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Learn Papiamentu

Planning a trip to Bonaire? Why not learn the basics in Papiamentu?

Communication with locals can open up new opportunities or experiences, or simply help you figure out where you are. This will for sure be handy on your next trip to Bonaire!

Days

Papiamentu English
Dia Day
Djadumingu Sunday
Djaluna Monday
Djamars Tuesday
Djárason Wednesday
Djaweps Thursday
Djabièrnè Friday
Djasabra Saturday

Months

Papiamentu English
Luna Month
Yanüari January
Febrüari February
Mart March
Aprel April
Mei May
Yüni June
Yüli July
Ougùstùs August
Sèptèmber September
Òktober October
Novèmber November
Desèmber December

Numbers

Papiamentu English
Un One
Dos Two
Tres Three
Kuater Four
Sinku Five
Seis Six
Shete Seven
Ocho Eight
Nuebe Nine
Dies Ten

Nationalities

Papiamentu English
Boneriano Bonairean
Kurasoleño Curaçaoan
Rubiano Aruban
Merikano American
Kanades Canadian
Hulandes Dutch
Ingles English

Basic Words in Papiamentu

Papiamentu English
Bon Good
Ami Me
Abo You
E He / She
Nos We
Nan They
Hòmber Man
Muhé Woman
Mucha Kid
Kachó Dog
Pushi Cat
Kabritu Goat
Buriku Donkey
Para Bird
Nada Nothing
Mas More
Ménos Less
Playa Beach
Sambuyá Dive
Snòrkel Snorkel

Basics

Papiamentu English
Mi no ta papia Papiamentu I don’t speak Papiamentu
Bo ta papia Ingles? Do you speak English?
Si Yes
No No
Danki Thank you
Di nada You’re welcome
Mi mester di yudansa I need help
Mi ta pèrdi I’m lost
Kuantu esaki ta kosta? How much does this cost?

Greetings

Papiamentu English
Halo Hello
Kon ta bai? How are you?
Bon danki, i abo? Fine thanks, and you?
Tur kos ta bayendo bon Everything is going well
Kon yama bo? What’s your name?
Mi nòmber ta: My name is:
Bon dia Good morning
Bon tardi Good afternoon
Bon nochi Good evening
Ayo Goodbye
Despensa mi Excuse me
Por fabor Please
Pasa un bon dia Have a good day
Te aweró See you later
Te ku un otro biaha Till next time

Travel

Papiamentu English
Bo por yama un taksi pa mi? Can you call a taxi for me?
Bo por hiba mi na e adrès aki? Please take me to this address
Bo por hiba mi aeropuerto? Please take me to the airport
Unda e baño mas serka ta? Where is the nearest bathroom?
Unda mi por kumpra algu pa kome? Where can I get something to eat?
Bo por mustra mi riba un mapa kon pa yega? Can you show me on a map how to get there?
Bo por skirbi esei pa mi? Will you write that down for me?

Miscellaneous

Papiamentu English
Un sunchi A kiss
Un brasa A hug
Mi dushi My sweetheart
Dushi Delicious or great
Ku tur mi amor With all my love
Mi amor My love
Mi stima bo I love you
Amor Love
Hole dushi Smells good
Hopi bon Very good
Drumi dushi Sweet dreams
Hole stinki Smells bad
Mi tin kalor I’m feeling hot
Mi tin friu I’m feeling cold
Mi tin soño I’m sleepy
Mi tin hamber I’m hungry