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Papiamento (or Papiamentu) is the main language of Aruba, Bonaire, and Curaçao along with Dutch. It is a creole language that obtained most of its vocabulary from Spanish and Portuguese, but also has some words of Dutch origin and English, along with a number of words from Arawak Indian and African languages.

Pronunciation guide[edit]

Vowels[edit]

Consonants[edit]

Common diphthongs[edit]

Phrase list[edit]

Basics[edit]

Common signs

OPEN 
CLOSED 
ENTRANCE 
entrada
EXIT 
salida
PUSH 
PULL 
TOILET 
MEN 
homber/ cabayero
WOMEN 
muher/ senjora
FORBIDDEN 
prohibi


Hello. 
Bon dia. (bohn-dee-ah)
Hello. (informal
kiko ta kiko(keeko-tah-keeko )
How are you? 
Kon ta bai? (Kohn-tah-bigh)
Fine, thank you. 
Bon, danki. (boen dahn-kee)
What is your name? 
Kon Yamabo? (koen yah-mah-boe)
My name is ______ . 
Mi nomber ta ______ . ( _____ .)
Nice to meet you. 
. ( )
Please. 
please/ por fabor
Thank you. 
Danki
You're welcome. 
Di nada/ na bo ordo/ mucho gusto
Yes. 
No. 
No
Excuse me. (getting attention
despensa . (this-pin-saw )
Excuse me. (begging pardon
. ( )
I'm sorry. 
. ( )
Goodbye 
ayo / te otro biaha
Goodbye (informal
. (topa swa )
See you later
te otro biaha
I can't speak name of language [well]. 
[ ]. ( [ ])
Do you speak English? 
 ? ( ?)
Is there someone here who speaks English? 
 ? ( ?)
Help! 
auxilio!/yudami! (auxilio!/yudami!)
Look out! 
kuidou ! (cuidaou !)
Good morning. 
. (bon dia ')
Good afternoon. 
Bon dia
Good evening. 
Bon tardi
Good night. 
. (bon nochi )
Good night (to sleep
. (drumi dushi )
I don't understand. 
. (mi no ta compronde )
Where is the toilet? 
 ? (unda e banjo ta?)

Problems[edit]

Leave me alone. 
. ( lagami na pas.)
Don't touch me! 
 ! ( no touch mi!)
I'll call the police. 
. (mi lo yama polis .)
Police! 
 ! ( polis!)
Stop! Thief! 
 ! ! ( stop! ladron!)
I need your help. 
. ( mi mester di ayudo./mi mester asistencia.)
It's an emergency. 
. (urgente./ ta urgente .)
I'm lost. 
. (mi ta perdi./ mi no sa unda mi ta .)
I lost my bag. 
. (mi a perde mi maleta .)
I lost my wallet. 
. ( mi a perde mi cartera.)
I'm sick. 
. ( mi ta ziek-ziek yiu.)
I've been injured. 
. (.)
I need a doctor. 
. ( mi mester di un dokter.)
Can I use your phone? 
 ? ( mi por fia bo telefon?)

Numbers[edit]

(uno )
(dos )
(tres )
(cuater )
(cinco )
(seis )
(shete )
(ocho )
(nuebe )
10 
(dies )
11 
(dies un/ dies uno )
12 
(dies dos )
13 
(dies tres )
14 
(dies cuater/cuatro )
15 
(dies cinco )
16 
(dies seis )
17 
(dies shete )
18 
(dies ocho )
19 
(dies nuebe )
20 
(binti )
21 
(binti un/ binti uno )
22 
(binti dos )
23 
(binti tres )
30 
(trinta )
40 
(cuarenta )
50 
(cincuenta )
60 
(sesenta )
70 
(setenta )
80 
(ochenta )
90 
(nobenta )
100 
(shen )
200 
(dos shen )
300 
(tres shen )
1,000 
(mil )
2,000 
(dos mil )
1,000,000 
(un miyon )
1,000,000,000 
(biyon )
1,000,000,000,000 
(triyon )
number _____ (train, bus, etc.) 
( )
half 
(mitad/mitar)
less 
(menos )
more 
( mas)

Time[edit]

now 
( awor)
later 
(mas laat )
before 
( )
morning 
(mainta )
afternoon 
(merdia )
evening 
(atardi )
night 
(anochi )

Clock time[edit]

one o'clock AM 
(un 'or )
two o'clock AM 
(dos 'or )
noon 
(merdia )
one o'clock PM 
(un 'or di atardi )
two o'clock PM 
(dos 'or di atardi )
midnight 
( )

