Papiamentu Textbook, which appears to still be the standard grammar of Papiamentu. This copy is inscribed by the author to the great linguist Bill Stewart.Papiamento (or Papiamentu) is the most widely spoken language on the Caribbean ABC islands, having the official status on the islands of Aruba and Curaçao. The language is also recognized on Bonaire by the Dutch government. Papiamento is also spoken on the islands of Saba and Saint Eustatius. Papiamento is a creole language derived from either Portuguese or Spanish with vocabulary influences from African languages, English, Dutch, and Arawak native languages. Papiamento has two main dialects: Papiamento, spoken primarily on Aruba; and Papiamentu, spoken primarily on Bonaire and Curaçao.