There always seems to be a guy sitting outside our place. Since we are currently taking Creole, I would say simple phrases to him like, “Ki bo ou rete? (where do you live?)” or “Koman ou ya? (how are you?)”. I attempted to say that I was going running one day. Didn’t work out so well. If only I knew the word for running. So I looked it up and the next day when I went I said, “M’ ap ale kouri (I am going running)”. Then I asked him if he wanted to go running with me. He just laughed and laughed at that.
To most Haitians the idea of running is not something they would think about. It could be because many Haitians have physically demanding jobs, possibly they are trying to get by on very little food, or maybe because they are in the heat all day. Whatever the case may be, it is not something on the top of their list 😀
Just recently, I saw a bunch of guys taking apart the truck. The guy is no longer found in our village and no longer living in the truck.
When you meet people, show real appreciation, then genuine curiosity. – Martha Beck