Papiamento is Aruba's native language. It derives from an Afro-Portugese Creole, and has been influenced over the years by Dutch, English and Spanish. Below are a few words and phrases to help you chat with the locals. Enjoy!

Bon bini – Welcome
Bon dia – Good morning
Bon tardi – Good afternoon
Bon nochi – Good evening
Pasa bon dia! – Have a nice day!
Con ta bai? – How are you?
Mi ta bon – I am fine
Hopi bon – Very good
Mi nomber ta… – My name is…
Mi ta stimabo! – I love you!
Por fabor – Please
Danki – Thank you
Te aworo – Good bye

For more history on the Papiamento language visit