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    Papiamento ~ Which words do you already know?

    One of my favorite words is "Dushi".

    It has several meanings, like: Sweetheart, Darling. But also: sweet, good, nice


    Another great word: Bon bini

    Which means: Welcome!

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    bon pasco (merry christmas/happy holidays)

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    Masha Danki, Andrea!
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    I greet the person at Immigration with "Bon tardi, con ta bai?", which means "good afternoon, how are you?" Their faces light up and they always reply with "Mi ta bon, con ta bai?" which means "I am fine, how are you?". My response is "Mi ta bon", passports are stamped, a "danki altamente" (thank you very much), an exchange of "ayo" (goodbye) and we are on our way. I think it shows respect to the locals and it always gets me in the proper mood for the rest of our stay. I use the attached link to try to learn as many of the simple phrases I can for when I'm on the "other side of the bridge".

    http://www.donamaro.nl/papiamentu/?pAction=tradusi

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    Bon Dia (good day) is my favorite Such a pretty phrase to hear
    Jacki ~ loving Aruba from NJ

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    Bon Dia is also one of my favorites...as well as con ta bai....trying to remember at least one phrase every year so maybe before I die I'll be able to speak at least small sentences that actually make sense.....!!!!
    ARUBA....HOME AWAY FROM HOME

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    Language

    You will find that most Arubans are able to speak English well, and of course being a Dutch island with a Dutch educational system, most everyone is fluent in Dutch. About 13% of the population also speak Spanish at home as their first language of choice, and a larger part of the population can also converse in Spanish quite fluently. So these are the main three "imported" languages in which Arubans can communicate very well, in addition to our native tongue.
    The mother-tongue of Aruba is Papiamento. It is a language, not a dialect, and evolved from several older languages as most languages today have done.
    Our language's name is derived from the Portuguese verb 'papear' which means 'to jabber' or the verb in Spanish meaning to speak incoherently. The word 'papiamento' also has the same meaning as parliament which is derived from the French word 'parler' (to speak).
    Papiamento began in the 1500s to enable African slaves to communicate with their owners who had fled the Spanish Inquisition. In addition to their own language words, Portuguese and Spanish missionaries, Dutch merchants, South American traders and Indians added additional vocabulary. Today's instant international communications have added such elements as business English, computer jargon, food-related words and the colorful slang of many countries.
    Linguistic scholars state that Arubans have an aptitude or an almost instinctive flair for languages. Four or even five languages as part of one conversation within a group is common, depending on who is being spoken to or who is doing the speaking.
    Papiamento is fun!.. It has a rhythm of its own, and because of its comparatively small vocabulary, one must take care to put the emphasis on the right syllable. Some words spelt the same way have a totally different meaning when pronounced incorrectly. Don't worry though, you'll pick up bits and pieces quite quickly and its always nice to hear visitors using our language.


    These are a few frequently used words and phrases:


    Welcome Bon bini
    How are you? Con ta bai?
    Fine, thank you Bon, danki
    Thank you very much Masha danki
    You're welcome Na bo ordo
    See you later Te aworo
    Very good Hopi bon
    Sweet Dushi
    My darling/sweetheart Mi dushi
    A Kiss Un sunchi
    Congratulations/ Masha pabien
    Happy Birthday Masha pabien
    Have a nice day Pasa un bon dia
    Goodbye Ayo
    Good morning Bon dia
    Good afternoon Bon tardi
    Good evening/ Bon nochi
    Good night Bon nochi

    http://www.visitaruba.com/about-arub...acts/language/

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