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Bonjou. Sak pase?
You might hear that greeting in Haiti. “Bonjou” is from the French bonjour, which means “good day.” French is an official language of Haiti. “Sak” and “pase” are Creole, another official language there, and the one most Haitians speak. Sak pase? means “What’s up?” Haitian Creole is a blend of French and West African speech. Other islands have their own Creoles, or language blends. The word creole also refers to the special culture of the Caribbean islands. It is a blend of the many cultures that have met there. Creole comes from the Spanish criollo, meaning “locally raised.”