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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!

    Three Reasons Why AfrikaansPod101 helps you learn Afrikaans Even Faster when you’re In Love

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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!

    Secret Revealed: The Best Way to Learn a Language on Your Own

    Learning A Language on Your Own

    Can You Really Learn Afrikaans Alone?

    Learning a language on your own or without traditional classroom instruction may seem quite daunting at first. What if you run into questions? How do you stay motivated and on track to achieving goals?

    Don’t worry, not only is it possible to learn Afrikaans or any language without traditional classroom instruction: AfrikaansPod101 has created the world’s most advanced and extensive online language learning system. Not only is AfrikaansPod101 specifically designed to help you with learning a language on your own, it’s actually faster, more convenient, and less expensive than traditional classroom options!

    Let’s look at some of the benefits of learning Afrikaans or any language alone.

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    3 Reasons to Learn a Language Alone

    Learning Alone

    1. Learn at Your Own Pace and On Your Schedule

    In today’s fast-paced world, there just isn’t time for traditional classroom instruction. Between getting to class and studying on some professor or teacher’s schedule, traditional classroom learning is simply impossible to fit in. But when you learn Afrikaans alone, you can study in bed if you like and whenever suits your schedule best, making it far easier to actually reach your goal of learning and mastering the language.

    2. Learning a Language on Your Own Reduces Stress and Anxiety

    Speaking in front of a class, pop quizzes, and tests are just a few of the stressors you will encounter when you learn a language in a traditional classroom setting. Specifically, these are external stressors that often derail most people’s dream of learning a new language. But when you learn Afrikaans alone, there are no external stressors. Without the external stress and anxiety, it becomes much easier and more exciting to study Afrikaans and reach your very own goals—all on your own!

    3. Learning Afrikaans Alone Helps Improve Cognitive Function and Overall Success

    Learning a language on your own is indeed more challenging in some ways than being taught in a traditional classroom setting. In fact, while classroom instruction requires more rote memorization and following instructions, studying a language on your own requires more problem-solving and higher cognitive function to self-teach lessons and hit goals. So while it’s more challenging and requires higher levels of cognition, teaching yourself a language pays dividends throughout life by better preparing you for social/work opportunities that arise.

    How to Learn a Language on Your Own with AfrikaansPod101

    Learning with AfrikaansPod101

    1. Access to the World’s Largest Collection of Afrikaans Audio & Video Lessons

    The best way to learn a language on your own is to study from native speaking instructors. Ideally, you want audio and/or video lessons that teach vocabulary, grammar, and provide actual Afrikaans conversations and dialogue to help you with pronunciation. AfrikaansPod101 has hundreds of hours of HD audio and video lessons created by real Afrikaans instructors and every lesson is presented by professional Afrikaans actors for perfect pronunciation. Plus, all lessons can be accessed 24/7 via any mobile device with Internet access. And, if you download the PDF versions of each lesson, you can even study without Internet access once the lesson is stored on your device!

    2. “Learning Paths” with Afrikaans Courses Based Upon Your Exact Needs & Goals

    Although AfrikaansPod101 has more than thousands of video and audio lessons, you need not review each and every one to learn the language. In fact, AfrikaansPod101 has developed a feature called “Learning Paths”. You simply tell us your goals and we will identify the best courses and study plan to help you reach them in the shortest time possible. So even though you are technically learning a language on your own, our team is always here to help and make sure you reach your goals FAST!

    3. Advanced Learning Tools Reduce Learning Time and Boost Retention

    When you have the right tools and Afrikaans learning resources, it’s actually easy to teach yourself a language! In the past 10+ years, AfrikaansPod101 has developed, tested, and refined more than 20 advanced learning tools to boost retention and reduce learning time, including:

    • Spaced Repetition Flashcards
    • Line-by-Line Dialogue Breakdown
    • Review Quizzes
    • Voice Recording Tools to Help Perfect Pronunciation
    • Teacher Feedback and Comments for Each Lesson
    • Afrikaans Dictionary with Pronunciation
    • Free PDF Cheat Sheets
    • And Much More!

    Armed with our growing collection of advanced learning tools, it’s truly a breeze to learn Afrikaans alone and reach your goals!

    Conclusion

    Learning a language on your own is not only possible, it’s actually easier and more beneficial for you than traditional classroom instruction. In fact, when you learn Afrikaans on your own you can study at your own pace, eliminate stress, and actually increase cognitive function.

    AfrikaansPod101 is the world’s most advanced online language learning system and a great resource to help you teach yourself a new language. With the world’s largest collection of HD audio and video lessons, more than 20 advanced learning tools, and customized “Learning Paths”, AfrikaansPod101 makes learning a new language easier, more convenient, and less expensive than traditional classroom instruction.

    And the best part is: With AfrikaansPod101, you can study in bed, your car, or wherever you have a few spare minutes of time. Create your Free Lifetime Account now and get a FREE ebook to help “kickstart” your dream of learning a language on your own below!

