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Thread: Papiamento? Dutch?

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    Thanks for your thoughtful post Baluba. I don't have many major regrets in my short time here on Earth so far, but I always wished that I could fluently speak Italian or at least, lately, Spanish. Spanish would come in very handy for me especially at Home Depot. It's really embarrasing when you have to ask your little 10-year-old niece to translate to the clerk in Spanish where to find the clothes line. No, my niece is not Spanish, she is just being taught the language in school. Keep in mind folks...I live in Jersey.

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    Growing up I was never forced to learn languages. Spanish is how I communicated with my Mom and English with Dad. My friends spoke Papiamento and to avoid becoming a hermit, I learned through osmosis. Dutch was the taught language in school and when our housekeeper was angry with me she spoke Patua which is a French Creole language/dialect spoken on many islands. In most cases, kids don't learn languages, they assume them and that makes it nicer.

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