The following question came up yesterday for a group of American attorneys set up to volunteer legal assistance to Hatians in the UnitedStates eligible for the Temporary Protected Status program.
Can the average Hatian understand French?
Thereare many more lawyers like me who studied French than Creole. I haveoften met Hatian people here and they spoke French. Nevertheless, tocite just one example, I saw Wyclef Jean on the Grammy Awards Sunday night and could not understand a word he said during his "shout out" toHaiti in Creole.
This is a serious subject and I would appreciate serious replies only.
[Note: If you are an attorney admitted to practice in the United States, please take a look at this page: http://www.probono.net/ny/haiti]