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    Language Learning Tips: How to Avoid Awkward Silences

    Avoid Awkward Silences

    Yes, even beginners can quickly learn conversational Afrikaans well enough to carry on real conversations with native speakers. Of course, beginners won’t be able to carry a conversation the same way they could in their native language. But, just knowing a few tips like which questions to ask to keep a conversation going are all you need to speak and interact with real native speakers! But before we get to specific suggestions, let’s first take a closer look at how having real Afrikaans conversations is so vital to your mastery of the language.

    Learning to Carry a Conversation is Vital to Mastery of Any Language

    Communicating with other people is the very point of language and conversation is almost second nature in our native tongue. For beginners or anyone learning a new language, conversations aren’t easy at all and even simple Afrikaans greetings can be intimidating and awkward.

    However, there are 3 vital reasons why you should learn conversational Afrikaans as quickly as possible:

    • Avoid Awkward Silences: Nothing kills a conversation faster than long periods of awkward silence, so you need practice and specific strategies to avoid them.
    • Improve the Flow of Conversation to Make a Better Impression: When you know what to say to keep a conversation going, communication becomes much easier and you make a better impression on your listener.
    • Master the Language Faster: Nothing will help you learn to speak Afrikaans faster and truly master the language than having real conversations with native speakers. Conversations quickly expose you to slang, cultural expressions, and vocabulary that force you to absorb and assimilate information faster than any educational setting—and that’s a great thing!

    But how can you possibly have real conversations with real Afrikaans people if you are just starting out?

    3 Conversation Strategies for Beginners

    Conversation

    1. Ask Questions to Keep a Conversation Going

    For beginners and even more advanced speakers, the key is to learn to ask questions to keep a conversation going. Of course, they can’t be just random questions or else you may confuse the listener. But, by memorizing a few key questions and the appropriate time to use them, you can easily carry a conversation with minimal vocabulary or experience. And remember, the more Afrikaans conversations you have, the quicker you will learn and master the language!

    2. Learn Core Vocabulary Terms as Quickly as Possible

    You don’t need to memorize 10,000’s of words to learn conversational Afrikaans. In fact, with just a couple hundred Afrikaans words you could have a very basic Afrikaans conversation. And by learning maybe 1,000-2,000 words, you could carry a conversation with a native speaker about current events, ordering in restaurants, and even getting directions.

    3. Study Videos or Audio Lessons that You Can Play and Replay Again and Again

    If you want to know how to carry a conversation in Afrikaans, then you need exposure to native speakers—and the more the better. Ideally, studying video or audio lessons is ideal because they provide contextualized learning in your native language and you can play them again and again until mastery.

    AfrikaansPod101 Makes it Easier and More Convenient Than Ever to Learn Conversational Afrikaans

    Learning Afrikaans

    For more than 10 years, AfrikaansPod101 has been helping students learn to speak Afrikaans by creating the world’s most advanced online language learning system. Here are just a few of the specific features that will help you learn conversational Afrikaans fast using our proven system:

    • The Largest Collection of HD Video & Audio Lessons from Real Afrikaans Instructors: AfrikaansPod101 instructors have created hundreds of video and audio lessons that you can play again and again. And the best part is: They don’t just teach you Afrikaans vocabulary and grammar, they are designed to help you learn to speak Afrikaans and teach you practical everyday topics like shopping, ordering, etc!
    • Pronunciation Tools: Use this feature to record and compare yourself with native speakers to quickly improve your pronunciation and fluency!
    • 2000 Common Afrikaans Words: Also known as our Core List, these 2,000 words are all you need to learn to speak fluently and carry a conversation with a native speaker!

    In all, more than 20 advanced learning tools help you quickly build vocabulary and learn how to carry a conversation with native speakers—starting with your very first lesson.

    Conclusion

    Although it may seem intimidating for a beginner, the truth is that it is very easy to learn conversational Afrikaans. By learning a few core vocabulary terms and which questions to ask to keep a conversation going, just a little practice and exposure to real Afrikaans conversations or lessons is all it really takes. AfrikaansPod101 has created the world’s largest online collection of video and audio lessons by real instructors plus loads of advanced tools to help you learn to speak Afrikaans and carry a conversation quickly.

    Act now and we’ll also include a list of the most commonly used questions to keep a conversation going so you can literally get started immediately!

    How to Transform Your Daily Commute Into Learning a Language

    Learn a language during your commute!

    Today, classrooms are no longer the only or even best place to learn a new language like Afrikaans. More and more people are finding that they can easily learn a language just about anywhere they have a few minutes of spare time, including their daily commute to work. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the average American spends over 50 minutes a day commuting to and from work, or over 300 hours a year.

    Rethinking Your Daily Commute to Work

    But rather than simply sitting in traffic and wasting the time, you can instead use your daily commute to literally learn Afrikaans in just a few short months! AfrikaansPod101 has developed specialized learning tools that you can use on your commute to work (and home again) to master the language in your spare time. Keep reading to learn how to get your free audiobook to use on your next commute so you can see for yourself how easy it is to transform “dead time” into realizing your dream of learning a new language!

