English approximations are in some cases very loose, and only intended to give a general idea of the pronunciation. See Haitian Creole phonology for a more thorough look at the sounds of Haitian Creole.
↑ aaaThe contrast between /ɣ/ and /w/ is lost before rounded vowels; the two phonemes merge as /w/ in that environment. Some orthographies of Haitian Creole follow the etymology of the word, using ‹ar› for /w/ before a rounded vowel where this comes from an original /ɣ/, e.g. gro/ɡaawo/ "big" (cf. French gros/ɡaaʁaao/). The official orthography follows the modern pronunciation of the word and uses ‹aw› for /w/ in all cases, so that /ɡaawo/ is spelled ‹agwo›.