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AFRIKAANS (/ˌæfrᵻˈkɑːns, ˌɑːfri-, -ˈkɑːnts, -ˈkɑːnz/ ) is a West Germanic language spoken in South Africa , Namibia and, to a lesser extent, Botswana and Zimbabwe . It evolved from the Dutch vernacular of South Holland ( Hollandic dialect ) spoken by the mainly Dutch settlers of what is now South Africa, where it gradually began to develop distinguishing characteristics in the course of the 18th century. Hence, it is a daughter language of Dutch, and was previously referred to as "Cape Dutch" (a term also used to refer collectively to the early Cape settlers ) or "kitchen Dutch" (a derogatory term used to refer to Afrikaans in its earlier days). However, it is also variously described as a creole or as a partially creolised language. The term is ultimately derived from Dutch _Afrikaans-Hollands_ meaning "African Dutch". It is the first language of most of the Afrikaners and Coloureds of Southern Africa.

Although Afrikaans has adopted words from other languages, including Portuguese , the Bantu languages , Malay , German and the Khoisan languages , an estimated 90 to 95% of the vocabulary of Afrikaans is of Dutch origin. Therefore, differences with Dutch often lie in the more analytic morphology and grammar of Afrikaans, and a spelling that expresses Afrikaans pronunciation rather than standard Dutch. There is a large degree of mutual intelligibility between the two languages—especially in written form.

With about 7 million native speakers in South Africa, or 13.5% of the population, it is the third-most-spoken language in the country. It has the widest geographical and racial distribution of all the eleven official languages of South Africa , and is widely spoken and understood as a second or third language. It is the majority language of the western half of South Africa—the provinces of the Northern Cape and Western Cape —and the first language of 75.8% of Coloured South Africans (3.4 million people), 60.8% of White South Africans (2.7 million); 4.6% of Asian South Africans (58,000 people), and 1.5% of black South Africans (600,000 people).

In addition, many native speakers of Bantu languages and English also speak Afrikaans as a second language. It is taught in schools, with about 10.3 million second-language students. One reason for the expansion of Afrikaans is its development in the public realm: it is used in newspapers, radio programs, TV, and several translations of the Bible have been published since the first one was completed in 1933.

In neighbouring Namibia , Afrikaans is widely spoken as a second language and used as a _lingua franca _, while as a native language it is spoken in 10.4% of households, mainly concentrated in the capital Windhoek , Walvis Bay, Swakopmund and the southern regions of Hardap and ǁKaras . It, along with German , was among the official languages of Namibia until the country became independent in 1990, 25% of the population of Windhoek spoke Afrikaans at home. Both Afrikaans and German are recognised regional languages in Namibia, although only English has official status within the government.

Estimates of the total number of Afrikaans speakers range between 15 and 23 million.


* 1 Etymology

* 2 History

* 2.1 Origin * 2.2 Development

* 2.3 Recognition

* 2.3.1 Monument

* 2.4 Standardisation * 2.5 The Afrikaans Bible

* 3 Classification

* 4 Geographic distribution

* 4.1 Statistics * 4.2 Sociolinguistics

* 5 Current status

* 6 Dialects

* 6.1 Kaapse Afrikaans * 6.2 _Oranjerivierafrikaans_ * 6.3 Expatriate geolect

* 7 Influences on Afrikaans from other languages

* 7.1 Malay * 7.2 Portuguese * 7.3 Khoisan languages * 7.4 Bantu languages

* 8 Grammar

* 9 Phonology

* 9.1 Vowels * 9.2 Consonants

* 10 Orthography

* 10.1 Initial apostrophes * 10.2 Table of characters

* 11 Afrikaans phrases * 12 Sample text * 13 See also * 14 Notes * 15 References * 16 Bibliography * 17 Further reading * 18 External links


The term is ultimately derived from the Dutch term _Afrikaans-Hollands_ meaning "African Dutch".



The Afrikaans language arose in the Dutch Cape Colony , through a gradual divergence from European Dutch dialects, during the course of the 18th century. As early as the mid-18th century and as recently as the mid-20th century, Afrikaans was known in standard Dutch as a "kitchen language" (Afrikaans: _kombuistaal_), lacking the prestige accorded, for example, even by the educational system in Africa, to languages spoken outside Africa. Other early epithets setting apart _Kaaps Hollands_ ("Cape Dutch", i.e. Afrikaans) as putatively beneath official Dutch standards included _geradbraakt_, _gebroken_ and _onbeschaafd Hollands_ ("mutilated/broken/uncivilised Dutch"), as well as _verkeerd Nederlands_ ("incorrect Dutch").

An estimated 90 to 95% of Afrikaans vocabulary is ultimately of Dutch origin, and there are few lexical differences between the two languages. Afrikaans has a considerably more regular morphology, grammar, and spelling. There is a degree of mutual intelligibility between the two languages, particularly in written form.

Afrikaans acquired some lexical and syntactical borrowings from other languages such as Malay , Khoisan languages , Portuguese , and of the Bantu languages , and Afrikaans has also been significantly influenced by South African English . Dutch speakers are confronted with fewer non-cognates when listening to Afrikaans than the other way round. Mutual intelligibility thus tends to be asymmetrical, as it is easier for Dutch speakers to understand Afrikaans than for Afrikaans speakers to understand Dutch.

In general, mutual intelligibility between Dutch and Afrikaans is better than between Dutch and Frisian or between Danish and Swedish . The South African poet writer Breyten Breytenbach , attempting to visualize the language distance for anglophones once remarked that the differences between (Standard) Dutch and Afrikaans are comparable to those between the Received Pronunciation and Southern American English .


A relative majority of the first settlers whose descendants today are the Afrikaners were from the United Provinces (now Netherlands and Flanders ), though up to one-sixth of the community was also of French Huguenot origin, and a seventh from Germany.

