Useful phrases in Papiamento

A collection of useful phrases in Papiamento a creole langauge spoken in Aruba in the Netherlands Antilles.

You can see these phrases in many other languages by clicking on the English versions.

English Papiamentu (Papiamento)
Welcome Bon bini
(General greeting)
Bon dia
How are you? Conbai cubo?
Conta cubo?
Conta baiendo cubo?
Con ta bai? (frm)
Con cos ta? (inf)
Reply to 'How are you?' Mi ta bon, danki. Y abo?
Ami ta bon danki, I abo?
Long time no see Hopi tempo sin wak bo
What's your name? Con jamabo?
Con yama bo?
Con bo nomber ta?
My name is ... Mi nomber ta ...
Ami yama ...
Where are you from? Foi unda bo ta?
Di unda bo ta?
Di cual pais bo ta?
I'm from ... Mi ta foi ...
Ami ta di ...
Mi a bin for di ...
Pleased to meet you Contento di mira bo
Ta un plaser di conocebo
Good morning
(Morning greeting)
Bon dia
Good afternoon
(Afternoon greeting)
Bon tardi
Good evening
(Evening greeting)
Bon nochi
Good night Bon nochi
(Parting phrases)
Te aworo
Te otro biaha
Good luck Bon suerte
Hopi Suerte
(Toasts used when drinking)
Bon salud!
Have a nice day Pasa bon dia
Pasa un bon dia
Bon appetit /
Have a nice meal
Bon apetit
Bon voyage /
Have a good journey
Un bon vuelo
I understand Mi ta comprende
Mi a comprende bo
I don't understand Mi no ta comprende bo
Mi no a compronde bo
I don't know Ami no sa
Please speak more slowly Porfabor papia un tiki mas poko poko
Please say that again Bo por ripiti e mesun cos pami plies
Bo por ripiti e mesun cos pami por fabor
Porfabor Bo por bisami un biaha mas e mesun cos
Please write it down Bo por skirbie pami porfabor
Do you speak English? Bo por papia Ingles?
Do you speak Papiamento? Bo por papia papiamento?
Yes, a little
(reply to 'Do you speak ...?')
Si, poco
Si, un tiki
How do you say ... in Papiamento? Con bo ta bisa ... den papiamento?
Excuse me Despensa mi
How much is this? Kwanto esaki ta costa?
Cuanto esaki ta costa?
Sorry Sori
Please Porfabor
Thank you Danki
Masha danki
Reply to thank you Na bo ordo (frm)
Di nada (inf)
Where's the toilet? Unda e baño ta?
Na unda e baño ta?
This gentleman will pay for everything E meneer lo paga pa tur cos
This lady will pay for everything E señora lo paga pa tur cos
Would you like to dance with me? Bo lo kier baila cumi? (frm)
Bo kier baila? (inf)
I miss you Mi ta haña bo falta (frm)
Mi ta echt mis bo (inf)
I love you Mi ta stimabo (frm)
Mi stimabo (inf)
Get well soon Mehora pronto
Pronto recuperacion
Go away! Bai for di kinan! (frm)
Bai awo! (inf)
Leave me alone! Lagami mi so! (frm)
Lagami na paz! (inf)
Help! Yudami!
Fire! Candela!
Stop! Stop!
Call the police! Yama polis!
Christmas and New Year greetings Bon pasco y Bon aña
Bon pasco i un felis aña nobo
Easter greetings Bon pasco
Bon pasco di resureccion
Birthday greetings Felis cumpleaño
One language is never enough Un lenguage nunka ta sufisiente
Un idioma nunka ta sufisiente
My hovercraft is full of eels
Why this phrase?

Papiamento phrases from Ethan Ligon, with recordings by Henky Makaai

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