https://www.duolingo.com/dabney38

A new language

Five islands in the Caribbean speak Papiamentu. Is anyone interested in studying this language?

2 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/fremozoid

I have applied to help out also. Native Papiamentu & English speaker from Curaçao here :)

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/hidsonguimaraes
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Thank you! Let's hope they are sensibilized now. They don't know what they're missing, Duolingo can be very effective for Papiamentu.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/scottspan3

Thank you for applying - that is great!

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Talen_sb
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Thank you!

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/israelpolasak
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Hey just curious as to why they don't actually make this, everyone I know who learned it, said they learned it in less than 3-5 months because it is so easy.. I bet if 3 contributors worked on it the course can be done in less than 9 months easy, me studying it for 3 days already know quite a bit more than other languages ive tried to study for a month+, its really simple especially grammar wise!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/scottspan3

Hi, do you have any recommendations on where/how to study this?

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/israelpolasak
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http://bit.ly/2oURGa8 (scroll up and down) Just one of the places I would use :) I also googled "Papiamentu/o grammar" and worked off of some page I found! Hope this helped :)

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Nadanotacaba
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Indeed, papiamento is not complicated, especially the grammar. Wordswise it is somewhat linked to Dutch, English, (very much linked to)Spanish, Portuguese, and some French. This is also valid for certain expressions, e.g "Hola, con ta bai?" = Hello, how is it going? = How are you? Now, bai can also be used in: "Unda bo ta bai?" = Where are you going? And there are some indigenous words descended from the Arawaks. And if you cannot come up with a certain word, just borrow it from the language you are most familiar with. https://glosbe.com/pap/es/pichiri

8 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/dabney38

This is an interesting language composed of Dutch, Spanish, English, Portugese. A patois sort of language. The islands involved are Bonaire, Curacao, Aruba, Saba, & St. Eustacias.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/carloscids
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Indeed it sounds quite interesting

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jrikhal
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Hi dabney38,

Maybe a more explicit title of your discussion (anything like "Request for Papiamentu language" could help having more answers and upvotes.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/PolyglotCiro
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If it would say ''Papiamentu language'' or something like that, it wouldn't have received so many up votes.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jrikhal
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"Request for Papiamentu language" or "A new language: Request for Papiamentu language" as title (and the rest equal) would probably have had more upvotes since all users downvoting automatically discussions with title as unprecise as "new language" (because they think it's a discussion about language asked for daily and thus don't open the discussion and just downvote) wouldn't have downvoted it. Thus the net total would be higher.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/koalameng
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Hi, from the island of Aruba here, I'd be happy to be contribute. Any fellow islanders on here speaking Papiamento / Papiamentu fluently?

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/dabney38

I live on Bonaire. There was only one course offered and it was very poorly organized and taught. I have a Papiamentu dictionary and just try to do the best I can. Reading Extra (the newspaper) helps a lot.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/hidsonguimaraes
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I am a fluent speaker, Brazilian, speak English and Spanish, been to the islands in 2013. I have a dictionary and some textbooks and the experience of working on several other languages. All I need are natives to help write authentic dialogues.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/dhoude60

i would take that course if offered!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Zeek88
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I teach English at a university in Holland, and I have a small group of Aruban students of mine teaching me Papiamento. Because it's a creole, the grammar is rather simple, and I think a course could be made here rather quickly. At present there really aren't a lot of resources for learning the language, and it would be an amazing addition to have a DuoLingo course!! =)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/hidsonguimaraes
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If you can put us in contact... All I need is native input/recording/feedback

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Zeek88
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Fabulous! I know three natives from Aruba who are all very interested! :

Dyantha: dyantha.ruiz@gmail.com Gonzalo: gonzaloramirez1992@gmail.com Jeff: jeffreymaduro93@gmail.com

Hope you are able to all get in touch!! =)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/dabney38

Good suggestion - discussion title should be Request For Papiamentu Language.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jrikhal
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Thus you can edit your original message and change the title.


Also, when you answer to a specific comment, it's better to use the "Reply" grey button just under the comment you want reply to.
This allows to keep the discussion organized and thus readable.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/britt794784

I would like to have this language added to the list!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Miranka
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Very interested! Mi mester usa Memrise awo, ma e website ei no ta hopi bon..

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/IzaakWever
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Por fin un hende a contesta na Papiamento. Ami no conose memrise, mi tei check e awor. But I am curious they wrote Papiamento/Papiamentu, now we can't deny there will be clashes haha

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/bingnicenez

I would be interested in learning it.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Neron510880
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this would be interesting

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Youmeanthatguy
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I am VERY interested in learning this language as my company works in the Caribbean. This would be incredibly useful when our team is down there.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/kurasolenho

I can help. Native speaker of Papiamentu, as well as trained anthropologist.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/hidsonguimaraes
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I am a fluent speaker of Papiamento and I would be glad to help create this course

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/rickyrossi
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And I speak Papiamento and I have a website that teaches Papiamento to Portuguese speakers! I'd love to start this course or contribute to it exists! :)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/hidsonguimaraes
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ricky, I've just sent my application, and the more applications they get, the more likely they are to open the course on the Incubator. Just go here https://incubator.duolingo.com/apply

and write in English and in Papiamento why you want to work on the course. I've already marked that I'm willing to be a moderator, so it's up to you if you want to check that box as well. Mashá danki!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JurriaanKloek

Hi, I would love to have the course availalbe and study Papiamento through Duolingo! Is there anything apart from donating lingots that I can do for you to get more support?

