Afrikaans

Afrikaans is spoken in South Africa and Namibia. It is a West Germanic language and a daughter language of Dutch, originating in its 17th century dialects. While the number of total speakers of Afrikaans is unknown, estimates range between 15 and 23 million.

Lekker dat jy die taal probeer praat! = Nice that you tried to speak the language!

Vocabulary
Hello = Hallo
Goodbye = Totsiens
Good morning = Goeie môre
Good afternoon = Goeie middag
Good evening = Goeie naand
Kind regards = Vriendelike groete
Yes = Ja
No = Nee
Please = Asseblief
Thanks = Dankie
Delicious = Heerlik
Uitstekend = Excellent
Do you speak English? – Praat jy Engels?
I don’t speak Afrikaans – Ek praat nie Afrikaans nie
Gees – Spirit
Lekker Slaap / Slaap lekker – Sleep well
Ek is nou moeg en honger – I am tired and hungry
Carryout (Take away) – wegneem ete
I’d like a red wine please – ‘N glas rooiwyn, asseblief
Geseënde Kersfees – Merry Christmas
smaaklike ete – enjoy your meal/ bon appetit
spookasem (ghost breath) – cotton candy (candyfloss)
Vrywilligetweetisme – voluntweetism
los kopsy kop raasMoer hulle = Kill them
opskop = Shindig (literally a dance, op=up skop=kick)

New!
Verantwoordelike reis = a responsible travel
Verantwoordelike reisiger = responsible traveller
Volhoubare toerisme = sustainable tourism
Volhoudbaarheid = sustainability

Phrases
Groete van die Kaap – Greetings from the Cape — Saludos del Cabo
Stadig oor die klippe – Be careful. Go slowly (literally: go slow over the stones). — Cuidado
Hulle het geluister – They have listened. — Han escuchado.
Ek se – I say (used like “you see”) = ?
Gramadoelas – very far away (at the end of the world) — muy lejos
Slang in die gras – snake in the grass (ie. something is wrong) — Algo huele mal (literalmente: un vibora entre el pasto).
A star doesn’t know that it’s shining
maar ons het al die jaare so gemaak
In die lewe tel jou destinasie vir niks nie: dis jou reismaate wat die verskil maak

Animals
olifant – elephant
kameelperd – giraffe
renoster – rhinoceros
beer – bear

…And some (legitimate) words which always make South Africans smile
Aapstert – @ (as used in e-mail addresses). Literally ‘monkey’s tail’
Doodlesak – bagpipes. Pronounced doodl-suck (from German Dudl = pipe + Sack = bag). But, of course, there’s major double entendre in ‘doodle.’
Spookasem – candy floss. Literally ‘ghost’s breath’

Misc
Is jy terug in Oaxaca? – Are you back in Oaxaca?
Veels geluk met jou verjaarsdag, Ron! – Happy Birthday, Ron! — Feliz cumpleaños Ron!

2:01 It’s not a white language, it’s not a black language. It’s a language that came together because of people coming together

Music
http://www.ja.fm
http://allafrica.com/stories/201207260747.html

Elsewhere on the Web
Open languages
Forvo
http://www.netwerk24.comhttps://twitter.com/Die_Burger
Translate Afrikaans into English

News
http://www.beeld.com

Embedded Tweets

Wikipedia
Afrikaans
Die_Taalkommissie
English_words_of_Afrikaans_origin
Wikipedia in Afrikaans
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aardvark

Planeta.com

Language

South Africa

Namibia

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