaitiHub and stick with it! HaitiHub is the fastest and easiest way to learn Creole – the lessons really stick with you so they’re easy to recall when you’re on the spot in Haiti!

    What’s been the biggest benefit for you personally since learning to communicate in Creole?

    The biggest benefit for me is that I no longer need an interpreter in most situations. Haiti Hub has given me the tools I need to be able to build sentences and express myself.

  • Micah B.

    Group Home Counselor

    All-Star Since: May 20, 2016

    What motivated you to really learn Creole?

    My one coworker, whom I spent most of my time at work with, is Haitian.

    What advice would you give to someone who is thinking about learning the language?

    Love the process and don’t give up.

    What’s been the biggest benefit for you personally since learning to communicate in Creole?

    Being able to talk to my coworker in his own language.

  • Tanya D.

    Adoptive Parent

    All-Star Since: May 16, 2016

    What motivated you to really learn Creole?

    Pale ak fanmi mwen nan Ayiti.

    What advice would you give to someone who is thinking about learning the language?

    Practice, Practice, Practice!

    What’s been the biggest benefit for you personally since learning to communicate in Creole?

    My hope is to build stronger relationships.

  • Susan M.

    Volunteer Nurse
    Project Medishare

    All-Star Since: May 15, 2016

    What motivated you to really learn Creole?

    Eight trips to Haiti so far. Friends there. Want to enhance relationships and patient care.

    What advice would you give to someone who is thinking about learning the language?

    Do it!

    What’s been the biggest benefit for you personally since learning to communicate in Creole?

    Strengthening relationships and trust.

  • Kjell B.

    Physician
    Lane Haitian Relief

    All-Star Since: March 15, 2016

    What motivated you to really learn Creole?

    I’ve spent a lot of time abroad in other countries, and speaking the language helps everything!

    What advice would you give to someone who is thinking about learning the language?

    Well, I cheated because I lived in France for years and am fluent in French.

    What’s been the biggest benefit for you personally since learning to communicate in Creole?

    This course was the best preparation. Between what I learned on HaitiHub, and my French, I managed pretty well and made some new wonderful friends.

  • Andrew C.

    Volunteer
    Gateway Community Church

    All-Star Since: July 2, 2015

    What motivated you to really learn Creole?

    I’m going to Haiti and want to really connect.

    What advice would you give to someone who is thinking about learning the language?

    Don’t try to eat the whole elephant in one bite.

    What’s been the biggest benefit for you personally since learning to communicate in Creole?

    I’ve developed a passion for learning it which has taken my mind off other things and given my life more purpose.

  • Ken T.

    Doctor
    Grace 4 Haiti

    All-Star Since: Feb 21, 2016

    What motivated you to really learn Creole?

    Medical mission work.

    What advice would you give to someone who is thinking about learning the language?

    It’s a very easy language to learn.

    What’s been the biggest benefit for you personally since learning to communicate in Creole?

    Just finished.

  • Beth R.

    Volunteer
    Institute of Grace

    All-Star Since: Mar 19, 2016

    What motivated you to really learn Creole?

    To help me shift the focus for my service to include more relationship building.

    What advice would you give to someone who is thinking about learning the language?

    It is really worth it to keep retyping those sentences even with small mistakes as practice makes perfect.

    What’s been the biggest benefit for you personally since learning to communicate in Creole?

    My next trip will be this June. I anticipate joy from being able to communicate more with others and build meaningful relationships.

  • Nicole Z.

    Medical Volunteer
    Mission of Hope

    All-Star Since: Feb 19, 2016

    What motivated you to really learn Creole?

    I go to Haiti every year and want to be able to communicate with the people without relying on a translator!

    What advice would you give to someone who is thinking about learning the language?

    Don’t be afraid, it’s not hard.

    What’s been the biggest benefit for you personally since learning to communicate in Creole?

    Being able to communicate one on one with my sponsor child.

  • David W.

    Volunteer

    All-Star Since: Feb 20, 2016

    What motivated you to really learn Creole?

    I’ve always had an interest in languages but never got any traction until I started traveling to Haiti frequently.

    What advice would you give to someone who is thinking about learning the language?

    Get your hands on everything Creole you can – a Bible is a great learning resource – and find as many opportunities to interact as you can, even though you are bound to fumble a lot at first.

    What’s been the biggest benefit for you personally since learning to communicate in Creole?

    Communicating one on one with kids and seeing the joy it brings people when I speak in their language.

  • Linda C.

    Nurse
    Mission of Hope

    All-Star Since: Feb 14, 2016

    What motivated you to really learn Creole?

    I go to Haiti twice a year with The Chapel at Crosspoint to Mission of Hope: Haiti and I have a child I sponsor and get to see twice a year but I also wanted to be able to communicate better on my own.

    What advice would you give to someone who is thinking about learning the language?

    Take your time and do not expect it to happen as fast as they predicted. It was a very very difficult journey.

    What’s been the biggest benefit for you personally since learning to communicate in Creole?

    Personal accomplishment.

  • Daniel M.

    Student

    All-Star Since: Feb 4, 2016

    What motivated you to really learn Creole?

    My dad was Haitian but he never got to teach me Creole because he passed away.

    What advice would you give to someone who is thinking about learning the language?

    It’s easy – it just takes a lot of practice and full understanding.

    What’s been the biggest benefit for you personally since learning to communicate in Creole?

    I can finally communicate with other Haitians around me.

  • Gavin M.

    Student Volunteer
    SOIL

    All-Star Since: Jan 30, 2016

    What motivated you to really learn Creole?

    I really want our work to be as inclusive and collaborative as possible, and I think communicating in Haitian Creole alongside English will be essential for that.

    What advice would you give to someone who is thinking about learning the language?

    Use HaitiHub – it’s a great launchpad for learning Creole!

  • Lindsey R.

    Volunteer
    EMCC

    All-Star Since: Jan 27, 2016

    What motivated you to really learn Creole?

    Build relationships through verbal communication with friends in Gens de Nantes, Haiti.

    What advice would you give to someone who is thinking about learning the language?

    Just do it! One word, one day at a time. And find a friend to practice with, it sure makes it easier to have a conversation with someone else!

    What’s been the biggest benefit for you personally since learning to communicate in Creole?

    I will be more confident going back to Haiti later this spring. It is good to use the grey matter God gave me to learn something new and useful.

  • Courtney W.

    Adoptive Parent

    All-Star Since: Jan 2, 2016

    What motivated you to really learn Creole?

    I want to better communicate with our daughter.

    What advice would you give to someone who is thinking about learning the language?

    Go for it!

  • Anthony N.

    Student

    All-Star Since: Jan 10, 2016

    What motivated you to really learn Creole?