Duration[edit]

_____ minute(s) 
(minuut )
_____ hour(s) 
(ora )
_____ day(s) 
(dia )
_____ week(s) 
siman)
_____ month(s) 
(luna )
_____ year(s) 
( )

Days[edit]

today 
(awe )
yesterday 
(ayera )
tomorrow 
( )
this week 
( )
last week 
(siman pasa )
next week 
(otro siman )
Sunday 
(diadomingo )
Monday 
(dialuna )
Tuesday 
(diamars )
Wednesday 
(diaranzon )
Thursday 
(diahuebs )
Friday 
(diabierna )
Saturday 
(diasabra )

Months[edit]

January 
( )
February 
( )
March 
( )
April 
( )
May 
( )
June 
( )
July 
( )
August 
( )
September 
( )
October 
( )
November 
( )
December 
( )

Writing time and date[edit]

Colors[edit]

black 
(Preto/ pretu )
white 
blanco/ blancu)
gray 
(shinishi )
red 
(cora/ kora )
blue 
(blauw/ blouw )
yellow 
(geel )
green 
(berde )
orange 
( )
purple 
( )
brown 
(bruin )

Transportation[edit]

Bus and train[edit]

How much is a ticket to _____? 
( )
One ticket to _____, please. 
( )
Where does this train/bus go? 
( )
Where is the train/bus to _____? 
( )
Does this train/bus stop in _____? 
( )
When does the train/bus for _____ leave? 
( )
When will this train/bus arrive in _____? 
( )

Directions[edit]

How do I get to _____ ? 
(con mi por yega na ___ ? )
...the train station? 
(treinstation )
...the bus station? 
(bus station./ bushalte (bus-halte) )
...the airport? 
(airopuerto )
...downtown? 
( )
...the youth hostel? 
(hanchi )
...the _____ hotel? 
(na ____ hotel )
...the American/Canadian/Australian/British consulate? 
( )
Where are there a lot of... 
(unda mi por hanja hopi... )
...hotels? 
(...hotel?/...hotelnan? )
...restaurants? 
( )
...bars? 
( )
...sites to see? 
( )
Can you show me on the map? 
(unda e ta riba e mapa?/ bo por mustrami unda riba e mapa e ta keda? )
street 
(caya/straat )
Turn left. 
(bira man robes./bira links./ bira man links. )
Turn right. 
(bira man drechi./bira rechts./bira na man rechts. )
left 
(links./robes. )
right 
(rechts./drechi. )
straight ahead 
(sigui stet(straight) )
towards the _____ 
( banda e ___ ./banda di e ___ .)
past the _____ 
(despues di e ___ . )
before the _____ 
(prome cu e ___ . )
Watch for the _____. 
( )
intersection 
( )
north 
(nort )
south 
(suit./zuid. )
east 
( )
west 
( )
uphill 
(pariba )
downhill 
(pabou )

Taxi[edit]

Taxi! 
( )
Take me to _____, please. 
( )
How much does it cost to get to _____? 
( )
Take me there, please. 
( )

Lodging[edit]

most workers in the Arubian hotel area speak english fluently; so you shouldn't concern yourself too much, but you can feel free to practice a little papiamento with them.

Do you have any rooms available? 
( tin kamber disponibel? )
How much is a room for one person/two people? 
(cuanto e ta sali pa un persona/ dos persona? )
Does the room come with... 
(e kamber tin... )
...bedsheets? 
( )
...a bathroom? 
( )
...a telephone? 
(un telefon? )
...a TV? 
(television/ telebishon )
May I see the room first? 
( )
Do you have anything quieter? 
(bo por tin un camber mas keto? )
...bigger? 
(...mas grandi? )
...cleaner? 
(...mas limpi? )
...cheaper? 
(...mas barata? )
OK, I'll take it. 
( )
I will stay for _____ night(s). 
(mi lo keda pa ___ nochi/dia )
Can you suggest another hotel? 
(bo por sugerimi/recomendami on otro hotel? )
Do you have a safe? 
( )
...lockers? 
( )
Is breakfast/supper included? 
(e ta inclui desayuno/lunch? )
What time is breakfast/supper? 
(ki ora ta pa desayuna/lunch? )
Please clean my room. 
(please limpia mi camber )
Can you wake me at _____? 
( )
I want to check out. 
(mi kier check out. )

Money[edit]

