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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 - XXX XXXXXXX - 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 Afrika, 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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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 - platform (noun)

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perron platform (noun)

Die trein vertrek van perron 5.
The train leaves from the number 5 platform.

Die man wag op die perron.
The man is waiting on the platform.

wag op die perron.
wait on the platform

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Afrikaans Word of the Day - bee (noun)

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by bee (noun)

Die by is besig om die geel blom te polineer.
The bee is pollinating the yellow flower.

heuning by
honeybee

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Afrikaans Word of the Day - sour (adjective)

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suur sour (adjective)

Die suurlemoen is suur.
The lemon is sour.

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Afrikaans Word of the Day - post office (noun)

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poskantoor post office (noun)

Die poskantoor is oop tot 5pm.
The post office is open until 5PM.

Daar is `n poskantoor op 5de laan, en op Central straat.
There is a post office on 5th Avenue and one on Central Street.

poskantoor gebou
post office building

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Afrikaans Word of the Day - bookshelf (noun)

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boekrak bookshelf (noun)

Die boekrak is vol boeke.
The bookshelf is full of books.

Hy het `n boekrak gekoop om boeke op te sit.
He bought a bookshelf to put his books on.

boeke op die boekrak
books on a bookshelf

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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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Afrikaans Word of the Day - scissors (noun)

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skêr scissors (noun)

Die haarkapster sny hare met `n skêr.
The hair dresser is cutting the hair with scissors.

Gebruik `n skêr om die prentjies uit te knip.
Use scissors to cut out the pictures.

sker
pair of scissors

skerp skêr
sharp scissors

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Afrikaans Word of the Day - foot (noun)

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voet foot (noun)

`n Voet het vyf tone.
A foot has five toes.

linker voet
left foot

regter voet
right foot

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