How I found a free Creole course

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How I found a free Creole course

A couple of summers ago I wanted to visit an exotic country, but my budget was quite limited so I needed to find a destination that was quite close, so I wouldn’t spend to much on the plane tickets. I searched the Internet for offers and last minute deals and I found this great package in Haiti, which wasn’t even last minute, as I had two full months until the vacation start. The price was right and I had never been to Haiti, so I was quickly convinced. After I bought the vacation from the traveling agency, I though it would be good to find out some things about the country and know what to expect, so I began researching Haiti. I discovered amazing things about its history and culture and I was delighted by the scenery that I could hardly wait to leave. I even got so excited that I decided to learn their local language, which by the way is called Haitian Creole. They didn’t teach this language at the learning center in the city, but I went on the web trying to see if there was a free Creole course I could take online.

 

As I browsed through the websites and blogs that the search engine generated when I typed in free Creole course, I realized that there was much talk and debate about the language and the places where one might learn it, but none of the websites actually provided lessons or classes online. Some users had mentioned taking courses at the embassy, but that was too out of my way for me. However, my mind was set so I kept looking and looking until I finally found this institute that offered Haitian Creole lessons, the only thing was that the educational center was in Port au Prince. I was staying in Port au Prince, that wasn’t a problem, but I wanted to learn a little before I got there. I contact them and they said the course is free, unless I wanted private tutoring, which I didn’t, and the only thing they were able to offer me before arriving in Port au Prince was a text book. I though that was great, since in couldn’t find anything in our bookshops, so I ordered the book.

 

Indeed, the grimmer book wasn’t free, but it really help me get a grasp of the language before my departure to Haiti and when I got to Port au Prince, I took the free Creole course at the institute. I can’t say that I now master the language, but I am able to understand people speaking it and to converse basic notions in Creole. But the best part of taking the course was that I learned not only the language, but also a great wealth of interesting facts about the Haitian culture and history, their lifestyle and traditions, which definitely enriched my own knowledge and culture.