The Thinking of Speaking
Issue #18 November / December 2015
Culture
Basic Guide to Papiamentu
by Erik Zidowecki
November / December 2015 | 
Basic Guide to
 Papiamentu
Papiamentu (or Papiamento) is a cool creole language, spoken on the islands of Aruba, Bonaire, and Curaçao.
We are presenting a list of simple words and phrases in Papiamentu to help you show your island intelligence.

Good morning.Bon dia.
Good afternoon.Bon tardi.
Good night.Bon nochi.
Hello.Bon dia
How are you?Kon ta bai?
Fine, thank you.Bon, danki.
What is your name?Con bo nomber ta?
My name is ...Mi yama...
Nice to meet you.Dushi na enkontra abo.
GoodbyeAyó.
YesSi
No
Please.Por fabor.
Thank you (very much).(Masha) Danki.
You're welcome.Di nada.
I do not understand.Mi no ta komprondé.
Where is the toilet?Unda e baño ta?
Excuse me. (getting attention)Ablif?
Excuse me. (begging pardon)Despensa.
I can't speak Papiameto well.Ami nò papia papiameto bon.
Do you speak English?Bo papia ingles?
Help!Ousilio!
Look out!Kuidou!
This is a really nice magazine.Esaki ta un masha dushi revista
You should share it with all your friends.Abo mester dividí e ku henter bo amigunan.


 
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Basic Guide to Papiamentu
Writer: Erik Zidowecki
Images:
Petey: Flamingo; Beach

All images are Copyright - CC BY-SA (Creative Commons Share Alike) by their respective owners, except for Petey, which is Public Domain (PD) or unless otherwise noted.

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