    To communicate better with my family.

    What advice would you give to someone who is thinking about learning the language?

    Stop thinking about it and start doing it, you’ll find your way.

    What’s been the biggest benefit for you personally since learning to communicate in Creole?

    I feel a lot closer to my Haitian heritage.

  • Robert R.

    Volunteer
    Albright Church

    What motivated you to really learn Creole?

    I want to be able to converse with the friends I have met, in their own language.

    What advice would you give to someone who is thinking about learning the language?

    It is definitely worth the effort when you see the smiles on the faces of the people you meet and chat with.

    What’s been the biggest benefit for you personally since learning to communicate in Creole?

    I feel more confident in being able to actually speak to the Haitian People in their own language.

  • Jarrod C.

    Student

    What motivated you to really learn Creole?

    My fiancee is Haitian.

    What advice would you give to someone who is thinking about learning the language?

    Listen, listen, listen.

    What’s been the biggest benefit for you personally since learning to communicate in Creole?

    Deeper connection with my fiancee’s family.

  • Brandi O.

    Missions Leader
    New Life Church

    What motivated you to really learn Creole?

    I wanted to be able to better communicate with the people and children we serve!

    What advice would you give to someone who is thinking about learning the language?

    You absolutely can do this and it is worth every moment spent.

    What’s been the biggest benefit for you personally since learning to communicate in Creole?

    I am leaving tomorrow for my first trip back to Haiti since finishing the course. I have not yet used the language in country, but cannot wait!

    Update:
    The biggest benefit for me personally was being able to communicate with my babies at Grace Orphanage without the constant help of a translator. For the first time I didn’t have to find someone to translate but instead asked the kids to repeat slowly when I didn’t understand what they were asking of me. Not only that, but using what I’ve learned to deepen my relationship with Mita, their head caretaker. She lit up when I greeted her in her native language. I cannot wait to continue expanding my knowledge of Haiti and Haitian Creole! Haiti Hub has been a blessing to me.

  • Octavia F.

    Volunteer

    What motivated you to really learn Creole?

    I wanted to be able to communicate with my family in their beautiful language.

    What advice would you give to someone who is thinking about learning the language?

    Speak, even if you are unsure of what you are saying because someone will correct you and you will remember it!

    What’s been the biggest benefit for you personally since learning to communicate in Creole?

    It is a goal that I set out to accomplish and I am proud to take what I have learned and practice with my family.

  • Darin H.

    Liaison, Volunteer

    What motivated you to really learn Creole?

    Trying to talk with people

    What’s been the biggest benefit for you personally since learning to communicate in Creole?

    Communication.

  • Mary F.

    Retired Nurse, Middle School Teacher, Volunteer
    First Church of Christ

    What motivated you to really learn Creole?

    My church partners with a Haitian organization, the National Council of Spiritual Churches of Haiti, and I go to Haiti every year.

    What advice would you give to someone who is thinking about learning the language?

    Don’t be afraid to make mistakes….just keep trying.

    What’s been the biggest benefit for you personally since learning to communicate in Creole?

    I feel an increased closeness to my friends in Haiti when they see that I am trying to learn their language.

  • Lynn D.

    Volunteer
    Mission E4

    What motivated you to really learn Creole?

    I have been to Haiti 20 times since the earthquake and plan on continuing trips there three or four times a year.

    What advice would you give to someone who is thinking about learning the language?

    It was helpful to me to memorize a lot of vocabulary words, but Haiti Hub really pulled it all together and is the best teaching tool I have found.

    What’s been the biggest benefit for you personally since learning to communicate in Creole?

    As I volunteer in schools and orphanages, it is a blessing to be able to talk with my new friends.

  • Aslan N.

    Empower Haiti Together, Co-Founder

    What motivated you to really learn Creole?

    I fell in love with Haiti practically the second I stepped off the airplane in Port-au-Prince in March 2010…the bright colors, the twoubadou music, the friendly smiles…but I knew ZERO Kreyol, so I was concerned when I heard people speaking loudly to each other. I assumed there was some sort of disagreement going on. When I asked if everything was ok, they smiled and said they were just discussing directions to get somewhere. I laughed and immediately thought of my mom’s side of the family, a bunch of loud, talk-with-your-hands, Irish New Yorkers! Ha! They’re just like my family! But I found that I had better relationships with the Haitians that spoke English. Speaking to someone through a translator felt distant, and I wanted to be able to connect with people directly to build on those friendships. It would’ve been easier for me to try to learn French, not having a Haitian community here in Corvallis, OR, but it was very important that I learn to speak the language that EVERYONE in Haiti speaks. And the unique history of how the language was formed out of survival by the slaves, eventually leading to their successful revolt, absolutely amazed me. I fell in love with Haiti, and I fell in love with the language as well. I HAD to learn it!

    What advice would you give to someone who is thinking about learning the language?

    It’s ok to make mistakes. Take a deep breath and just start speaking it every chance you get! Haitians LOVE when you at least try; it shows that you care. Also, Kreyol is a very simplified and contextual language…and it’s even phonetically spelled…BONUS! If your high school foreign language classes didn’t go so well, never fear. The Haiti Hub module system is fun and interactive! If you want to speak Kreyol, you CAN DO IT! Come join us!

    What’s been the biggest benefit for you personally since learning to communicate in Creole?

    Often times in Haiti, locals assume I can’t understand what’s being said, so I usually get some laughs and surprised looks when I jump in and add my two cents. The invisible wall of “us” and “them” is broken down when we can communicate directly, and the friendships I’ve made because of it are priceless. I think one of the funniest moments for me since speaking more Kreyol was when we had a group with us in Jacmel. We had dropped off the group to get surf lessons from Surf Haiti and went to refill our water jug and Prestige case, but one of our empty Prestige bottles was missing. You know how it is, you don’t get the same price for your case if any bottles are missing. My Haitian friend with me told the guy we’d find the bottle and bring it back. He charged us 50 gourdes extra for our case and said he’d refund us when we brought it back. Half a block later, where we were getting the water jug refilled, the bottle was found. I offered to walk back with it and get the 50 gourdes. I walked in to the little shop front and said to the owner, “Mw regret sa. Nou pat ka jwenn sa pandan yon moment. Ou gen senkant gourdes pou mwen?” He just looked at me confused and said, “Ou Ayisyen?” I laughed and said, “Nan ke mw.” 😉

  • Ranjit B.

    Mental Health Counselor
    Children of the Promise

    What motivated you to really learn Creole?

    Moving to Haiti

    What advice would you give to someone who is thinking about learning the language?

    Daily repetition is key to being successful

    What’s been the biggest benefit for you personally since learning to communicate in Creole?

    I have been able to better connect with the people of Haiti.