The workers and slaves who contributed to the development of Afrikaans were imported by Dutch traders from parts of eastern Africa, India , Madagascar , and the Dutch East Indies (modern Indonesia ). A number were also indigenous Khoisan people, who were valued as interpreters and domestic servants. Many of the slaves cohabited with the earliest Dutch settlers, with the result that 75% of children born to slaves in the Dutch Cape Colony between 1652 and 1672 had one Dutch parent. This resulted in the formation of a new ethnic group, the Cape Coloureds , who adopted various forms of speech utilising a Dutch vocabulary.

Beginning in about 1815, Afrikaans started to replace Malay as the language of instruction in Muslim schools in South Africa , written with the Arabic alphabet : see Arabic Afrikaans . Later, Afrikaans, now written with the Latin script , started to appear in newspapers and political and religious works in around 1850.

In 1875, a group of Afrikaans-speakers from the Cape formed the _Genootskap vir Regte Afrikaanders _ ("Society for Real Afrikaners"), and published a number of books in Afrikaans including grammars, dictionaries, religious materials and histories. In 1925, Afrikaans was recognised by the South African government as a real language, rather than simply a slang version of Dutch proper.


Afrikaans was considered a Dutch dialect in South Africa until the early 20th century, when it became recognised as a distinct language under South African law, alongside Standard Dutch, which it eventually replaced as an official language.

Before the Boer Wars (1880–81 and 1899–1902), "and indeed for some time afterwards, Afrikaans was regarded as inappropriate for educated discourse. Rather, Afrikaans was described derogatorily as ‘a kitchen language’ or as ‘a bastard jargon', suitable for communication mainly between the Boers and their servants." 23 years after the Second Boer War ended in 1902, mostly due to the efforts of the Afrikans Language Movement on 8 May 1925, the Official Languages of the Union Act No 8 of 1925 was passed at a joint sitting of the House of Assembly and the Senate, in which 'Dutch' was "declared to include Afrikaans ". The Constitution of 1961 reversed the position of Afrikaans and Dutch, so that English and Afrikaans were the official languages and Afrikaans was deemed to include Dutch. The Constitution of 1983 removed any mention of Dutch altogether.


_ A slogan in front of the Afrikaans Language Monument, near Paarl, South Africa. Loosely translated, it reads "This we care about/This is important to us", or, literally, "This is our seriousness" or "This is our cause"

The Afrikaans Language Monument (_Afrikaanse Taalmonument_) is located on a hill overlooking Paarl , Western Cape Province , South Africa . Officially opened on 10 October 1975, it commemorates the 50th anniversary of Afrikaans being declared an official language of South Africa in distinction to Dutch . It was erected in Paarl on the 100th anniversary of the founding of the _Genootskap van Regte Afrikaners _ (Society of Real Afrikaners ), an organisation which helped to strengthen Afrikaners' identity and pride in their language.


The side view of the Pretoria Art Museum in Arcadia, Pretoria , with an Afrikaans language sign.

The linguist Paul Roberge suggested the earliest 'truly Afrikaans' texts are doggerel verse from 1795 and a dialogue transcribed by a Dutch traveller in 1825. Printed material among the Afrikaners at first used only standard European Dutch. By the mid-19th century, more and more were appearing in Afrikaans, which was very much still regarded as a set of regional dialects.

In 1861, L.H. Meurant published his _Zamenspraak tusschen Klaas Waarzegger en Jan Twyfelaar_ ("Conversation between Claus Truthsayer and John Doubter"), which is considered by some to be the first authoritative Afrikaans text. Abu Bakr Effendi also compiled his Arabic Afrikaans Islamic instruction book between 1862 and 1869, although this was only published and printed in 1877. The first Afrikaans grammars and dictionaries were published in 1875 by the _Genootskap vir Regte Afrikaners _ ("Society for Real Afrikaners") in Cape Town .

The main Afrikaans dictionary is the _Woordeboek van die Afrikaanse Taal _ (WAT) (_Dictionary of the Afrikaans Language_), which is as yet incomplete owing to the scale of the project, but the one-volume dictionary in household use is the _Verklarende Handwoordeboek van die Afrikaanse Taal _ (HAT). The official orthography of Afrikaans is the _Afrikaanse Woordelys en Spelreëls_, compiled by Die Taalkommissie .


Main article: Bible translations into Afrikaans

A major landmark in the development of the language was the translation of the whole Bible into Afrikaans. Before this, most Cape Dutch- Afrikaans speakers had to rely on the Dutch Statenbijbel . This Statenvertaling had its origins with the Synod of Dordrecht of 1618 and was thus in an archaic form of Dutch. This was hard for Dutch and Cape Dutch speakers to understand, and increasingly unintelligible for Afrikaans speakers.

C. P. Hoogehout, Arnoldus Pannevis, and Stephanus Jacobus du Toit were the first Afrikaans Bible translators. Important landmarks in the translation of the Scriptures were in 1878 with C. P. Hoogehout's translation of the _Evangelie volgens Markus_ ( Gospel of Mark , lit. Gospel according to Mark); however, this translation was never published. The manuscript is to be found in the South African National Library, Cape Town.

The first official translation of the entire Bible into Afrikaans was in 1933 by J. D. du Toit , E. E. van Rooyen, J. D. Kestell, H. C. M. Fourie, and BB Keet . This monumental work established Afrikaans as _'n suiwer en oordentlike taal_, that is "a pure and proper language" for religious purposes, especially amongst the deeply Calvinist Afrikaans religious community that previously had been sceptical of a Bible translation that varied from the Dutch version that they were used to.

In 1983, a fresh translation marked the 50th anniversary of the 1933 version and provided a much-needed revision. The final editing of this edition was done by E. P. Groenewald, A. H. van Zyl, P. A. Verhoef, J. L. Helberg and W. Kempen.


The simplified relation between the West Germanic languages .

* Indo-European languages

* Germanic

* West Germanic

* Low Franconian

* Dutch

* Afrikaans, Dutch-based creoles

Afrikaans belongs to its own West Germanic sub-group, the Low Franconian languages . Its closest relative is the mutually-intelligible mother language, Dutch language . Other West Germanic languages related to Afrikaans are German , English and the Frisian languages and the unstandardised languages Low German and Yiddish .



