2010-11-20

baranka, buraku, buriku

I'm having trouble keeping these three words correct in my memory: baranka, buraku, buriku.

Sometimes I can remember buriku (donkey) by thinking of the Spanish word burro and then thinking of Riku, which is one of my nicknames.

Need to find a memory-hook for baranka (rock) and buraku (hole), something for the memory to hang its hat on.

Buraku probably comes from Portuguese buraco, but what’s the source of baranka?

2010-11-18

uTalk HD app



EuroTalk has an iPhone-iPod-iPad app called uTalk HD. If you go to the App Store and search for Papiamento, it will be the only search result. It costs $9.99 in the US.

In this app you will see Papi words/phrases (Curaçao orthography) and hear them pronounced quickly but clearly. If you tap the same word two times, you will hear it spoken by a man and then by a woman, or vice versa. There are some rudimentary matching games that test your knowledge of the items that have been presented.

The vocabulary presented is pretty small, 275 words/phrases according to the official description, and somewhat tourist-oriented, which might not be a bad thing.

2010-11-06

weather in Holland

From the Radio Netherlands website. Just a short, simple text, but every encounter with the language strengthens our vocabulary and grammar.

Wer na Hulanda: Awa ta yobe i ta pasa di parti nort di Hulanda pa parti sùit. Mèrdia ta seku i temperatura ta 15 grado. Bientu ta supla un tiki fuerte for di wèst. Den wikènt ta bira mas seku i solo lo bria.

Words I had to look up:

wer = weather
supla = to blow
bria = to shine (compare to Esperanto brilas)

wikènt (weekend) is a good example of voiced consonants at the ends of syllables becoming voiceless when words are borrowed into Papiamentu. Another example is wepsait (website)

2010-11-03

músika: Tur Kos ta Posibel

Here is an uplifting song with its lyrics displayed on-screen: