During Phase 2, the Beauregard Parish Library is open with limited hours and limited services. Additional details can be seen here. Within those limitations, further closures may become necessary on short notice due to staff shortages. We will update our social media accounts in those instances. Patrons are also welcome to call 337-463-6217 x 0 during the DeRidder branch's open hours for the most recent updates on branch openings. Computer use is limited and by appointment only. Patrons can schedule appointments online here or by calling 337-463-6217 or in-person by asking a library clerk. Appointments are set at 45-minute intervals. No consecutive appointments for 1 person.
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For this installment of Mango Monday, we will discuss our offerings for Haitian Creole. Today is the five year anniversary of the earthquake that was “one of the worst natural disasters in Haiti’s history. It struck the southern part of the country on Jan. 12, 2010. The earthquake killed about 316,000 people and forced more than a million from their homes. Many other people went missing. The quake largely destroyed Port-au-Prince, Haiti’s capital, as well as other cities.” *
Haitian Creole is spoken by 12 million speakers in Haiti, roughly 95% of the country, and their descendants abroad. It is one of two official languages of Haiti, the other being standard French. As a creole language, it is derived from French, but it adds in flavors from Caribbean and African languages to make something completely new yet recognizable.
Some phrases from the first Mango lesson that you might recognize:
Those of you who would normally be shy about learning a new language may find this one really fun. The sounds and writing system are relatively simplified, making it kinder to new and older beginners.
As with Korean last week, Haitian Creole is available through both Mango Languages and Pronunciator. Each language product has different interfaces, and some will work better for you depending on what you want to get out of your language experience. Don't forget to take advantage of each product's mobile apps for language learning on the go!
Next Monday we will be back with a new language you can teach yourself with resources from your library.