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How to Say “My Name is…” in Afrikaans & More!

There’s a perception in the world that Afrikaans-speaking South Africans are racist and nasty. This couldn’t be further from the truth.

South African Flag Painted on Hand Make a Heart Shape

While overt racism isn’t dead in South Africa, it’s common only among a tiny percentage of the nation. Most South Africans ignore color, creed, and nationality.

Let AfrikaansPod101 help you to endear yourself to them quickly! Knowing how to introduce yourself in Afrikaans will help oil the wheels of conversation. It will also ease your way with local clients, and help you to more easily connect with your colleagues. Introducing yourself in Afrikaans language doesn’t have to be difficult or frightening!

Starting with “My name is,” in Afrikaans, we’ll show you all you need to know about introductions, and more information on how to introduce yourself in South Africa. This way, you can easily learn Afrikaans and introduce yourself with flying colors!

This introduction will follow greetings in Afrikaans, which another blog post introduced. It’s generally considered polite to wait for others to introduce themselves first, but if you’re feeling confident and they’re looking shy, fall in through the door with “My name is …” in Afrikaans!

Table of Contents

  1. Identifying Yourself with Your Name, Age, and Nationality
  2. Placing Yourself in Society
  3. AfrikaansPod101 Can Help You Master Afrikaans Easily and Effortlessly

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1. Identifying Yourself with Your Name, Age, and Nationality

When it comes to how to introduce yourself in Afrikaans language, begin by talking about your name in Afrikaans. “My name is…” in Afrikaans looks similar to written English. However, it sounds somewhat different.

Afrikaans: My naam is Eun Jung.
Translation: “My name is Eun Jung.”

With “My name is,” in Afrikaans, and any other self-introduction in Afrikaans, you can lead with a specific introductory phrase: Aangename kennis. It’s slightly formal, but still commonly used among Afrikaners when meeting people for the first time. (Note: If you’re giving a speech in front of an audience to introduce yourself, you will not start with this phrase.)

Use it this way:

Afrikaans: Aangename kennis. My naam is Eun Jung.
Translation: “Pleased to meet you. My name is Eun Jung.”

Normally, you won’t offer information about your age right off the bat in conversations. Like most Westerners, the older Afrikaners get, the less they want to broadcast just how old they are. But as a foreigner, you’ll likely be forgiven most gaffes. Also, talking about your age in Afrikaans isn’t considered a big social no-no, so if you’re specifically asked for more personal details about yourself, feel free to share this bit of information.

Korean Girl with South Korean Flag

Afrikaans: Ek is twee-en-twintig jaar oud.
Translation: “I am twenty-two years old.”

Sharing your nationality is a good idea, as your new friends or hosts will want to know where you’re from. Also, it’s a nice conversation-starter.

Afrikaans: Ek is van Suid Korea en ek bly in Seoul.
Translation: “I’m from South Korea and I live in Seoul.”

1- Situational Use

Barbeque with Meat and Veg

1. Informal

When you introduce yourself in Afrikaans phrases, the phrase below is suitable to use when you’re meeting new friends or colleagues in a casual, mostly social situation, such as at a party or the inevitable (and famous) South African barbeque, called a braai.

Afrikaans: Hallo. Ek is Eun Jung.
Translation: “Hello. I am Eun Jung.”

Using “I am …” in Afrikaans is the most casual, informal means of introducing yourself.

This will usually suffice, along with simultaneously offering your hand for a handshake with a warm, friendly smile. (Afrikaans men tend to shake hands every time they see each other, while women only do so when meeting someone for the first time. If you do proceed to become friends, you can expect a light hug when seeing them again, but be sure to let them initiate any embrace.)

Handshakes work in both formal and informal situations; never forget to look the person straight in the eye with a friendly smile when you do so. To Afrikaans-speaking South Africans, this indicates confidence and honesty. In more formal situations, don’t expect hugs, unless you know the person well and they initiate it.

Man and Woman Shaking Hands

2. Formal

Use these phrases when you greet and introduce yourself to a much older and senior colleague, boss, or dignitary. Also offer a firm handshake while looking them in the eye with a friendly smile.

Afrikaans: Goeiedag. Goed om u te ontmoet. My naam is Eun Jung.

The pronoun “u” is slightly dated and formal, but still a very polite way to address Afrikaans-speaking people. If you’re introducing yourself to a younger VIP, or if the situation warrants a more casual form of address, you can use “jou” instead of “u.”

Translation: “Good day. Pleased to meet you. My name is Eun Jung.”


2. Placing Yourself in Society

You’re still chatting with new colleagues or friends who are curious about your personal details. Don’t disappoint them—rather, blow their socks off with your excellent Afrikaans!

Afrikaans: Ek studeer pediatriese chirurgie by Yonsei University Medical School. OR Ek is ‘n loodgieter.
Translation: “I study pediatric surgery at Yonsei University Medical School.” OR “I am a plumber.”

This should be enough to oil the conversational wheels, but if not, you can go on to share more about your family.

