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Popular South African TV Shows to Help You Learn Afrikaans!

Imagine a weekend on the sofa after a tiring work week, bowls filled with freshly popped popcorn, and a popular African TV show to binge-watch… There, you have all the elements of leisure! Also, you get to freshen up on your Afrikaans in an easy and fun way, which is exactly how we like it at AfrikaansPod101!

It may be difficult to find many African TV shows on Netflix or African series on YouTube. We recommend that you look at subscribing to Showmax, a Netflix equivalent, to watch Afrikaans TV shows online. You can also look for places to download Afrikaans TV shows or other Afrikaans TV series downloads.

Two Women Watching TV with Popcorn

How Does Watching South African TV Shows Help When Learning Afrikaans?

  • Firstly, watching TV shows and movies in the language you’re learning is an entertaining way to get used to how it’s spoken by native speakers.
  • Not only are you exposed to different accents and nuances such as inflection, but you also get to observe the actors’ facial and lip movements—all elements that prime your mind for easy learning!
  • In addition, you get to learn about South African culture, its people, and some of the most breathtaking scenery in the world.

Here, we list some popular South African TV shows and other Afrikaans television series to choose from. Enjoy!

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Table of Contents

  1. Reality and Lifestyle Shows
  2. Soapies, Telenovelas, and Dramas
  3. Comedies
  4. Mystery and Suspense
  5. How Can AfrikaansPod101 help you to learn Afrikaans Faster?

1. Reality South African TV Shows and Lifestyle Shows

1- Boer Soek ‘n Vrou

Translation: Farmer Looks for a Wife

Farmer in Field in Front of Machine

By far the most popular reality show still running on South African TV, Boer Soek ‘n Vrou brings successful bachelor or bachelorette farmers, and single, aspiring farm-wives or husbands together.

The dating reality show is usually hosted by a friendly, gorgeous lady who introduces ten bachelor (or bachelorette) farmers to the country every season. Viewers then get to write to the participants to introduce themselves and send photos. A meeting is arranged and, well, Cupid’s arrow does (or doesn’t) hit the mark.

Many matches were made over the years, with several enduring marriages to boot. Yet, one couple’s story stands out. In 2014, an older, single farmer captivated the nation’s heart with her sad, courageous story. Lize Cooper’s husband had died in 2012, followed only four months later by her twenty-year-old son.

Two years later, she decided to give the dating reality show a try in a bid to find love and happiness again. She didn’t have much hope, though, and later confessed that she didn’t think she would receive a single letter.

She was wrong. There were plenty of interested men.

However, her luck wasn’t to be found among the gentlemen who made it onto the show. Rather, it was a viewer. Hardie Meyer, a gentle-hearted farmer, saw her on TV one evening. Afterwards, he couldn’t stop staring at her photo in one of the local participating magazines. But he couldn’t muster the courage to write her a letter. Ek is nie een vir die kollig nie (”I am not one for the spotlight“), he explained later.

But their story was meant to be. It turned out that one of Lize’s family members knew one of Hardie’s family members, and these two arranged a meeting. During a coffee date, Lize and Hardie immediately felt chemistry. They fell in love, got married two months after meeting (Lize’s episode aired when she was already married!), and now their children manage their respective farms while they supervise, travel, and enjoy one another’s company.

Says Lize: My lewe het letterlik verander van trane na lag. Dis ‘n wonderlike ding wat mens vir niemand kan beskryf nie.

Translation: “My life literally changed from tears to laughter, and it’s a wonderful thing you can’t describe to anyone.”

This Afrikaans television series is sure to pull on your heart strings!

2- Jan Braai vir Erfenis

Translation: John Barbeques for Heritage

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If you’re a foodie learning Afrikaans, this is a South African TV show not to miss.

Jan Braai’s real name is Jan Scannell, and he travels the country chasing barbeque recipes and techniques, as well as gorgeous picnic spots to share with the country’s viewers. Barbequing, or braai-ing as it’s locally known, is one of South Africa’s favorite cooking methods. Jan is the creator and host of this exceedingly popular series, and is even credited as the founder of the National Braai Day on September 24 each year.

He has since written two recipe books, both instant best-sellers.

Favorite quote: Ek sê nog altyd, jy kan enige ding braai, en enigiets smaak beter as jy dit oor die kole voorberei het.

Translation: “I always say that you can barbeque anything, and anything tastes better when you prepare it over a fire.”

Another must-watch for foodies is the Edik Van Nantes series by local celeb comedian, singer, writer, cook, and business person, Nataniël.

3- Edik Van Nantes

Translation: Vinegar from Nantes (also a word-play on Edict of Nantes)

Fresh Fish with Oil or Vinegar Pouring

Nataniël is one of South Africa’s best-known celebrities, popular for his acerbic wit, his music, and his excellent taste in food. His signature look reminds one strongly of Uncle Fester of the famed Addams Family film series.

His love of good food was born in his grandmother’s kitchen. Later, this culinary passion was fueled “by his friendships with several South African food personalities and favourite chefs.” His cooking and entertainment skills have since become known and loved by the country, which resulted in a radio show, another cooking show called Die Nataniël Tafel (The Nataniël Table) and currently, Die Edik van Nantes.

In this series, he co-hosts with his brother and confidante Erik Le Roux, and the two share food secrets, traditions, recipes, and history native to Nantes in France.

Explaining his shows, Nataniël quips: Dis rerig alles oor goeie produkte, goeie geselskap en ‘n bietjie verbeelding.

Translation: “It really is about good produce, good company, and a bit of imagination.”

But eating too much of anything delicious is bound to pile on unwanted kilos (or pounds). For this, South African TV has a solution too…enter Slank, a series about health and weight loss.

4- Slank

Translation: Slender

Woman's Waist with Measuring Tape

This thirteen-episode Afrikaans TV show is a lifestyle documentary series aimed at helping and motivating wanna-be weight-losers who’ve tried everything under the sun to lose weight. Hosted by South African actress Leandie Du Randt, you could garner many a health- and weight-loss tip in Afrikaans.

The series boasts the Slender Wonder weight loss program that’s touted to be very successful. It follows the participants over a period of four months on their kilo-shedding journey.

Elize Ras, a contestant who lost almost fifty kilograms on the show, says: Oor die jare het ek talle diëte beproef, maar ja, soos hulle sê, ‘n ‘quick fix’ bestaan nie.

Translation: “Over the years, I tried many diets, but yes, as they say, a quick fix doesn’t exist.”

And once you’re slim, you can learn to be beautiful too on a popular Afrikaans TV show: Glam Guru.

5- Glam Guru

Woman Putting Makeup on a Model's Face

Despite its English name, Glam Guru is presented in Afrikaans by native speaker Hannon Bothma. Hannon used to own a hair and beauty salon. He created a series of exclusive hair products, and proceeded to turn himself and his brand into big business.

His claim to fame is in his ability to help any woman to become a beauty princess, using tips and tricks from the entertainment and performance industry.

Hannon isn’t all about the outside. Once a week, he donates time to charities across the country in the form of image workshops and makeover shows.

Favorite quote: As jy nie kan gee nie, kan jy nie ontvang nie.

Translation: “If you can’t give, you can’t receive.”

Binging on reality shows can become a bit tedious, so why not indulge in some escapism with the best of South African soapies?

2. Soapies, Telenovelas & Drama South African TV Shows

Would you prefer to watch soap opera South African TV shows? There are plenty of binge-worthy soapies and dramas on South African TV. Let’s start with the most popular ones.

6- Binnelanders

Translation: People from Inland

Doctors Around Operating Table in Theater

If series like Grey’s Anatomy, The Good Doctor, House, and Scrubs keep you nailed in front of the box, this is one of the Afrikaans TV shows not to miss.