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    But before we look at how to transform your commute home into a mini-classroom, let’s take a closer look at 4 reasons why traditional classroom settings just aren’t the best option for most people in today’s fast-paced world.

    • Difficulty Getting to and From Class
    • Learning on Someone Else’s Schedule
    • Very Expensive and May Cost $1,000’s to Complete
    • Can Take Years to Finally Complete Classes and Learn the Language

    The simple truth is that traditional classroom instruction is simply not a viable option for most people in today’s very fast-paced, time-starved world. Now let’s examine how you can learn a language faster, more easily, and at far less expense than traditional classes—all during your commute to work and back home again!

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    3 Reasons Your Daily Commute Can Help You Master a Language

    1. The Average Commute Time is More than 300 Hours Per Year

    Between the commute to work and getting back home again, over 6 hours a week is completely wasted and not helping you reach any goals or objectives. But thanks to online language learning platforms with audiobooks and other resources that you can access during your commute, you can easily transform wasted time into tangible progress towards learning a new language. With over 300 hours available annually, your daily commute could provide you with enough time to literally master a new language each and every year!

    2. Increase Your Earning Potential While Commuting to Work

    How would you like to transform all those spare commuting hours each week into more money for a new car, house, or even a dream vacation? According to research, someone making $30,000 per year can boost their annual income by $600 or more per year by learning a second language. Added up over the course of a lifetime, you can boost your total earnings by $70,000 or more while achieving your dream of learning a new language during your daily commute!

    How? From work-at-home translation jobs to working overseas, there are many ways to leverage your second language into more money in your bank account! So instead of wasting your precious time, you can make your commute more productive and profitable and the more languages you learn, the higher your income potential.

    3. Repetition is Key to Mastering a New Language

    Not sure if it’s practical to learn another language while commuting to and from work each day? Well not only is it possible—learning in your car on the way to and from work each day can actually help you learn and master Afrikaans or any language much faster! The simple truth is that repetition is absolutely vital to truly internalizing and mastering any language. So, if you listen to audiobooks or even audio lessons on your commute to work and then repeat the same lesson on your commute home, the information is more likely to be “locked-in” to your long-term memory!

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    5 Ways AfrikaansPod101 Makes It Easy to Learn a Language On Your Commute

    AfrikaansPod101 has been helping people just like yourself learn and master Afrikaans in the comfort of their home, during their daily commute, or any place they have a few minutes of spare time. Here are five features provided by AfrikaansPod101 that make it easy to learn a new language while commuting to and from work:

    1. The Largest Collection of Audio Lessons on Planet by Native Speaking Instructors
    Every single week, AfrikaansPod101 creates new audio lessons by native speaking instructors. All lessons are short, to the point, and guaranteed to improve your mastery of Afrikaans.

    2. Word of the Day
    Simply exposing yourself to new information and vocabulary terms helps increase your fluency and mastery of Afrikaans. So every single day, AfrikaansPod101 adds a new Word of the Day for you to learn and memorize during your commute.

    3. Daily Dose Mini-Lessons
    Have a short commute to work but still want to make progress towards learning and mastering Afrikaans? Not a problem! Our Daily Dose Mini-Lessons are 1-minute or less and designed to improve your grammar, vocabulary, and pronunciation.

    4. All Content Available on a Convenient Mobile App
    You don’t need a PC or tablet to learn Afrikaans during your daily commute. At AfrikaansPod101, all of our lessons, tools, and resources are available 24/7 via our Mobile App. That means you can access all of our audio lessons and other tools during your commute to work or any time you have a few spare moments!

    5. Audiobooks and Other Supplemental Resources
    In addition to the world’s largest online collection of HD audio lessons, AfrikaansPod101 has also created several audiobooks to enhance your understanding and make it more convenient than ever to learn a language during your commute!

    Conclusion

    The average commute time of most Americans is over 300 hours each year and it’s the perfect opportunity to learn and master a new language. In fact, you can use the “dead time” during your daily commute to learn a new language and potentially boost your lifetime earnings by up to $70,000 or more! Whatever your motivation, AfrikaansPod101 has the tools and resources necessary to help you learn a new language each year during your commute to and from work. Act now and we’ll even provide you with a free audiobook to try out on your next commute!

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    How To Say ‘Hello’ in Afrikaans, and Other Afrikaans Greetings!

    How to Say Hello in Afrikaans

    So, you’re heading for South Africa to travel or work. Awesome! You’re in for an amazing adventure! It’s a beautiful country, steeped in a rich culture that may be very unlike your own.

    However, showing respect to the locals is a big deal in every country around the world. A respectful manner and attitude could open doors for you that would otherwise remain mystifyingly closed. Aside from just knowing ‘Thank you’ in Afrikaans, greeting someone correctly in Afrikaans could incline a local to treat you more favorably than otherwise! So, the clever thing to do would be to learn Afrikaans greetings before you embark on your journey. Afrikaans greetings are different from other languages and probably not what you’d expect. But if learning how to say ‘Hello!’ in Afrikaans in easy and fun ways is important to you, you’ve come to the right place at AfrikaansPod101.

