Learn Afrikaans

The language spoken in South Africa is Afrikaans. This Germanic language originated from the Dutch spoken by settlers who arrived in South Africa in the 17th century. It evolved over time through contact with various indigenous languages, Malay, Portuguese, and later English. Today, Afrikaans is one of the 11 official languages of South Africa and is spoken by approximately 7 million people as their first language, primarily in South Africa and Namibia. It is also spoken as a second language by many others in the region. Afrikaans is known for its unique vocabulary and grammar, influenced by its diverse linguistic heritage.

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The ease of learning Afrikaans:

Lets start with the good news. Here is why Afrikaans is relatively easier to learn compared to other languages:

Simplified Grammar: Afrikaans has a relatively simple grammar compared to many other languages. It lacks complicated verb conjugations, gendered nouns, and intricate grammatical rules found in languages like French or German.
Pronunciation: Afrikaans pronunciation is generally phonetic, meaning words are pronounced as they are spelled. This makes it easier for learners to read and pronounce words correctly.
Vocabulary: Afrikaans vocabulary shares many similarities with English, Dutch, and German due to its origins. Many words are recognizable or have cognates in these languages, which can facilitate vocabulary acquisition for speakers of those languages.
Fewer Tenses: Afrikaans has fewer tenses compared to languages like French or Spanish. It primarily uses present, past, and future tenses, with simpler conjugation patterns.
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For visual learners:
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Interested in learning the most essential tenses of Afrikaans? Check out this Afrikaans conjugation blueprint.

This chart is made for those who want to have the conjugation process visualised. To have an overview of the rule of thumb for the essential tenses used in Afrikaans.

The difficulties and challenges in learning Afrikaans:

Now the bad news. Here is how learning Afrikaans can be difficult or challenging especially compared to other languages:

Vowel Sounds: Afrikaans has a relatively complex system of vowel sounds, including diphthongs and long vowels, which can be challenging for learners to distinguish and produce accurately.
Word Order Variations: While Afrikaans generally follows subject-verb-object (SVO) word order, there are some variations depending on the emphasis or context of a sentence. Understanding these variations can be tricky for learners.

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Afrikaans is a great and inspiring language to learn.

As with every language learning journey it always start at the essentials: basic verbs in the present conjugation.

Check out of the most used Afrikaans verbs in one overview.

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