Cal Interpreting & Translations (CIT) offers Creole interpreters and translators with legal, medical and specialty experience, including criminal and civil matters, employee meetings, engineering, patent cases, labor disputes, immigration and more.

Although based in Los Angeles, CIT offers comprehensive Creole language services including interpretation, translation and transcription, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, worldwide. Our interpreters and translators are native speakers who have been screened, certified, have provided credentials, field tested, and kept up to date with developments in both English and the Creole language through means such as lectures, conferences, and travel. CIT’s Creole language interpreters and translators possess in depth knowledge of the Creole language, as well as of the culture and history of the Creole people, allowing them to provide informed and complete interpretation and translation.

Creole Languages

The word “creole” comes from the French applied to people who were living in the colonies, to differentiate between them and the European-born immigrants. There are several Creole languages and are based mainly on English, Portuguese, French and Spanish. Since there are several other creole languages, there are other languages based on Arabic, Hindi and Malay. The Creole languages are quite complex and have many grammatical rules.

More specifically, the French Creole language is spoken mainly in the Caribbean, the US and some islands in the Indian Ocean. Within the Caribbean, there are different types of Creole that are spoken. They are: Haitian, Guadeloupean, Louisiana, Guianese and Amapa Creole.

Historically speaking, Creole was often thought to be spoken by the lower class of European colonizers. Many believed their languages to be primitive and unsophisticated. However, there has been a big push for revival since the mid 1900s. More and more, the Creole languages are being used in education, government, business and media. There are even Creole languages that have become official languages for several countries. This includes Bislama (official languages of Vanuatu), Haitian Creole (Haiti), Tok Pisin (Papua New Guinea), Saotomense (Sao Tome Island), Kituba (Congo) and Sango (Central African Republic).

Structure and Writing of Creole

The Creole languages have many differences in sound, grammar and vocabulary. In Creole languages, there are small sounds, no consonant clusters and no tones. Creole grammar is much simpler than the languages that it is based on. There are no differentiations between number, gender and case markings. However, the personal pronouns system is quite complicated. There is no copula or determiners. Vocabulary is rather restricted. Words in Creole can have various meanings from the languages they were borrowed. Wiring in Creole has been developed by missionaries who took orthographics of their own tradition to be implemented in Creole. The orthographics has several similarities to English, French, Spanish and Portuguese.

Creole Culture

The term “Creole” also refers to New World products that came from Old World goods. It is often times applied to architecture, identity and food. It is usually referred to people born in Louisiana during French and Spanish occupations. When the Creoles settled, they tried their best to nourish the land and grow crops.

The Creoles have historically, and today as well, transcended all boundaries of race. Because of the many roots of their descendants, their heritage is mixed and may include African, French, Spanish and even Native American.

Should one be more interested in Creole culture, visiting the Cane River Creole National Historical Park’s Oakland and Magnolia Plantations will help to further understand Creole culture and learn about their past and what they are still continuing to do for their nation.