Creole

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A creole is a person with ancestors from Europe who was born in either the West Indies or Latin America.

Creole languages occur when two or more languages come into contact and a new language develops as children learn the new one natively. Commonly known creoles in North America include Haitian Creole and Cajun, but there are many others throughout the world.

A typical creole language is Tok Pisin, an official language of Papua New Guinea, which is an English-based creole. The Lord's Prayer in Tok Pisin is

Papa bilong mipela
Yu stap long heven.
Nem bilong yu i mas i stap holi.
Kingdom bilong yu i mas i kam.
Strongim mipela long bihainim laik bilong yu long graun,
olsem ol i bihainim long heven.
Givim mipela kaikai inap long tude.
Pogivim rong bilong mipela,
olsem mipela i pogivim ol arapela i mekim rong long mipela.
Sambai long mipela long taim bilong traim.
Na rausim olgeta samting nogut long mipela.
Kingdom na strong na glori, em i bilong yu tasol oltaim oltaim.
Tru.

Much of the above may be easily understood by English speakers, especially after learning a bit of basic vocabulary (e.g., "mipela"=we (exclusive). The inclusive 1st person pronoun is the appropriate "yumipela")

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