Archive for January, 2010

FRENCH VERBS

All languages have verbs, and it is very important to learn the verb conjugations of a language you are trying to learn. Most people make the grave error of trying to learn a new language  without understanding fully the mechanics  of grammatical structures.  Unfortunately, grammar is not everyone’s favorite subject.  One can’t become fluent without understanding  some very basic grammar structures.  French verbs are very different from English verbs.  Now that you have  hopefully mastered and learned the subject pronouns we are ready to  take a close look at verb conjugations.  There are  3  family of verbs in the French language: 1stconjugation, 2nd conjugation, 3rd conjugation.   We will focus our attention on 1st conjugation verbs .  All regular 1st conjugation verbs end in ER. PARLER-to speak,  CHANTER-to sing, TRAVAILLER-to work.
The personal endings for 1st conjugation verbs are:    JE-E ,    TU-ES  ,   IL/ELLE/ON-E,   NOUS-ONS,  VOUS-EZ,  ILS/ELLES-ENT

Sample conjugations- Parler, Chante, Travailler

Je Parle
Tu Parles
Il/elle/on Parle
Nous parlons
Vous Parlez

                                                                       Ils/Elles Parlent

Je Chante
Tu Chantes
Il/Elle/On Chante
Nous Chantons

                                                                       Vous Chantez
                                                                       Ils/Elles Chantent

Je Travaille
Tu Travailles
Il/Elle/On Travaille
Nous Travaillons
Vous Travaillez

Ils/Elles Travaillent

Before you conjugate a verb you always drop the infinitive endings and add the personal endings to match the person doing the action. REMEMBER Je- person doing the speaking, tu- person spoken to,  il/elle- person being spoken about,  nous- the speaker includes himself/herself ,  vous- speaking to more than one person,  ils/elles- speaking about  mixed group of males / female(ils)  Elles- group of girls only. I suggest you go back to the earlier post on subject pronouns.  Make sure you understand fully how they are used.

ADVISE FOR NEW PARENTS OF HAITIAN ORPHANS

Finally, you bring home your newly adopted child.  You would like to be left alone , but you are being followed by the media and people are flocking to your door.  My advise is to be polite,  people just want to help.  Eventually things will get back to normal.   In the school district where I teach I am the only Haitian American teacher.  The news media interviewed me,  soon after that  I kept getting phone calls for more interviews.  One radio station interviewed me in Spanish. I welcomed the opportunities because the exposure is helping bring  the dire situation in Haiti for the world to see.  So far, the icing on the cake has been a group of Arab women  who contacted me after seeing me on TV.  They work for an organization called “Friends of the World.”  They are going to do a major fundraiser for Haiti relief.  Please do not get discouraged and upset if you find yourself being  approached by strangers who wants to help, I promise things will eventually settle down.  Enjoy the attention while it lasts, because  before you know it , you will be left  to  yourself to face the challenges of being a new mom or dad. As always, please post any questions.
Happy Parenting!

WEBSITE FOR CREOLE TRANSLATION

Below you will find the links to several sites for creole translation services.  If you have any questions  simply post  it and I will reply.

http:// havewww.haitisurf.com/forums/viewforum.php?f=8

http://www.haitisurf.com/dictionary.shtml

http://www.haitisurf.com/creolesentences.shtml

http://www.haitisurf.com/creoleproverbs.shtml

http://www.haitisurf.com/usualcreolesentences.shtml

HOPE FOR HAITI

So very happy to announce that my school district participated in many fundraisers for Haiti relief. 