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    1. Must-Know Afrikaans Greetings

    Start straight away with this greeting lesson. It’s short, but it packs a punch!

    This short, but powerful lesson teaches you the basic ways to greet someone correctly in Afrikaans! At AfrikaansPod101, you will be taught the correct pronunciation and intonation, as well as the correct times to greet in Afrikaans. And you will have fun!

    The focus of this lesson is Afrikaans Greetings

    Topic 1: How to say “Hallo”

    Sentence from the Lesson:

    Hallo.

    “Hello.”

    The most commonly used, informal greeting is-

    Hallo!

    Hallo means “hi” or “hello”. We can use this greeting with friends or relatives.

    The most used formal greetings changes depending on the time of day. Let’s see what they are!

    First we have Goeie dag!

    Literally, Goeie dag means “good day”.

    Goeie dag

    As a rule of thumb we can use goeie dag only during the daytime – from late morning until early evening.

    Next is the greeting we say only for the morning –Goeie môre.

    For the afternoon we say Goeie middag!

    During the evening we say Goeie naand!

    Goed is Afrikaans for “good”.

    Môre, middag, and naand means “morning”, “afternoon” and “evening”, respectively. Easy, right?

    Topic 2: How to say “Good-bye”

    Sentence from the Lesson:

    Totsiens.

    “Good-bye.”

    Now, what should you say when you leave? Afrikaner people usually say Totsiens when leaving in a formal situation.

    Totsiens means “good-bye”.

    When we say Good-bye to friends or relatives, we use the informal Lekker dag!

    You can also say Baai!

    Tip

    In informal situations, Afrikaaner people, especially good friends, commonly greet each other by giving each other a quick hug. If you are unsure, you can just stick out your hand and give a firm handshake and a smile. A smile goes a long way!

    2. Common Ways to Say Hello in Afrikaans

    Afrikaans Greetings

    Standing at the airport in a foreign country for the first time can be a somewhat scary experience for anyone, especially if you need assistance. However, don’t worry - at AfrikaansPod101 we teach you how to quickly get a local’s attention with friendly, correct Afrikaans greetings! You are more likely to get helped this way.

    Here is our Afrikaans greetings list of all the general ways to address a person upon meeting. It is tailored for formal and informal situations.

    1- Good morning.

    Goeie môre.

    ‘Good morning’ in Afrikaans is acceptable any time between approximately 5:30am and 12:00pm, when the day is still young. And smile - it’s the universal ice-breaker!

    2- Good evening

    Goeie naand.

    This greeting is one you would use casually when night begins to fall. Address your friends, close family or close acquaintances, and those who are not your superiors, with this phrase.

    3- How are you?

    Hoe gaan dit met jou?

    Show your friendly interest in another person’s well-being by asking this question. This is the casual greeting form that you would use with your friends and family. For the sake of the friendship, it would be good to listen carefully to the answer! It shows caring and selflessness on your part.

    4- How have you been?

    Hoe gaan dit met jou?

    This is a good question to ask someone you have not seen for a while. The inference is that some catching-up is needed!

    5- What’s up?

    Wat gaan aan?

    An universally informal and energetic way to greet your friends or equals! Literally, it means ‘What’s going on in your life?’, yet often no answer is expected. It’s just a greeting! Crazy, right?!

    6- Long time no see.

    Lank laas gesien.

    This phrase means is another greeting comment that means “I have not seen you for a while!” Often, no response is expected, except to reciprocate.

    7- Hey!

    Haai!

    This is a friendly exclamation to greet your friends or equals with. Reserve its use more for people you see regularly!

    Saying Hello

    8- Good afternoon.

    Goeie dag.

    ‘Good afternoon’ in Afrikaans is an informal greeting and is used during the second part of the day. The appropriate period falls, in most cultures, from 12:00am till sunset.

    9- How’s it going?

    Hoe gaan dit?

    This greeting phrase basically means the same as ‘How are things progressing?’, ‘How are things going in your life?’ or even ‘What’s up?’ Depending on the friendship, a lengthy answer is not always expected.

    10- It’s nice to see you again.

    Dit is lekker om jou weer te sien.

    This friendly, welcoming phrase is best used after greeting someone you have not seen for a while. If you mean it, you will make the person feel special! This is a good thing to say to make someone feel welcome in Afrikaans.

    11- How’s everything?

    Hoe gaan dit?

    This is a variation of ‘How’s it going?’ Use casually with your equals or close acquaintances.

    12- How’s your day?

    Hoe is jou dag?

    Ask this when you’re speaking to your Afrikaans friend during the day. It’s a friendly phrase to start a conversation with.

    13- Yo!

    Haai!

    Yo! is English slang and a universal greeting popular among young men of most nationalities. Rather don’t answer the phone with this, unless you know your caller well!

