Today, I wanted to share something that would be for everyone.
While working, I met a lovely woman named Melba.
She spoke Spanish fluently. Every now and then, I detected a Portuguese pronunciation. Usually, I could tell what Spanish speaking country someone may be from. This time it was difficult. So, when I asked her where she was from, Melba told me that she was from Curaçao.
Of course, I have heard of it. I knew that it was in the Carribbean, but I did not realize (embarrassed to admit) that it’s near Venezuela. There, they speak Spanish, Dutch, English and Papamientu, a creole language. Papamientu is a blend of Portuguese, Spanish & Dutch. I thought of all of you, because if you look at the name Curaçao, the ç has the French accent, the cedille, that makes for an ‘s’ sound.
The word creole refers to a language that has been created as a combination of the native & foreign languages combined. Here’s the Latin piece, creole comes from the verb creo, creare, to create, produce, in Latin. What a mélange (mix) of the Romance languages and the mother tongue. Hope you found this as interesting as I did. : )
Hola, I'm Helga Tomalá, a foreign language teacher.