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Language of Curaçao: Papiamento for tourists

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What language do they speak in Curaçao? It's a question that many tourists ask. Are you planning a vacation to Curaçao? Then follow our mini-course: Papiamento for tourists!

Curaçao is a mix of cultures, and that also brings a combination of languages, the following languages are spoken on this Caribbean island:

Papiamento: a blend of Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch, a bit of French and English (official language).

Dutch: local people also speak Dutch official language).

English: most of the people can speak English as well.

Spanish: Because of its proximity to South America a lot of people speak Spanish as well.

The people in Curaçao think it's important to greet everyone throughout the day. So remember the following sentences if you're in Curaçao, the locals will appreciate it:

Good Morning = Bon dia
Good afternoon = Bon tardi
Good evening = Bon nochi

A word that is famous throughout the island is ‘dushi'. It has different meanings; the original meaning is sweet and tasty. People use it when their food is delicious, but ‘dushi' is also used to call people ‘honey' or ‘sweetie'.

Mi dushi = my love
Dushi = Good, nice, delicious

How to start a conversation? Use the following sentences when you want to chat with the locals:

How are you? = Kon ta bai?
I’m fine = Mi ta bon
My name is = Mi nòmber ta...
What’s your name? = Kon ta bo nòmber?
Thank you = Danki
Thank you very much = Masha danki
You’re welcome = Di nada
Bye Bye = Ayo

When you already speak Spanish or Portuguese, it's easier to understand this language. Nevertheless, everyone can learn Papiamento, just start with these simple words. Good luck!