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How You Keepin’?

English is the official language of St. Lucia, but about 80% of the population speaks Antillean Creole, which is a Creole based on French and mixed with vocabulary from African languages and Carib. Each year on the last Sunday in October St. Lucians celebrate “Jounen Kweyol” to express pride in Creole language and culture. (We’ll learn more about Jounen Kweyol throughout this week.) In class we say hello and goodbye in Antillean Creole: hello (how you keepin’?) is “Ka ou fè?” and goodbye (see you later) is “Ovwa.”