English approximations are, in some cases, very loose and are intended to give only a general idea of the pronunciation. See Haitian Creole phonology for a more thorough look at the sounds of Haitian Creole.
There are no silent letters in Haitian Creole unless it is being written with the traditional orthography.
All sounds are always spelled the same except when a vowel carries a grave accent ⟨`⟩ before ⟨n⟩; then, it is an open vowel instead of a nasal vowel (⟨en⟩ for /ɛ̃/ and ⟨èn⟩ for /ɛn/; ⟨on⟩ = /ɔ̃/, but ⟨òn⟩ = /ɔn/; <an> = /ã/, but <àn> = /an/).
When they are immediately followed by a vowel in a word, the letters forming the nasal vowels (an, en, on, oun) are to be pronounced separately.
- The contrast between /ɣ/ and /w/ is lost before rounded vowels, and the two phonemes merge then as /w/. Some orthographies of Haitian Creole follow the etymology of the word by using ‹r› for /w/ before a rounded vowel where it comes from an original /ɣ/: gro /ɡwo/ "big" (cf. French gros /ɡʁo/). The official orthography follows the modern pronunciation of the word and uses ‹w› for /w/ in all cases and so /ɡwo/ is spelled ‹gwo›.
- /ɥ/ is always followed by /i/.
- or à before an n
- when not followed by a vowel