Papiamentu Lessons

First Lesson: picking up the basics
Some useful words and phrazes

Papiamentu English
Bon BiniWelcome
bon diagood day (before noon)
bon tardigood afternoon
bon nochigood evening; good night
dankithank you
por faborplease
di nadayou are welcome
mi number di telefon ta ...my phone number is ... (see numbers)
bél micall me
kon ta bai ku bohow are you?
kon ta ku bidahow is life?
hopi bonvery good
tremientovery good
trankilocalm, everything ok
teribleterrible
den gran formain great shape (said among young/cool people)
hopi kalor/calientevery hot/warm
ata aki / atakihere is the (the second "a" is not pronounced)
mi tin hamberI am hungry
mi ke komeI want to eat
lihe, pura, rapidofast, quick
yufrowMiss
señoraMisses
maivery old lady (used instead of Miss)
menerSir, Mr.
flet tairflat tire
sigursure
pakikowhy? (as in "what for?")
dikonwhy? (as in "what is wrong with you?")
di cónwhy
iand
awetoday
ayerayesterday
panbread
na casat home
awawater
paña nobonew cloths
casá, esposa, señoraspouse, wife
casá, esposospouse, husband
cuáwhich
what
nadanothing
cu miwith me
pa mifor me
tur coseverything
tur hendeeverybody
tur camindaeverywhere
maintamorning
merdíanoon
tramerdiaafternoon
ningun hendenobody
sinwithout
siif
bongood
malubad


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