1. How to Say Thank You in Afrikaans

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Hallo! My name is Allan, and I'll be your language teacher and cultural guide throughout this introductory course.
INTRODUCTION
Wherever your destination may be, manners are a must! In this respect, Afrikaans is no different from other languages. So for our first lesson, we'll be teaching you simple phrases that are bound to come in handy throughout your trip to South Africa. I can't stress this enough; a little bit of the language can take you a long way!
Oh, before we start! Let me quickly explain something that might confuse you. Afrikaans is one of the 11 official languages in South Africa. The other languages are English, Zulu, Xhosa, Swati, Southern Sotho, Venda, Ndebele, Tsonga, Tswana, and Northern Sotho. Afrikaans is the third most-spoken language after Xhosa and Zulu. In South Africa lots of people understand English, but as Nelson Mandela once said “Speak to somebody in their language, and you speak to their heart.” Afrikaans will let you speak to the heart of people living in South Africa.
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In Afrikaans, “Thank you” is dankie. Let's break it down by syllable.
(slow) dankie
Now let's hear it one more time.
dankie
Another useful phrase is Baie dankie vir alles, meaning “thank you very much for everything.”
LET’S BREAK IT DOWN:
(slow) Baie dankie vir alles.
ONCE MORE:
Baie dankie vir alles.
The word baie means "very, "many” or “much.”
(slow) baie
baie
Then we have the word dankie, meaning “thanks.”
(slow) dankie
dankie
Let’s hear the first two again, which together mean “Thank you very much.”
(slow) Baie dankie
Baie dankie
Next we have the component vir, meaning “for.” Let’s hear it again:
(slow) vir.
vir
Next we have alles meaning “everything.”
(slow) alles.
alles
So the whole phrase for “Thank you for everything” is Baie dankie vir alles. Now let's hear it once again.
(slow) Baie dankie vir alles
Baie dankie vir alles.
If you want to be really polite you could say Baie dankie meneer. It means “Thank you, sir.” Say “Thank you” or baie dankie then add the word meneer which means “sir” or “mister.” With a female speaker, you can say Baie dankie mevrou which means “Thank you, madam.”
Again, Meneer means “sir” or “mister,” and mevrou means “madam.”
You would use this to show your respect for older people, or people that you don’t know. Let’s listen one more time. First, “Thank you, sir.”
(slow) Baie dankie meneer.
Baie dankie meneer..
Next, “Thank you, madam.”
(slow) Baie dankie mevrou.
Baie dankie mevrou.
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Hi AfrikaansPod101.com Listeners! Thank you for joining us at AfrikaansPod101.com! Why are you studying Afrikaans? Tell us about it in the comments!

avatar Zani

Hallo Matt

I am happy you are enjoying it.

Practice with them, it will help you learn very fast!

Let us know if you have any questions!

Lekker dag
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avatar Zani

Hello Dominic

I can promise you I am very real! :smile: :sunglasses: :laughing:

I am not sure what you mean that not all the lessons are there, could you specify which ones you are looking for?

Geniet die klas!
Enjoy the class!

Lekker dag
Zani
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avatar Matt

Hi, this course is amazing! and is just what I have been looking for! I am learning Afrikaans because a bunch of my close friends speak it and I thought it was about time I learnt it. I am so excited!

avatar Dominic Szabo

Also are these real people commenting back or are they bots? From reading the comments it sounds like real people which is really cool. Just now started learning the basics and this is making it really easy for me, thank you (dankie). :smile:

avatar Dominic Szabo

There should be a visual that we can follow along with. On the YouTube channel there is but not all of the lessons are on there.

avatar TeamAfrikaansPod101

Hallo Ben

It is good that you want to learn it and that you are already using some of the words. :smile:

Well done :sunglasses:
Baie Geluk.

When you say ‘baie dankie’ to someone they will most like say back:
Dit is ‘n plesier.
It is a pleasure. :thumbsup:

Lekker dag!
Zani
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avatar Ben

Baie dankie vir hierdie klas. :smile:

avatar Ben

Hi there. I’m excited to see Afrikaans available for study here! I’m learning the language because I want to. A very basic reason, I know, but there’s something about it that I like. I doubt I’ll ever travel to South Africa and, as far as I know, I know no one who speaks it. Even with the limited times I’ll be able to use it, I still want to learn it.

avatar Zani

Hi Faisal

Thank you (Dankie) for your comment, please let us know if you have any questions! :smile:

All the best

Zani
Team AfrikaansPod101.com

avatar Faisal

Hey, this course is great really Great

I’ve got a south African Coach looking forward to surprise him