Do you accept American/Australian/Canadian dollars? 
( )
Do you accept British pounds? 
( )
Do you accept Euros? 
( )
Do you accept credit cards? 
( )
Can you change money for me? 
( )
Where can I get money changed? 
( )
Can you change a traveler's check for me? 
( )
Where can I get a traveler's check changed? 
( )
What is the exchange rate? 
( )
Where is an automatic teller machine (ATM)? 
( )

Eating[edit]

A table for one person/two people, please. 
( )
Can I look at the menu, please? 
( )
Can I look in the kitchen? 
( )
Is there a house specialty? 
( )
Is there a local specialty? 
( )
I'm a vegetarian. 
( )
I don't eat pork. 
( )
I don't eat beef. 
( )
I only eat kosher food. 
( )
Can you make it "lite", please? (less oil/butter/lard
( )
fixed-price meal 
( )
a la carte 
( )
breakfast 
( )
lunch 
( )
tea (meal
( )
supper 
( )
I want _____. 
( )
I want a dish containing _____. 
( )
chicken 
( )
beef 
( )
fish 
( )
ham 
( )
sausage 
( )
cheese 
( )
eggs 
( )
salad 
( )
(fresh) vegetables 
( )
(fresh) fruit 
( )
bread 
( )
toast 
( )
noodles 
( )
rice 
( )
beans 
( )
May I have a glass of _____? 
( )
May I have a cup of _____? 
( )
May I have a bottle of _____? 
( )
coffee 
( )
tea (drink
( )
juice 
( )
(bubbly) water 
( )
(still) water 
( )
beer 
( )
red/white wine 
( )
May I have some _____? 
( )
salt 
( )
black pepper 
( )
butter 
( )
Excuse me, waiter? (getting attention of server)
( )
I'm finished. 
( )
It was delicious. 
( )
Please clear the plates. 
( )
The check, please. 
( )

Bars[edit]

Do you serve alcohol? 
( )
Is there table service? 
( )
A beer/two beers, please. 
(dos cerbes please ( pronounced: sir-biss )
A glass of red/white wine, please. 
( )
A pint, please. 
( )
A bottle, please. 
( un boter please (pronounced as butter, with less emphasis on t))
_____ (hard liquor) and _____ (mixer), please. 
( )
whiskey 
( )
vodka 
( )
rum 
( )
water 
(awa )
club soda 
( )
tonic water 
( )
orange juice 
( )
Coke (soda
( )
Do you have any bar snacks? 
( )
One more, please. 
(un mas, please )
Another round, please. 
(otro ronde please ( o-throw round please) )
When is closing time? 
(ki ora ta sera (key o-raw taw say rah )
Cheers! 
(salud (saw-lewd) )

Shopping[edit]

Do you have this in my size? 
( )
How much is this? 
( )
That's too expensive. 
( )
Would you take _____? 
( )
expensive 
( )
cheap 
( )
I can't afford it. 
( )
I don't want it. 
( )
You're cheating me. 
( )
I'm not interested. 
(..)
OK, I'll take it. 
( )
Can I have a bag? 
( )
Do you ship (overseas)? 
( )
I need... 
( )
...toothpaste. 
( )
...a toothbrush. 
( )
...tampons. 
. ( )
...soap. 
( )
...shampoo. 
( )
...pain reliever. (e.g., aspirin or ibuprofen
( )
...cold medicine. 
( )
...stomach medicine. 
... ( )
...a razor. 
( )
...an umbrella. 
( )
...sunblock lotion. 
( )
...a postcard. 
( )
...postage stamps. 
( )
...batteries. 
( )
...writing paper. 
( )
...a pen. 
( )
...English-language books. 
( )
...English-language magazines. 
( )
...an English-language newspaper. 
( )
...an English-English dictionary. 
( )

Driving[edit]

I want to rent a car. 
( )
Can I get insurance? 
( )
stop (on a street sign
( )
one way 
( )
yield 
( )
no parking 
( )
speed limit 
( )
gas (petrol) station 
( )
petrol 
( )
diesel 
( )

Authority[edit]

I haven't done anything wrong. 
(mi no a haci nada fout ( me no aw has-e naw-dah fault )
It was a misunderstanding. 
( )
Where are you taking me? 
(unda bo ta hibando mi )
Am I under arrest? 
(mi ta wordo deteni ( me taw ward oh detainee?) )
I am an American/Australian/British/Canadian citizen. 
( )
I want to talk to the American/Australian/British/Canadian embassy/consulate. 
( )
I want to talk to a lawyer. 
(mi kier papia cu un abogado )
Can I just pay a fine now? 
(mi por paga e boete aworaki mes? (me poor paw-gaw a boot-uh aw-ore-a-key miss) )

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