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Flaunt Your Frenchness #25 (December 9-15)
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Creole culture, what is it?
The word "creoleappeared from 1492, during the colonization of the New World by the great European explorers, to designate the colonizers sons born locally in the Americas, being from White women, Native American women or African women. But the term "creole" not only refers to human beings as creolization is a process that continues today in many other forms.
Therefore, Creole designates a language and a culture in its own right as well as the inhabitants of former colonies or overseas departments, that are islands mostly (West Indies, Mauritius, Reunion, New Caledonia...). More info here.
Creole cuisine is simple, unpretentious and a tasty result of osmosis of all people who have stopped there. Mainly made of seafood, West Indian dishes have often in common marinate meat and fish seasoning. Many great recipes here.
One of the most popular Creole danse is Biguine, a rhythm-centric style of music that originated in Guadeloupe and Martinique in the 19th century. It fuses 19th century French ballroon dance steps with African rhythms. Also, many other kinds of music exist and express cheerfulness. Enjoy here.
 
A Creole language is a stable natural language that has developed from a simplified mixture of languages used by non-native speakers, becoming nativized by children as their first language, with a fully developed system of grammar. Try to learn some words here.
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Each week, you'll find in this newsletter a small sentence that can be used next time you go to a French speaking country.

To keep in the theme, please find below what you could ask while in Pointe-à-Pitre, Guadeloupe:
" Comprenez-vous un peu le créole ?"
[Conprenay-voo un peh leh cray-ol?]
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