Papiamento is the official language of Aruba. Although in use as the native language for over 300 years, it was only declared Aruba’s official language (alongside Dutch) as of March 19, 2003. Next to these two official languages you will find many Arubans who speak at least four languages including English and Spanish.
At its base, Papiamento is a Creole language containing elements of Spanish and Portugese. Over the years it has grown in Syntax and Lexicon and is influenced by Dutch, English, French, as well as Arawakan and African languages. It is spoken by about 330,000 people in Aruba, Bonaire and Curaçao and presents a strong sense of identity.
For this blog, we selected 10 quotes in Papiamento. Which one is your favorite?
Bida ta dushi
Life is good
Mi por y mi lo logra
I can and I will
Paso pa paso, dia pa dia
Step by step, day by day
Pordon ta e jabi
Forgiveness is key
Soñ'e, dese'e, logr'e!
Dream it, wish it, achieve it!
Mi ta biba na abo ta bai vakantie
I live where you vacation
Papia ta un cos, hasi t'e otro
Talking is one thing, taking action the other
Felicidad no ta un meta, sino un actitud
Happiness is not a goal, it’s an attitude
Hasi bon y bon lo bin p’abo
Do good and good will come to you
Felicidad ta bin di paden
Happiness comes from within
One last tip: Papiamento is a fun language with its own unique rhythm. If you are planning a trip to Aruba, Bonaire or Curaçao just try and learn a few phrases. Locals LOVE to hear our visitors speak their native language. Bon Suerte! (Good Luck!)