Binnelanders is the story of the medical staff in a fictitious private clinic called Binneland, which takes place in Pretoria, the capital city of South Africa. The series sports some of the best-known actors and actresses in the country, and has enthralled audiences for over thirteen years already.

Erik Holm, paraplegic after a car accident in 2007, is a hugely popular actor and comedian in South Africa. He plays recurring roles as a disabled character, Rian Malherbe, in the TV series. He’s also an advocate for the country’s disabled community.

Here’s a favorite quote by Karen Meiring, director of kykNET TV channels: Binnelanders verander mense se lewens terwyl hulle dit kyk op ‘n daaglikse basis.

Translation: “On a daily basis, Binnelanders changes people’s lives while they’re watching it in their living rooms.”

7- Getroud Met Rugby

Translation: Married to Rugby

Sport Stadium with Crowd and Lights

Some say the sport rugby is the Afrikaans people’s religion. In general, most of them are very passionate about this sport, and support it religiously.

Previously a drama series, Getroud met Rugby is now a soapie and is aired every weekday. Before its premiere in 2009, it was marketed as the Afrikaans version of the UK’s Footballers’ Wives.

Hugely popular, it tells the story of three professional rugby players and their families. This soapie will teach you a lot about upper-middle-class Afrikaans culture and communities.

3. Comedies

South Africans love to laugh, and are quite fond of making fun of themselves. Their comedies are full of sketches joking with, well, everyone and everything in South Africa!

8- Ouboet & Wors

Translation: Older Bro and Sausage

People Laughing in a Theater

Ouboet & Wors is a South African TV series based on characters from other much-loved and popular TV series. The title roles are played by veteran South African comedians, Frank Opperman and Willie Esterhuizen, and all the characters in the series are modern business owners.

Fun slapstick with a heart.

Referring to the characters, Willie Esterhuizen said: Hulle pas by mekaar soos legkaartstukke.

Translation: “They fit together like a puzzle.”

Willie wrote, directed, and also starred in the series.

9- Molly en Wors

Translation: Molly and Sausage

Entwined Feet

Yes, it’s the same Wors from Ouboet & Wors! Gain some context and understanding of the previously-discussed show by watching this Afrikaans drama series first.

The popular comedy TV series deals with the lives of the slightly dysfunctional Visagie family of four: Wors, Molly, their oldest son Vaatjie, and their daughter Blapsie. (Blapsie literally means “small mistake” in Afrikaans.)

Vaatjie is studying at the local cooking school to become a chef, and Blapsie, in her final year of school, is spending more time with her boyfriend than in front of the books. This show is relatable and funny, if slapstick is your thing.

Favorite quote from Wors: Dis ‘n man se prerogatief om ‘n ou wit leuntjie te vertel om sy vrou se gevoelens te beskerm.

Translation: “It’s a husband’s prerogative to tell a little white lie to protect his wife’s feelings.”

4. Mystery and Suspense

Perhaps you have a taste for something a bit edgier? Nothing better than a good crime series.

10- Die Boland Moorde

Translation: The Boland Murders

Hooded Man Pointing Gun

Treat yourself to some nail-biting fun with this award-nominated series. Center-stage are, of course, Lieutenants André Fourie and Shane Williams, who get to unravel heinous crimes and catch numerous criminals against the backdrop of one of the country’s most beautiful regions: the Boland.

Every episode is approximately ninety minutes long, and the format is based on British whodunnits, like Midsummer Murders, Vera, and Lewis.

Favorite quote from Stian Bam, the actor who plays André Fouche: Geweld en aksie is nie die sentrale tema van die reeks nie. Maar daar is defnitief geen tekort aan spanning nie!

Translation: “Violence and action are…not the focal point of this series. But there is definitely no shortage of suspense!”

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In the meantime, we hope you’ve centered in on some interesting South African TV finds from our list. Whether you plan to watch African TV shows online or elsewhere, there’s so much to be enjoyed in this niche. These Afrikaans TV shows of 2019 are sure to keep you entertained and learning for many binge-hours!

Which TV shows in Afrikaans do you most want to watch? Let us know in the comments!

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How to Say I Love You in Afrikaans - Romantic Word List

Do you often feel lonely and sad? Do you long for romance and are willing to do whatever it takes to meet that special person? Speaking another language could revolutionize your love life! So, why wait? Learning how to say ‘love’ in Afrikaans could be just what you need to find it.

Or perhaps you were lucky, and have found your Afrikaans partner already. Fantastic! Yet, a cross-cultural relationship comes with unique challenges. Learning how to speak your lover’s language will greatly improve your communication and enhance the relationship. At AfrikaansPod101, our team will teach you all the words, quotes and phrases you need to woo your Afrikaans lover with excellence! Our tutors provide personal assistance, with plenty of extra material available to make Afrikaans dating easy for you.

Table of Contents

  1. Common Phrases You’ll Need for a Date
  2. The Most Romantic Ideas for a Date
  3. Must-know Valentine’s Day Vocabulary
  4. Afrikaans Love Phrases for Valentine’s Day
  5. Afrikaans Quotes about Love
  6. Marriage Proposal Lines
  7. 15 Most Common Break-Up Lines
  8. Will Falling in Love Help You Learn Afrikaans Faster?

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1. Common Phrases You’ll Need for a Date

So, you have met your Afrikaans love interest. Congratulations! Who knows where this could take you…?! However, the two of you have just met and you’re not ready to say the Afrikaans word for love just yet. Great, it is better to get to know him/her first. Wow your prospective love by using these Afrikaans date phrases to set up a spectacular first date.

Afrikaans Date Phrases

Would you like to go out to dinner with me?

  • Wil jy saam met my uitgaan vir ‘n ete?

The important question! In most cultures, this phrase indicates: ‘I’m romantically interested in you’. Flirting in Afrikaans is no different, so don’t take your date to Mcdonald’s!

Are you free this weekend?

  • Is jy beskikbaar die naweek?

This is a preamble to asking your love interest on a date. If you get an immediate ‘Yes’, that’s good news!

Would you like to hang out with me?

  • Wil jy saam met my kuier?

You like her/him, but you’re not sure if there’s chemistry. Ask them to hang out first to see if a dinner date is next.

What time shall we meet tomorrow?

  • Hoe laat sal ons môre ontmoet ?

Set a time, and be sure to arrive early! Nothing spoils a potential relationship more than a tardy date.

Where shall we meet?

  • Waar sal ons ontmoet?

You can ask this, but also suggest a place.

You look great.

  • Jy lyk goed.

A wonderful ice breaker! This phrase will help them relax a bit - they probably took great care to look their best just for you.

You are so cute.

  • Jy is so oulik.

If the two of you are getting on really well, this is a fun, flirtatious phrase to use.

What do you think of this place?

  • Wat dink jy van hierdie plek?

This another good conversation starter. Show off your Afrikaans language skills!

Can I see you again?

  • Kan ek jou weer sien?

So the date went really well - don’t waste time! Make sure you will see each other again.

Shall we go somewhere else?

  • Moet ons iewers anders gaan ?

If the place you meet at is not great, you can suggest going elsewhere. It is also a good question to follow the previous one. Variety is the spice of life!

I know a good place.

  • Ek weet van ‘n goeie plek.

Use this with the previous question. However, don’t say if you don’t know a good place!

I will drive you home.

  • Ek sal jou huis toe ry.

If your date doesn’t have transport, this is a polite, considerate offer. However, don’t be offended if she/he turns you down on the first date. Especially a woman might not feel comfortable letting you drive her home when the two of you are still basically strangers.

That was a great evening.

  • Dit was ‘n lekker aand.

This is a good phrase to end the evening with.

