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Welcome to AfrikaansPod101.com’s Afrikaans in 3 minuten. The fastest, easiest, and most fun way to learn Afrikaans.
Hallo, Ek is Annemarie. Aangename kennis. Hi, I'm Annemarie. Nice to meet you.
In this series, we’re going to learn basic Afrikaans expressions. It’s super easy, and it only takes three minutes!
In this lesson, you’re going to learn how to introduce yourself in Afrikaans. We’ll start speaking right away, but first it’s important to clarify that in Afrikaans there are different greetings depending on the situation.
Let’s first see how Afrikaner people introduce themselves in a casual situation.
Hallo, Ek is Annemarie. Aangename kennis. Hi, I’m Annemarie. Nice to meet you.
[slowly] Hallo, Ek is Annemarie. Aangename kennis
Start by saying Hallo, Ek is… Then, say your name. For example, Hallo, Ek is Annemarie. Finally, say Aangename kennis.
Again, altogether it is:
Hallo, Ek is Annemarie. Aangename kennis.
Now, let’s see the same sentence in a more formal context.
Goeie dag, ek is Annemarie Luck. Aangename kennis. “Good day, I am Annemarie Luck. Pleasure to meet you.”
[slowly] Goeie Dag, ek is Annemarie Luck. Aangename kennis.
Let’s try that again.
“GGG” Try pronouncing it from the back of your throat. Goeie Dag.
Goeie Dag, ek is Annemarie Luck. Aangename kennis.
So, what has actually changed from the previous introduction?
Let’s take a closer look at these expressions together.
Hallo has been substituted with the formal greeting Goeie dag, which is Afrikaans for "good day."
Ek is Annemarie has not been changed; ek is simply means "I am called", however during a formal self introduction we also say our last name, so I said Annemarie Luck. Here, you would say your full name.
One more time - The informal way to introduce yourself in Afrikaans is Hallo, ek is Annemarie. Aangename kennis.
The more formal way to introduce yourself is Goeie dag, ek is Annemarie Luck. Aangename kennis.
Now it’s time for Annemarie’s Tips.
When you introduce yourself, it's a good habit to shake hands, usually with a short but firm handshake.
If you are not sure whether to use Hallo or Goeie dag, just say Hallo, as this expression can be used in all introductions.
If you use the correct sentence with a friendly smile and a good handshake, Afrikaners will definitely be impressed!
That’s it for this lesson! Do you know how we say “thank you” in Afrikaans? You’ll learn how to say this and many other words in the next “Afrikaans in 3 minuten” lesson. Lekker dag!

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Friday at 6:30 pm
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Try introducing yourself in Afrikaans!

Thursday at 1:30 am
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Hallo Twila

Aangename kennis.
Great to meet you.

Please let us know if you have any other questions!

Lekker dag

Zani
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Twila
Tuesday at 1:57 pm
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Goeie dag, ek is Twila.

Monday at 4:31 pm
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Hello Kelli,

Thank you for posting.
You can find more advanced materials (both video and audio) if you click on ‘Browse Lessons’.

Let us know if you have any question.
Cheers,
Lena
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kelli
Saturday at 9:55 pm
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Hi, I am South African and I have the Afrikaans basics. I’ve recently moved to Limpopo from Gauteng and I’d like to learn to speak fluent Afrikaans. The only lessons I can find are for foreigners learning the language eg: counting, greeting, etc. I need something more advanced.

Sunday at 2:17 am
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Hallo Robert

Ek is Zani, hoe gaan dit?

Afrikaners say ‘hoe gaan dit’ everytime they see someone for the first time. If its a friends of course. If you meet someone for the first time you say:

Aangename kennis - Nice to meet you.

Hope you get chance to practice!

Lekker dag
Zani
Team AfrikaansPod101.com

Robert
Sunday at 2:57 am
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Hallo, ek is Robert.

Monday at 9:41 pm
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Hi Emerwen

It is a good observation to notice accents when you learn a new language 😎.

How do you say ‘ek’?

Lekker dag / Have a good day

Zani
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Emerwen
Friday at 5:59 pm
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LOL she’s a Capie😛 She says ek the Cape Town way!