Among Afrikaans-speaking South Africans, it’s socially acceptable to divulge your marital status upon introduction. Here’s an example of talking about your family in Afrikaans:

Afrikaans: Ek is getroud en het twee kinders. OR Ek is ongetroud en enkellopend.
Translation: “I am married and have two children.” OR “I am unmarried and single.”

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1- Situational Use

It’s acceptable to share this type of information with both a formal and an informal audience, with one exception: In a formal situation, it would be best to wait for a specific request to share more personal details about yourself. This can be done in a one-on-one conversation, but more likely when you’re specifically asked to give an introductory speech (like to your new work’s Board of Directors or such).

Informally, however, you can offer this voluntarily in any casual situation. Your openness will likely be met with appreciation, and most possibly, reciprocation.

Afrikaners like people, and they like to know about people. They’re curious that way! But, it’s seldom appropriate to over-share intimate details when you first meet people, such as relating the woes of your recent bunion operation, or your daughter’s maniac ex-boyfriend who set himself on fire in her bedroom. Save those details for later, when you’ve developed a closer friendship.

Most of the time, you can relax and just be yourself. Afrikaners are generally a rather forgiving bunch, and the odd social gaffe won’t get you excommunicated. To them, most of the time, emphasis is on social interaction and making strangers feel welcome and safe.

2- Sharing More Personal Titbits

So you’re on a roll; you’re talking to a captive audience and feel they want more from you. Now you can delight them with personal details, like your hobbies, any sport you partake in, any special interests you have, etc.

Do it this way:

Afrikaans: My stokperdjie is om natuur videos te skiet. Ek is ook baie lief vir lees en tennis speel.
Translation: “My hobby is to shoot nature videos. I also love reading and playing tennis.”

Sharing little bits of information about ourselves like this makes us more relatable and “human.” It can furthermore be a good way to find friends with similar interests.

Pets are also an acceptable topic of conversation among Afrikaans-speaking people.

Afrikaans: Ek is lief vir diere en het ‘n hond en twee katte by die huis.
Translation: “I love animals and have a dog and two cats at home.”

A Selection of Pets


3. AfrikaansPod101 Can Help You Master Afrikaans Easily and Effortlessly

So, reader, do you know how to introduce yourself in South Africa after reading our article? Do you feel comfortable enough to introduce yourself in Afrikaans words? If so, why not tell about yourself in Afrikaans in the comments? We’d love to hear from you and look forward to reading your self-introduction in Afrikaans!

Afrikaans is mostly a phonetic language (meaning you mostly pronounce the words as they are written), but then you have to be able to read Afrikaans. AfrikaansPod101 takes the lead with many free learning tools to help you master Afrikaans reading easily, and in fun ways.

These tools include:

  1. An extensive vocabulary list, regularly updated
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  4. A free Afrikaans online dictionary

Learn more efficiently with the help of a personal tutor, who will first let you take an assessment test to personalize and tailor your training. You’ll also be guided to record your self-introduction in Afrikaans!

Getting a tutor is also a good option if you meet challenges in your learning, or need to fast-track correct pronunciation and enunciation. Your very own friendly, Afrikaans-speaking teacher will be only a text away on a special app, anywhere, anytime. Using a guided learning system, developed by experts in language and online education, you’ll receive personal feedback and constant support to improve in no time. You’ll also be tasked with weekly assignments in reading, writing, and speaking to really hone your Afrikaans speaking skills.

Imagine how impressed your South African friends will be when you display your excellent Afrikaans in conversation! With AfrikaansPod101, getting there will be easy and fun.

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10 Best Afrikaans Movies to Watch!

Watching movies can be a great way to improve your Afrikaans speaking and listening skills. Enjoy watching the best Afrikaans movies while you’re learning at AfrikaansPod101.com!

Watching Afrikaans movies with English subtitles is a fantastic language learning aid. It allows you to listen to native speakers, as well as watch their lips to see how words are pronounced. It’s also a great way to learn more about the Afrikaner culture! Impress your AfrikaansPod101 facilitator with your knowledge by watching Afrikaans movies online.

When it comes to free Afrikaans movies to watch online, free copies and services are unfortunately sparse. Subscribing to sites such as Filmdoo, or a service such as Showmax, will broaden your options. These services aren’t expensive, so they might be worth the investment.

Here are ten of the best African movies to watch for fun and learning. Memorize the most famous quotes from these films, and ask your facilitator to help you with pronunciation, if you’re not sure! Here are some tips to improve your pronunciation while watching movies in Afrikaans.

Ways to improve pronunciation

Table of Contents

  1. Afrikaans Thriller Movies
  2. Afrikaans Comedy Movies
  3. Afrikaans Drama Movies
  4. Free Afrikaans Movies to Watch Online
  5. Conclusion: Why Study with AfrikaansPod101?

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Movie genres


1. Afrikaans Thriller Movies

Afrikaans people prefer comedies, human dramas, and romance—these genres abound on their screens! However, they have a chilling taste for serial killer movies too… Here are two of the best Afrikaans films in this category. And interestingly, both of these African movies of horror have a wolf as the central theme…

1- Wolf Wolf

In some African movies, history plays a big role.

