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
Spicy Food- Pica
Hot Weather- Cayente
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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