  • Tod S.

    School design consultant
    Safe School Design

    What motivated you to really learn Creole?

    I’ll be visiting the week of September 5th, on my first trip.

    What advice would you give to someone who is thinking about learning the language?

    Haiti Hub’s been great for me, and starting months before the trip was a good move.

    What’s been the biggest benefit for you personally since learning to communicate in Creole?

    It’s boosted my confidence enormously that I’ll be able to connect and communicate.

  • Jessica D.

    Volunteer
    New Beginnings Christian Fellowship / Bethesda

    What motivated you to really learn Creole?

    Our church partners with a ministry in La Gonave, and I wanted to be able to communicate better when I went there.

    What advice would you give to someone who is thinking about learning the language?

    Truly, I would say to use this website–I have a long way to go before I’m fluent, but before I discovered this site, the apps and self-guided study I tried were going nowhere.

    What’s been the biggest benefit for you personally since learning to communicate in Creole?

    Learning language (even a little!) opens so many doors of communication and relationship. When I went to Haiti, others could see that I tried to learn the language, and I was able to connect with them to a greater degree. Practically speaking, it helps so much to be able to ask a question or communicate an idea.

  • Astrid P.

    Economist
    Santo Domingo, DR

    What motivated you to really learn Creole?

    For a while I have desired to better communicate with my Haitian friends and Would love to visit Haiti and volunteer at a school in the near future.

    What advice would you give to someone who is thinking about learning the language?

    It’s very easy to learn. Just keep a schedule and try to practice every week.

    What’s been the biggest benefit for you personally since learning to communicate in Creole?

    The satisfaction of learning a language I’ve wanted to learn for the past few years.

  • Vince D.

    FSU Student
    The Tallahassee-Haiti Medical Team

    What motivated you to really learn Creole?

    For a while I have desired to better communicate with my Haitian friends and conduct actives in Haiti more proficiently.

    What advice would you give to someone who is thinking about learning the language?

    Dedicate a set time to learn and practice, practice, practice.

    What’s been the biggest benefit for you personally since learning to communicate in Creole?

    Simply being able to communicate more effectively with my Haitian friends.

  • Ashley M.

    Teacher in Haiti

    What motivated you to really learn Creole?

    Living in Port-au-Prince!

    What advice would you give to someone who is thinking about learning the language?

    Learning Kreyol is so beneficial in developing relationships in Haitian communities.

    What’s been the biggest benefit for you personally since learning to communicate in Creole?

    My greatest benefit has been cultivating relationships with street vendors and others I come in contact with in Port-au-Prince and even in the USA!

  • Rachel C.

    Volunteer
    Calvary Chapel Fredericksburg

    What motivated you to really learn Creole?

    I wanted to be able to communicate directly with the people we minister to in Haiti.

    What advice would you give to someone who is thinking about learning the language?

    Keep your goal in mind – remember why you are doing this, and don’t give up when it gets difficult.

    What’s been the biggest benefit for you personally since learning to communicate in Creole?

    I’ve come to appreciate language and communication in general far better, and come to appreciate and admire those who are attempting to communicate with me in a second language.

  • Pete R.

    Volunteer Fundraiser
    Food for the Poor

    What motivated you to really learn Creole?

    I need to connect with the people that I help.

    What advice would you give to someone who is thinking about learning the language?

    Haiti Hub is a good practical resource, but you need a chance to practice with fluent speakers.

    What’s been the biggest benefit for you personally since learning to communicate in Creole?

    I can personally learn the needs of the people and I can help encourage them.

  • Kimberly W.

    Epidemiologist

    What motivated you to really learn Creole?

    I want to be able to relate to my non-English speaking Haitian friends as I do with my English speaking friends.

    What advice would you give to someone who is thinking about learning the language?

    Be diligent and stick with it!

    What’s been the biggest benefit for you personally since learning to communicate in Creole?

    Deepening and enrichment of relationships.

  • Irvin L.

    Volunteer

    What motivated you to really learn Creole?

    A desire to listen, understand and communicate with more Haitians personally.

    What advice would you give to someone who is thinking about learning the language?

    I’ve always struggled with language, speaking, and writing. However, the HaitiHub lessons were different in being so much clearer for me than anything I’d ever encountered before whether in my native language English, or when I took German in HS and college..

    What’s been the biggest benefit for you personally since learning to communicate in Creole?

    I am leaving for Haiti next week. This has given me a beginning foundation of many useful language skills that I think will allow me to initiate, experiment, and learn more from my time in Haiti.

  • Kyle L.

    Volunteer
    Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos

    What motivated you to really learn Creole?

    I work with a program in the Dominican Republic that does radiation treatment for Haitian children with cancer.

    What advice would you give to someone who is thinking about learning the language?

    Learning Creole enables you to communicate with the people you work with on a whole new level – DO IT!!

    What’s been the biggest benefit for you personally since learning to communicate in Creole?

    I have been able to develop a closer relationship with the families that come here in a time where there are so many unknowns, which is very comforting for them.

  • Jose H.

    Documentary Film

    What motivated you to really learn Creole?

    Wanting to communicate with people from Haiti on their own terms.

    What advice would you give to someone who is thinking about learning the language?

    Have fun.

    What’s been the biggest benefit for you personally since learning to communicate in Creole?

    I think I’ve been able to gain a better understanding of Haiti – and it’s people.

  • Julie A.

    Executive Director
    Center of Hope (Haiti), Inc.

    What motivated you to really learn Creole?

    To communicate and to deepen my understanding of Haitian culture

    What advice would you give to someone who is thinking about learning the language?

    Go for it!

    What’s been the biggest benefit for you personally since learning to communicate in Creole?

    Feeling like I can connect with more people.

  • Holly C.

    Volunteer

    What motivated you to really learn Creole?

    My daughter and family moved to Haiti and we will be visiting often.

    What advice would you give to someone who is thinking about learning the language?

    Practice daily and you can do this!!!

    What’s been the biggest benefit for you personally since learning to communicate in Creole?

    I will be able to get to know the people on personal level.

  • Anaica Q.

    Nurse – Emergency Department

    What motivated you to really learn Creole?

    I really wanted to increase my fluency to communicate better with my Haitian patients and when I travel abroad on service trips to Haiti.

    What advice would you give to someone who is thinking about learning the language?

    Always seek out opportunities to practice the language and don\’t be afraid to make mistakes!

    What’s been the biggest benefit for you personally since learning to communicate in Creole?

    My kids want to learn to speak it as well.

  • Sara A.

    Education and Community Development
    Many Hands For Haiti

    What motivated you to really learn Creole?

    I desire authentic, fun interaction with my Haitian coworkers and friends.

    What advice would you give to someone who is thinking about learning the language?