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/hidsonguimaraes
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So far I have no idea, really. I think more people should apply as authors of the course. I've already sent my application to Duolingo, but no answer from them.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/PlaYBoYBuNNieJ

I do not speak Papiamento but i would like to learn it tho.. i cannot fill in het application because of a lack of Papiamento xD

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/scottspan3

Hi, have you gotten any more feedback or information on a possible English to Papiamento course? Thank you!

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/DanellyLiz

I really would love to learn this. I just moved to Aruba.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/IzaakWever
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I miss mi pida baranca

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/rickyrossi
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And I speak Papiamento and I have a website that teaches Papiamento to Portuguese speakers! I'd love to start this course or contribute to it exists! :)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/hidsonguimaraes
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So how do we apply for starting the course? (I know your videos Ricky, great job!)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jrikhal
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You can apply here and the day Duolingo will decide to add the course, they'll choose 2 first contributors among all applicants..

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/KATARIQ
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How makes Duolingo for decide if a course goes or not?

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jrikhal
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Duolingo never shared a precise set of rules nor their "importance" ordering, so we can't know.
It's in fact likely there isn't a written in stone order list of criteria.

But see the "How does Duolingo decide which courses to add next?" discussion created by staff.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/rickyrossi
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Thankss! :) We can start this course! In my website (hridiomas.com.br/papiamento) has a lot of articles about Papiamento, I did the translate from English and Spanish.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/DavidClifford29

I really wish this would be a new course soon!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Tinus18

Yes!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Talen_sb
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I support this! But like jrikhal said, you should edit the title of this post. Anyway, I'd be really interested in learning this language. Please make this possible!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/kiddthickkems

i am

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/kiddthickkems

I certainly want someone to teach me Papiamentu

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/juicyforecast

I wanna learn papiamentu

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/juicyforecast

I wanna learn papiamentu

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/carolinaottawa

My partner is Aruban and I've been slowly learning Papiamento on my own. I would also love it if Duolingo offered this.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Talen_sb
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Would you ask him if he would be able to colaborate for the course? :)

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/scottspan3

I would love to see this Papiamento/Papiamentu course developed and would definitely take it on duolingo

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Neron510880
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Yes

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AnaReyes708190

When we star!

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Marjolijn738455

Yes please! I want to work in the Dutch Caribbean and speaking Papiamento would definitely be a plus!

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/GalileoRock
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Haitian Creole is in hatching process. It would be amazing to have two creole languages in Duolingo

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/katelynnga7

I would love to learn papiamentu! I will be spending over a month in Aruba and am interested in learning the native language.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/YanivLevi
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Yes. why? Do you want to make this course (If you know)?

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/dabney38

I live on the island of Bonaire in the Dutch Caribbean. The languages here are Papiamentu, Dutch, and English. The locals are most appreciative when expats learn their language. That is why I want to do so.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/dhoude60

I have been to Bonaire and Curacao several times and plan to return. Although I have gotten along fine speaking just english, I would like to be able to speak and understand the native language.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/BraddBurningham

Ditto for me. When I was in Curacao last year I noticed how much Spanish was in Papiamentu (as well as how many Spanish speakers there were) and I regretted not having tuned up the duo espanol a bit before going. I am going to Bonaire this year and am back on duo working on Spanish in anticipation. If Papiamentu was offered, that's what I'd be working on. I think the two languages would complement and reinforce each other. I'm not sure how to otherwise add my voice/vote to the request, other than to give the initiator a lingot, which I plan to do.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MetroWestJP
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My first ever trip out of the country was to Curaçao back in 1998. I wish DuoLingo Papiamentu had been available back then. It would have made the trip that much more fun.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/CPuff
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Sounds interesting.

8 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/NancyGalla295055

I would Ike very much to take the course!! I know basic ‘polite’ Papiamento. The language/spelling differs between the islands though, so a ‘standard’ for the language might be difficult. ‘Aruban Papiamento’ may be a better term (or whichever island). Someone below posted ‘hola’ for a greeting. Unless they are speaking Spanish, which most do, I have never heard anyone say that in 30 years. The greetings are instead, Bon Dia, Bon Tardi, or Bon Nochi, depending on time of day.

5 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/KellyRoth3

Been visiting Aruba since I was a child, I would LOVE to be able to learn their language on duo lingo!

5 months ago
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