Category Archives: Language

597. Maarten Schakel: Curaçao’s King of the Street 2014

Born and raised in the Netherlands, a 21 year old Maarten Schakel was drawn by sun, sand and sea and decided to take a job at Dutch radio station (Dolfijn FM). Fast-forward 9 years, ‘Maarten Schakel’ is a Curaçao household name.

597. Maarten Schakel: Curaçao’s King of the Street 2014

Born and raised in the Netherlands, a 21 year old Maarten Schakel was drawn by sun, sand and sea and decided to take a job at Dutch radio station (Dolfijn FM). Fast-forward 9 years, ‘Maarten Schakel’ is a Curaçao household name.

621. Curaçao is the ONLY Country in the World with Ç in Name

“Ç”, “ç” (cedilla) is a Latin script letter and appears in the Albanian, Azerbaijani, Ligurian, Tatar, Turkish, Turkmen, Kurdish and Zazaki alphabets. “Ç” also appears in Catalan, French, Friulian, Occitan, and Portuguese languages as a variant of the letter “c”. “Ç” represents the “soft” sound /s/ where a

621. Curaçao is the ONLY Country in the World with Ç in Name

“Ç”, “ç” (cedilla) is a Latin script letter and appears in the Albanian, Azerbaijani, Ligurian, Tatar, Turkish, Turkmen, Kurdish and Zazaki alphabets. “Ç” also appears in Catalan, French, Friulian, Occitan, and Portuguese languages as a variant of the letter “c”. “Ç” represents the “soft” sound /s/ where a

628. Curaçao’s Patient Champion: Ibi Zimmerman

“B’a kere k’e mosa ta keda ku su kasa si e no ta stimé? E ta bai buska un otro homber ku ta karisiéle mané e ke! (…) Mester hasi tur kos ku amor… si no tin amor p’e kos,

628. Curaçao’s Patient Champion: Ibi Zimmerman

“B’a kere k’e mosa ta keda ku su kasa si e no ta stimé? E ta bai buska un otro homber ku ta karisiéle mané e ke! (…) Mester hasi tur kos ku amor… si no tin amor p’e kos,

629. Curaçao’s Awesome Street Name Committee

‘Kaya Telefon’ feels left out. Shared this with our Facebook crew: Larry spotted a typo, it should really be ‘Kaya Lèptop’. The rest of us are anxiously awaiting ‘Kaya Feisbuk’, ‘Kaya Laik’ and ‘Kaya ONLAIK’, ‘Kaya Ping’ and ‘Kaya Blèkbèri’, ‘Kaya Wòtsèp’

629. Curaçao’s Awesome Street Name Committee

‘Kaya Telefon’ feels left out. Shared this with our Facebook crew: Larry spotted a typo, it should really be ‘Kaya Lèptop’. The rest of us are anxiously awaiting ‘Kaya Feisbuk’, ‘Kaya Laik’ and ‘Kaya ONLAIK’, ‘Kaya Ping’ and ‘Kaya Blèkbèri’, ‘Kaya Wòtsèp’

636. ‘P’ for Papiamentu and …

Here are some of 1000 Awesome Things about Curaçao‘s Facebook fans’ favorite Papiamentu words that start with the letter ‘P’: pèkèpèkè = sticky palu = wood, tree, pole, lumber palufriu (literally: cold stick) = posicle pishiporko (pron. peesheeporko, literally: ‘pig’s pee’) =

636. ‘P’ for Papiamentu and …

Here are some of 1000 Awesome Things about Curaçao‘s Facebook fans’ favorite Papiamentu words that start with the letter ‘P’: pèkèpèkè = sticky palu = wood, tree, pole, lumber palufriu (literally: cold stick) = posicle pishiporko (pron. peesheeporko, literally: ‘pig’s pee’) =

639. Ode to Papiamentu by Philip A. Rademaker

Poem and translation by Philip A. Rademaker, first published in “Bos di buriku”. Photos by Philip A. Rademaker as well. Mi Lenga Papiamentu Mi lenga t’e kabuya largu ku ta mara bark’i mi spiritu n’e waf pisá di realidat i dun’é tòg basta

639. Ode to Papiamentu by Philip A. Rademaker

Poem and translation by Philip A. Rademaker, first published in “Bos di buriku”. Photos by Philip A. Rademaker as well. Mi Lenga Papiamentu Mi lenga t’e kabuya largu ku ta mara bark’i mi spiritu n’e waf pisá di realidat i dun’é tòg basta

665. You’ve lived in Curaçao when… (Part 3)

You’ve mastered the Chiiieeeeew You’re late because it was raining… a few hours ago You don’t mess with ‘Djo libra’ (direct translation: ‘God help me / you’, meaning: vehemently against / absolutely not) You know what it means to have ‘djimpi’,

665. You’ve lived in Curaçao when… (Part 3)

You’ve mastered the Chiiieeeeew You’re late because it was raining… a few hours ago You don’t mess with ‘Djo libra’ (direct translation: ‘God help me / you’, meaning: vehemently against / absolutely not) You know what it means to have ‘djimpi’,