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Papiamentu, also called Papiamento, is a creole language widely spoken on the Dutch Caribbean islands of Aruba, Bonaire and Curaçao. It is a blend of Portuguese and Spanish with influences of Dutch, English, French and Arawak. The exact origins of the language are unclear but many linguists believe that Papiamentu emerged from the Spanish and Portuguese creole languages spoken by slaves who were trafficked to the islands from the West African coasts. It is an official language on Aruba and Curaçao alongside Dutch but not in Bonaire where Dutch is the only official language. Versions of Papiamentu spoken on the three islands are mutually intelligible. uTalk recorded native speakers from Curaçao.
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