    Go for it and interact with those who know Creole as much as possible – they love to help you.

    What’s been the biggest benefit for you personally since learning to communicate in Creole?

    Positive, genuine interactions that reflect my desire to be in relationship with my Haitian friends.

  • Dr. Bryan M.

    Pastor, Adoptive Parent, ELF tutor
    Founder and Director of Friends of Ti Palmiste Collaborative

    What motivated you to really learn Creole?

    Lovedana our “adopted Haitian daughter” and the community of Ti Palmiste where she lives.

    What advice would you give to someone who is thinking about learning the language?

    Motivation comes from many places but the best place of all is love for your fellow human beings.

    What’s been the biggest benefit for you personally since learning to communicate in Creole?

    It opens doors into the hearts of the people you are collaborating with in Haiti.

  • Calise G.

    Student Volunteer
    Many Hands for Haiti

    What motivated you to really learn Creole?

    I wanted to create a deeper and more personal relationship with the people we serve in Haiti.

    What advice would you give to someone who is thinking about learning the language?

    You will not regret taking this language course! It has been the best tool by far in learning Creole!

    What’s been the biggest benefit for you personally since learning to communicate in Creole?

    The biggest benefit has been to hold conversations in Creole that were once only possible in English. It feels great to finally speak the native language of Haiti!

  • Donna S.

    Volunteer
    First Baptist Church

    What motivated you to really learn Creole?

    To express genuine love to all God’s people by learning to communicate with them

    What advice would you give to someone who is thinking about learning the language?

    Allow time and patience to practice a little everyday, including CD’s while traveling by vehicle.

    What’s been the biggest benefit for you personally since learning to communicate in Creole?

    I can now work diligently on fluency in order to communicate my heartfelt desire to love and work with the people.

  • Cheri L.

    Volunteer
    Haiti Christian Development Fund

    What motivated you to really learn Creole?

    Love for the country and people and wanting to learn more.

    What advice would you give to someone who is thinking about learning the language?

    Patience with yourself and bite-sized chunks.

    What’s been the biggest benefit for you personally since learning to communicate in Creole?

    Being able to understand and communicate better with my Haitian friends.

  • Travis R.

    Missionary

    What motivated you to really learn Creole?

    To minimize the need for a translator when in Haiti.

    What advice would you give to someone who is thinking about learning the language?

    To start here with Haitihub!

    What’s been the biggest benefit for you personally since learning to communicate in Creole?

    I’m going back to Haiti in February, I’ll be able able to answer this question then.

    We’ll catch up with Travis more soon!

  • Sr. Marilyn W.

    Program Director & Nurse
    CCW Hands & Hearts Haiti Ministry

    What motivated you to really learn Creole?

    Want to continue developing our relationship with the Little Sisters of the Incarnation, Pandiassou, Haiti

    What advice would you give to someone who is thinking about learning the language?

    This is a great program and well worth the effort.

    What’s been the biggest benefit for you personally since learning to communicate in Creole?

    This has advanced my use of Kreyol.

  • Joanne T.

    Nurse Practitioner

    What motivated you to really learn Creole?

    I would like to continue working in Haiti and want to become fluent.

    What advice would you give to someone who is thinking about learning the language?

    Go for it!

    What’s been the biggest benefit for you personally since learning to communicate in Creole?

    I work with Hope for Haiti’s Children in a medical clinic annually and can talk with my sponsored child when I see her.

  • Marian S.

    Volunteer

    What motivated you to really learn Creole?

    A Haitian said ” You are in my country, you should learn my language!”

    What advice would you give to someone who is thinking about learning the language?

    Go at your own pace, visit the country often, to keep the motivation and momentum flowing.

    What’s been the biggest benefit for you personally since learning to communicate in Creole?

    Being able to understand native speakers more frequently when I am in the country.

  • Brian S.

    Volunteer

    What motivated you to really learn Creole?

    Traveling to Haiti with a team – wanted to be able to make personal connections with the people.

    What advice would you give to someone who is thinking about learning the language?

    Haitihub is the place to start! I was very satisfied with the quality of this program and with my progress.

    What’s been the biggest benefit for you personally since learning to communicate in Creole?

    Connecting with our hosts and fellow workers in Haiti, even simple sentences can build relationships.

  • Leah W.

    Alex’s House Volunteer

    What motivated you to really learn Creole?

    I wanted to effectively communicate with the Haitians that I have grown to love.

    What advice would you give to someone who is thinking about learning the language?

    Immerse yourself in it, and be diligent to practice everyday.

  • Jamie H.

    New Program Director
    Reach Out

    What motivated you to really learn Creole?

    I am traveling to Haiti 3 or more times a year to work to get children sponsored for school.

    What advice would you give to someone who is thinking about learning the language?

    Learning Creole is worth it, keep practicing!

    What’s been the biggest benefit for you personally since learning to communicate in Creole?

    Learning Creole is making it so fun to be able to communicate with the children I work with.

  • Shiloah J.

    Interpreter

    What motivated you to really learn Creole?

    I wanted to communicate with wonderful people.

    What advice would you give to someone who is thinking about learning the language?

    Enjoy speaking the language as often as you can.

    What’s been the biggest benefit for you personally since learning to communicate in Creole?

    I have gained great friends who speak creole.

  • John V.

    Pastor/Missionary
    Sous Espwa

    What motivated you to really learn Creole?

    I moved to Haiti and want to be close to the people I serve with.

    What advice would you give to someone who is thinking about learning the language?

    Get in a group and do it out loud!

    What’s been the biggest benefit for you personally since learning to communicate in Creole?

    Relationships deepen.

  • Martin W.

    Volunteer
    Alex’s House Orphanage

    What motivated you to really learn Creole?

    Going to Haiti on mission trips!

    What advice would you give to someone who is thinking about learning the language?

    Learn some basic conversational phrases and heavily used words and practice, practice, practice and don’t be afraid to sound silly.

    What’s been the biggest benefit for you personally since learning to communicate in Creole?

    I’ve been able to communicate with people in Haiti…a little. It makes a big difference in developing relationships when we attempt to speak their language.

  • Mark G.

    Volunteer
    Northern Friends of Haiti

    What motivated you to really learn Creole?

    A desire to communicate and build relationships with the people I work with in Haiti.

    What advice would you give to someone who is thinking about learning the language?

    Be fearless, keep at it and let your Haitian friends teach you Creole as you teach them English.

    What’s been the biggest benefit for you personally since learning to communicate in Creole?

    The ability to communicate and work together with my Haitian friends in planning and implementing programs and projects.

  • Russell C.

    Volunteer EMT Medic

    What motivated you to really learn Creole?

    Have made several trips to Haiti and want to continue building relationships

    What advice would you give to someone who is thinking about learning the language?

