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Language Lessons of Aruba: 15 Phrases in Papiamento


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While it’s true that most locals in Aruba know how to speak English, as well as Spanish and Dutch, it’s still always appreciated when tourists know at least a few words in the local language. Here is a short tutorial to help you at least make small talk in the local language of Papiamento (spoken in the ABC islands- Aruba, Bonaire, and Curacao). Welcome- Bon Bini Thank You- Danki Good Morning/Afternoon/Evening- Bon Dia/Tardi/Nochi How Are You?- Con Ta Bai? I Am Fine- Mi Ta Bon Goodbye- Ajo Spicy Food- Pica Sweet- Dushi Hot Weather- Cayente Water- Awa What Time Is It?- Kwan Tor Tin See You Later- Te Aworo I Want…- Me Kier How Much Does This Cost?- Kwanto Esaki Ta Costa? Let’s Go Out- Ban Sali

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