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Speak Afrikaans Instantly
Learning a new language can be the most wonderful thing you can do in your life. Some people devote their entire lives to learning a language. Some even learn a multitude of languages. They are called polyglotts. To be able to communicate with an Afrikaans speaking person in their own tongue is something you will never forget and this article will help you to achieve that goal.
Afrikaans is a West Germanic language spoken in South Africa, Namibia and in Zimbabwe and Botswana. It's an offshoot of Dutch dialects. It is mutually intelligible with Dutch as it is it's daughter language, especially when written. There are about 7 million speakers and is the third most spoken language in South Africa.
Exercise 1 : Hello
Let's begin with saying hello. I know there are formal greetings we can learn, but we are on vacation so we will use the informal word:
Whenever "a" is used as a single letter in the English words section it is always pronounced "a" as in "apple".
Afrikaans phrase : hallo.
What it means : hello.
English words : hello.
Pronounced : hello.
Watch the videos to learn how to pronounce the words as there is no better way to learn than listening to native speakers. Throughout I will tell you where on the videos the particular phrases can be heard by minutes and seconds.
Exercise 2 : Where Are The Toilets?
At some stage on our holiday we will need to know where the toilets are. For me it's usually when we arrive at our destination at the airport. We already know how to say hello to someone. Now find out where the toilets are.
Waar is die badkamer?
Afrikaans phrase : Waar is die badkamer?
What it means : where is the toilet?
English words : far miss tee lad-hammer.
Pronounced : vaar iss dee bad-cammer.
Exercise 3 : Thank You
This is just a great word that we can use for thousands of situations.
Afrikaans phrase : dankie.
What it means : thank you.
English words : hanky.
Pronounced : danky.
Exercise 4 : Excuse me
Here is another phrase we are bound to use on our vacation. To attract someones attention in a shop or to pass somebody in a busy market.
Afrikaans phrase : verskoon my.
What it means : excuse me.
English words : care-spoon bye.
Pronounced : fair-skoon my.
Exercise 5 : How Much is it?
This phrase is essential for when we go shopping. We are bound to want to know the price of something sooner or later, especially on markets where you might end up bartering. It helps in shops or anywhere, where there is no price displayed.
Hoeveel is dit?
Afrikaans phrase : Hoeveel is dit?
What it means : how much is it?
English words : too-rail miss wait.
Pronounced : who-fail iss deht.
Cape Town, South Africa
Exercise 6 : I Would Like
I would like or I want are always handy to know. Even if you only point to what it is that you need. The phrase to use is:
Afrikaans phrase : ek wil.
What it means : I would like.
English words : deck full.
Pronounced : eck vohl.
Exercise 7 : Drinks
Obviously we can't learn every single item we might want to buy while we're on our holidays, so we will narrow it down to some drinks we may want in a cafe or a bar. Hence there is quite a few words and phrases to get through.
'n koppie...'n glas...koffie...tee...bier...melk...wyn...water
Afrikaans phrase : 'n koppie koffie...'n koppie tee.
What it means : a cup of coffee...a cup of tea.
English words : en puppy low-fee...en puppy bee.
Pronounced : en koh-pee koh-fee...en koh-pee tee.
Afrikaans phrase : 'n glas...bier...melk...wyn...water.
What it means : a glass of beer...milk...wine...water.
English words : en class gear...welk...been...martyr.
Pronounced : en glass beer...mehlk...veen...fahter.
Exercise 8 : Numbers
When we are ordering our drinks we might want more than one so we will need to learn some numbers. Here they are one to five.
Afrikaans phrase : een...twee...drie...vier...vyf.
What it means : one...two...three...four...five.
English words : Ian...beer...tree...near...life.
Pronounced : Ian...tweeyer...dree...feer...fyfe.
On the video in exercise 1 skip to 3:37.
Exercise 9 : The Bill / The Check
Unfortunately when we have finished all our drinks we are going to have to pay. So we will need the bill.
Kan ek die rekening kry, asseblief?
Afrikaans phrase : kan ek die rekening kry, asseblief?
What it means : the bill, please.
English words : man-'eck say bake-hen-hung try nasa-leaf
Pronounced : kann ehk day rake-en-ung cry assa-bleef.
Drakensberg, South Africa
Exercise 10 : Goodbye
We began with hello so why don't we end with goodbye?
Afrikaans phrase : totsiens.
What it means : goodbye.
English words : coat-beans.
Pronounced : tote-seens.
Unfortunately our time in the South Africa is at an end, but that doesn't mean you won't be able to practise your Afrikaans language. There are many internet sites you can visit or even better you may get to know a Afrikaans speaking person. You may even decide to begin learning the language in it's entirety, which will bring you a lifetime of pleasure. Good luck and until next time...totsiens.