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Description[edit | edit source]

The official languages of the Caribbean island-state of Aruba are Papiamento and Dutch, but most Arubans speak a minimum of four languages, including English and Spanish.

  • Schools require students to learn English, Spanish and to a lesser extent French.
  • According to the Government of Aruba, the mother tongue and primary vernacular of almost all Arubans is Papiamento
  • In the 18th and 19th centuries, most materials on the island and even Roman Catholic schoolbooks were written in Papiamento.
  • Dutch is the sole language for most administrative and legal matters

Papiamento is a Creole language that evolved from Portuguese, Dutch, Spanish, some French, English, and a smattering of African languages. Papiamento was not considered important on Aruba until 1995. It was officially included in the school curriculum in 1998 and 1999. Since then, the island has embraced this native language. A Papiamento dictionary and fairy tales written in Papiamento are now readily available on the island. [1]

Word List(s)[edit | edit source]

Selected Aruban Papiamento phrases[2]

Papiamento Spanish Portuguese Dutch English
Bon dia Buenos días Bom dia Goedemorgen Good morning
Bon tardi Buenas tardes Boa tarde Goedemiddag Good afternoon
Bon nochi Buenas noches Boa noite Goedenavond Good night
Bon bini Bienvenido Bem vindo Welkom Welcome
Danki Gracias Obrigado Dank u/Dank je Thank you
Ayo Adiós Adeus Tot ziens Good-bye
Pasa un bon dia Que tenga/Que pase un buen día Tenha um bom dia Fijne dag Have a good day
Con cos ta?

(Informal)

Con ta bai?

(Formal)

¿Cómo estás?/¿Cómo te va? Tudo bem? Hoe gaat het? How are you?
Mi ta bon (Yo) Estoy bien (Eu) Estou bem Met mij gaat het goed I am fine
Cuant'or tin? ¿Qué hora es? Que hora é?/Que horas são? Hoe laat is het? What time is it?
Mi por papia Papiamento (Yo) Puedo hablar papiamento (Eu) Posso falar papiamento Ik spreek Papiaments I can speak Papiamento
Si Sim Ja Yes
No No Não Nee No
Aruba ta bunita Aruba es bonita Aruba é bonita Aruba is mooi Aruba is beautiful

Papiamento

Dutch

Spanish

Portuguese

Alphabet and Pronunciation[edit | edit source]

Papiamento

Dutch

Spanish

Portuguese

Language Aids and Dictionaries[edit | edit source]

Papiamento

Dutch or Netherlands

Spanish

Portuguese

Additional Resources[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Wikipedia contributors, "Languages of Aruba," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Languages_of_Aruba, accessed 4 Aug 2021.
  2. Wikipedia contributors, "Languages of Aruba," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Languages_of_Aruba#Selected_Aruban_Papiamento_phrases, accessed 4 Aug 2021.