260.000 speakers
6 language specific characters
ISO 639 code: pap
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 260,000 people on the islands of the Netherlands Antilles (Curaçao, Bonaire, Aruba).
Papiamento is an official language of the (former) 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 magazines.
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.
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younger brothers
older brothers
sample text

Bo no mester t’un trupial, si bo t’un chuchubi.Ni bo no mester t’un chuchubi òf prikichi, si bo t’un kachó. Pero kad’un por hasi zonido. Nos ta Underware.

translation kindly provided by Carl Ariza