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jujubees
02-14-2013, 12:50 AM
Hello,
Each year we go down to Bonaire for 2 weeks and are getting friendly with the locals. I try to speak english to them but sometimes I feel they don't understand me. Some locals speak very well english and some don't. Since I am on their island, I believe I should try and speak their language. What is the main language and where can I learn it quick, as we will be there in less than 2 months. Thank you Juju

ModRoy
02-14-2013, 01:49 AM
Hi Jujubees, I've only been once, so only know G'day & hello

but check out these LINKS on Old Bonaire Talk (http://oldbonairetalk.com/newsgroup/messages/6388/6388.html?1302789528)

Bon Dia

susan
02-14-2013, 08:29 AM
You can see this page for the most common greetings and words: http://www.infobonaire.com/papiamentu.html

When I first came here, I found that if you try even a little bit, you will receive the biggest, most rewarding smiles from the locals. They love it when you try to speak their languge. There's not a lot of advance information you can get on Papiamentu to learn before you arrive, but maybe you might like to book a lesson or two while you're here each trip. Henk Piek (he's in the phone book) is an excellent teacher.

wwguy
02-17-2013, 01:21 PM
Check out this web page: http://www.geographia.com/bonaire/bonpap01.htm

bontalkpcom
02-17-2013, 06:45 PM
Bon Dia,

Here is another one, It's a web translator and it works both ways

http://papiamentu.donamaro.nl/

Ayo

randl
02-17-2013, 10:20 PM
Bon Dia,

Here is another one, It's a web translator and it works both ways

http://papiamentu.donamaro.nl/

Ayo
This is the translator I use to try to read The Extra, the Papiamentu newspaper on Bonaire. It's a bit tedious but it will usually translate in an understandable way.

jujubees
02-23-2013, 01:46 AM
Thank you so much for this link. I now can write a letter to my favorite local friend down there. I think she will be impressed......Juju