Papiamento (Papiamentu)

Papiamento is a Creole language containing elements of Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch, English and French, as well as Arawak and African languages. It is spoken by about 330,000 people on the islands of the Netherlands Antilles (Curaçao, Bonaire, Aruba).

Papiamento is an official language of the Netherlands Antilles along with Dutch, which is the main written language used on these islands. Papiamento is primarily a spoken language, though does appear in writing in some newspapers and magazine.

There is currently no standard written form of Papiamento and there are some differences in the way the language is written and spoken on the different islands. The spelling system used in Aruba is closer to Spanish then the systems used in the other islands.

Papiamento is a tonal language with a low-high tone and a high-low tone. There are not indicated in writing. Word stress falls on the on the stem (main) syllable; departures from which are marked with an accent.

Papiamento has been used in literature since the 1930s, and the first elementary school with Papiamento as the medium of instruction was established in August 1987.

Papiamento alphabet and pronunciation

Papiamento alphabet and pronunciation

Notes

Sample text

Ai, mi dushi
Ai, mi amor
Aunke ku bo no ta ku'mi mas
Mi ta bai korda bo algun kos
Ku kisas bo a lubida

E prome biaha ku mi a mirabo ta't'e dia
Ku mi a sera konosi cu bo
Bo tabatin sonrisa dushi den bo kara
Mi tabatin gan'i tenebo den mi gara

Prome biaha ku a mi a mirabo ta't'e dia
Ku mi a sera konosi ku bo
Bo tabatin sonrisa dushi den bo kara
Bo tabata tratami nechi, hopi dushi
Tur esakina'a dunami un speransa imenso
Y m'a kumisa ta stimabo

Part of a song called "Pega na mi kurason" by Magic Sound from Bonaire

Information about Papiamento compiled by Wolfram Siegel

Links

Information about Papiamento
http://www.papiamentu.com
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Papiamento
http://www.bonaire.info/language/
http://www.geographia.com/bonaire/bonpap01.htm
http://www.visitaruba.com/facts/general/language.html
http://papiamentu.pbwiki.com

Papiamento - English dictionary
http://www.websters-online-dictionary.org/definition/Papiamento-english/

Papiamento phrases
http://www.thearubahouse.com/papiamento.html
http://www.gringosabroad.com/papiamento-phrases-how-to-speak-papiamento/
http://www.unilang.org/course.php?res=73
http://www.articledashboard.com/Article/Basic-Phrases-in-Papiamento/1756583
http://foro.lecorde.com/papiamento/board_entry.php?id=2

Papiamento web translator
http://papiamentu.donamaro.nl/

Online Papiamento newspapers
http://news.diario-aruba.com
http://www.laprensacur.com

Online Papiamento radio
http://www.z86.an

Creole languages

Aukaans/Ndjuká, Bislama, Cape Verdean Creole, Chavacano, Chinook Jargon, French Guianese Creole, Guadeloupean Creole, Haitian Creole, Jamaican, Manado Malay, Mauritian Creole, Nagamese, Papiamento, Pijin, Saramaccan, Seychelles Creole, Sranan, Tok Pisin, Torres-Strait Creole

Other languages written with the Latin alphabet


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