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Old Tuesday, September 27th, 2005, 06:14 PM
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Default Common Sayings in Papiamento

Papiamento is Aruba's local language, evolved from Portuguese, Spanish, Dutch and a sprinkling of African, English and French. Although Dutch is the official language, English and Spanish are widely spoken throughout the island.

Welcome!...........Bon bini!

How are you doing?.......Con ta bai?

Fine, thanks…..Bon, danki

Thank you very much….Masha danki

Your welcome…Na bo ordo

You are welcome (or) Don’t mention it!....Di Nada!

Very Good!!....Hopi bon!

See you later…Te aworo

Have a nice day…Pasa un bon dia

Goodbye….Avo

Good morning…Bon dai

Good afternoon….Bon tardi

Good evening / Good night…Bon nochi

What is your name?....Con bo Nomber Ta?

My name is____....Mi Nomber Ta _______

I do not understand you….Mi no ta comprende bo

Nice to meet you….Contento di mirabo!

I am thirsty…Mi tin sed

I am hungry…Mi tin hamber

I speak English….Mi ta papia Ingles

Is it far to go?....E ta leu pa bai?

Everybody is nice….Tur hende ta life

Let’s eat at ___.......Ban come na _____

Where are you staying?.....Unda bo ta keda?

I am staying at the Bucuti…..Mi ta keda na Bucuti

Where are you going?.....Unda bo ta bai?

Would you like to dance?....Bo kier baila?

Aruba is beautiful!....Aruba ta Bunita

Let’s go to the beach….nos ta bai na la mar

Let's go to town.....nos ta bai na playa

The sun is shining….Solo ta brilla

Aways nice weather!.....Bon tempo simper!

I am going to the Casino….Mi ta bai Casino

I want a cold beer….Mi kier un serbes bon friew

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Let’s go to town….Laga nos bai playa
I think that's actually 'Let's go to the beach', only because playa is 'beach' in Spanish
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I think that's actually 'Let's go to the beach', only because playa is 'beach' in Spanish
in papiamento playa means town , and beach is la mar.
nos ta bai na playa= let's go to town
nos ta bai na la mar= let's go to the beach
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Thanks to Peter for clearing that up, and apologies to Liz for doubting you!
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Default Re: Common Sayings in Papiamento

That's o.k. Kevin. I accept. How come it won't let me edit my post to fix it. Ther'e no edit under my post.
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Not sure why you can't edit it Liz. I went in and updated it for you with Peter's additions...
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Not sure why you can't edit it Liz. I went in and updated it for you with Peter's additions...
I can't put it any smilies!!
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testing...elaine...the smilies are now on the right hand side. the system was upgraded yesterday. don't use that little smilie symbol at the top.

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Well those are some pretty negative smilies you chose to use for your test, boss
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Thanks Kevin for updating the list for me.
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i just took the 1st four. . is that better?

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I know, I just felt bad for poor Elaine - especially that barfy smilie
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elaine is tough, she can handle it, hahahahaha

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TESTING!!! TESTING!!! I saw the smilies on the side, but they wouldn't post. Trying again.... Okay, somthing's wrong,,,,,, I click and click and nada!! I can't even copy and paste my own smilies like I used to. Why did we upgrade something that worked well and wasn't broken???
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elaine, after dinner i will have murray test it. he doesn't have the same abilities as a moderator so he can check if the smilies work. hard for we who have the 'power' to know.

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TESTING!!! TESTING!!! I saw the smilies on the side, but they wouldn't post. Trying again.... Okay, somthing's wrong,,,,,, I click and click and nada!! I can't even copy and paste my own smilies like I used to. Why did we upgrade something that worked well and wasn't broken???
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Thank you my majesty.... oh, if only I had some of that power... I'd rule the world!!! lol I like a lot of my own smilies that I've accumulated... now it won't let me paste any of them. Have to see if "the blenchi" has problems.
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this is the queen pretending to be a bearded man. testing, testing, it seems to be working so elaine, it is you not the bb.

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Thank you my majesty.... oh, if only I had some of that power... I'd rule the world!!! lol I like a lot of my own smilies that I've accumulated... now it won't let me paste any of them. Have to see if "the blenchi" has problems.
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Now I'm trying my computer at work and still nada!! I click on a smilie and nothing... I click on "more" and nada!
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i have written to otmar and hope to have an answer for you. is anyone else having this problem?

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Now I'm trying my computer at work and still nada!! I click on a smilie and nothing... I click on "more" and nada!
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