In Aruba the official language is Dutch, but the talented Arubans speak a bunch of foreign languages







The official language on this sunny Caribbean Island is Dutch.

However, there are many languages spoken.

Schools require students to learn both English and Spanish.French and Portuguese are also spoken to a lesser extent.All Arubans speak Papiamento, the language that all natives from the Netherland Antilles speak.

Papiamento is a Creole language with roots in Dutch, English, Portuguese, and Spanish, and originated in the 16th century.Slaves were picked up from Africa and spoke their own language when transported to the West Indies.With Papiamento they were able to communicate with each other and with the slave drivers and.

Dutch has always been and still is the official language of Aruba because the island is a partner of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

Aruba however has recognized English as an international language, and has required that children learn English as early as the 4th grade. Aruba's location off the coast of South America has also made Spanish extremely important. Students begin learning this as early as 5th grade.Imagine, a nation that speaks at least 4 to 5 languages fluently.

Papiamento, the native language although it was spoken by everybody, was not considered important on Aruba until 1995 and was officially included in school curriculum in 1998 and 1999.

Nowadays a Papiamento dictionary and fairy tales written in Papiamento are available on the island.

Some Aruban Papiamento Phrases

Con ta bay?: How are you?Mi ta bon: I am fine

Bon dia: Good Morning

Bon tardi: Good Afternoon

Bon nochi: Good Night

Bon bini: Welcome

Ayo: Good-bye

Pasa un bon dia: Have a good day

Danki: Thank you

Cuant'or tin?: What time is it?

Mi por papia Papiamento: I can speak Papiamento

Si: Yes

No: No

Aruba ta bunita: Aruba is beautiful

Wherever you come from or whatever language you speak, in Aruba the will understand you.

Bon Bini, Welcome, Bienvenido, Bem-vindo, Bienvenue, Willkommen, Benvenuto, Välkommen

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