When can I see you again?

  • Wanneer kan ek jou weer sien?

If he/she replied ‘Yes’ to ‘Can I see you again?’, this is the next important question.

I’ll call you.

  • Ek sal jou bel.

Say this only if you really mean to do it. In many cultures, this could imply that you’re keeping the proverbial backdoor open.

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2. The Most Romantic Ideas for a Date

You learned all the Afrikaans phrases to make a date - congratulations! Now you have to decide where to meet, which can be tricky. Discuss these options with your lover to gauge whether you like the same things. Check out romantic date ideas in Afrikaans below!

Date Ideas in Afrikaans

museum

  • museum

If you’re looking for unique date ideas that are fun but won’t break the bank, museums are the perfect spot! You won’t be running out of things to say in the conversations.

candlelit dinner

  • kerslig aandete

A candlelit dinner is perhaps best to reserve for when the relationship is getting serious. It’s very intimate, and says: “Romance!” It’s a fantastic choice if you’re sure you and your date are in love with each other!

go to the zoo

  • gaan na die dieretuin

This is a good choice for shy lovers who want to get the conversation going. Just make sure your date likes zoos, as some people dislike them. Maybe not for the first date, but this is also a great choice if your lover has children - you’ll win his/her adoration for inviting them along!

go for a long walk

  • gaan vir ‘n lang stap

Need to talk about serious stuff, or just want to relax with your date? Walking together is soothing, and a habit you can keep up together always! Just make sure it’s a beautiful walk that’s not too strenuous.

go to the opera

  • gaan na die opera

This type of date should only be attempted if both of you love the opera. It can be a special treat, followed by a candlelit dinner!

go to the aquarium

  • gaan na die akwarium

Going to the aquarium is another good idea if you need topics for conversation, or if you need to impress your lover’s kids! Make sure your date doesn’t have a problem with aquariums.

walk on the beach

  • loop op die strand

This can be a very romantic stroll, especially at night! The sea is often associated with romance and beauty.

have a picnic

  • hou ‘n piekniek

If you and your date need to get more comfortable together, this can be a fantastic date. Spending time in nature is soothing and calms the nerves.

cook a meal together

  • kook ‘n maaltyd saam

If you want to get an idea of your date’s true character in one go, this is an excellent date! You will quickly see if the two of you can work together in a confined space. If it works, it will be fantastic for the relationship and create a sense of intimacy. If not, you will probably part ways!

have dinner and see a movie

  • aandete en sien ‘n fliek

This is traditional date choice works perfectly well. Just make sure you and your date like the same kind of movies!

3. Must-know Valentine’s Day Vocabulary

Valentine's Day Words in Afrikaans

Expressing your feelings honestly is very important in any relationship all year round. Yet, on Valentine’s Day you really want to shine. Impress your lover this Valentine’s with your excellent vocabulary, and make his/her day! We teach you, in fun, effective ways, the meanings of the words and how to pronounce them. You can also copy the characters and learn how to write ‘I love you’ in Afrikaans - think how impressed your date will be!

4. Afrikaans Love Phrases for Valentine’s Day

So, you now have the basic Valentine’s Day vocabulary under your belt. Well done! But, do you know how to say ‘I love you’ in Afrikaans yet? Or perhaps you are still only friends. So, do you know how to say ‘I like you’ or ‘I have a crush on you’ in Afrikaans? No? Don’t worry, here are all the love phrases you need to bowl over your Afrikaans love on this special day!

Valentine's Day Words in Afrikaans

You mean so much to me.

  • Jy beteken so baie vir my.

This is a beautiful expression of gratitude that will enhance any relationship! It makes the receiver feel appreciated and their efforts recognized.

Will you be my Valentine?

  • Sal jy my Valentine wees?

With these words, you are taking your relationship to the next level! Or, if you have been a couple for a while, it shows that you still feel the romance. So, go for it!

You’re so beautiful.

  • Jy is so pragtig.

If you don’t know how to say ‘You’re pretty’ in Afrikaans, this is a good substitute, gentlemen!

I think of you as more than a friend.

  • Ek dink aan jou as meer as ‘n vriend.

Say this if you are not yet sure that your romantic feelings are reciprocated. It is also a safe go-to if you’re unsure about the Afrikaans dating culture.

A hundred hearts would be too few to carry all my love for you.

  • n Honderd harte sou te min wees om al my liefde vir jou dra.

You romantic you…! When your heart overflows with love, this would be the best phrase to use.

Love is just love. It can never be explained.

  • Liefde is net liefde. Dit kan nooit verduidelik word nie.

If you fell in love unexpectedly or inexplicably, this one’s for you.

You’re so handsome.

  • Jy is so aantreklik.

Ladies, this phrase lets your Afrikaans love know how much you appreciate his looks! Don’t be shy to use it; men like compliments too.

I’ve got a crush on you.

  • Ek hou van jou.

If you like someone, but you’re unsure about starting a relationship, it would be prudent to say this. It simply means that you like someone very, very much and think they’re amazing.

You make me want to be a better man.

  • Jy maak dat ek ‘n beter man wil wees.

Gentlemen, don’t claim this phrase as your own! It hails from the movie ‘As Good as it Gets’, but it is sure to make your Afrikaans girlfriend feel very special. Let her know that she inspires you!

Let all that you do be done in love.

  • Laat als wat jy doen in liefde geskied.

We hope.

You are my sunshine, my love.

  • Jy is my sonskyn, my liefde.

A compliment that lets your lover know they bring a special quality to your life. Really nice!

Words can’t describe my love for you.

  • Woorde kan nie my liefde vir jou beskryf nie.

Better say this when you’re feeling serious about the relationship! It means that your feelings are very intense.

We were meant to be together.

  • Ons is bedoel om saam te wees.

This is a loving affirmation that shows you see a future together, and that you feel a special bond with your partner.

If you were thinking about someone while reading this, you’re definitely in love.

  • As jy oor iemand gedink het, terwyl jy die gelees het, is jy beslis verlief.

Here’s something fun to tease your lover with. And hope he/she was thinking of you!

I love you.

  • Ek het jou lief.

Saying ‘I love you’ in Afrikaans carries the same weight as in all languages. Use this only if you’re sure and sincere about your feelings for your partner/friend.

5. Afrikaans Quotes about Love

Afrikaans Love Quotes

You’re a love champ! You and your Afrikaans lover are getting along fantastically, your dates are awesome, your Valentine’s Day together was spectacular, and you’re very much in love. Good for you! Here are some beautiful phrases of endearment in Afrikaans that will remind him/her who is in your thoughts all the time.

6. Marriage Proposal Lines

Afrikaans Marriage Proposal Lines

Wow. Your Afrikaans lover is indeed the love of your life - congratulations! And may only happiness follow the two of you! In most traditions, the man asks the woman to marry; this is also the Afrikaans custom. Here are a few sincere and romantic lines that will help you to ask your lady-love for her hand in marriage.

7. 15 Most Common Break-Up Lines

Afrikaans Break-Up Lines

Instead of moving towards marriage or a long-term relationship, you find that the spark is not there for you. That is a pity! But even though breaking up is never easy, continuing a bad or unfulfilling relationship would be even harder. Remember to be kind to the person you are going to say goodbye to; respect and sensitivity cost nothing. Here are some phrases to help you break up gently.

  • I need my space.
    • Ek moet my spasie nodig.

    When a person is too clingy or demanding, this would be an suitable break-up phrase. It is another good go-to for that lover who doesn’t get the message!

    We need to talk.

    • Ons moet praat.

    This is not really a break-up line, but it is a good conversation opener with a serious tone.

    It’s not you. It’s me.

    • Dit is nie jy nie. Dis ek.

