Dutch is the official language while Papiamentu is commonly used. English and Spanish are widely spoken.
When you arrive at the Curacao International Airport, you're greeted by not only the warm breeze and friendly smiles, but also with a sign that says Bon Bini or Welcome in the local language called Papiamento. Revered for its sandy beaches and cosmopolitan flair, what also make Curacao inimitable are the many languages spoken by islanders.
Although Dutch is the official language and English and Spanish are widely spoken, a mélange of Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch, French, English, African and Arawak Indian called Papiamento is also heard on the Dutch islands of Curacao, Aruba and Bonaire. One of just a few Creole languages that have survived to the present day, Papiamento is based on words in the Spanish and Portuguese dictionary.
Visitors are able to quickly learn a few phrases in Papiamento like ‘kon ta bo number’ which means ‘what's your name, ‘mi ta bai bon, danki’ which translates to a simple ‘I am fine, thank you’ and the word ‘dushi ‘which you’d use to grab the attention of your sweetie.