    14- Hello!

    Hallo!

    Suitable for use in most settings, situations and persons, this is an important Afrikaans greeting to know. Be sure to master this word first at AfrikaansPod101!

    15- It’s nice to meet you.

    Aangename Kennis.

    When meeting someone for the first time, this is a polite and friendly way to welcome them. It means you are happy to make their acquaintance.

    3. Why Should You Choose AfrikaansPod101 To Learn How To Greet In Afrikaans?

    Online learning systems abound, and it’s not easy to know which one will suit your needs best. This means you have to be careful and select a system with a good reputation, and that has proven longevity. AfrikaansPod101, which is part of InnovativeLearning.com, ticks all the boxes! With millions of lesson downloads and over a decade of teaching, we can say with confidence that this is one of the best language learning systems on the web. Why is it such an excellent system? Let us count the ways…

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    1- Video Presentations with Native Speakers

    Friendly native Afrikaans speakers guide you step-by-step through the process of learning vocabulary, phrases and much more. They demonstrate correct pronunciation and emphasis of the words, so as to ensure that you speak like a native when you’re done! Watching the enthusiastic tutors makes not only for a pleasant and more personal experience - it also allows you to copy mouth and lip movements. It’s like learning from your own Afrikaans friend in your own home!

    2- Superb Flexibility with 24/7 Access to Learning Material - Anywhere and on Any Device connected to the Internet!

    PC, Android, iPhone, iPad, laptop, even TV - whatever device you prefer! Go online with our FREE app to do your lessons, no matter where you are or which device you are using. All you need is a good internet connection to log on and learn to speak Afrikaans at your own pace, in your own place!

    3- Pronunciation Tool Ensures You Really Speak Afrikaans!

    In any language, correct pronunciation is often crucial. The nuances in language require this, or you could find yourself saying things you don’t mean. You will find our Pronunciation Tool invaluable to wrap your mouth around the correct way to greet in Afrikaans!

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    4- Our Content is Always New and Dynamic

    Every week, new audio and video lessons are uploaded, so as to keep our promise that learning Afrikaans with AfrikaansPod101 is always fun and exciting! In addition, you will get access to bonus material and basic Afrikaans phrases. These are a fantastic way to build your comprehension and speaking skills!

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    So, if our lively Afrikaans blog is not enough for you, just upgrade to Premium PLUS to get your very own teacher. Personalised goals and lessons based on your needs, assessment of your progress, non-stop feedback and many other super features makes this a very attractive option.

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    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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    Also, don’t stop at learning April Fools’ phrases in Afrikaans - bone up your Afrikaans language skills with these FREE key phrases. Yes, AfrikaansPod101 doesn’t joke when it comes to effective, fun and easy learning.

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    5 Practical Ways You Can Use Afrikaans Every Day

    5 Practical Ways You Can Use Afrikaans Every Day

    Few things are more discouraging putting in the work and effort to learn a foreign language, only to not use it for a while and forget a large part of what you studied. Once you have a good handle on a language it’s not hard to practice it so that it stays in the forefront on your mind.

    In this post we’ll take a look a 5 practical ways you can make Afrikaans a part of your daily life so that you don’t forget the language.

    Enjoy!

    1) Use language exchanges

    The idea behind a language exchange is that you find someone who fluently speaks your target language and is also learning your native language. During the exchange you spend half the time speaking in the language you’re learning (in this case Afrikaans), and the other half in the language they’re learning (if you’re a native English speaker this will probably be English).

    This kind of exchange is a great way to practice your speaking skills and cement the material you’ve learned into your brain. One thing I love about practicing through a language exchange is that your language partner is a fellow language learner.

    They will be able to sympathize with your struggles and even give you some insightful tips from their own personal experience. Most major cities will have at least one meetup or language club where you can practice languages with people from around the world.

    For many reasons Afrikaans is an interesting language, but sometimes it can be find hard to find people who speak it. If you can’t find a local exchange, or there are no Afrikaans speakers in your city, you can connect with native speakers through online language exchanges. There a numerous free sites that allow you to search for users based on country and language and have a text, audio, or video practice session. Two notable ones are Wespeke and Hellolingo.

    2) Immerse yourself digitally

    Most phones, laptops, and apps will allow you to change the language of their interface. Why not change it to Afrikaans? This simple change may seem small and inconsequential but it can actually be an effective way to reinforce your use of the language.

    You see your language skills are like a muscle. If you use them on a regular basis then your skill in the language will be in top shape. The more you use it, the easier it is to remember it. However if you go for long stretches without using the language, then you might have a problem. Those linguistic muscles will start to atrophy before too long and you’ll notice a drop in your language ability.

    Simply changing the language on your electronic devices won’t equate to any heavy lifting in a foreign language, but it could be comparable to a warm up or quick workout. Remember that you probably use electronic devices everyday. If you can use at least some of that time thinking in Afrikaans each week that’s a huge step toward keeping your knowledge fresh.