    As long as you mean it, this can be a kind thing to say. It means that there’s nothing wrong with your Afrikaans lover as a person, but that you need something different from a relationship.

    I’m just not ready for this kind of relationship.

    • Ek is net nie gereed vir hierdie soort verhouding nie.

    Things moved a bit fast and got too intense, too soon? Painful as it is, honesty is often the best way to break up with somebody.

    Let’s just be friends.

    • Kom ons wees net vriende.

    If the relationship was very intense, and you have sent many ‘i love u’ texts in Afrikaans, this would not be a good breakup line. Feelings need to calm down before you can be friends, if ever. If the relationship has not really developed yet, a friendship would be possible.

    I think we need a break.

    • Ek dink ons ​​het ‘n breek nodig.

    This is again honest, and to the point. No need to play with someone’s emotions by not letting them know how you feel. However, this could imply that you may fall in love with him/her again after a period of time, so use with discretion.

    You deserve better.

    • Jy verdien beter.

    Yes, he/she probably deserves a better relationship if your own feelings have cooled down.

    We should start seeing other people.

    • Ons moet ander mense begin sien.

    This is probably the least gentle break-up phrase, so reserve it for a lover that doesn’t get the message!

    I think we’re moving too fast.

    • Ek dink ons ​​ beweeg te vinnig.

    Say this if you want to keep the relationship, but need to slow down its progress a bit. It is also good if you feel things are getting too intense for your liking. However, it is not really a break-up line, so be careful not to mislead.

    I need to focus on my career.

    • Ek moet op my loopbaan fokus .

    If you feel that you will not be able to give 100% in a relationship due to career demands, this is the phrase to use. It’s also good if you are unwilling to give up your career for a relationship.

    I’m not good enough for you.

    • Ek is nie goed genoeg vir jou nie.

    Say this only if you really believe it, or you’ll end up sounding false. Break-ups are usually hard for the receiving party, so don’t insult him/her with an insincere comment.

    I just don’t love you anymore.

    • Ek het jou nie meer lief nie.

    This harsh line is sometimes the best one to use if you are struggling to get through to a stubborn, clingy lover who won’t accept your break up. Use it as a last resort. Then switch your phone off and block their emails!

    We’re just not right for each other.

    • Ons is net nie reg vir mekaar nie.

    If this is how you truly feel, you need to say it. Be kind, gentle and polite.

    It’s for the best.

    • Dit is vir die beste.

    This phrase is called for if circumstances are difficult and the relationship is not progressing well. Love should enhance one’s life, not burden it!

    We’ve grown apart.

    • Ons het verby mekaar gegroei.

    Cross-cultural relationships are often long-distance ones, and it is easy to grow apart over time.

  • 8. Will Falling in Love help you Learn Afrikaans faster?

    Most people will agree that the above statement is a no-brainer - of course it will! Your body will be flooded with feel-good hormones, which are superb motivators for anything. AfrikaansPod101 is one of the best portals to help help make this a reality, so don’t hesitate to enroll now! Let’s quickly look at the reasons why falling in love will speed up your learning of the Afrikaans language.

    Three Reasons Why Having a Lover will Help you Learn Afrikaans Faster!

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    1- Being in a love relationship with your Afrikaans speaking partner will immerse you in the culture
    AfrikaansPod101 uses immersive methods and tools to teach you Afrikaans, but having a relationship with a native speaker will be a very valuable addition to your learning experience! You will gain exposure to their world, realtime and vividly, which will make the language come alive even more for you. The experience is likely to expand your world-view, which should motivate you to learn Afrikaans even faster.

    2- Having your Afrikaans romantic partner will mean more opportunity to practice speaking
    Nothing beats continuous practice when learning a new language. Your partner will probably be very willing to assist you in this, as your enhanced Afrikaans language skills will enhance the relationship. Communication is, after all, one of the most important pillars of a good partnership. Also, you will get to impress your lover with the knowledge gained through your studies - a win/win situation!

    3- A supportive Afrikaans lover is likely to make a gentle, patient teacher and study aid!
    With his/her heart filled with love and goodwill for you, your Afrikaans partner is likely to patiently and gently correct your mistakes when you speak. This goes not only for grammar, but also for accent and meaning. With his/her help, you could sound like a native in no time!

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    1- All the Resources and Materials Will Help Both of You
    Falling in love with a man or woman speaking Afrikaans is an opportunity for both of you to learn a new language! For this reason, every lesson, transcript, vocabulary list, and resource at AfrikaansPod101 is translated into both English and Afrikaans. So, while your partner can help you learn Afrikaans faster, you can potentially also help him/her learn and master English!

    2- Lessons Are Designed to Help You Understand and Engage with Afrikaans Culture
    At AfrikaansPod101, our focus is to help our students learn practical vocabulary and phrases used by everyday people in South Africa. This means that, from your very first lesson, you can apply what you learn immediately! So, when your Afrikaans partner wants to go out to a restaurant, play Pokemon Go, or attend just about any social function, you have the vocabulary and phrases necessary to have a great time!

    3- Access to Special Resources Dedicated to Romantic Afrikaans Phrases
    You now have access to AfrikaansPod101’s specially-developed sections and tools to teach you love words, phrases, and cultural insights to help you find and attract your Afrikaans soul mate. A personal tutor will assist you to master these brilliantly - remember to invite him/her to your wedding!

    How to Celebrate April Fools’ Day in Afrikaans

    How to Celebrate April Fools' Day in Afrikaans!

    Most everyone is familiar with this day, as it is celebrated nearly everywhere the world. Yet, when exactly is April Fools’ Day? And where did April Fools come from? April Fools’ Day is observed on April 1st every year. This day of jokes and pranks is believed to have stemmed from the 16th-century calendar change in France, when New Year’s Day was moved from April 1 to January 1. This action was taken due to the adoption of the Gregorian calendar.

    However, a few people were resistant to the calendar change, so they continued to observe New Year’s Day on April 1st, rather than the new date. They were referred to as the “April Fools”, and others started playing mocking tricks on them. This custom endured, and is practiced to this day around the world!

    Table of Contents

    1. Top One Million Words You Need to Know for April Fools’ Day
    2. Afrikaans Phrases You Can Use on April Fools’ Day
    3. Some of the Coolest April Fools’ Pranks To Play on Anybody
    4. How Can AfrikaansPod101 Make Your April Fools’ Day Special?
    5. Top 1000 Most Useful Phrases in Afrikaans - Testing New Technology

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    1. Top One Million Words You Need to Know for April Fools’ Day

    Do you want to know how to say April Fools’ Day in Afrikaans? Well, there are millions of ways and words, but here are the top one million Afrikaans words you really need to know! Simply click this link. Here are some of them you will find useful:

    1. joke - grap
    2. funny - snaaks
    3. deceptive - misleidende
    4. surprise - verrassing
    5. prankster - poetsbakker
    6. prank - poets
    7. humor - humor
    8. April 1st - 1ste April
    9. sneaky - listig
    10. play a joke - maak ‘n grap
    11. fool - flous
    12. lie - leuen

    2. Afrikaans Phrases You Can Use on April Fools’ Day

    Afrikaans Phrases for April Fools' Day

    Don’t limit yourself to practical jokes - use these April Fools’ phrases in Afrikaans to prank your favorite Afrikaans speaking friend or colleague!

