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Foundation Curacao Open (Fundashon Kòrsou Habrí) is happy to announce that the language institute FPI released the ‘list of words in papiamentu‘ under a CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 license since Sept. 16, 2011. That’s quite a step forward for our beautiful island.

Foundation Curacao Open released a spellchecker for Open/LibreOffice on Software Freedom Day, Sept. 17th, 2011.

You can download the spell checker based on the official word list here.


1. Dowload this file from
2. In Open/LibreOffice, go to Tools -> Extention Manager
3. Click ‘Add…’ and then navigate to the file you saved in step 1.
4. You should see license and other info.,
5. RESTART OpenOffice/LibreOffice!

6. Make a new document.
7. Go to Tools -> Language -> for all Text
8. Choose ‘Papiamentu (Netherlands Antilles)’
9. start typing!