    Your Haitian friends will enjoy helping you learn

    What’s been the biggest benefit for you personally since learning to communicate in Creole?

    More confidence when visiting Haiti and a deeper relationship with people I’m trying to help.

  • Pierre P.

    M.D. & Team Leader
    EMAS Canada

    What motivated you to really learn Creole?

    Have been going to Haiti since 1982, bringing annual health care teams since 2004, and wanted to improve my Creole.

    What advice would you give to someone who is thinking about learning the language?

    Using the Haitihub tool is a good start to learning the basics of Creole, from an anglophone perspective.

    What’s been the biggest benefit for you personally since learning to communicate in Creole?

    Much more credibility with my Haitian counterparts, who consider me “part Haitian”

  • Katie L.

    NICU Nurse
    NPH USA

    What motivated you to really learn Creole?

    I will be volunteering in Haiti for a year and wanted to be able to build deeper bonds and work more effectively.

    What advice would you give to someone who is thinking about learning the language?

    Practice speaking as much as possible!

    What’s been the biggest benefit for you personally since learning to communicate in Creole?

    I feel more prepared to transition into life in a different country.

  • Sherry K.

    Volunteer
    4 His Children

    What motivated you to really learn Creole?

    I longed to be able to communicate with the Haitian people, letting them know that we are family.

    What advice would you give to someone who is thinking about learning the language?

    Be diligent in study and use whatever you learn; the people LOVE to help you when you try to speak Creole.

    What’s been the biggest benefit for you personally since learning to communicate in Creole?

    Each time I go to Haiti and can speak a little more Creole, my relationship with the people deepens. They become more comfortable with me, and we view each other as friends!!

  • Trig P.

    Volunteer

    What motivated you to really learn Creole?

    Wanting to be able to understand and speak to people when we go there.

    What advice would you give to someone who is thinking about learning the language?

    Don’t give up, keep studying over and over again, it takes time.

    What’s been the biggest benefit for you personally since learning to communicate in Creole?

    I can hear and understand what is being said, and haiti hub has helped with grammar etc sooo much.

  • Kathleen N.

    Catholic Sister, CSW
    Marianites of Holy Cross

    What motivated you to really learn Creole?

    I have a desire to communicate well with people in Haiti and a belief that anyone working in another country should make an effort to speak the language of the people.

    What advice would you give to someone who is thinking about learning the language?

    Be patient with yourself and practice a lot.

    What’s been the biggest benefit for you personally since learning to communicate in Creole?

    Mwen renmen pale ak moun ayisyen e travay ansam ak yo.

  • Erin O.

    Service Learning TA
    SUNY Geneseo

    What motivated you to really learn Creole?

    I helped lead a Service Learning project at my university and really believed the best way for us to grow and learn from the people that we met was to learn to speak their language.

    What advice would you give to someone who is thinking about learning the language?

    Learning another language is great exercise, but the first time it really pays off is when you’re able to have a conversation and connect with someone you might have otherwise passed by.

    What’s been the biggest benefit for you personally since learning to communicate in Creole?

    I had the opportunity to get to know the people we were working with in Haiti, and now instead of just remembering snapshots of my trip, my recollection of the experience is based on interactions with individuals that truly had an impact upon me.

  • Emily H.

    Missionary
    One Mission Society

    What motivated you to really learn Creole?

    We are serving in Haiti full time and believe that it is so important to learn Creole in order to build relationships!

    What advice would you give to someone who is thinking about learning the language?

    It may be difficult to learn a new language, but it is SO worth the effort if you want to show Haitian people that you truly care about them.

    What’s been the biggest benefit for you personally since learning to communicate in Creole?

    I am more confident in speaking with the people I live with and work with and it has helped to develop closer relationships, which is so important to me!

  • Michele B.

    PhD Student
    U. of Kentucky

    What motivated you to really learn Creole?

    I wanted to be able to speak Creole with my Haitian research participants.

    What advice would you give to someone who is thinking about learning the language?

    Memorizing the grammar rules will get you going, then vocab drills will flesh out what you’ve already learned.

    What’s been the biggest benefit for you personally since learning to communicate in Creole?

    I have found that most Haitians I meet are very excited to learn that I’m learning Creole and they almost always offer to practice with me.

  • Kristin F.

    Facilitator
    MCC

    What motivated you to really learn Creole?

    I want to be able to talk to my Haitian friends and our new children in their native language.

    What advice would you give to someone who is thinking about learning the language?

    Don’t give up, but continue moving forward at whatever pace you can consistently accomplish.

    What’s been the biggest benefit for you personally since learning to communicate in Creole?

    To be able to better communicate with the Haitian people.

  • Ernie G.

    Missionary
    Adoptive Parent

    What motivated you to really learn Creole?

    I want to be able to talk to my Haitian friends and our new children in their native language.

    What advice would you give to someone who is thinking about learning the language?

    Don’t give up, but continue moving forward at whatever pace you can consistently accomplish.

    What’s been the biggest benefit for you personally since learning to communicate in Creole?

    To be able to better communicate with the Haitian people.

  • Bob V.

    Volunteer
    Family Doctor

    What motivated you to really learn Creole?

    We’ve done volunteer work in Haiti and are looking to spend 2 years there now.

    What advice would you give to someone who is thinking about learning the language?

    Start with a program like HaitiHub that really helps nail down the basics!

    What’s been the biggest benefit for you personally since learning to communicate in Creole?

    To be able to talk, albeit inadequately, to Haitian acquaintances.

  • Bobbie P.

    Missionary

    What motivated you to really learn Creole?

    Build stronger relationships with friends in Haiti.

    What advice would you give to someone who is thinking about learning the language?

    Haiti Hub is the best program I have found!! Practice, practice, practice…

    What’s been the biggest benefit for you personally since learning to communicate in Creole?

    I have more confidence in my Haitian Creole.

  • Julie S.

    Volunteer

    What motivated you to really learn Creole?

    To be able to speak with the children at the orphanage I visit.

    What advice would you give to someone who is thinking about learning the language?

    Set aside a certain amount of time per day or week and commit to making a certain amount of progress – and stick to it!

    What’s been the biggest benefit for you personally since learning to communicate in Creole?

    Being able to have conversations with and getting to know the children better.

  • Katie G.

    Neonatal Nurse
    Second Mile Ministries

    What motivated you to really learn Creole?

    I wanted to be able to communicate with the people I work with in Haiti and form stronger relationships with them.

    What advice would you give to someone who is thinking about learning the language?

    Just keep swimming… 🙂

    What’s been the biggest benefit for you personally since learning to communicate in Creole?

    Huge feeling of accomplishment and I can’t wait until the next time I can go to Haiti to use what I’ve learned!

