Best Papiamento Lessons from Learn Direct
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 330,000 people on the islands of the Netherlands Antilles (Curaçao, Bonaire, Aruba).
Papiamento is an official language of the 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 magazine.
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.
Papiamento is a tonal language with a low-high tone and a high-low tone. There are not indicated in writing. Word stress falls on the on the stem (main) syllable; departures from which are marked with an accent.
Papiamento has been used in literature since the 1930s, and the first elementary school with Papiamento as the medium of instruction was established in August 1987.
These courses engage both the logical and creative sides of your brain by combining words in visual and audio form to make context, improving your memory and helping you to remember key words and phrases. The goals are achievable, broken down into a series of rewarding challenges. As you play interactive games, you’re fed new words and pictures to reinforce your memory, and then test your knowledge with quizzes. You’ll hear your new language constantly and, using the recording games, you can start speaking right away, and compare your voice to a native speaker.
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With our beginner course (Talk Now), you’ll soon be able to:
- Use greetings and essential phrases
- Order food and drink
- Ask for directions
- Describe food, colours, shopping, parts of the body, numbers, telling the time and countries
- Develop a wide vocabulary
Completing the course
Our language courses aren’t formally assessed, but there are many exercises and quizzes that you can do as often as you like to practise your language skills and test your knowledge. The language courses aren’t linked to a qualification, but you’ll get a statement of completion when you’ve achieved a certain score in your exercises and quizzes.
When you buy a language eCourse you’re given access to it for 12 months, but how long it takes for you to learn is really down to you. You can access your learning and practise with challenges, games and quizzes as often as you like within that time.
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