The geographical distribution of Afrikaans in South Africa: proportion of the population that speaks Afrikaans at home. 0–20% 20–40% 40–60% 60–80% 80–100%


Australia 35,030 0.16% 2011

Botswana 8,082 0.39% 2011

Mauritius 36 0.002% 2011

Namibia 180,029 8.7% 2011

New Zealand 21,123 0.52% 2006

South Africa 6,855,082 13.4% 2011


Some state that instead of _Afrikaners_, which refers to an ethnic group, the terms _Afrikaanses_ or _Afrikaanssprekendes_ (lit. Afrikaans speakers) should be used for people of any ethnic origin who speak Afrikaans. Linguistic identity has not yet established which terms shall prevail, and all three are used in common parlance. The white Afrikaans-speaking community started being referred to colloquially as "The Boere". The terms _boerseun_ (farm boy) and _boeremeisie_ (farm girl) became popular among young white Afrikaners for expressing national pride, regardless of whether or not they actually grew up on a farm. The geographical distribution of Afrikaans in South Africa: density of Afrikaans home-language speakers. 3000 /km2 The geographical distribution of Afrikaans in Namibia .

Afrikaans is also widely spoken in Namibia. Before independence, Afrikaans had equal status with German as an official language. Since independence in 1990, Afrikaans has had constitutional recognition as a national, but not official, language. There is a much smaller number of Afrikaans speakers among Zimbabwe's white minority, as most have left the country since 1980. Afrikaans was also a medium of instruction for schools in Bophuthatswana , an Apartheid-era Bantustan .

Many South Africans living and working in Belgium, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, the United States and Kuwait are also Afrikaans-speaking. They have access to Afrikaans websites, news sites such as Netwerk24.com and Sake24, and radio broadcasts over the web, such as those from Radio Sonder Grense and Radio Pretoria .

Afrikaans has been influential in the development of South African English . Many Afrikaans loanwords have found their way into South African English, such as _bakkie _ ("pickup truck"), _braai _ ("barbecue"), _naartjie _ ("tangerine"), _tekkies_ (American "sneakers", British "trainers", Canadian "runners"). A few words in standard English are derived from Afrikaans, such as _aardvark _ (lit. "earth pig"), _trek _ ("pioneering journey", in Afrikaans lit. "pull" but used also for "migrate"), _spoor_ ("animal track"), _veld_ ("Southern African grassland" in Afrikaans, lit. "field"), _commando_ from Afrikaans _kommando_ meaning small fighting unit, _boomslang_ ("tree snake") and _apartheid _ ("segregation"; more accurately "apartness" or "the state or condition of being apart").

In 1976, secondary-school pupils in Soweto began a rebellion in response to the government's decision that Afrikaans be used as the language of instruction for half the subjects taught in non-White schools (with English continuing for the other half). Although English is the mother tongue of only 8.2% of the population, it is the language most widely understood, and the second language of a majority of South Africans. Afrikaans is more widely spoken than English in the Northern and Western Cape provinces, several hundred kilometres from Soweto.

The Black community's opposition to Afrikaans and preference for continuing English instruction was underlined when the government rescinded the policy one month after the uprising: 96% of Black schools chose English (over Afrikaans or native languages) as the language of instruction. Also, due to Afrikaans being viewed as the language of the white oppressor by some, pressure has been increased to remove Afrikaans as a teaching language in South African universities, resulting in bloody student protests in 2015.

Under South Africa\'s Constitution of 1996, Afrikaans remains an official language, and has equal status to English and nine other languages. The new policy means that the use of Afrikaans is now often reduced in favour of English, or to accommodate the other official languages. In 1996, for example, the South African Broadcasting Corporation reduced the amount of television airtime in Afrikaans, while South African Airways dropped its Afrikaans name _Suid-Afrikaanse Lugdiens_ from its livery . Similarly, South Africa's diplomatic missions overseas now only display the name of the country in English and their host country's language, and not in Afrikaans.

In spite of these moves, the language has remained strong, and Afrikaans newspapers and magazines continue to have large circulation figures. Indeed, the Afrikaans-language general-interest family magazine _ Huisgenoot _ has the largest readership of any magazine in the country. In addition, a pay-TV channel in Afrikaans called KykNet was launched in 1999, and an Afrikaans music channel, MK (_Musiek kanaal_) (lit. 'Music Channel'), in 2005. A large number of Afrikaans books are still published every year, mainly by the publishers Human & Rousseau, Tafelberg Uitgewers, Struik, and Protea Boekhuis. The Afrikaans film trilogy _ Bakgat _ (first released in 2008) caused a reawakening of the Afrikaans film Industry (which has been dead since the mid to late 1990s) and Belgian-born singer Karen Zoid 's debut single " Afrikaners is Plesierig " (released 2001) caused a resurgence in the Afrikaans music industry as well as gave rise to the Afrikaans Rock genre.

Afrikaans has two monuments erected in its honour. The first was erected in Burgersdorp , South Africa, in 1893, and the second, nowadays better-known Afrikaans Language Monument (_Afrikaanse Taalmonument_), was built in Paarl , South Africa, in 1975.

When the British design magazine _Wallpaper _ described Afrikaans as "one of the world's ugliest languages" in its September 2005 article about the monument , South African billionaire Johann Rupert (chairman of the Richemont Group ), responded by withdrawing advertising for brands such as Cartier , Van Cleef ">

Post-apartheid South Africa has seen a loss of preferential treatment by the government for Afrikaans, in terms of education, social events, media (TV and radio), and general status throughout the country, given that it now shares its place as official language with ten other languages. Nevertheless, Afrikaans remains more prevalent in the media – radio, newspapers and television – than any of the other official languages, except English. More than 300 book titles in Afrikaans are published annually. South African census figures suggest a growing number of speakers in all nine provinces, a total of 6.85 million in 2011 compared to 5.98 million a decade earlier. The South African Institute of Race Relations (SAIRR) project that a growing majority will be Coloured Afrikaans speakers. Afrikaans speakers experience higher employment rates than other South African language groups, though half a million remain unemployed.

