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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!

Greetings

Dutch Dutch

Papiamento Papiamento

Hello Halo
Good morning good dia
Good afternoon Bon tardic
Good evening good night
Good week (on Mondays) Bon siman
Bye Ayo
See you later too disappointed
How are you? Kon ta bai?
It's fine Mi ta bon

Dutch Dutch

Papiamento Papiamento

Hello  
Good morning  
Good afternoon  
Good evening  
Good week (on Mondays)  
Bye  
See you later  
How are you?  
It's fine  

Dutch Dutch

Papiamento Papiamento

  Halo
  good dia
  Bon tardic
  good night
  Bon siman
  Ayo
  too disappointed
  Kon ta bai?
  Mi ta bon

Days of the week

Dutch Dutch

Papiamento Papiamento

Monday jaluna
Tuesday jamars
Wednesday Djarason
Thursday djaws
Friday Djabierne
Saturday jasabra
Sunday Djadomingu

Dutch Dutch

Papiamento Papiamento

Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Saturday
Sunday

Dutch Dutch

Papiamento Papiamento

jaluna
jamars
Djarason
djaws
Djabierne
jasabra
Djadomingu

numbers

Dutch Dutch

Papiamento Papiamento

Zero Sero
One un
Two dose
Three Tres
Four Kuater
Five Sinku
Six season
Seven Shete
Eight Ocho
Nine nuebe
Ten dies
Eleven diesun
Twelve Diesdos
Thirteen Diestres
Twenty Binti
Thirty Trinta
Forty Kuarenta
Fifty Sinkuenta
Sixty sesenta
Seventy Setenta
Eighty Ochenta
Ninety nobenta
Hundred shen
Thousand Mil

Dutch Dutch

Papiamento Papiamento

Zero
One
Two
Three
Four
Five
Six
Seven
Eight
Nine
Ten
Eleven
Twelve
Thirteen
Twenty
Thirty
Forty
Fifty
Sixty
Seventy
Eighty
Ninety
Hundred
Thousand

Dutch Dutch

Papiamento Papiamento

Sero
un
dose
Tres
Kuater
Sinku
season
Shete
Ocho
nuebe
dies
diesun
Diesdos
Diestres
Binti
Trinta
Kuarenta
Sinkuenta
sesenta
Setenta
Ochenta
nobenta
shen
Mil

People

Dutch Dutch

Papiamento Papiamento

Men Homber
Woman Yufrow
Mrs senora
Sir sir/sir
I (A)mi
You (A)bo
He, she, it E
We Nos
You all Boso
Them Nan
The two of us nos dos
Everyone Tur hende
No one Ningun hende
Son Yiu homber
Daughter Yiu muhe
Boy mucha homber
Girl mucha muhe
Men Homber
Woman muher
Brother Ruman Homber
Sister Ruman muhe
Parents Mayo(r)nan

Dutch Dutch

Papiamento Papiamento

Men
Woman
Mrs
Sir
I
You
He, she, it
We
You all
Them
The two of us
Everyone
No one
Son
Daughter
Boy
Girl
Men
Woman
Brother
Sister
Parents

Dutch Dutch

Papiamento Papiamento

Homber
Yufrow
senora
sir/sir
(A)mi
(A)bo
E
Nos
Boso
Nan
nos dos
Tur hende
Ningun hende
Yiu homber
Yiu muhe
mucha homber
mucha muhe
Homber
muher
Ruman Homber
Ruman muhe
Mayo(r)nan

Colors

Dutch Dutch

Papiamento Papiamento

Red Kòrá
White blanku
Blue blue
Yellow Hell
Green Berde
Black pretu

Dutch Dutch

Papiamento Papiamento

Red
White
Blue
Yellow
Green
Black

Dutch Dutch

Papiamento Papiamento

Kòrá
blanku
blue
Hell
Berde
pretu

Useful sentences

Dutch Dutch

Papiamento Papiamento

I do not understand Mi no ta komprondé
What's your name? Could yama bo?
My name is... Mi yama…
Where are you from? Unda bo ta biba?
I'm from Holland Mi ta biba na Hulanda
How old are you? Kuantu ana bo tin?
Nice to see you Contento di mira bo
Where do we meet? Unda nos ta contra?
Where do you work? Unda bo ta traha?
Where do you live? Unda bo ta biba?
Congratulations Masha pabien
Everything is fine Tur kos ta bon
Call me Bel me
I can talk Papiamento Mi por papia Papiamento
My phone number is Mi number di phone ta
I love Curacao Mi stima Korsou
Very well Hopi bon
How much does this cost? Kwanto esaki ta costa?
I'm thirsty Mi tin sed
I'm hungry Mi tin hammer

Dutch Dutch

Papiamento Papiamento

I do not understand
What's your name?
My name is...
Where are you from?
I'm from Holland
How old are you?
Nice to see you
Where do we meet?
Where do you work?
Where do you live?
Congratulations
Everything is fine
Call me
I can talk Papiamento
My phone number is
I love Curacao
Very well
How much does this cost?
I'm thirsty
I'm hungry

Dutch Dutch

Papiamento Papiamento

Mi no ta komprondé
Could yama bo?
Mi yama…
Unda bo ta biba?
Mi ta biba na Hulanda
Kuantu ana bo tin?
Contento di mira bo
Unda nos ta contra?
Unda bo ta traha?
Unda bo ta biba?
Masha pabien
Tur kos ta bon
Bel me
Mi por papia Papiamento
Mi number di phone ta
Mi stima Korsou
Hopi bon
Kwanto esaki ta costa?
Mi tin sed
Mi tin hammer

Useful words

Dutch Dutch

Papiamento Papiamento

Here aki
Beautiful Bunita
Small Chikito
A lot of hopic
Few Tiki
Everything Tur cos
Nothing nada
New nobo
Never nunca
Without sin
Quiet trankilo
Bad malu
Bill Kuenta
Wine Binja
Money Plaka
Cheap barata
Expensive Durashon
Bank banko
Welcome Bon Binic
Sweet, soft, tasty, beautiful, cute, good, fine, pleasant, sweet, nice, friendly, sweet, sweetheart, sweetheart, candy, candy, sweetie ... dushi

Dutch Dutch

Papiamento Papiamento

Here
Beautiful
Small
A lot of
Few
Everything
Nothing
New
Never
Without
Quiet
Bad
Bill
Wine
Money
Cheap
Expensive
Bank
Welcome
Sweet, soft, tasty, beautiful, cute, good, fine, pleasant, sweet, nice, friendly, sweet, sweetheart, sweetheart, candy, candy, sweetie ...

Dutch Dutch

Papiamento Papiamento

aki
Bunita
Chikito
hopic
Tiki
Tur cos
nada
nobo
nunca
sin
trankilo
malu
Kuenta
Binja
Plaka
barata
Durashon
banko
Bon Binic
dushi
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