Afrikaans today

Regardless of how long you stay in South Africa, you will be treated to the fascinating fusion of languages that dot our everyday life. None more so than the emotive and often guttural sounds of Afrikaans. The cup of coffee you made was met with a grateful, “Lekkerrrr!” (nice). Your story about having a piece of toilet paper stuck to your shoe provoked an, “Ag shame, man!” (sorry to hear that). Then there was the time you met a girl in that pub in Margate and you were just about to kiss her when her boyfriend came running in to “wat kyk jy boet” (we think you can guess this one.) Learn more about this rich and diverse language.

Sherbet man, Afrikaans is Lekker!

Afrikaans is dynamic and it’s here to stay. Like the ‘toddler’ it is, it is full of wonder and curiosity. It’s growing and adapting to be more inclusive of the world around it. Without it, a part of our heritage would be lost. Think about it ...

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The origin and history of Afrikaans – Afrikaans has a story

The story of Afrikaans is a rich and diverse one with a complex history and a sense of cultural distinctness. Afrikaans, also known as Cape Dutch, is a West-Germanic language. In South Africa alone, Afrikaans is spoken by about 7 million as a first language and by approximately 10 million people as a second language. It is also spoken in Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Namibia, Swaziland, Zambia as well as other continents as a home or second language.

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The Afrikaans Language Monument – Afrikaans has a symbol

‘Something which is not nothing’ … a symbol of the continuous growth of Afrikaans, the language and its culture. Afrikaans is the only language in the world that has its own monument. 

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Organisations for Afrikaans – Afrikaans has a network

Much like the culture and language, the network of supporting organisations, brands and proudly South African contributors is vast and dynamic. Each organisation listed below has, as part of its mandate, a mission to serve, support and advise in your discovery of Afrikaans. 

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Language debate – Afrikaans in the news

If you speak an indigenous South African language or English you might not be aware or even interested in the currents that swirl around Afrikaans. What you need to know - Afrikaans belongs to everyone, it is a fully-fledged standard language and an asset for South Africa. 

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Afrikaans on the web – Afrikaans has a footprint

Find what you are looking for. This is your guide to Afrikaans on the web. 

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