  • Siri F.

    MD, Volunteer
    Promise For Haiti

    What motivated you to really learn Creole?

    Medical mission work in Haiti since 1998

    What advice would you give to someone who is thinking about learning the language?

    The effort is worth the relationships it supports.

    What’s been the biggest benefit for you personally since learning to communicate in Creole?

    Improving communication with my Haitian patients and the Haitian staff I get to work with.

  • Marcia V.

    RN, Volunteer
    Global Partners

    What motivated you to really learn Creole?

    We plan to move to Haiti in the summer to live and volunteer there for 2 years.

    What advice would you give to someone who is thinking about learning the language?

    Do a little every day and repeat, repeat, repeat.

    What’s been the biggest benefit for you personally since learning to communicate in Creole?

    I love talking with Haitian kids!

  • Julie M.

    Adoptive Parent
    AWAA

    What motivated you to really learn Creole?

    Adopting children from Haiti.

    What advice would you give to someone who is thinking about learning the language?

    Find a great program that works with the schedule you have so you will be successful.

    What’s been the biggest benefit for you personally since learning to communicate in Creole?

    Knowing that when I travel to Haiti I will be able to better communicate with those I encounter, especially the children.

  • Julia R.

    Student
    Volunteer

    What motivated you to really learn Creole?

    I desired to deepen my relationships with my Creole speaking friends in Haiti and the children that I work with and love there.

    What advice would you give to someone who is thinking about learning the language?

    Absolutely do it! You need to really want to though because that motivation is what will bring you through when the going gets tough. Believe me, there is nothing worse than desperately wanting to tell someone something when you know that you can’t.

    What’s been the biggest benefit for you personally since learning to communicate in Creole?

    Being able to learn so much more about my friends and their lives, their culture, and their beautiful country of Haiti.

  • Mickey M.

    Program Director
    Bread to the Nations

    What motivated you to really learn Creole?

    I was motivated to learn Creole so I can communicate with the Haitians I live and work and worship with.

    What advice would you give to someone who is thinking about learning the language?

    Don’t be afraid to say it wrong and don’t be afraid to ask people repeat or slow down!

    What’s been the biggest benefit for you personally since learning to communicate in Creole?

    Being able to understand the conversations going on around me and feeling less isolated.

  • Christina B.

    Adoptive Parent

    What motivated you to really learn Creole?

    I wanted to be able to communicate with my sons, help them maintain their first language, and be more effective in networking and building relationships with other Haitians locally in the US and Haiti.

    What advice would you give to someone who is thinking about learning the language?

    Dedicate some time each day to learning, listening to and/or speaking Creole–even if it’s just listening to Haiti radio stations or Haitian music.

  • Jane P.

    M.D.
    Volunteer

    What motivated you to really learn Creole?

    Volunteering in Haiti

    What advice would you give to someone who is thinking about learning the language?

    Immersion!

    What’s been the biggest benefit for you personally since learning to communicate in Creole?

    Smiles from the Haitian kids.

  • Mark D.

    Volunteer
    Pastor

    What motivated you to really learn Creole?

    We are sponsoring children in Haiti.

    What advice would you give to someone who is thinking about learning the language?

    Haitihub is a good program.

    What’s been the biggest benefit for you personally since learning to communicate in Creole?

    It is a great sense of accomplishment.

  • Avriel B.

    Volunteer
    NPFS

    What motivated you to really learn Creole?

    So I can communicate with the people and communities I will be with in Haiti.

    What advice would you give to someone who is thinking about learning the language?

    Be patient and just wait, you will learn more once you start communicating with locals.

    What’s been the biggest benefit for you personally since learning to communicate in Creole?

    Being able to communicate to the children.

  • Amy F.

    Volunteer
    Alex’s House

    What motivated you to really learn Creole?

    I wanted to learn Creole to be able to be as useful and helpful as I possibly can when I finally have the opportunity to go to Haiti.

    What advice would you give to someone who is thinking about learning the language?

    I would tell someone trying to learn the language to keep working at it, practice it, and listen to it as much as possible.

    What’s been the biggest benefit for you personally since learning to communicate in Creole?

    I have not yet been to Haiti so I have not had much benefit from learning the language, but it has certainly made me feel less apprehensive about going. I am looking forward to hopefully being able to help and minister more than I would’ve had I not worked at learning the language.

  • John H.

    Volunteer
    Faith Missions International

    What motivated you to really learn Creole?

    I want to communicate with and connect to the orphans I’ll be serving while in Haiti.

    What advice would you give to someone who is thinking about learning the language?

    Success here, as with anything, requires that you decide, commit and then work at it.

    What’s been the biggest benefit for you personally since learning to communicate in Creole?

    It remains to be tested, but I feel more confident about connecting with people in Haiti.

  • Nicole T.

    Student

    What motivated you to really learn Creole?

    I’m spending 3 months in Haiti.

    What advice would you give to someone who is thinking about learning the language?

    Set time aside to do it.

    What’s been the biggest benefit for you personally since learning to communicate in Creole?

    I can speak some Creole now, going into Haiti!

  • Gene S.

    Volunteer Pilot
    Future4Haiti

    What motivated you to really learn Creole?

    To better understand how I can serve the people of Haiti.

    What advice would you give to someone who is thinking about learning the language?

    Practice with a Haitian.

    What’s been the biggest benefit for you personally since learning to communicate in Creole?

    I’m not there yet but I’ll report back.

  • Tonya T.

    Sign Language
    Interpreter

    What motivated you to really learn Creole?

    I went down to Haiti and came back wishing I knew more of the language.

    What advice would you give to someone who is thinking about learning the language?

    Keep trying – don’t give up!

    What’s been the biggest benefit for you personally since learning to communicate in Creole?

    Deeper relationships with Haitians. Knowing more Creole means I can know them more personally.

  • Jana A.

    Accountant
    Alex’s House Orphanage

    What motivated you to really learn Creole?

    I wanted to be able to talk to my friends from and while i’m in Haiti.

    What advice would you give to someone who is thinking about learning the language?

    It is a very basic language, it is possible to learn and will make such a difference!

    What’s been the biggest benefit for you personally since learning to communicate in Creole?

    Feeling like I can really get the most out of my time in Haiti and invest in my friendships there.

  • Amber M.

    Volunteer
    Nos Petits Freres et Soeurs

    What motivated you to really learn Creole?

    I will be volunteering in Haiti for a year.

    What advice would you give to someone who is thinking about learning the language?

    Even if you just practice and learn a little bit of Creole each day, you will improve!

    What’s been the biggest benefit for you personally since learning to communicate in Creole?

    I will be able to be more immersed in Haitian culture and be a more effective volunteer during my year in Haiti.