Despite the challenges of demotion and emigration that it faces in South Africa, the Afrikaans vernacular remains competitive, being popular in DSTV pay channels and several internet sites, while generating high newspaper and music CD sales. A resurgence in Afrikaans popular music since the late 1990s has invigorated the language, especially among a younger generation of South Africans. A recent trend is the increased availability of pre-school educational CDs and DVDs. Such media also prove popular with the extensive Afrikaans-speaking expatriate communities who seek to retain language proficiency in a household context.

After years of slumber, Afrikaans language cinema is showing signs of new vigour. The 2007 film _Ouma se slim kind_, the first full-length Afrikaans movie since Paljas of 1998, is seen as the dawn of a new era in Afrikaans cinema. Several short films have been created and more feature-length movies, such as _Poena is Koning_ and _ Bakgat _ (both in 2008) have been produced, besides the 2011 Afrikaans-language film _ Skoonheid _, which was the first Afrikaans film to screen at the Cannes Film Festival. The film _Platteland_ was also released in 2011. The Afrikaans Film industry started gaining international recognition via the likes of big Afrikaans Hollywood film stars, like Charlize Theron (_Monster _) and Sharlto Copley (_ District 9 _) promoting their mother tongue.

Afrikaans seems to be returning to the SABC . SABC3 announced early in 2009 that it would increase Afrikaans programming due to the "growing Afrikaans-language market and need for working capital as Afrikaans advertising is the only advertising that sells in the current South African television market". In April 2009, SABC3 started screening several Afrikaans-language programmes. Further latent support for the language derives from its de-politicised image in the eyes of younger-generation South Africans, who less and less often view it as "the language of the oppressor". Indeed, there is a groundswell movement within Afrikaans to be inclusive, and to promote itself along with the other indigenous official languages. In Namibia, the percentage of Afrikaans speakers declined from 11.4% (2001 Census) to 10.4% (2011 Census). The major concentrations are in Hardap (41.0%), ǁKaras (36.1%), Erongo (20.5%), Khomas (18.5%), Omaheke (10.0%), Otjozondjupa (9.4%), Kunene (4.2%), and Oshikoto (2.3%).


_ A sign in Afrikaans: Gevaar Slagysters_ or "Warning (danger), Traps".

Following early dialectal studies of Afrikaans, it was theorised that three main historical dialects probably existed after the Great Trek in the 1830s. These dialects are the Northern Cape, Western Cape, and Eastern Cape dialects. Northern Cape dialect may have resulted from contact between Dutch settlers and the Khoi-Khoi people between the Great Karoo and the Kunene, and Eastern Cape dialect between the Dutch and the Xhosa. Remnants of these dialects still remain in present-day Afrikaans, although the standardising effect of Standard Afrikaans has contributed to a great levelling of differences in modern times.

There is also a prison cant , known as soebela or sombela, which is based on Afrikaans, yet heavily influenced by Zulu . This language is used as a secret language in prison and is taught to initiates.


The term _Kaapse Afrikaans_ ("Cape Afrikaans") is sometimes erroneously used to refer to the entire Western Cape dialect; it is more commonly used for a particular sociolect spoken in the Cape Peninsula of South Africa. Kaapse Afrikaans was once spoken by all population groups. However, it became increasingly restricted to the Cape Coloured ethnic group in Cape Town and environs.

Kaapse Afrikaans preserves some features more similar to Dutch than to Afrikaans.

* The 1st person singular pronoun _ik_ as in Dutch as opposed to Afrikaans _ek_ * The diminutive endings _-tje_, pronounced as in Dutch and not as /ki/ as in Afrikaans. * The use of the form _seg_ (compare Dutch _zegt_) as opposed to Afrikaans _sê_

Kaapse Afrikaans has some other features not typically found in Afrikaans.

* The pronunciation of _j_, normally /j/ as in Dutch is often a /dz/. This is the strongest feature of Kaapse Afrikaans. * The insertion of /j/ after /s/, /t/ and /k/ when followed by /e/, e.g. _kjen_ as opposed to Afrikaans _ken_.

Kaapse Afrikaans is also characterised by much code-switching between English and Afrikaans, especially in the inner-city and lower socio-economic status areas of Cape Town .

An example of characteristic Kaapse Afrikaans: Dutch : _En ik zeg (tegen) jullie: wat zoeken jullie hier bij mij? Ik zoek jullie niet! Nee, ga nu weg!_ Kaapse Afrikaans: En ik seg ve' djille, wat soek djille hie' by my? Ik soek'ie ve' djille nie! Nei, gaat nou weg! Afrikaans : _En ek sê vir julle, wat soek julle hier by my? Ek soek julle nie! Nee, gaan nou weg!_ English (direct): And I say to you, what seek you here by me? I seek you not! No, go now away! English: And I'm telling you, what are you looking for here? I don't want you here! No, go away now!


The term _Oranjerivierafrikaans_ (" Afrikaans of the Orange River") is sometimes erroneously used to refer to the Northern Cape dialect; it is more commonly used for the regional peculiarities of standard Afrikaans spoken in the Upington /Orange River wine district of South Africa.

Some of the characteristics of Oranjerivierafrikaans are the plural form _-goed_ (_Ma-goed_, _meneergoed_), variant pronunciation such as in _kjerk_ ("Church") and _gjeld_ ("money") and the ending _-se_, which indicates possession.


Although Afrikaans is mainly spoken in South Africa and Namibia, smaller Afrikaans-speaking populations live in Argentina , Australia, Botswana , Brazil , Canada, Lesotho , Malawi , the Netherlands , New Zealand, Swaziland , the UAE, the United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, the USA, Zambia , and Zimbabwe . Most Afrikaans-speaking people living outside Africa are emigrants and their descendants. Because of emigration and migrant labour, more than 100,000 Afrikaans speakers may live in the United Kingdom.