    Another powerful tool for digital immersion is Google (Afrikaans version). If you’re like me than you might google things more times than you can count every single day. Why not search for your answer in Afrikaans? This can be a fun and practical way to practice the language, and most times it doesn’t feel like practice at all. Have you ever searched for one thing on the internet, got side tracked, then after 20 minutes or so you realized you’ve chased a rabbit trail that has nothing to do with what you searched for initially? Imagine doing all that in your target language!

    teach others

    3) Teach others the language

    You don’t have to be an expert in Afrikaans to lend a hand to another language learner. Helping a beginner through the language will not only make you feel good about helping someone out, it will also help you use the language and keep your skills sharp.

    Remember those language exchanges we talked about? Well what if you looked for other Afrikaans learners so that you could help them in the language. Don’t worry if you don’t feel qualified to teach the language. They’re not looking to get their PhD in linguistics.

    Most likely a new learner would appreciate someone who’s been down the road before, someone to show them common pitfalls and shortcuts. Have you ever been a newbie in something and been graciously helped by someone with more experience? Pay it forward and be that expert to someone else. Your language muscles will thank you for it.

    keep a journal

    4) Keep a journal or blog in Afrikaans

    Writing out your thoughts in a foreign language is one of the best ways to sharpen your skills. It forces you to take time to construct sentences and it will reveal your weak points very quickly. Journaling is also one of the easiest and cheapest ways to practice. All you need is a pin and a notebook (or a laptop).

    If you’re not the journaling type don’t freak out. You don’t have to write an autobiography. Simply recounting your day or describing an experience will be enough to get your language juices flowing. The entries can be long, but they don’t have to be. This exercise is flexible and can take any shape you want.

    I recommend writing short daily entries and posting them online for native speakers to correct. This way I can hold myself accountable to writing regularly, and I can be sure that I won’t develop any bad habits in the language because the natives will set me straight.

    My tool for this sort of practice journal is Lang-8. It’s a free site that allows you to post an entry and have it reviewed by native speakers. The site is free to use. Though it is also a good a idea to spend a little time editing the entries of other people who are writing in your native language. The more articles you help correct the quicker your entries will get looked at.

    entertain yourself

    5) Entertain yourself in the language

    Books, movies, Youtube videos like AfrikaansPod101 YouTube channel, Afrikaans learning websites like AfrikaansPod101, music…..the list goes on. There’s a ton of media out there and you’re likely to find some that’s in Afrikaans. You already relax and amuse yourself in English. You might as well do it in the language you’re learning too.

    Final thoughts

    Learning a language is hard, but remembering it doesn’t have to be. These ideas are here to help jumpstart your brain. These aren’t the only way to practice your Afrikaans. Do your best to use the language on a daily basis and make it a part of your everyday life. Remember all languages aren’t just spoken…they’re lived!

    Afrikaans Word of the Day - shopping (noun)

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    inkopery shopping (noun)

    Die huisvrouens doen hulle inkopies in die supermark.
    The housewives are shopping at the supermarket.

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    How to Say ‘Merry Christmas’ in Afrikaans

    How to Say Merry Christmas in Afrikaans

    Do you know any ways to wish someone a ‘Merry Christmas’ in Afrikaans? AfrikaansPod101 brings you easy-to-learn translations and the correct pronunciation of Afrikaans Christmas phrases!

    Christmas is the annual commemorative festival of Christ’s birth in the Western Christian Church. It takes place on December 25th and is usually celebrated with much food and fanfare! However, not all cultures celebrate Christmas. In some countries, Christmas is not even a public holiday! However, many countries have adapted Christmas and its religious meaning to tally with their own beliefs, or simply in acknowledgment of the festival’s importance to other cultures. If you want to impress native Afrikaans speakers with culturally-appropriate Christmas phrases and vocabulary, AfrikaansPod101 will teach you the most important ways to wish someone a ‘Merry Christmas’ in Afrikaans!

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    Table of Contents

    1. How to Celebrate Christmas in South Africa
    2. Holiday Greetings and Wishes
    3. Must-Know Christmas Day Vocabulary
    4. Twelve Days of Christmas
    5. Top 10 Christmas Characters
    6. How AfrikaansPod101 Can Help You

    1. How to Celebrate Christmas in South Africa

    Christmas Words in Afrikaans

    It’s estimated that about two thirds of South Africans are Christian, with most being Protestant. Missionaries who go to South Africa typically find that the people there are quite spiritual. Christmas decorations there consist of nativity scenes, artificial Christmas trees, and inflatable Santas. Sometimes South Africans also decorate mango trees. It’s common for non-Christians in South Africa to espouse indigenous African beliefs, although Christmas is widely celebrated even among non-Christians. South Africa isn’t entirely immune to efforts to eliminate Christ from Christmas, however, as many businesses prefer to use the term “Season’s Greetings” instead of “Merry Christmas.”

    2. Holiday Greetings and Wishes for the Holiday Season

    Holiday Greetings and Wishes

    1- Merry Christmas!

    Geseënde Kersfees!