  • Sarah M.

    Mom
    Helping Haitian Angels

    What motivated you to really learn Creole?

    I want to speak with the kids and mamas at our orphanage.

    What advice would you give to someone who is thinking about learning the language?

    Start before you go to the country.

    What’s been the biggest benefit for you personally since learning to communicate in Creole?

    I’ve been able to begin to develop relationships with the people we are here to love.

  • Jennie E.

    French Teacher

    What motivated you to really learn Creole?

    I am traveling to Haiti for the third time and wanted to be able to communicate better with children in the orphanage.

    What advice would you give to someone who is thinking about learning the language?

    It’s so much easier than French!

    What’s been the biggest benefit for you personally since learning to communicate in Creole?

    Being able to really communicate with the people of Haiti (most children did not understand French)

  • Joe B.

    Administrator
    Partners with Haiti

    What motivated you to really learn Creole?

    I want to be able to communicate better with our Haitian friends.

    What advice would you give to someone who is thinking about learning the language?

    Keep fighting.

    What’s been the biggest benefit for you personally since learning to communicate in Creole?

    I am continually amazed that the words and sentences I have studied and practiced come out of seemingly nowhere!

  • Reif S.

    Law Enforcement

    What motivated you to really learn Creole?

    I live where there is an opportunity to interact with Creole speakers and thought it would be a great way to show interest in their culture.

    What advice would you give to someone who is thinking about learning the language?

    Keep going back and refreshing yourself on the previous building blocks (sections).

    What’s been the biggest benefit for you personally since learning to communicate in Creole?

    I had a chance encounter with a missionary returning from Haiti and we were able to strike up a conversation in Creole hopefully leading to something fulfilling in the future.

  • Joyce G.

    Volunteer
    Organization: Reiser Relief

    What motivated you to really learn Creole?

    To build relationships with Haitians.

    What advice would you give to someone who is thinking about learning the language?

    Keep up the good work!

    What’s been the biggest benefit for you personally since learning to communicate in Creole?

    Making the Haitian kids smile when they hear me trying to speak!

  • Anna S.

    Student Volunteer
    One Mission Society

    What motivated you to really learn Creole?

    I wanted to be able to more effectively communicate with and encourage the Haitians I meet during short-term mission trips.

    What advice would you give to someone who is thinking about learning the language?

    Soak in as much Creole as you can, and keep a positive attitude throughout!

    What’s been the biggest benefit for you personally since learning to communicate in Creole?

    Having the speaking and writing skills to keep in touch with my Haitian friends over the phone and via e-mail, even when I can’t be with them in person.

  • Veronica G.

    Registered Dietitian
    Sante Haiti

    What motivated you to really learn Creole?

    I fell in love with Haitian culture a few years ago and now I am preparing for my first trip to Haiti for a medical volunteer mission.

    What advice would you give to someone who is thinking about learning the language?

    If you don’t know any native speakers who can help you along with the Haiti Hub process, listen to Haitian music, which can greatly help with listening comprehension and proper pronunciation.

    What’s been the biggest benefit for you personally since learning to communicate in Creole?

    I am really looking forward to traveling to and volunteering in Haiti this spring. I am confident that Haiti Hub has armed me with the tools I need to communicate more effectively with those I am going to serve. I can say that I have experienced a greater ability to connect more deeply to the Haitian culture that is ever present in the Haitian Diaspora of New York City. Not only can I communicate better with my friends, I can also understand more of the lyrics to my favorite konpa songs 🙂 I am so excited about this road towards creole frequency and what the future might bring!

  • Ursula N.

    Public Health

    What motivated you to really learn Creole?

    I want my work in Haiti, much of which depends on interacting with Haitians, to be effective.

    What advice would you give to someone who is thinking about learning the language?

    Read aloud and listen to its patterns and rhythms.

    What’s been the biggest benefit for you personally since learning to communicate in Creole?

    I can hear what people want to say!

  • Lucia VM

    Volunteer
    Many Hands for Haiti

    What motivated you to really learn Creole?

    I lead several groups to Haiti each year and want to interact more with the people of Haiti.

    What advice would you give to someone who is thinking about learning the language?

    This is the best program that I have used to learn Creole because I can now construct sentences, not just vocab.

    What’s been the biggest benefit for you personally since learning to communicate in Creole?

    Interacting with the people. Haitians know I am not fluent in Creole, but they appreciate that I value them enough to try.

  • Conny S.

    Adoptive parent

    What motivated you to really learn Creole?

    My husband and I are going to adopt a child from Haiti.

    What advice would you give to someone who is thinking about learning the language?

    Use Haiti hub! It’s really fun and not too difficult.

    What’s been the biggest benefit for you personally since learning to communicate in Creole?

    I feel more prepared for our trip to Haiti.

  • Jeff W.

    Missionary
    Alex’s House Orphanage

    What motivated you to really learn Creole?

    I wanted to be able to communicate with a beautiful group of people.

    What advice would you give to someone who is thinking about learning the language?

    Work hard and do it!

    What’s been the biggest benefit for you personally since learning to communicate in Creole?

    The Haitian people realize that I love them enough to try to learn their language and they respect me for it.

  • Louise L.

    Nurse Practitioner

    What motivated you to really learn Creole?

    Working in the DR with Haitians in the batays, and then in Haiti.

    What advice would you give to someone who is thinking about learning the language?

    Join Haiti Hub and use the book “Creole Made Easy”.

    What’s been the biggest benefit for you personally since learning to communicate in Creole?

    Being able to be myself and not depend on a translator!

  • Holly O.

    Volunteer
    Christ Follower

    What motivated you to really learn Creole?

    I wanted to connect with the Haitian people so that I can more clearly share Jesus!

    What advice would you give to someone who is thinking about learning the language?

    Learning the Creole language has been one of the most rewarding experiences for me, one that will be used for my lifetime!

    What’s been the biggest benefit for you personally since learning to communicate in Creole?

    The biggest benefit for me was that I could communicate on a more personal level with the Haitian people.

  • Terry F.

    Volunteer

    What motivated you to really learn Creole?

    Learning the language helps me to connect more with the local people, and increases my ability to communicate.

    What advice would you give to someone who is thinking about learning the language?

    Learning the language shows those who speak it that you have an interest in learning about them and their culture.

    What’s been the biggest benefit for you personally since learning to communicate in Creole?

    Even though I have a long way to go before reaching fluency I feel I can at least communicate to some degree with the people I will be visiting.

  • Shannon B.

    Social Worker

    What motivated you to really learn Creole?

    I saw a lot of Haitians using social services in Orlando and the lack of Creole speakers working in social services.

    What advice would you give to someone who is thinking about learning the language?