    1. All classes for today got canceled.
      • Alle klasse vir vandag is gekanselleer.
    2. I’m sorry, but I’ve just broken your favorite pair of glasses.
      • Ek is jammer, maar ek het nounet jou gunsteling bril gebreek.
    3. Someone has just hit your car.
      • Iemand het nounet jou motor getref.
    4. You won a free ticket.
      • Jy het ‘n gratis kaartjie gewen.
    5. Thank you for your love letter this morning. I never could have guessed your feelings.
      • Dankie vir jou liefdes brief vanoggend. Ek sou nooit jou gevoelens kon raai nie.
    6. I saw your car being towed.
      • Ek het gesien hoe hulle jou kar insleep.
    7. They’re giving away free gift cards in front of the building.
      • Hulle is gee gratis geskenk kaarte weg voor die gebou.
    8. I’m getting married.
      • Ek gaan trou.
    9. A handsome guy is waiting for you outside.
      • n Aantreklike man wag vir jou buite.
    10. Can you come downstairs? I have something special for you.
      • Kan jy met die trappe agkom? Ek het iets spesiaal vir jou.
    11. A beautiful lady asked me to give this phone number to you.
      • n Pragtige vrou het my gevra om hierdie telefoonnommer aan jou gee.

    Choose your victims carefully, though; the idea is to get them to laugh with you, not to hurt their feelings or humiliate them in front of others. Be extra careful if you choose to play a prank on your boss - you don’t want to antagonize them with an inappropriate joke.

    3. Some of the Coolest April Fools’ Pranks To Play on Anybody

    Choose Bad or Good

    Right, now that you know the top million April Fools’ words in Afrikaans, let’s look at some super pranks and tricks to play on friends, colleagues and family. Some April Fools ideas never grow old, while new ones are born every year.

    Never joke in such a way that it hurts anyone, or humiliates them badly in front of others - the idea is for everybody to laugh and enjoy the fun! Respect is still key, no matter what day of the year it is.

    Cockroach prank

    1- Infestation

    This trick is so simple, yet so creepy, it’s almost unbelievable. Take black paper, cut out the silhouette of a giant cockroach, a spider or another insect, and stick it inside the lampshade of a table lamp. When the lamp is switched on, it will look like a monstrous insect is sitting inside the lampshade. Or, get a whole lot of realistic-looking plastic insects, and spread them over a colleague’s desk and chair, or, at home, over the kids’ beds etc. Creep-factor: stellar.

    2- Which One Doesn’t Fit?

    Put the photo of a celebrity or a notorious politician in a frame, and take it to work on April Fools’ Day. Hang the photo on the staff picture wall, and wait. You’ll be surprised how long it can take for people to notice that one picture doesn’t fit.

    3- Something Weird in the Restroom

    At work, replace the air freshener in the restroom with something noxious like insect killer, oven cleaner or your own odious mixture in a spray bottle. Be sure to cover the bottle’s body so no one suspects a swap.

    Or paint a bar of soap with clear nail polish, and leave it at the hand wash basin. It will not lather.

    Or, if your workplace’s restroom has partitioned toilets with short doors, arrange jeans or trousers and shoes on all but one of the toilet covers, so it looks like every stall is occupied. Now wait for complaints, and see how long it takes for someone to figure out the April Fools’ Day prank. You’ll probably wish you had a camera inside the restroom. But, unless you don’t mind getting fired, don’t put your own recording device in there!

    Funny Face

    4- Call Me Funny

    Prepare and print out a few posters with the following instructions: Lion Roar Challenge! Call this number - 123-456-7890 - and leave your best lion’s roar as voicemail! Best roarer will be announced April 10 in the cafeteria. Prize: $100. (Lion’s roar is just an example; you can use any animal call, or even a movie character’s unique sound, such as Chewbacca from Star Wars. The weirder, the funnier. Obviously!) Put the posters up in the office where most of the staff is likely to see them. Now wait for the owner of the number to visit you with murderous intent. Have a conciliatory gift ready that’s not a prank.

    5- Minty Cookies

    This is another simple but hugely effective prank - simply separate iced cookies, scrape off the icing, and replace it with toothpaste. Serve during lunch or tea break at work, or put in your family’s lunch boxes. Be sure to take photos of your victim’s faces when they first bite into your April Fools’ cookies.

    6- Wild Shopping

    At your local grocer, place a realistic-looking plastic snake or spider among the fresh vegetables. Now wait around the corner for the first yell.

    7- The Oldest Trick in the Book

    Don’t forget probably the oldest, yet very effective April Fools’ joke in the book - smearing hand cream or Vaseline on a door handle that most staff, family or friends are likely to use. Yuck to the max!

    8- Sneeze On Me

    Another golden oldie is also gross, yet harmless and utterly satisfying as a prank. Fill a small spray bottle that you can easily conceal with water. Walk past a friend, colleague or one of your kids, and fake a sneeze while simultaneously spraying them with a bit of water. Expect to be called a totally disgusting person. Add a drop of lovely smelling essential oil to the water for extra confusion.

    9- Word Play Repairs

    Put a fresh leek in the hand wash basin at home or work, and then tell your housemates or colleagues this: “There’s a huge leak in the restroom/bathroom basin, it’s really serious. Please can someone go have a look?!” Expect exasperation and smiles all around. Note that this prank is only likely to work where people understand English well.

    10- Scary Face

    Print out a very scary face on an A4 sheet of paper, and place it in a colleague’s, or one of your kid’s drawers, so it’s the first thing they see when they open the drawer. You may not be very popular for a while.

    11- Wake Up To Madness

    Put foamy shaving cream, or real whipped cream on your hand, and wake your kid up by tickling their nose with it. As long as they get the joke, this could be a wonderful and fun way to start April Fools’ Day.

    Computer Prank

    12- Computer Prank

    This one’s fabulous, if you have a bit of time to fiddle with a colleague, friend or your kid’s computer. It is most effective on a computer where most of the icons they use are on the desktop background itself (as opposed to on the bottom task bar).

    Take and save a screenshot of their desktop with the icons. Set this screenshot as their background image. Now delete all the working icons. When they return to their computer, wait for the curses when no amount of clicking on the icons works.

    13- Monster Under the Cup

    This one will also work well anywhere people meet. Take a paper cup, and write the following on it in black pen: “Danger! Don’t lift, big spider underneath.” Place it upside-down on prominent flat surface, such as a kitchen counter, a colleague’s desk or a restaurant table. Expect some truly interesting responses.

    Door Prank

    14- Prank Door

    Write in large letters on a large and noticeable piece of paper: PUSH. Tape this notice on a door that should be pulled to open, and watch the hilarious struggle of those clever souls who actually read signs.

    4. How Can AfrikaansPod101 Make Your April Fools’ Day Special?

    If you happen to visit South Africa, or if you work for any Afrikaans speaking company, knowing the above Afrikaans prankster phrases can really lighten up your day. Showing you have a sense of humor can go a long way to cement good relationships in any situation. These phrases are at your disposal for free, as well as are these 100 core Afrikaans words, which you will learn how to pronounce perfectly.

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    How to Say Happy New Year in Afrikaans & New Year Wishes

    Learn all the Afrikaans New Year wishes online, in your own time, on any device! Join AfrikaansPod101 for a special Afrikaans New Year celebration!

    How to Say Happy New Year in Afrikaans

    Can you relate to the year passing something like this: “January, February, March - December!”? Many people do! Quantum physics teaches us that time is relative, and few experiences illustrate this principle as perfectly as when we reach the end of a year. To most of us, it feels like the old one has passed in the blink of an eye, while the new year lies ahead like a very long journey! However, New Year is also a time to celebrate beginnings, and to say goodbye to what has passed. This is true in every culture, no matter when New Year is celebrated.

    So, how do you say Happy New Year in Afrikaans? Let a native teach you! At AfrikaansPod101, you will learn how to correctly greet your friends over New Year, and wish them well with these Afrikaans New Year wishes!