Due to the early settlement of a Cape Malay community in Cape Town , who are now known as Coloureds , numerous Malay words were brought into Afrikaans. Some of these words entered Dutch via the Indonesian language as part of the colonial heritage. Malay words in Afrikaans include:

* BAIE, which means 'very'/'much'/'many' (from _banyak_) is a very commonly used Afrikaans word, different from its Dutch equivalent _veel_ or _erg_. * BAADJIE, Afrikaans for jacket , where Dutch would use _jas_ or _vest_. The word _baadje_ in Dutch is now considered archaic and only used in written, literary texts. * PIESANG, which means banana . This is different from the common Dutch word _banaan_. The Indonesian word _pisang_ is also used in Dutch, though usage is less common.


Some words originally came from Portuguese such as _sambreel_ ("umbrella") from the Portuguese _sombreiro_, _kraal_ ("pen/cattle enclosure") from the Portuguese _curral_, and _mielie_ ("corn", from _milho_). These words have become common in South Africa to an extent of being used in many other South African languages . Some of these words also exist in Dutch, like _sambreel_ "parasol", though usage is less common and meanings can slightly differ.


* DAGGA, meaning cannabis * GEITJIE, meaning lizard, diminutive adapted from Khoekhoe word * GOGGA, meaning insect, from the Khoisan _xo-xo_ * KAROS blanket of animal hides * KIERIE walking stick from Khoekhoe

Some of these words also exist in Dutch, though with a more specific meaning: _assegaai_ for example means "South-African tribal javelin" and _karos_ means "South-African tribal blanket of animal hides".


Loanwords from Bantu languages in Afrikaans include the names of indigenous birds, such as _mahem_ and _sakaboela_, and plants, such as _maroela_ and _tamboekie(gras)_.

* FUNDI, from the Zulu word _umfundi_ meaning "scholar" or "student", but used to mean someone who is a student/expert on a certain subject, i.e. _He is a language fundi_. * LOBOLA, meaning bride price, from _lobolo _ in the Nguni languages * MAHEM, the grey crowned crane , known in Latin as _Balearica regulorum_ * MAROELA, medium-sized dioecious tree known in Latin as _ Sclerocarya birrea _ * TAMBOEKIEGRAS, species of thatching grass known as Hyparrhenia * TAMBOTIE, deciduous tree also known by its Latin name, _ Spirostachys africana _ * TJAILA / TJAILATYD, an adaption of the word _chaile_, meaning "to go home" or "to knock off".


Main article: Afrikaans grammar

In Afrikaans grammar, there is no distinction between the infinitive and present forms of verbs, with the exception of the verbs 'to be' and 'to have':


wees is zijn (wezen) be sein (gewesen)

hê het hebben have haben

In addition, verbs do not conjugate differently depending on the subject. For example,


ek is ik ben I am ich bin

jy/u is jij/u bent you are (sing.) du bist

hy/sy/dit is hij/zij/het is he/she/it is er/sie/es ist

ons is wij zijn we are wir sind

julle is jullie zijn you are (plur.) ihr seid

hulle is zij zijn they are sie sind

Only a handful of Afrikaans verbs have a preterite , namely the auxiliary _wees_ ("to be"), the modal verbs , and the verb _dink_ ("to think"). The preterite of _mag_ ("may") is rare in contemporary Afrikaans.



ek is ek was ik ben ik was I am I was ich bin ich war

ek kan ek kon ik kan ik kon I can I could ich kann ich konnte

ek moet ek moes ik moet ik moest I must I had to ich muss ich musste

ek wil ek wou ik wil ik wilde/wou I want I wanted ich will ich wollte

ek sal ek sou ik zal ik zou I will I would ich werde ich wurde

ek mag (ek mog) ik mag ik mocht I may I might ich mag ich mochte

ek dink ek dog ik denk ik dacht I think I thought ich denke ich dachte

All other verbs use the perfect tense (_hê_ + past participle) for the past. Therefore, there is no distinction in Afrikaans between _I drank_ and _I have drunk_. (Also in colloquial German, the past tense is often replaced with the perfect.)


ek het gedrink ik dronk I drank ich trank

ek het gedrink ik heb gedronken I have drunk ich habe getrunken

When telling a longer story, Afrikaans speakers usually avoid the perfect and simply use the present tense, or historical present tense instead (as is possible, but less common, in English as well).

A particular feature of Afrikaans is its use of the double negative ; it is classified in Afrikaans as _ontkennende vorm_ and is something that is absent from the other West Germanic standard languages. For example, Afrikaans: _Hy kan NIE Afrikaans praat NIE_, lit. 'He can not Afrikaans speak not' Dutch: _Hij spreekt GEEN Afrikaans._ / _Dutch : _Hij kan GEEN Afrikaans praten. English: He speaks _no_ Afrikaans. / He can _not_ speak Afrikaans. / He _can't_ speak Afrikaans. German: _Er spricht KEIN Afrikaans._ French: _Il NE parle PAS afrikaans._

Both French and San origins have been suggested for double negation in Afrikaans. While double negation is still found in Low Franconian dialects in West- Flanders and in some "isolated" villages in the centre of the Netherlands (such as Garderen ), it takes a different form, which is not found in Afrikaans. The following is an example: Afrikaans: _Ek wil dit nie doen nie._* (_lit._ I want this not do not.) Dutch: _Ik wil dit niet doen._ English: I do not want to do this. German: _Ich will dies nicht tun._

* Compare with _Ek wil nie dit doen nie_, which changes the meaning to "I want not to do this." Whereas _Ek wil nie dit doen nie_ emphasizes a lack of desire to act, _Ek wil dit nie doen nie_ emphasizes the act itself.

The _-ne_ was the Middle Dutch way to negate but it has been suggested that since _-ne_ became highly non-voiced, _NIE_ or _NIET_ was needed to complement the _-ne_. With time the _-ne_ disappeared in most Dutch dialects.

