Papiamentu, our “dushi” language

When you arrive at the Curaçao International Airport, you’ll be greeted by the warm breeze and friendly smiles.
Also a sign that says Bon Bini or Welcome in the local language, Papiamentu.


Curaçao is revered for its sandy beaches and cosmopolitan flair.
What is also unique about the island is that the locals speak many languages.
Although Dutch is the official language and English and Spanish are widely spoken, a mix of Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch, French, English, African and Arawak Indian – called Papiamentu- is the primary language of the islands of Curaçao, Aruba and Bonaire.
One of just a few Creole languages that have survived to the present day.

Learning how to speak Papiamento isn’t that difficult. Most words are pronounced exactly as spelled.


14 Papiamento Greetings


Have a good day: Pasa un bon dia

Good Morning: Bon dia

Goodbye: Ayo

Good afternoon: Bon tardi

Good evening: Bon nochi

Please: Por fabor

Thank you: Danki

Thank you very much: Masha Danki

You are welcome: Di nada

Welcome: Bon bini

How are you?: Kon ta bai (pronounced bye)

Very Good!: Hopi bon

I am fine: Mi ta bon

Bye: Ayo


One of the favorites Papiamentu words for a foreign to use is “DUSHI” (Dooshee).
This word has several meanings!


Dushi related to food = Tasty

Dushi related to people = Darling / Babe

Dushi related to emotions = “It feel nice” / Pleasant 

Dushi related to looks = Sexy / Beautiful 


Masha danki for reading our blog!


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