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    Table of Contents

    1. How to Celebrate New Year in South Africa
    2. Must-Know Afrikaans Words & Phrases for the New Year!
    3. Top 10 New Year’s Resolutions in Afrikaans
    4. Inspirational New Year Quotes
    5. Inspirational Language Learning Quotes
    6. How To Say Happy New Year in 31 Languages
    7. How AfrikaansPod101 Can Help You Learn Afrikaans

    But let’s start with some vocabulary for Afrikaans New Year celebrations, very handy for conversations.

    1. How to Celebrate New Year in South Africa

    How to Celebrate New Year

    In South Africa, New Year’s day is a time for carousing with big soirees all over the country. In South Africa, January 1 is a public holiday, just as it is for all African countries, whether or not they celebrate New Year’s Day on that date or not. The holiday falls during the hot summer, so many South Africans spend it outside.

    The nation’s beaches are a popular destination, especially the Eastern and Western Cape and the KwaZulu-Natal beaches, and South Africans have a penchant for barbecuing on the beach or at a garden or park. Hotels and bars also host huge parties for the holiday. Cape Town’s Victoria and Alfred Waterfront plays host to one of South Africa’s largest New Year’s Day celebrations with cavorting, music, fireworks, feasting, and lots to do and see. For some on New Year’s, sobriety is out of the question.

    Often the parties spill into the second day of the year as well, and many people attend the Cape Carnival in Cape Town on January 2, which marks the one ephemeral day a year when slaves were allowed to take a day off. Participants spend many months rehearsing the songs or dances they will perform at the carnival. They also spend a lot of time preparing their costumes. Sometimes the preparations for the carnival start as early as August or even July. Minstrels are a big part of the Cape Carnival, with up to 10,000 banjo players performing in the District Six streets on the way toward Green Point Stadium.

    Happy Near Year!
    Gelukkige Nuwe Jaar!

    2. Must-Know Afrikaans Words & Phrases for the New Year!

    Afrikaans Words & Phrases for the New Year

    1- Year

    jaar

    This is pretty self-explanatory. Most countries follow a Gregorian calendar, which has approximately 365 days in a year, while in some cultures, other year designations are also honored. Therefore, New Year’s day in South Africa could fall on a different day than in your country. When do you celebrate New Year?

    2- Midnight

    middernag

    The point in time when a day ends and a new one starts. Many New Year celebrants prefer to stay awake till midnight, and greet the new annum as it breaks with fanfare and fireworks!

    3- New Year’s Day

    Nuwejaars dag

    In most countries, the new year is celebrated for one whole day. On the Gregorian calendar, this falls on January 1st. On this day, different cultures engage in festive activities, like parties, parades, big meals with families and many more.

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    4- Party

    partytjie

    A party is most people’s favorite way to end the old year, and charge festively into the new one! We celebrate all we accomplished in the old year, and joyfully anticipate what lies ahead.

    5- Dancing

    dans

    Usually, when the clock strikes midnight and the New Year officially begins, people break out in dance! It is a jolly way to express a celebratory mood with good expectations for the year ahead. Also, perhaps, that the old year with its problems has finally passed! Dance parties are also a popular way to spend New Year’s Eve in many places.

    6- Champagne

    sjampanje

    Originating in France, champagne is a bubbly, alcoholic drink that is often used to toast something or someone during celebrations.

    7- Fireworks

    vuurwerk

    These are explosives that cause spectacular effects when ignited. They are popular for announcing the start of the new year with loud noises and colorful displays! In some countries, fireworks are set off to scare away evil spirits. In others, the use of fireworks is forbidden in urban areas due to their harmful effect on pets. Most animals’ hearing is much more sensitive than humans’, so this noisy display can be very frightful and traumatising to them.

    Happy Near Year!

    8- Countdown

    aftelling

    This countdown refers to New Year celebrants counting the seconds, usually backward, till midnight, when New Year starts - a great group activity that doesn’t scare animals, and involves a lot of joyful shouting when the clock strikes midnight!

    9- New Year’s Holiday

    Nuwejaarsdag Vakansie

    In many countries, New Year’s Day is a public holiday - to recuperate from the party the previous night, perhaps! Families also like to meet on this day to enjoy a meal and spend time together.

    10- Confetti

    confetti

    In most Western countries, confetti is traditionally associated with weddings, but often it is used as a party decoration. Some prefer to throw it in the air at the strike of midnight on New Year’s Eve.

    11- New Year’s Eve

    Oujaarsdag

    This is the evening before New Year breaks at midnight! Often, friends and family meet for a party or meal the evening before, sometimes engaging in year-end rituals. How are you planning to give your New Year greetings in 2018?

    12- Toast

    roosterbrood

    A toast is a type of group-salutation that involves raising your glass to drink with others in honor of something or someone. A toast to the new year is definitely in order!

    13- Resolution

    resolusie

    Those goals or intentions you hope to, but seldom keep in the new year! Many people consider the start of a new year to be the opportune time for making changes or plans. Resolutions are those intentions to change, or the plans. It’s best to keep your resolutions realistic so as not to disappoint yourself!

    14- Parade

    parade

    New Year celebrations are a huge deal in some countries! Parades are held in the streets, often to celebratory music, with colorful costumes and lots of dancing. Parades are like marches, only less formal and way more fun. At AfrikaansPod101, you can engage in forums with natives who can tell you what Afrikaans New Year celebrations are like!

    3. Top 10 New Year’s Resolutions

    New Year’s Resolutions List

    So, you learned the Afrikaans word for ‘resolution’. Fabulous! Resolutions are those goals and intentions that we hope to manifest in the year that lies ahead. The beginning of a new year serves as a good marker in time to formalise these. Some like to do it in writing, others only hold these resolutions in their hearts. Here are our Top 10 New Year’s resolutions at AfrikaansPod101 - what are yours?

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    New Year's Resolutions

    1- Read more

    Lees meer.

    Reading is a fantastic skill that everyone can benefit from. You’re a business person? Apparently, successful business men and women read up to 60 books a year. This probably excludes fiction, so better scan your library or Amazon for the top business reads if you plan to follow in the footsteps of the successful! Otherwise, why not make it your resolution to read more Afrikaans in the new year? You will be surprised by how much this will improve your Afrikaans language skills!

    2- Spend more time with family

    Spandeer meer tyd saam met familie

    Former US President George Bush’s wife, Barbara Bush, was quoted as having said this: “At the end of your life, you will never regret not having passed one more test, not winning one more verdict, or not closing one more deal. You will regret time not spent with a husband, a friend, a child, a parent.” This is very true! Relationships are often what gives life meaning, so this is a worthy resolution for any year.

    3- Lose weight

    Gewig verloor

    Hands up, how many of you made this new year’s resolution last year too…?! This is a notoriously difficult goal to keep, as it takes a lot of self discipline not to eat unhealthily. Good luck with this one, and avoid unhealthy fad diets!

    4- Save money

    Spaar geld

    Another common and difficult resolution! However, no one has ever been sorry when they saved towards reaching a goal. Make it your resolution to save money to upgrade your subscription to AfrikaansPod101’s Premium PLUS option in the new year - it will be money well spent!

    5- Quit smoking

    Ophou rook

    This is a resolution that you should definitely keep, or your body could punish you severely later! Smoking is a harmful habit with many hazardous effects on your health. Do everything in your power to make this resolution come true in the new year, as your health is your most precious asset.

    6- Learn something new

    Leer iets nuuts

    Science has proven that learning new skills can help keep brain diseases such as dementia and Alzheimer’s at bay! It can even slow down the progression of the disease. So, keep your brain healthy by learning to speak a new language, studying towards a qualification, learning how to sew, or how to play chess - no matter how old you are, the possibilities are infinite!

