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August 4, 2020

cudgel » kokomakak

Medam yo bat kadejakè a ak yon kokomakak.

The women beat the rapist with a cudgel.

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Haitian Proverbs » Pawòl Granmoun

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Haitian Creole


Bat chen an, tann mèt li.


Beat the dog, but wait for its master.

Byen mal pa lanmò.


Not well is not death.

Byen prese pa rive.


In a hurry will not arrive.

Byen pre pa lakay.


Being close does not mean you are home.

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Haitian Creole




The woman beat the rapist with a cudgel.


Medam yo bat kadejakè a ak yon kokomakak.


Mwen chagren, mwen vle ale lakay mwen.


I'm homesick, I want to go home.


Li tèlman wondondon li fè m fou!


He's so stubborn he drives me crazy!

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