    Do you know how to say ‘Merry Christmas’ in Afrikaans? Learn here how to pronounce it perfectly! ‘Merry’ means to be joyful, to celebrate and generally be in good spirits. So, with this phrase you are wishing someone a joyful, celebratory remembrance of Christ’s birth!

    2- Happy Kwanzaa!

    Gelukkige Kwanzaa!

    Surprise your African-American, or West African native friends with this phrase over the Christmas holidays! Kwanzaa is a seven-day, non-religious celebration, starting on Dec 26th each year. It has its roots in African American modern history, and many people celebrate both Kwanzaa and Christmas!

    3- Have a happy New Year!

    Het jy ‘n gelukkige nuwe jaar!

    In countries where Christmas is not officially celebrated, but a Gregorian calendar is observed, this would be a friendly festive-season wish over New Year.

    4- Happy Hanukkah!

    Gelukkige Hanukkah!

    Hanukkah is the beautiful Hebrew festival over November or December each year. It is also called the ‘Festival of Lights’ and is celebrated to commemorate the Jewish freedom of religion.

    5- Have a great winter vacation!

    Geniet die winter vakansie!

    This is a good phrase to keep handy if someone doesn’t observe any religious festival over the Christmas holidays! However, this will only be applicable in the Northern hemisphere, where it is winter over Christmas.

    6- See you next year!

    Sien julle volgende jaar!

    Going away on holiday over Christmas season, or saying goodbye to someone about to leave on vacation? This would be a good way to say goodbye to your friends and family.

    7- Warm wishes!

    Beste wense!

    An informal, friendly phrase to write in Afrikaans Christmas cards, especially for secular friends who prefer to observe Christmas celebrations without the religious symbolism. It conveys the warmth of friendship and friendly wishes associated with this time of year.

    8- Happy holidays!

    Geseënde vakansie!

    If you forget how to say ‘Merry Christmas!’ in Afrikaans, this is a safe, generic phrase to use instead.

    9- Enjoy the holidays!

    Geniet die vakansie!

    After saying ‘Merry Christmas’ in Afrikaans, this would be a good phrase with which to wish Christmas holiday-goers well! It is also good to use for secular friends who don’t celebrate Christmas but take a holiday at this time of the year.

    10- Best wishes for the New Year!

    Beste wense vir die nuwe jaar!

    This is another way of wishing someone well in the New Year if they observe a Gregorian calendar. New Year’s day would then fall on January 1st.

    3. Must-Know Christmas Day Vocabulary

    Must-Know Christmas Day Vocabulary

    Christmas is associated with many traditions and religious symbols in multiple countries across the world. It originated centuries ago in the West with the birth of Christianity, and the celebrations are often embedded with rich cultural significance. So, by now you know how to say Merry Christmas in Afrikaans! Next, learn pertinent vocabulary and phrases pertaining to Christmas, as well as how to pronounce them correctly. At AfrikaansPod101, we make sure you sound like a native speaker!

    1- Christmas

    Geseënde Kersfees!

    This is the Afrikaans word for ‘Christmas’. Most happy Christmas wishes in Afrikaans will include this word!

    2- Snow

    sneeu

    In most Northern-hemisphere countries, Christmas is synonymous with snow, and for Christmas, the snowman is often dressed as Santa Claus.

    3- Snowflake

    sneeuvlokkie

    Snowflakes collectively make up snow. A single snowflake is small, white, light like a feather and icy cold! When put under a microscope, the snowflake reveals itself to have the most beautiful, symmetrical patterns. These patterns have become popular Christmas decorations, especially in Western countries.

    4- Snowman

    sneeuman

    As you guessed - a snowman is only possible to build if it is snowing! What a fun way to spend Christmas day outside.

    5- Turkey

    kalkoen

    Roast turkey is the traditional main dish on thousands of lunch tables on Christmas day, mainly in Western countries. What is your favorite Christmas dish?

    6- Wreath

    krans

    Another traditional Western decoration for Christmas, the wreath is an arrangement of flowers, leaves, or stems fastened in a ring. Many families like to hang a Christmas wreath outside on their houses’ front doors.

    7- Reindeer

    rendier

    Reindeer are the animals commonly fabled to pull Santa Claus’ sled across the sky! Western Christmas folklore tells of Father Christmas or Santa Claus doing the rounds with his sled, carrying Christmas presents for children, and dropping them into houses through the chimney. But who is Santa Claus?

    8- Santa Claus

    Vader Kersfees

    Santa Claus is a legendary and jolly figure originating in the Western Christian culture. He is known by many names, but is traditionally depicted as a rotund man wearing a red costume with a pointy hat, and sporting a long, snow-white beard!

    9- Elf

    elf

    An elf is a supernatural creature of folklore with pointy ears, a dainty, humanoid body and a capricious nature. Elves are said to help Santa Claus distribute presents to children over Christmas!