The double negative construction has been fully grammaticalised in standard Afrikaans and its proper use follows a set of fairly complex rules as the examples below show:


Ek het nie geweet dat hy sou kom nie. Ik heb niet geweten dat hij zou komen. Ik wist niet dat hij zou komen. I did not know that he would come.

Ek het geweet dat hy nie sou kom nie. Ik heb geweten dat hij niet zou komen. Ik wist dat hij niet zou komen. I knew (did know) that he would not come.

Ek het nie geweet dat hy nie sou kom nie. Ik heb niet geweten dat hij niet zou komen. Ik wist niet dat hij niet zou komen. I did not know that he would not come.

Hy sal nie kom nie, want hy is siek. Hij zal niet komen, want hij is ziek. Hij komt niet, want hij is ziek. He will not come, as he is sick.

Dis (Dit is) nie so moeilik om Afrikaans te leer nie. Het is niet zo moeilijk (om) Afrikaans te leren. It is not so difficult to learn Afrikaans.

A notable exception to this is the use of the negating grammar form that coincides with negating the English present participle. In this case there is only a single negation. Afrikaans: _Hy is in die hospitaal, maar hy eet nie._ Dutch: _Hij is in het ziekenhuis, maar hij eet niet._ English: He is in hospital, though he eats not. German: _Er ist im Krankenhaus, aber er isst nicht._

Certain words in Afrikaans arise due to grammar. For example, _moet nie_, which literally means "must not", usually becomes _moenie_; although one does not have to write or say it like this, virtually all Afrikaans speakers will change the two words to _moenie_ in the same way as _do not_ shifts to _don't_ in English.

The Dutch word _het_ ("it" in English) does not correspond to _het_ in Afrikaans. The Dutch words corresponding to Afrikaans _het_ are _heb_, _hebt_, _heeft_ and _hebben_.


het heb, hebt, heeft, hebben have, has habe, hast, hat, habt, haben

die de, het the die, der, das

dit het it es


Main article: Afrikaans phonology A voice recording of _Stem van Suid-Afrika_


Monophthong phonemes




CLOSE i (iː ) y

u (uː )

MID ɛ ɛː

ə (əː ) œ (œː ) ɔ (ɔː )

NEAR-OPEN (æ ) (æː )



* As phonemes, /iː/ and /uː/ occur only in the words _spieël_ /spiːl/ 'mirror' and _koeël_ /kuːl/ 'bullet', which used to be pronounced with sequences /i.ə/ and /u.ə/, respectively. In other cases, and occur as allophones of, respectively, /i/ and /u/ before /r/. * /y/ is phonetically long before /r/. * /əː/ is always stressed and occurs only in the word _wîe_ 'wedges'. * The closest unrounded counterparts of /œ, œː/ are central /ə, əː/, rather than front /ɛ, ɛː/. * /œː, ɔː/ occur only in a few words. * As a phoneme, /æ/ occurs only in some loanwords from English, such as _pêl_ /pæl/ 'pal', as well as in some words such as _vertrek_ /fərˈtræk/ 'departure'. As an allophone of /ɛ/ before /k, χ, l, r/, occurs dialectally, most commonly in the former Transvaal and Free State provinces. * As a phoneme, /æː/ occurs only in some loanwords from English (such as _grênd_ 'grand'), as well as before /k/ in some words. also occurs as an allophone of /ɛː/ before /r/ and the sequences /rs, rt, rd/.




ROUNDED œi, ɔi ʊə œu


* /ɔi, ai/ occur mainly in loanwords.


Consonant phonemes


NASAL m n ŋ


VOICED b d (ɡ ) (d͡ʒ )


VOICED v (z )

ʒ ɦ


l j



* All obstruents at the ends of words are devoiced , so that e.g. a final /d/ is realized as . * /ɡ, dʒ, z/ occur only in loanwords. is also an allophone of /χ/ in some environments. * /χ/ is most often uvular . Velar occurs only in some speakers. * /r/ is usually an alveolar trill or tap . In some parts of the former Cape Province , it is realized uvularly, either as a trill or a fricative .


There are many parallels to the Dutch orthography conventions and those used for Afrikaans. There are 26 letters.

In Afrikaans, many consonants are dropped from the earlier Dutch spelling. For example, _slechts_ ('only') in Dutch becomes _slegs_ in Afrikaans. Also, Afrikaans and some Dutch dialects make no distinction between /s/ and /z/, having merged the latter into the former; while the word for "south" is written _zuid_ in Dutch, it is spelled _suid_ in Afrikaans (as well as dialectal Dutch writings) to represent this merger. Similarly, the Dutch digraph _ij _, normally pronounced as /əi/, is written as _y_, except where it replaces the Dutch suffix _–lijk_ which is pronounced as /lœk/ or /lik/, as in _waarschijnlijk > waarskynlik_.

Another difference is the indefinite article, _'n_ in Afrikaans and _een_ in Dutch. "A book" is _'n boek_ in Afrikaans, whereas it is either _een boek_ or _'n boek_ in Dutch. This _'n_ is usually pronounced as just a weak vowel , .

The diminutive suffix in Afrikaans is _-tjie_, whereas in Dutch it is _-tje_, hence a "bit" is _bieTJIE_ in Afrikaans and _beeTJE_ in Dutch.

The letters _c_, _q_, _x_, and _z_ occur almost exclusively in borrowings from French, English, Greek and Latin . This is usually because words that had _c_ and _ch_ in the original Dutch are spelled with _k_ and _g_, respectively, in Afrikaans. Similarly original _qu_ and _x_ are spelt _kw_ and _ks_, respectively. For example, _ekwatoriaal_ instead of _equatoriaal_, and _ekskuus_ instead of _excuus_.

