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Bonjou. Sak pase?
If you visit Haiti, people might greet you with these words. “Bonjou” comes from bonjour, which is “good day” in French – an official language of Haiti. “Sak” and “pase” are Creole, also an official language of Haiti and the everyday language of most Haitians. Sak pase? means “What’s up?” Haitian Creole is a blend of French and West African dialects. Other islands have their own Creoles, or language blends. The word creole also refers to the unique culture of the Caribbean islands, a blend of the many cultures that have met there, and it comes from the Spanish criollo, meaning “locally raised.”