    10- Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

    Rudolph die rooi-neus rendier

    ‘Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer’ is a Christmas song based on an American children’s story book with the same name. Rudolph is one of Santa’s reindeer. The song became more famous than the book, and can still be heard playing in many shopping malls over Christmas time across the globe!

    11- North Pole

    Noordpool

    The cold North Pole is where Santa Claus is reputed to live with his reindeer!

    12- Sled

    slee

    A sled is a non-motorised land vehicle used to travel over snow in countries where it snows a lot, and is usually pulled by animals such as horses, dogs or reindeer. This one obviously refers to Santa’s sled! Another word for sled is sleigh or sledge.

    13- Present

    geskenk

    Gift or present giving is synonymous with Christmas Eve and the greatest source of joy for children over this festive time! This tradition signifies that Christ’s birth was a gift to mankind, but not all people who hand out presents over Christmas observe the religious meaning.

    14- Bell

    klok

    On Christmas Day, or Christmas Eve, many religious celebrants enjoy going to church for a special sermon and Christmas rituals. The start of the sermon is often announced with bells or a bell, if the church has one. For this reason, the sound of ringing bells is often associated with Christmas Day.

    15- Chimney

    skoorsteen

    The chimney is the entrance Santa Claus uses to deliver children’s presents on Christmas Day, according to folklore! Wonder how the chubby man and his elves stay clean…?!

    16- Fireplace

    kaggel

    In most countries where it snows, Christmas is synonymous with a fire or burning embers in houses’ fireplaces. Families huddle around its warmth while opening Christmas presents. Also, this is where Santa Claus is reputed to pop out after his journey down the chimney!

    17- Christmas Day

    Kersdag

    This is the official day of commemorative celebration of Christ’s birth, and falls each year on December 25.

    18- Decoration

    versiering

    Decorations are the colourful trinkets and posters that make their appearance in shops and homes during the Christmas holiday season in many countries! They give the places a celebratory atmosphere in anticipation of the big Christmas celebration. Typical Christmas decorations include colorful photographs and posters, strings of lights, figurines of Santa Claus and the nativity scene, poinsettia flowers, snowflakes and many more.

    19- Stocking

    kous

    According to legend, Santa Claus places children’s presents in a red stocking hanging over the fireplace. This has also become a popular decoration, signifying Christmas.

    20- Holly

    holly

    Holly is a shrub native to the UK, and parts of Europe, Africa and Asia. It is characterised by glossy, spiny-toothed leaves, small, whitish flowers, and red berries. Ironically, its significance for Christmas relates to Christ’s crucifixion and suffering rather than his birth. However, the leaves’ distinctive shape and image have become popular Christmas decorations.

    21- Gingerbread house

    gemmerkoekie huis

    According to legend, the gingerbread house synonymous with Christmas is related to Christ’s birth place, Bethlehem. Bethlehem literally means ‘House of Bread’. Over centuries, it has become a popular treat over Christmas time in many non-religious households as well.

    22- Candy cane

    snoepgoed

    According to folklore, Christmas candy canes made their appearance first in Germany in the 16th century. A choir master gave children the candy canes to suck on in church in order to keep them quiet during the Christmas sermon! Apparently, the candy is shaped like a cane in remembrance of the shepherds who were the first to visit the baby Jesus. Today, like gingerbread houses, they are still a popular sweet over the festive season!

    23- Mistletoe

    mistel

    Mistletoe is a parasitic plant that grows on certain trees. In the Middle Ages, it was believed that the mistletoe has magical powers, and could protect a household from evil if hung above a door during December. The belief didn’t last but the habit did, and the mistletoe is another popular Christmas decoration!

    4. Twelve Days of Christmas

    Twelve Days of Christmas

    Wow, you’re doing extremely well! You know how to wish someone a Merry Christmas in Afrikaans, and you learned pertinent vocabulary too! The Twelve Days of Christmas is not very well known in modern times, so, you’re on your way to becoming an expert in Christmas traditions and rituals. Well done!

    The Twelve Days of Christmas, also known as Twelvetide, is a traditional festive period of 12 days dedicated to celebrate the nativity of Christ. Christmas Day is, for many who observe Twelvetide, the first day of this period.

    ‘The Twelve Days of Christmas’ is also a popular Christmas song about a series of gifts given on each day of Twelvetide. According to experts, these gifts were created as a coded reference to important symbols in the Christian church. Here is a list of those gifts mentioned in the song! Do you recognise them?

    5. Top 10 Christmas Characters in American Culture

    Top 10 Christmas Characters

    This is fantastic, you know how to explain almost everything about Christmas in Afrikaans! However, do you know the most popular Christmas characters in American culture? Your knowledge will not be complete without this list.

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    Afrikaans Word of the Day - funny (adjective)

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    snaaks funny (adjective)

    Die snaakse man dans sonder ‘n broek.
    The funny man is dancing without pants.

    Die mans lag vir iets snaaks
    The men are laughing at something funny.

    kyk ‘n snaakse storie
    watch a funny show

    lag vir iets snaaks
    laugh at something funny

    snaakse vliek
    funny movie

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