The vowels with diacritics in non-loanword Afrikaans are: _á_, _é_, _è_, _ê_, _ë_, _í_, _î_, _ï_, _ó_, _ô_, _ú_, _û_, _ý_. Diacritics are ignored when alphabetising, though they are still important, even when typing the diacritic forms may be difficult. For example, _geëet_ instead of the 3 e's alongside each other: _*geeet_, which can never occur in Afrikaans, or _sê_, which translates to "say", whereas _se_ is a possessive form.


A few short words in Afrikaans take initial apostrophes. In modern Afrikaans, these words are always written in lower case (except if the entire line is uppercase), and if they occur at the beginning of a sentence, the next word is capitalised. Three examples of such apostrophed words are _'k, 't, 'n_. The last (the indefinite article) is the only apostrophed word that is common in modern written Afrikaans, since the other examples are shortened versions of other words (_ek_ and _het_, respectively) and are rarely found outside of a poetic context.

Here are a few examples:


'k 't Dit gesê Ek het dit gesê I said it Uncommon, more common: _Ek't dit gesê_

't Jy dit geëet? Het jy dit geëet? Did you eat it? Extremely uncommon

'n Man loop daar

A man walks there Standard Afrikaans pronounces _'n_ as a schwa vowel.

The apostrophe and the following letter are regarded as two separate characters, and are never written using a single glyph, although a single character variant of the indefinite article appears in Unicode, ʼn.


For more on the pronunciation of the letters below, see _Help:IPA for Afrikaans _.

Afrikaans letters and pronunciation GRAPHEME IPA EXAMPLES AND NOTES

a /a/, /ɑː/ _appel_ ('apple'; /a/), _tale_ ('languages'; /ɑː/). Represents /a/ at word end and before double consonants and /ɑː/ before single consonant-vowel

aa /ɑː/ _aap_ ('monkey', 'ape')

aai /ɑːi/ _draai_ ('turn')

ai /ai/ _baie_ ('many', 'much' or 'very'), _ai_ (expression of frustration or resignation)

b /b/ _boom_ ('tree').

c /s/, /k/ Found mainly in borrowed words or proper nouns; the former pronunciation occurs before 'e', 'i', or 'y'; featured in the plural form _-ici_, as in the plural of _medikus_ ('medic'), _medici_

ch /ʃ/, /x/, /k/ _chirurg_ ('surgeon'; /ʃ/; typically _sj_ is used instead), _chemie_ ('chemistry'; /x/), _chitien_ ('chitin'; /k/). Found only in loanwords and proper nouns

d /d/ _dag_ ('day'), _deel_ ('part', 'divide', 'share')

dj /d͡ʒ/ _djati_ ('teak'), _djihad_ ('jihad'). Used to transcribe foreign words

e /ɛ/, /ɪə/, /ə/ _bed_ ('bed'; /ɛ/), _ete_ ('meal'; /eə/), _se_ (/ə/; indicates possession, for example _Johan se boom_, meaning 'John's tree')

è /ɛ/ _nè_ ('yes?', 'right?'), _dè_ ('here, take this!' or ' yours!')

ê /eː/, /ɛː/ _sê_ ('to say'). Represents /ɛː/ word-finally

ë - Diaeresis indicates the start of new syllable, thus _ë_, _ëe_ and _ëi_ are pronounced like 'e', 'ee' and 'ei', respectively

ee /ɪə/ _weet_ ('to know'), _een_ ('one')

eeu /iːu/ _sneeu_ ('snow'), _eeu_ ('century')

ei /ɛi/ _lei_ ('to lead')

eu /ɪø/ _seun_ ('son' or 'lad')

f /f/ _fiets_ ('bicycle')

g /x/ _goed_ ('good'), _geel_ ('yellow')

gh /ɡ/ _gholf_ ('golf'). Used for /ɡ/ when it is not an allophone of /x/; found only in borrowed words

h /ɦ/ _hael_ ('hail'), _hond_ ('dog')

i /i/, /ə/ _kind_ ('child'; /ə/), _ink_ ('ink'; /ə/), _krisis_ ('crisis'; /i/ for first 'i' and /ə/ for second 'i'), _elektrisiteit_ ('electricity'; /i/ for first and second 'i'; third 'i' is part of diphthong 'ei')

î /əː/ _wîe_ (plural of _wig_; 'wedges' or 'quoins')

ï - Found in words such as _beïnvloed_ ('to influence'). The diaeresis indicates the start of new syllable, thus _ï_ and _ïe_ are pronounced like 'i' and 'ie' respectively

ie /i/ _iets_ ('something')

j /j/ _jonk_ ('young')

k /k/ _kat_ ('cat'), _kan_ ('can' (verb) or 'jug')

l /l/ _lag_ ('laugh')

m /m/ _man_ ('man')

n /n/ _nael_ ('nail')

ng /ŋ/ _sing_ ('to sing')

o /ɔ/ _op_ ('on' or 'up')

ô /ɔː/ _môre_ (\'tomorrow\')

ö - Found in words such as _mikroörganisme_ ('micro-organism'). The diaeresis indicates the start of new syllable, thus _ö_ is pronounced the same as 'o'

oe /u/ _boek_ ('book'), _koel_ ('cool')

oei /ui/ _koei_ ('cow')

oo /ʊə/ _oor_ ('ear' or 'over')

ooi /oːi/ _mooi_ ('pretty', 'beautiful'), _nooi_ ('saying for little girl' or 'invitation')

ou /ɵu/ _oupa_ ('grandpa', 'grandfather'), _koud_ ('cold'). Sometimes spelled _ouw_ in loanwords and surnames, for example Louw.

p /p/ _pot_ ('pot'), _pers_ ('purple' — or 'press' indicating the news media)

q /k/ Found only in foreign words with original spelling maintained; typically _k_ is used instead

r /r/ _rooi_ ('red')

s /s/, /z/, /ʃ/ _ses_ ('six'), _stem_ ('voice' or 'vote'), _posisie_ ('position', /z/ for first 's', /s/ for second 's'), _rasioneel_ ('rational', /ʃ/)

sj /ʃ/ _sjaal_ ('shawl'), _sjokolade_ ('chocolate')

t /t/, /ʃ/ _tafel_ ('table'), _aktuaris_ ('actuary'; /ʃ/)

tj /tʃ/, /k/ _tjank_ ('whine like a dog' or 'to cry incessantly'). The former pronunciation occurs at the beginning of a word and the latter in _"-tjie" _

u /œ/, /yː/ _kus_ ('coast' or 'kiss'), _skadu_ ('shade'). The latter pronunciation is rare and most commonly found as the word _u_ (formal 'you')

