learn Papiamentu

learn Papiamentu

Papiaments it is!

When you do an internship or work on Curaçao, you always come into contact with people who speak Dutch less well. Papiamentu is the most spoken language on Curaçao and it certainly doesn't hurt before you come here to learn a few words and sentences. 

The official language on Curaçao is Papiamentu, a mix of fully developed languages ​​and slave dialects. On the island you can easily manage with Dutch (and also English and Spanish), but it is nice if you know a number of Papiamento words and sentences. Words with equal spelling get a different meaning by shifting the emphasis.

We have selected a number of words and sentences for you, which can be useful in daily life on Curaçao!


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Days of the week

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Useful sentences

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Useful words

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Not all accommodations on Curaçao have standard linen available. That is why we offer this service. That saves a lot of space in your suitcase ;-) 

The linen consists of a pillow, bottom sheet and duvet cover. On Curaçao we do not sleep under blankets because of the heat. There are no towels. 

If you use our pick-up service, you will receive your linen directly at Hato, otherwise you can pick it up at our office.  


Calling each other on Curaçao is very expensive. That is why a local SIM card is definitely recommended. 

You put this SIM card in your phone, but you keep your normal WhatsApp number. This way you can call and app with the home front & friends via WhatsApp as you are used to.

You can then call each other on Curaçao at a local rate with your new local telephone number.

If you have a pick-up service, you will receive your SIM card directly at Hato, otherwise you can pick it up at our office.