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Curaçao by Dean Wittle
Romancing the Languages | Papiamentu
The song is a heartfelt ballad by Boy Thode it starts with “Ayo amor” and then you can heard “vai cu Dios amor, vai cu Dios”: Is it a creole spoken in lusophone Africa? An Spanish diaspora? Gibraltar? Nope! It’s Papiamento a language spoken in the Netherlands More specifically the ABC islands (Aruba, Curaçao and San Marteen part of the Dutch Caribbean).
There are various theories about the origin of Papiamento, some says it comes for Portuguese creoles spoken by the slaves brought by the Dutch, others claim it originates in the islands with help of the Portuguese Jewish community and the influence of Spanish.
Either way the language is a nice mix on English, Dutch, African languages and a big part of Romance languages too. A majority of the vocabulary comes from Portuguese and the construction derives in part from Romance constructions for example : Cuanto aña bo tin? means How old are you? and it reminds you to Cuantos anos(pt)/años(ñ) (tú) tens/tienes?
Papiamento us an official language in Aruba and Curaçao along with Dutch it’s also spoken in Bonaire and by communities in St. Marteen, Saba and St. Eustabius and of course the Netherlands. It’s a beautiful language and it’s been described as “rarely vibrant”. And the also use the ñ.
Here is a blog in papiamento I like a lot: Dijed Bisa, this blogger recommended a great grammar of papiamento (in papiamento here is one in Spanish). Here are some poems with English translation and here is a great explanation about Netherlands and all the Dutch bits around the world.
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Sometimes I English very well but sometimes no
I think I have made my point
It’s really awful when you realize that the two languages you speak are actually products of colonization
Only languages are living, moving entities, they evolve and change an adapt, they born and die and colonize too but they mix much more easily than philosophies or people. They win some things with every contact and lose others. The languages were elements of colonization but if they stayed is because they won another function than be understandable for the colonial, power. They stayed because they unified, because they grew with a new generation, because they were used to exalt and to demand freedom.
Languages can be horrible things, they can serve racism and domination but they can blend, they can respect each other. Wasn’t papiamento born languages of colonial power and slaves and immigrants. Is not a good think that people talk creole in Cabo Verde and Afrikaans in South Africa? Isn’t it great that Chicanos have an unique brand o Spanish and that Kichwa is extremely different between regions? And isn’t it great that Latin American countries can understand each other and Spain because of their centuries of common history?
We should try to promote respect between languages stop linguistic discrimination. My country is full of courageous people who struggle to save they Native languages. But it’s also home to a rich variety of Spanish with different accents and words that can’t b found anywhere else. None of this languages is better, one was dominant and that is not ok, bu it’s not a bad language is not a language that lacks of a soul, of an identity. Languages are history and heritage. They can be changed and vanished if people want, But once the language is learn, once the new speaker takes possession of the language to express his universe, it’s his to use and transform.
Languages are your home and your history and you can hate them but personally I think you shouldn’t, I think we must fight for linguistic harmony no revenge
Romancing the languages | The language of…
Everybody knows English is The Language of Shakespeare but what about Romance Languages? Here are some:
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I had a funny moment when I was trying to translate sin into French because I originally wrote péchér which is to fish not péché which means sin.
Could you imagine? “to fish, and we must consequently die.” I think Faust would be a very different play.
To be honest, Faustus is a bit of a cock. Especially when he’s making fun of Mephistopheles’ pain.
It would, wouldn’t it I’m not nuts about grammar but in French shit can get real really fast if you made one of those mistakes (I have a huge par/pour problem). There is pêcher, péche and also pêche (peach) XD.
Also I haven’t thought on Faust in along time, thanks to bring it back to my dash.
French is sometimes a really hard thing to understand and nobody can expect you to know every little detail (except the French, all of them all the time zut alors!).
A quite common mistakes is the é/er Part participles for verbs ending in -er and infinitives in -er sound exactly the same. The easiest solution is translating the sentence but it can be more difficult because you have to follow the sentence structure so there is another trick…