û /œː/ _brûe_ ('bridges')

ü - Found in words such as _reünie_ ('reunion'). The diaeresis indicates the start of a new syllable, thus _ü_ is pronounced the same _u_, except when found in proper nouns and surnames from German, like Müller.

ui /œj/ _uit_ ('out')

uu /yː/ _uur_ ('hour')

v /f/ _vis_ ('fish'), _vir_ ('for')

w /v/, /w/ _water_ ('water'; /v/), _kwart_ ('quarter'; /w/)

x /z/, /ks/ _xifoïed_ ('xiphoid'; /z/), _x-straal_ ('x-ray'; /ks/).

y /ɛi/ _byt_ ('bite')

z /z/ _Zoeloe_ ('Zulu'). Found only in onomatopoeia and loanwords


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Although there are many different dialects and accents, the transcription would be fairly standard.



Hallo! Hoe gaat het (met jou/je/u)? Also used: _Hallo! Hoe is het?_ Hello! How goes it? (Hello! How are you?) Hallo! Wie geht's? (Hallo! Wie geht's dir/Ihnen?)


Heel goed, dank je. Very good, thank you. Sehr gut, danke.


Spreek/Praat jij/je Afrikaans? Do you speak Afrikaans? Sprichst du Afrikaans?


Spreek/Praat jij/je Engels? Do you speak English? Sprichst du Englisch?


Ja. Yes. Ja.


Nee. No. Nein. Also: _Nee._ (Colloquial)


Een beetje. A bit. Ein bisschen.


Hoe heet jij/je? / Wat is jouw naam? What is your name? Wie heißt du? / Wie ist dein Name?


De kinderen spreken/praten Afrikaans. The children speak Afrikaans. Die Kinder sprechen Afrikaans.

EK IS LIEF VIR JOU. Less common: _Ek het jou lief_. Ik hou van jou/je. Common in Southern Dutch: _Ik heb je/jou/u lief_. I love you. Ich liebe dich. Also: _Ich habe dich lieb._ (Colloquial; virtually no romantic connotation)

In the Dutch language the word _Afrikaans_ means African, in the general sense. Consequently, Afrikaans is commonly denoted as _Zuid-Afrikaans_. This ambiguity also exists in Afrikaans itself and is either resolved in the context of its usage, or by using _Afrikaan_ for an African person , and _Afrika-_ in the adjective sense.

A handful of Afrikaans words are exactly the same as in English. The following Afrikaans sentences, for example, are exactly the same in the two languages, in terms of both their meaning and spelling; only their pronunciation differs.



Psalm 23 1983 translation:

Die Here is my Herder, ek kom niks kort nie. Hy laat my in groen weivelde rus. Hy bring my by waters waar daar vrede is. Hy gee my nuwe krag. Hy lei my op die regte paaie tot eer van Sy naam. Selfs al gaan ek deur donker dieptes, sal ek nie bang wees nie, want U is by my. In U hande is ek veilig.

Psalm 23 alternative translation:

Die Here is my Herder, niks sal my ontbreek nie. Hy laat my neerlê in groen weivelde; na waters waar rus is, lei Hy my heen. Hy verkwik my siel; Hy lei my in die spore van geregtigheid, om sy Naam ontwil. Al gaan ek ook in 'n dal van doodskaduwee, ek sal geen onheil vrees nie; want U is met my: u stok en u staf die vertroos my.

Lord\'s Prayer ( Afrikaans New Living translation)

Ons Vader in die hemel, laat U Naam geheilig word. Laat U koningsheerskappy spoedig kom. Laat U wil hier op aarde uitgevoer word soos in die hemel. Gee ons die porsie brood wat ons vir vandag nodig het. En vergeef ons ons sondeskuld soos ons ook óns skuldenaars vergewe het. Bewaar ons sodat ons nie aan verleiding sal toegee nie; en bevry ons van die greep van die Bose. Want van U is die koninkryk, en die krag, en die heerlikheid, tot in ewigheid. Amen

Lord\'s Prayer (Original translation):

Onse Vader wat in die hemel is, laat U Naam geheilig word; laat U koninkryk kom; laat U wil geskied op die aarde, net soos in die hemel. Gee ons vandag ons daaglikse brood; en vergeef ons ons skulde soos ons ons skuldenaars vergewe en laat ons nie in die versoeking nie maar verlos ons van die Bose Want aan U behoort die koninkryk en die krag en die heerlikheid tot in ewigheid. Amen


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* ^ Afrikaans is a daughter language of Dutch; see Booij 1999 , p. 2, Jansen, Schreuder & Neijt 2007 , p. 5, Mennen, Levelt & Gerrits 2006 , p. 1, Booij 2003 , p. 4, Hiskens, Auer & Kerswill 2005 , p. 19, Heeringa see Deumert & Vandenbussche 2003 , p. 16, Conradie 2005 , p. 208, Sebba 1997 , p. 160, Langer see Holm 1989 , p. 338, Geerts & Clyne 1992 , p. 71, Mesthrie 1995 , p. 214, Niesler, Louw see Sebba 2007 , p. 116. * ^ Afrikaans borrowed from other languages such as Portuguese, Malay, Bantu and Khoisan languages; see Sebba 1997 , p. 160, Niesler, Louw see Mesthrie 1995 , p. 214, Mesthrie 2002 , p. 205, Kamwangamalu 2004 , p. 203, Berdichevsky 2004 , p. 131, Brachin see Holm 1989 , p. 338, Geerts see Sebba 1997 , p. 161.

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