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
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
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
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