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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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