Nic Andre Kreyol Haitian Creole
Professor Nic Andre at Florida International University. Photo by Ashley Miznazi/The Haitian Times

Nyya Toussaint, born in New Jersey, grew up listening to family members talk in Kreyol but did not have the confidence to speak it himself until taking Professor Nic Andre’s class at Florida International University’s Steven J. Green School of International & Public Affairs. 

Kreyol finally clicked for Toussaint when he set out with Andre in 2017 to collaborate with Duolingo, a language learning app, to add Kreyol to the platform.

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Ashley Miznazi is a Report for America corps member covering the Haitian community in the South Florida/Miami area for The Haitian Times. Her work will heavily feature photography, video and other multimedia storytelling. Previously, Ashley was a multimedia fellow at The Texas Tribune, where she reported on DACA, Afghan resettlement and the foster care system.