Haitian-Creole voice-over production made simple
As an established Haitian-Creole voice-over agency, Matinée has been providing a professional Haitian-Creole Voice-Over Service and Haitian-Creole Subtitling Service for over 25 years. We offer a selection of the very best Haitian-Creole voice talent, at a price you can afford.
Whether you are looking for Haitian-Creole voice-over artists for documentary, advertising, eLearning, or telephone messaging, we’ll supply the best Haitian-Creole voice talent for the job. We’ll time-sync the selected Haitian-Creole voice-over to picture, and deliver the audio back in the file format of your choice. Or, we can lay back the Haitian-Creole audio onto your video and re-work the captions where necessary.
Check out our FAQs for more information and costs. To check the availability of our Haitian-Creole voice-artists and to confirm costs, please contact us today using the quick Quote form opposite. Or you can email firstname.lastname@example.org or call on +44(0)118 958 4934.
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A short history of the Haitian Creole language
Haitian Creole is a French-based creole language that developed in the French colony of Saint-Domingue (now Haiti) in the late 17th century, as a result of communication between French settlers and African slaves.
A creole language is a natural language formed by the mixing together of two or more parent languages. Haitian Creole is the most widely spoken of all the French creole languages.
There are lots of theories about how exactly Haitian Creole evolved, but many believe that it developed as a means of contact between French masters and African slaves working on Haiti’s sugarcane plantations in the 17th and 18th centuries.
The French settlers spoke Popular (or common) French, a dialect that was quite different to the Standard French spoken in France by the ruling classes. The African slaves spoke many different languages (such as Wolof, Fong, Mandingo and Ewe) and began to use (and adapt) Popular French to communicate with each other as well as with their masters. As this language became creolised, newcomers began to learn (and adapt) this version rather than Popular French. Thus Haitian Creole evolved and came to be the language spoken by all Haitians. Read more
Which countries have Haitian Creole as a national language?
Creole is one of two official languages in Haiti, along with French. It is also recognised as a minority language in the Dominican Republic and Cuba.
How many people speak Haitian Creole as their first language?
It is estimated that around 10 million people speak Creole as their first language, most of whom live in Haiti. There are significant Creole-speaking communities in the Dominican Republic, as well as the United States.
It is the first and only language of approximately 90% of the population of Haiti. Around 10% of Haitians speak French as well as Haitian Creole.
Did you know…
- The term ‘creole’ comes from a Portuguese word that means ‘raised in the home’. It was first used to describe Europeans who were born into overseas colonies, before coming to refer to the languages that evolved on the plantations in those colonies.
- Haitian Creole shows more influence from African languages than any of the other French creoles. It has been suggested that this is partly because of the high ratio of Africans to Europeans in Haiti, and partly because Haiti gained independence so early on (in 1804).
- Despite the fact that over 90% of Haitian Creole’s vocabulary is of French origin, French people cannot understand the language. This is partly because the grammar is so different from French, and partly because many words in Popular French have been changed in Standard French.
The Haitian economy
Haiti is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, with 80% of the population living below the poverty line. Issues affecting the economy include corruption, lack of access to education, and vulnerability to natural disasters.
Agriculture accounts for the largest segment of the economy, with two fifths of the population engaged in mainly small-scale subsistence farming. This sector suffered major setbacks from 2010’s earthquake and 2012’s hurricanes.