Dear Colleagues:

This week several dozen of our schools held bake sales and other types of fundraisers to raise money for Haiti relief efforts. With only a handful of schools reporting, I am proud to announce that over $12,000 has already been raised. As schools report how much they have raised we will continue to update the DPS website.
Channel 4 covered the Dora Moore bake sale on Tuesday where the fourth grade class hosted a fundraiser. Click here to see this story. Channel 7 covered the concert for Haiti at the Denver School of the Arts which raised over $7,000. Click here to see this story.
My deep and sincere thanks to all of you who hosted or participated in an event that raised money for vital relief efforts in Haiti. It was heartwarming to see so many of our students, teachers and staff throw themselves into the fundraising effort and the extraordinary participation from so many of our schools. I especially want to thank Nicole Weaver, a teacher at Martin Luther King Early College. Nicole is from Haiti, and her family still lives there. She has courageously shared her story to help raise awareness for the tremendous needs in Haiti.The fundraisers you have hosted have given our students, staff and the DPS community an opportunity to reach out and help in a very meaningful way.
Thank you for all of the time and effort you have put forward in organizing and participating in these efforts, above and beyond the important work you are doing in our schools every day.
Tom

NO MORE TEARS, ONLY HOPE

I have cried my last tears for the family and all the other Haitians that have died in the earthquake. Now it is time to take action to help Haiti rebuild. In Colorado, where I currently live we have had a community meeting to help raise money for Haiti relief. In my school district,I am part of a group that will have a district wide bake sale next Tuesday from 7am-9am. All proceeds will go to the organization called Lambi Fund of Haiti.

 
After spending so many hours and days
After spending so many days



in tears and despair, I am amaze


with the outpouring of support of so many


people from all over the world ready


to give a helping hand to those in need

such compassion can indeed

bring relief and hope to a nation

whose people have seen enough devastation

Today, tomorrow will be a new beginning

now the tears can be replaced with thankfulness and  singing






TRANSITIONAL TIPS/SAMPLE MENUS

Under the best  of conditions it is extremely difficult for a child to assimilate in a brand new environment.  I remember when I first came to the United States I had a very difficult time adjusting .  It was a major challenge to learn a new language,  and to adjust to the cold weather in New York.   I also did not like eating American foods.   To help make my transition less painful my mom made me Haitian foods.  I  know the Americans  adopting these Haitian orphans will face some  monumental challenges, that is why I created this blog. Firstly, with time your adopted children will adjust, but here are some sample menus to help ease some of the anxiety that your children may face.  Eating foods you are familiar with is very comforting to a child .
Rice and Beans- Eating rice and beans is one of the staples of Haitian cuisine. It is very easy to make a pot of beans and rice.  Here is a simple recipe:  Saute some garlic/onions/chicken bouillon cubes with some oil, add one can of red beans or black beans (be sure to drain the liquid from the beans ) next add one cup of rice and  1 3/4 cups water, lower heat and let the rice cook until all the water is gone.  Voila! It is best to use uncle Ben’s converted rice, regular white rice comes out too mushy and sticky. Haitians, usually use dry beans that they cook from scratch, realistically  it is  time consuming so I prefer to use can beans instead.
Poulet en Sauce-  Another great staple of Haitian cuisine is chicken with gravy or sauce- To make this delicious chicken saute onion/ garlic and oil in a pot. Add the chicken and some bouillon cubes.   Keep stirring and add a little bit of water.   You keep doing this until the chicken is completely cooked.  The chicken will have a rich brown color  add  enough water so you can have some extra gravy , let simmer for a few minutes.  Americans add flour to thicken their gravy, Haitians do not add flour.   The bouillon cubes/onion/garlic will add a very rich flavor to the chicken, I promise you and your child will like it.
Feel free to post any questions you may have.
Until next time!

SUPPORT FOR ALL AMERICANS ADOPTING HAITIAN ORPHANS

Greetings to all,
My name is Nicole Weaver.  I am Haitian American, my goal is to provide support to new adoptive parents of Haitian orphans.  I will  post Haitian menus, tips and many other helpful information to facilitate an easier transition for  your newly adopted children.  I am also an educator with 25 years of teaching experience.  I am fluent in Creole, French,Spanish and English.  If you have a question please feel free to post it.