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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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    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!

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    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!

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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.

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    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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    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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    Afrikaans Word of the Day - shopping (noun)

    Learn a little Afrikaans everyday with the free Afrikaans Word of the Day Widget. Check back daily for more vocabulary!

    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 - 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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    Afrikaans Word of the Day - cloudy (adjective)

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    bewolk cloudy (adjective)

    Dit is bewolk vandag.
    It’s cloudy today.

    Die weer voorspelling vir more is bewolk in die oggend en sonskyn in die middag.
    The weather forecast for tomorrow is cloudy in the morning but sunny in the afternoon.

    bewolkte lug
    cloudy sky

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    4 Reasons Why Afrikaans Slang Words Will Make You Fluent

    Learn 4 honest reasons you need Afrikaans slang words and why they are so vital to truly learning and mastering the language.

    Teachers may normally cringe at the thought of their students learning Afrikaans slang words. After all, slang words and phrases are typically defined as being grammatically incorrect. So why would your teacher want you to spend time learning the “wrong way” to speak Afrikaans? Here are 4 of the top reasons why you should study slang words and expressions when learning Afrikaans or any new language.

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    1. Native Speakers Use Slang Expressions in Everyday Conversation

    If you are going to study a foreign language and plan to use it to speak with native speakers, then you have to learn slang words and expressions. Otherwise, just using formal expressions and grammar may alienate you from native speakers and make it more difficult to establish a real connection. So it is best to at least learn some common slang words and expressions if you’re planning to meet or speak socially with someone.

    2. Slang Words Are Used All Throughout Afrikaans Culture

    If you turn on any popular Afrikaans TV show, listen to any song, or watch any movie, you are quickly going to see the value of learning Afrikaans slang phrases. Just like everyday conversations between native speakers, Afrikaans culture is filled with slang phrases and expressions. Without at least some knowledge of the more common slang phrases, popular culture and most conversations will be very confusing and potentially alienating.

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    3. Slang Expressions Help You Better Express Your True Thoughts and Feelings

    Only relying on formal grammar and vocabulary is very limiting, especially in social situations. Just like in your native language, using the appropriate Afrikaans slang words can help you express a broader range of emotions, thoughts, and feelings.

    4. Proper Use of Slang Makes You Sound More Natural

    We’ve all met foreigners who technically used formal language perfectly but still sounded odd and well….foreign. But when you use the right slang words and expressions, you will sound more natural and like a true native speaker. If you notice, even most politicians include a sprinkling of slang expressions and words throughout their speeches to help them sound more natural and to better connect with the audience.

    The Dark Side of Slang Expressions

    Learning Afrikaans slang words can indeed help you sound more natural, better understand the people and culture, and make integration much easier. However, there is a dark side: using the wrong slang expressions can also make you look foolish, uneducated, and potentially disrespectful.

    But how do you know which slang words or phrases to use and when?

    The truth is that you can’t learn the most modern and appropriate slang words in textbooks or formal classroom settings. By the time the information gets incorporated into a formal curriculum, it’s already outdated and no longer in use by actual Afrikaans people. And while you can learn current slang expressions from Afrikaans TV shows, movies, songs, and games, you may not understand the context. If that happens, you may use the right Afrikaans slang words but in the wrong situation and still look like a fool or possibly even offend someone.

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    So where can you learn current slang expressions and the right context in which to use them?

    At AfrikaansPod101, native speaking instructors create audio and video lessons that can include slang expressions and words. Our instructors provide context and examples for all the Afrikaans slang words used in any lesson to make sure students understand the right time and place to use them.

    Afrikaans slang words and expressions may be grammatically incorrect but they are vital to truly understanding and immersing yourself in the culture. In fact, it will be very difficult to fully understand any movie, TV show, song, game, or even 1-on-1 conversation without knowing a few of the more common slang expressions.

    However, it is important to learn the proper context and use of even popular slang expressions or you may come across as confusing, disrespectful, or uneducated.
    At AfrikaansPod101, you’ll learn how to use slang phrases and words to draw the right attention and avoid these problems.

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    How to Learn Afrikaans in Your Car?

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    Stuck in traffic? Losing time in your car? Have you ever felt that in all this wasted time, you could have watched the 750 episodes of One Piece, finished the last Super Mario ten times, or even better…you could have learned Afrikaans? Between family, friends and work, in addition to this time-consuming commute, it can become difficult to find time to properly learn Afrikaans.

    Fortunately, every problem has a solution, and what could be a better solution than turning that commute time into learning time? Stop passing the time mindlessly listening to the radio and try some of our best tips for mastering Afrikaans in your car!

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    You can learn Afrikaans in your car, hands free
    While driving, it’s important that you keep your focus on the road, so this is why our top tips won’t require you to use your hands!

    Listening to Afrikaans audio content in the car is a good way to learn
    This is because it is a fun and efficient way to learn. With AfrikaansPod101.com podcasts, you will be able to discover Afrikaans culture through topics about everyday life. Instead of the radio, listen to a Afrikaans podcast adapted to your level, from Absolute Beginner to Advanced, and you will make progress sooner that you would expect!

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    You can listen to Afrikaans music in the car
    Did you know that you can learn Afrikaans by singing while driving? Listen to songs from cartoon or drama and try to identify some words you learned.

    Challenge yourself! Use the Afrikaans you’ve studied up to this point and see how much you understand! Making the jump to real-life Afrikaans is a scary one, but friendly children’s songs are a great place to start!

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    You can learn alone in your car
    When you’re driving alone, you can be as loud as you want – there is nothing better for remembering your Afrikaans lessons than repeating loudly, again and again. Next time you see a driver who seems to be talking alone, you will know he or she is just learning Afrikaans!

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    You can learn through repetition with your passengers
    If there are passengers in the car, it can be more stimulating to learn together. You can set a role play with Afrikaans dialogues. With AfrikaansPod101.com, you can download all the lessons transcript including the dialogues, as a PDF. Print it out and have some fun speaking in Afrikaans!

    One of the passengers can answer the quiz available on each of our lessons, while another can correct that person. Listening to someone at a more advanced level of Afrikaans or a better accent is positive and helps you improve.

    You can learn Afrikaans offline
    Do you have a poor connection or are unable to use the Internet? It’s not a problem for learning Afrikaans! Before you start your commute, use our App to download the lessons you want to study and the podcast you want to listen to in your car, and you will be able to enjoy your lessons offline. Entering a tunnel won’t be a problem anymore. What a pleasure to listen to audio content without having the host freezing every 5 seconds!

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    You can learn every day at your own pace
    One of the best approaches for learning a language is little by little and often. It’s not efficient to take in a huge amount of information at one time. What you need is to study on a regular basis – a little bit of Afrikaans every day. You commute several days a week, and that is all time you can take advantage of!

    You have the freedom to choose the lessons and podcasts you want to focus on, at your own rhythm. You may want to do a little revision or discover how to talk about a new topic. And if you’re wondering what to learn next, you can use the new Learning Paths, which is our customized pathway feature that gives you a step-by-step way to learn Afrikaans without getting lost!

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    If you don’t have a car and commute by another method, these tips are still valid! Learning Afrikaans is no longer limited to the classroom or your house; there are so many benefits to learning in your car or elsewhere. Reaching a conversational level will take you less time than you could ever have imagined! Don’t forget to sign up for your Free Lifetime Account and enjoy our content!