    Pay attention to the details; a lot is communicated in small words.

    What’s been the biggest benefit for you personally since learning to communicate in Creole?

    Personally, I feel like I’ve accomplished something. Learning a new language is hard and takes time, but I’ve stuck to it and feel proud of myself for doing it. People are always surprised when I say I speak some Creole!

  • Frank L.

    Engineer
    Parish Twinning

    What motivated you to really learn Creole?

    I would like to communicate directly with the Haitians I am working with rather than using a translator all the time.

    What advice would you give to someone who is thinking about learning the language?

    If you can’t immerse yourself in Haiti for several months then use an interactive learning system like HaitiHub.

    What’s been the biggest benefit for you personally since learning to communicate in Creole?

    Not quite there yet, but eventually it will be being able to communicate directly with any Haitian, any time, anywhere.

  • Dosei C.

    Volunteer
    Gospel to Haiti

    What motivated you to really learn Creole?

    So I can speak with all my Haitian friends when I go to Haiti.

    What advice would you give to someone who is thinking about learning the language?

    Use Haiti Hub to learn Creole… it is great!

    What’s been the biggest benefit for you personally since learning to communicate in Creole?

    I can now communicate with all my friends in Creole… even all my class mates!

  • Devon C.

    Mission Work
    Gospel to Haiti

    What motivated you to really learn Creole?

    I plan to return to Haiti again on mission work and would like to be able to communicate freely.

    What advice would you give to someone who is thinking about learning the language?

    It is well worth it, and quite easy to learn.

    What’s been the biggest benefit for you personally since learning to communicate in Creole?

    Being able to talk to the Haitian people for myself without needing someone to translate.

  • Janet B.

    Volunteer
    Parish Twinning

    What motivated you to really learn Creole?

    I want to be able to communicate with the Haitian people I meet when I go to Haiti.

    What advice would you give to someone who is thinking about learning the language?

    Sign up for Haitihub!

    What’s been the biggest benefit for you personally since learning to communicate in Creole?

    The ability to show respect for my Haitian friends by speaking in their language.

  • Jared S.

    Volunteer
    Gospel to Haiti

    What motivated you to really learn Creole?

    A desire to better communicate to the Haitian people and to show them the love of Christ not only through example but through conversation.

    What advice would you give to someone who is thinking about learning the language?

    Put yourself in a place or surround yourself with people where you can use what you learn because if you don’t USE it you LOSE it!

    What’s been the biggest benefit for you personally since learning to communicate in Creole?

    I think the biggest benefit would be knowing that I have conquered part of this large mountain of not being able to communicate with the people that I have grown to love and appreciate.

  • Rebekah L.

    Student
    Gospel to Haiti

    What motivated you to really learn Creole?

    My friends who were learning it with me.

    What advice would you give to someone who is thinking about learning the language?

    Go for it.

  • Debbie W.

    Volunteer
    Pleasant View Baptist Church

    What motivated you to really learn Creole?

    To be able to communicate better when I visit Haiti on mission trips with my church.

    What advice would you give to someone who is thinking about learning the language?

    Set goals and don’t give up!

    What’s been the biggest benefit for you personally since learning to communicate in Creole?

    Now I am actually able to communicate with people in Haiti.

  • Ken D.

    Professor
    Conscience International

    What motivated you to really learn Creole?

    I wanted to be able to use my skills where they were needed without drawing translators away from other projects.

    What advice would you give to someone who is thinking about learning the language?

    Work at it every day, and be patient with yourself when you forget things.

    What’s been the biggest benefit for you personally since learning to communicate in Creole?

    I had the confidence to travel up into the hills to work with students at a rural university without a translator.

  • Aaron C.

    Student

    What motivated you to really learn Creole?

    To learn more about my Haitian Culture and communicate with the people whenever I am in Haiti.

    What advice would you give to someone who is thinking about learning the language?

    It takes a lot of hard work and discipline, but in the end it is most definitely worth it. Just have fun with it!

    What’s been the biggest benefit for you personally since learning to communicate in Creole?

    Now I can speak with my fellow Haitians and have conversations with them. It connects me with them and I love that. Also, I feel that I am more in touch with my Haitian Roots when I am able to speak the same language as everyone there.

  • Jamie D.

    Curriculum Consultant
    Camp Galileo

    What motivated you to really learn Creole?

    In consulting with HaitiHub, I went through all their resources and accidentally ended up learning to speak Creole!

    What advice would you give to someone who is thinking about learning the language?

    Get started, keep going, don’t get discouraged, and find people you can practice with regularly.

    What’s been the biggest benefit for you personally since learning to communicate in Creole?

    I have felt a much stronger connection with the Creole-speakers and volunteers I know.

  • Corrine G.

    Adoptive Parent
    glahaiti.org

    What motivated you to really learn Creole?

    Three of my 5 amazing children are from Haiti and we will volunteer there as a family in the future.

    What advice would you give to someone who is thinking about learning the language?

    Piti piti, zwazo fe nich li. Little by little the bird builds his nest.

    What’s been the biggest benefit for you personally since learning to communicate in Creole?

    My children can see that I am invested and interested in keeping their culture alive in them.

  • Shane W.

    Adoptive Parent

    What motivated you to really learn Creole?

    I wanted to be able to communicate more easily with my adopted sons.

    What advice would you give to someone who is thinking about learning the language?

    Take the HaitiHub foundation, then apply it to immersing yourself in whatever you can. Haitian Creole music, videos, movies, native speakers, whatever you can find.

    What’s been the biggest benefit for you personally since learning to communicate in Creole?

    I cannot place a value on the ability to communicate with our sons without relying on someone else to translate throughout this complicated adoption process.

  • LP W.

    Parent of a Creole-speaking missionary

    What motivated you to really learn Creole?

    So I could communicate with my son and his friends

    What advice would you give to someone who is thinking about learning the language?

    The formula for successful language learning is time on task, because the more you study and practice, the faster you’ll learn.

    What’s been the biggest benefit for you personally since learning to communicate in Creole?

    The biggest benefit for me personally has been intellectual. But learning the language also gives me an additional connection with my Creole-speaking son, which is a lot of fun.

  • Sara K.

    ESL Teacher & Board Member of HELO Haiti
    HELO Haiti (www.HeloHaiti.org)

    What motivated you to really learn Creole?

    I wanted to be able to converse with the children at HELO and people of Haiti.

    What advice would you give to someone who is thinking about learning the language?

    Be patient. When learning any language, patience is vital. Learning Creole can be challenging, but it’s a very rewarding experience.

    What’s been the biggest benefit for you personally since learning to communicate in Creole?

    Being able to have conversations in Creole with my friends in Haiti and being able to accept an ESL position in Haiti because I know the language.

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