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    Learning Papiamento

    Hi everyone

    I'm coming to Aruba soon again for a longer period of time and I would like to learn Papiamento. Since I already speak spanish I hope it's not too hard to learn for me Is there any recommended school I could go to?

    Thank you so much for your help!

    Nadine

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    Hey Nadine,
    Bon Dia( Good Morning) and greetings. I'm not too certain if there are any language schools on Aruba that teach Papiamento, it's a really good idea for there to be one as it would allow for learning while being immersed in the culture. The best I could recommend the following links.

    http://www.unilang.org/course.php?res=73


    http://www.omniglot.com/language/phrases/papiamento.php

    I'm currently using Unilang right now in my quest to learn Papiamento. Hope that they help. Take care!!

    Vallon

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    Welcome Nadine

    the 1st link that Vallond posted is imo the best out there!!

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    Hi Nadine! Welcome to the Aruba.com Community Forum

    Let us know what you wind up using!
    Jacki ~ loving Aruba from NJ

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    Thank you guys! Too bad, there really doesn't seem to be any language school for Papiamento on the island, but t will check out the links
    @Jacki: I will for sure!

    Thank you guys again

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    Hi Nadine!

    Another option could be to check out the local online newspapers to get a feel for the language as you already speak Spanish. Pamiamento is a mixture of Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch, English and French.

    http://www.diario.aw/

    http://www.awe24.com/

    Said that, I also noticed that you will encounter a local who will switch languages at the drop of a hat! LOL He might speak English with you, then gets a phone call and speaks in Papiamento, sees a friend on the street and exchanges a few words in Dutch (the official language in Aruba) with him.

    A great way to actually learn a language is to have friends you can practice it every day. As you will stay for a while in Aruba, I'm sure you will be able to learn a lot and enjoy it to the fullest!

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