    7- Drink less

    Drink minder

    This is another health resolution that is good to heed any time of the year. Excessive drinking is associated with many diseases, and its effect can be very detrimental to good relationships too. Alcohol is a poison and harmful for the body in large quantities!

    8- Exercise regularly

    Oefen gereeld

    This resolution goes hand-in-hand with ‘Lose weight’! An inactive body is an unhealthy and often overweight one, so give this resolution priority in the new year.

    9- Eat healthy

    Eet gesond

    If you stick with this resolution, you will lose weight and feel better in general. It is a very worthy goal to have!

    10- Study Afrikaans with AfrikaansPod101

    leer Afrikaans met AfrikaansPod101.com

    Of course! You can only benefit from learning Afrikaans, especially with us! Learning how to speak Afrikaans can keep your brain healthy, it can widen your circle of friends, and improve your chances to land a dream job anywhere in the world. AfrikaansPod101 makes it easy and enjoyable for you to stick to this resolution.

    4. Inspirational New Year Quotes

    Inspirational Quotes

    Everyone knows that it is sometimes very hard to stick to resolutions, and not only over New Year. The reasons for this vary from person to person, but all of us need inspiration every now and then! A good way to remain motivated is to keep inspirational quotes near as reminders that it’s up to us to reach our goals.

    Click here for quotes that will also work well in a card for a special Afrikaans new year greeting!

    Make decorative notes of these in Afrikaans, and keep them close! Perhaps you could stick them above your bathroom mirror, or on your study’s wall. This way you not only get to read Afrikaans incidentally, but also remain inspired to reach your goals! Imagine feeling like giving up on a goal, but reading this quote when you go to the bathroom: “It does not matter how slowly you go, as long as you do not stop.” What a positive affirmation!

    5. Inspirational Language Learning Quotes

    Language Learning Quotes

    Still undecided whether you should enroll with AfrikaansPod101 to learn a new language? There’s no time like the present to decide! Let the following Language Learning Quotes inspire you with their wisdom.

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    As legendary President Nelson Mandela once said: “If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his own language, that goes to his heart.” So, learning how to say Happy New Year in Afrikaans could well be a way into someone special’s heart for you! Let this year be the one where you to learn how to say Happy New Year, and much more, in Afrikaans - it could open many and unexpected doors for you.

    6. How To Say Happy New Year in 31 Languages

    Here’s a lovely bonus for you! Why stop with Afrikaans - learn how to say Happy New Year in 31 other languages too! Watch this video and learn how to pronounce these New Year’s wishes like a native in under two minutes.

    7. Why Enrolling with AfrikaansPod101 Would Be the Perfect New Year’s Gift to Yourself!

    If you are unsure how to celebrate the New Year, why not give yourself a huge gift, and enroll to learn Afrikaans! With more than 12 years of experience behind us, we know that AfrikaansPod101 would be the perfect fit for you. There are so many reasons for this!

    Learning Paths

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    • Fun and Easy: Keeping the lessons fun and easy-to-learn is our aim, so you will stay motivated by your progress!

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    How To Say ‘Thank you’ in Afrikaans

    How to Say Thank You in Afrikaans

    In most cultures, it is custom to express gratitude in some way or another. The dictionary defines gratitude as follows: it is “the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness”. Giving a sincere, thankful response to someone’s actions or words is often the ‘glue’ that keeps relationships together. This is true in most societies! Doing so in a foreign country also shows your respect and appreciation for the culture. Words have great power - use these ones sincerely and often!

    Table of Contents

    1. 12 Ways to say ‘Thank you’ in Afrikaans
    2. Video Lesson: Learn to Say ‘Thank You’ in 3 Minutes
    3. Infographic & Audio Lesson: Survival Phrases - Thank You
    4. Video Lesson: ‘Thank You’ in 31 Languages
    5. How AfrikaansPod101 Can Help You

    So, how do you say ‘Thank you’ in Afrikaans? You can learn easily! Below, AfrikaansPod101 brings you perfect translations and pronunciation as you learn the most common ways Afrikaans speakers say ‘Thanks’ in various situations.

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    1. 12 Ways to say ‘Thank you’ in Afrikaans

    1- Thank you.

    Dankie.

    The magical words that can bring a smile to any face. For one day, truly mean it whenever you say these words, and see how this lifts your spirit too!

    2- That’s very kind of you.

    Dit is baie gaaf van jou.

    This phrase is appropriate when someone clearly goes out of their way to give good service, or to offer you a kindness.

    3- Thanks for your kind words!

    Dankie vir jou vriendelike woorde!

    Someone paid you a compliment and made you feel good? That is kind of him/her, so express your gratitude!

    4- Thank you for coming today.

    Dankie dat julle gekom het vandag.

    This welcoming phrase should be part of your arsenal if you’re conducting more formal meetings with Afrikaans speakers. If you’re hosting a party, this is also a good phrase when you greet your Afrikaans guests!

    5- Thank you for your consideration.

    Dankie dat julle dit oorweeg.

    This is a more formal, almost solemn way to thank someone for their thoughtfulness and sensitivity towards you. It is also suitable to use when a native speaker has to consider something you submit, like a job application, a project or a proposal. You are thanking them, in essence, for time and effort they are about to, or have spent on your submission.

    6- Thanks a lot!

    Baie dankie!

    This means the same as ‘Thank you’, but with energy and enthusiasm added! It means almost the same as ‘thank you so much’ in Afrikaans. Use this in an informal setting with your Afrikaans friends or teachers.

    7- Teachers like you are not easy to find.

    Onderwysers soos jy is nie maklik om te vind nie.

    Some phrases are compliments, which express gratitude by inference. This is one of them. If you’re particularly impressed with your AfrikaansPod101 teacher, this is an excellent phrase to memorize!

    8- Thank you for spending time with us.

    Dankie dat julle tyd saam ons spandeer het.

    Any host at a gathering with Afrikaans speakers, such as a meeting or a party, should have this under his/her belt! Use it when you’re saying goodbye or busy closing a meeting. It could also be another lovely way to thank your Afrikaans language teacher for her time.

    9- Thank you for being patient and helping me improve.

    Baie dankie dat jy geduldig is en my help om te verbeter.

    This phrase is another sure way to melt any formal or informal Afrikaans teacher’s heart! Teaching is not easy, and often a lot of patience is required from the teacher. Thank him/her for it! It’s also a good phrase to use if you work in South Africa, and want to thank your trainer or employer. You will go a long way towards making yourself a popular employee - gratitude is the most attractive trait in any person!

    10- You’re the best teacher ever!

    Jy is die beste onderwyser ooit!

    This is also an enthusiastic way to thank your teacher by means of a compliment. It could just make their day!

    11- Thank you for the gift.

    Dankie vir die geskenk.

    This is a good phrase to remember when you’re the lucky recipient of a gift. Show your respect and gratitude with these words.

    12- I have learned so much thanks to you.

    Ek het so baie geleer te danke aan jou.

    What a wonderful compliment to give a good teacher! It means they have succeeded in their goal, and you’re thankful for it.

    2. Video Lesson: Learn to Say ‘Thank You’ in 3 Minutes

    Wherever your destination maybe, manners are a must! And in this respect, South Afrika is no different.

    1. Dankie
    The most important lesson to remember is that In Afrikaans, “Thank you” is dankie.

    2. Baie Dankie Vir Alles
    Another useful phrase is Baie dankie vir alles. Baie and dankie together mean “Thank you very much”. Next, the component vir, means “for” and the component alles means “everything”. So the whole phrase for “Thank you for everything” is Baie dankie vir alles.

    3. Baie Dankie Meneer
    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.” You would use this phrase to show your respect for older people, or people that you don’t know.

    Cultural Insights

    Quick Tip

    Baie dankie is the most common way to say “Thank you” by far. Remember, when in doubt, keeping it simple is your safest bet. It doesn’t matter if it’s a formal or informal situation; you can use Baie dankie with just about anyone, anywhere, at anytime. You can say Baie dankie when the waiter brings your food or drinks, when the clerk in the hotel takes your luggage to your room (of course, tipping them won’t hurt either!), or when someone welcomes or congratulates you. It doesn’t matter who the person is; Baie dankie will always be an appropriate response.

    On the run to South Africa? Wait! You can’t go without some basic language phrases under your belt! Especially if you’re heading to meet your prospective employer! Either in person or online, knowing how to say ‘Thank you’ in the Afrikaans language will only improve their impression of you! AfrikaansPod101 saves you time with this short lesson that nevertheless packs a punch. Learn to say ‘Thank you’ in Afrikaans in no time!

    3. Audio Lesson: Survival Phrases - Thank You

    5 Ways to Say Thank You in Afrikaans

    Perhaps you think it’s unimportant that you don’t know what ‘Thank you’ is in Afrikaans, or that it’s too difficult a language to learn. Yet, as a traveler or visitor, you will be surprised at how far you can go using a little bit of Afrikaans in South Africa!

    Click Here to Listen to the Free Audio Lesson!

    At AfrikaansPod101, we offer you a few ways of saying ‘Thank you’ in Afrikaans that you have no excuse not knowing, as they’re so simple and easy to learn. The lesson is geared to aid your ‘survival’ in formal and informal situations in South Africa, so don’t wait! You will never have to google ‘How do you say thanks in Afrikaans’ again…!

    4. ‘Thank You’ in 31 Languages

    For the global traveler in a hurry, here are 31 ways to say ‘Thank you’! These are the first words you need to learn in any foreign language - it is sure to smooth your way with native speakers by showing your gratitude for services rendered, and your respect for their culture! Learn and know how to correctly say ‘Thank you’ in 31 different languages in this short video.

    5. Why would AfrikaansPod101 be the perfect choice to learn Afrikaans?

    However, you need not stop at ‘Thank you’ in Afrikaans - why not learn to speak the language?! You have absolutely nothing to lose. Research has shown that learning a new language increases intelligence and combats brain-aging. Also, the ability to communicate with native speakers in their own language is an instant way to make friends and win respect! Or imagine you know how to write ‘Thank you’ to that special Afrikaans friend after a date…he/she will be so impressed!

    Thank You

    AfrikaansPod101 Has Special Lessons, Tools and Resources to Teach You How to Say Thank You and Other Key Phrases

    With more than a decade of experience behind us, we have taught thousands of satisfied users to speak foreign languages. How do we do this? First, we take the pain out of learning! At AfrikaansPod101, students are assisted as they master vocabulary, pronunciation, and conversation through state-of-the-art and fun online learning methods. A library replete with learning resources allows for you to learn at your own pace and in your own space! Resources include thousands of video and audio recordings, downloadable PDF lessons and plenty of learning apps for your mobile devices. Each month, we add benefits with FREE bonuses and gifts to improve your experience.

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    Best of all is that you’re never alone! We believe that practice is the holy grail of learning any new language, and we gear our courses to ensure lots of it. Enroll with us, and you gain immediate access to our lively forum where we meet and greet, and discuss your burning questions. Our certified teachers are friendly and helpful, and you are very likely to practice your first ‘Thanks!’ in Afrikaans on him/her, AND mean it! Hurry up, and sign up now - you will thank us for it.

    How to Start Thinking in Afrikaans

    Learn 4 tools and techniques to stop translating in your head and start thinking in Afrikaans

    Going through Afrikaans lessons is enough to get by and learn the basics of Afrikaans, but to truly become fluent you need to be able to think in Afrikaans. This will allow you to have conversations with ease, read smoothly, and comprehensively understand natives. To do this, you need to go beyond just completing daily or weekly lessons.

    We naturally translate in our heads because it’s viewed as the easiest way to learn the definitions needed when learning a language. This way of learning can actually hinder your skills and fluency later on. If your brain has to make neural connections between the word you’re learning, what it means in your native tongue, and the physical object the connection will not be nearly as strong. When you bypass the original translation between Afrikaans and your native language then there is a more basic and strong connection between just the Afrikaans vocabulary word and the tangible object.

    start thinking in Afrikaans

    In this blog post, you will learn the 4 important techniques to easily and naturally begin to speculate about the daily occurrences in your life. The best part is all of these techniques are supported and can be achieved through AfrikaansPod101.com.

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    1. Surround yourself with Afrikaans

    Surround Yourself

    By surrounding yourself with Afrikaans constantly you will completely immerse yourself in the language. Without realizing it you’ll be learning pronunciation, sentence structures, grammar, and new vocabulary. You can play music in the background while you’re cooking or have a Afrikaans radio station on while you study. Immersion is a key factor with this learning process because it is one of the easiest things to do, but very effective. Even if you are not giving the program your full attention you will be learning.

    One great feature of AfrikaansPod101.com is the endless podcasts that are available to you. You can even download and listen to them on the go. These podcasts are interesting and are perfect for the intention of immersion, they are easy to listen to as background noise and are interesting enough to give your full attention. Many of them contain stories that you follow as you go through the lessons which push you to keep going.

    2. Learn through observation
    learn through observation

    Learning through observation is the most natural way to learn. Observation is how we all learned our native languages as infants and it’s a wonder why we stop learning this way. If you have patience and learn through observation then Afrikaans words will have their own meanings rather than meanings in reference to your native language. Ideally, you should skip the bilingual dictionary and just buy a dictionary in Afrikaans.

    AfrikaansPod101.com also offers the materials to learn this way. We have numerous video lessons which present situational usage of each word or phrase instead of just a direct translation. This holds true for many of our videos and how we teach Afrikaans.

    3. Speak out loud to yourself
    talk to yourself

    Speaking to yourself in Afrikaans not only gets you in the mindset of Afrikaans, but also makes you listen to how you speak. It forces you to correct any errors with pronunciation and makes it easy to spot grammar mistakes. When you speak out loud talk about what you did that day and what you plan to do the next day. Your goal is to be the most comfortable speaking out loud and to easily create sentences. Once you feel comfortable talking to yourself start consciously thinking in your head about your daily activities and what is going on around you throughout the day.

    With AfrikaansPod101.com you start speaking right away, not only this, but they have you repeat words and conversations after a native Afrikaans speaker. This makes your pronunciation very accurate! With this help, you are on the fast path to making clear and complex sentences and then actively thinking about your day.

    4. Practice daily

    If you don’t practice daily then your progress will be greatly slowed. Many people are tempted to take the 20-30 minutes they should be practicing a day and practice 120 in one day and skip the other days. This isn’t nearly as effective because everyday you practice you are reinforcing the skills and knowledge you have learned. If you practice all in one day you don’t retain the information because the brain can realistically only focus for 30 minutes at most. If you’re studying for 120 minutes on the same subject little of the information will be absorbed. Studying everyday allows you to review material that you went over previous days and absorb a small amount of information at a time.

    It’s tough to find motivation to study everyday, but AfrikaansPod101.com can help. It’s easy to stay motivated with AfrikaansPod101.com because we give you a set learning path, with this path we show how much progress you’ve made. This makes you stick to your goals and keep going!

    Conclusion

    Following the steps and having patience is the hardest part to achieving your goals, it’s not easy learning a new language. You are essentially teaching your brain to categorize the world in a completely new way. Stick with it and you can do it just remember the 4 tools I taught you today! With them, conversations, reading, and understanding will become much easier. The most important thing to remember is to use the tools that AfrikaansPod101.com provides and you will be on your way to being fluent!

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