Set in the 1970s, rural South Africa, Wolf Wolf involves a disgruntled married woman, a man in a wheelchair, a journalist, a serial killer, and a few plot twists. Adriana Wolfaardt, a ballet teacher, decides to spend some time alone on her and her husband’s farm, Duiwelslaagte. En route, she picks up who she thinks is her husband’s cousin…but is he?

Quote: Ja, maar wanneer het jy hom vir die eerste keer ontmoet?
Translation: “Yes, but when did you meet him for the first time?”

Watch the trailer, and see if you’re up for a nail-biting experience…

2- Wolwedans in die Skemer

Translated, the title means “dance of the wolves at dusk.”

The story deals with a pretty young woman, Sonja Daneel, who’s involved in a serious car accident after spotting a wolf on the road. This is significant, since no wolf has ever been spotted in these woods.

She completely loses her memory after hitting her head in the accident.

She remains working as a receptionist at the luxurious lobby of Hotel Njala, but, of course, all is not as benign and harmless as it seems… With the help of a police constable, Sonja starts piecing back her identity (which is the reason she works at Hotel Njala).

Watch this tale of family intrigue, brutal serial killings, and a farm called Wolwedans in one of the most picturesque areas of South African inland.

Wolwedans is one of the slicker Afrikaans productions on the scene, and is based on a riveting radio story of the same name. It was written and produced by South African author and movie maker Leon van Nierop.

Quote: Jy moet jouself oopmaak vir die wolwe, Diana.
Translation: “You must open yourself to the wolves, Diana.”


2. Afrikaans Comedy Movies

As we mentioned earlier, the Afrikaans people love to laugh, which means that there are plenty of Afrikaans comedy movies around. Get your share of fun in Afrikaans with these popular movies.

1- Semi Soet

One of South Africa’s most successful romantic comedies, Semi Soet tells the story of a young advertising executive, Jaci, who would do everything in her power to save her company from landing in the jaws of a giant corporation. This can only be done if she lands a contract with a prestigious wine farm estate, Vrede en Lust.

To do this, Jaci has to jump through several hilarious hoops on her prospective client’s beautiful farm. And, of course, there’s a big surprise in the plot for the heroine…

Funny and convincing, this romcom gained four stars on IMDb. An easy and entertaining view, it’s ideal for whiling away a lazy Saturday afternoon.

Quote: Al wat jy moet doen is net om te maak asof jy my smoor verliefde verloofde is vir twee ure.
Translation: “All you have to do is pretend to be my deeply besotted fiancé for two hours.”

2- Liefling, die Movie

In African movies, a love story is always appreciated.

Probably the best known of all Afrikaans musical movies, this 2010 romcom was a blockbuster in South Africa. Theaters filled to watch the story of a young, beautiful woman, an engineer student, and their obstructed path toward each other and true love.

The male lead is played by one of South Africa’s most beloved and successful male singers, Bobbie van Jaarsveld.

Quote: Wanneer jy jou eerste liefde ontmoet, is dit soos ‘n sprokies verhaal.
Translation: “When you meet your first love, it is like a fairy tale.”

Watch this film for light entertainment, and learn the songs in Afrikaans to sing along!

3- Vir die Voëls

This is yet another romantic Afrikaans movie, but differs from the others. Irma, young and pretty, isn’t your run-of-the-mill girl at all. She’s headstrong, and not a follower of societal norms. Of course, her free spirit lands her in trouble many times, but how did she end up in front of the pulpit?

Watch this fun Afrikaans comedy to find out.

Quote: Die ding is, ek is nie seker of ek die res van my lewe saam met daardie man wil spandeer nie.
Translation: “Thing is, I don’t know if I want to spend the rest of my life with this man.”

Definitely a heroine with a mind of her own!

4- Hollywood in my Huis

Jana is one of her school’s losers. Pretty but not popular, she nevertheless dreams of accompanying the school’s heartthrob, Brandon, to their Matric Farewell dance. She makes plans to change her destiny, but of course, not all goes as planned.

Note: The South African Matric Farewell dance is similar to the Prom night in the U.S.

Quote: Hierdie is die nag waarin jou wildste drome gaan waarkom.
Translation: “This is the night where your wildest dreams will come true.”

5- Die Windpomp

This award-winning comedy centers around the coming-of-age of a young schoolboy named Hendri. Hendri eventually needs to move to his grandfather’s retirement village, where he meets a motley crew of colorful characters…with interesting results.

Quote: Is jy lus om jonk te wees?
Translation: “Do you feel like being young?”

A gentle, fun watch with a bit more to it than meets the eye.

6- Vir Altyd

When she gets dumped in front of the altar, Nina finds herself fighting against the feeling that her last chance for happiness is gone. Despite the groom’s betrayal, she decides to go on a honeymoon anyway, and takes a long-lost childhood friend with her.

The film is beautifully shot in gorgeous locations—pure escapist fun.

Quote: Ek kannie wag om jou vrou te wees nie.
Translation: “I can’t wait to be your wife.”

A tad formulaic, Vir Altyd nevertheless made millions at the box office in South Africa.


3. Afrikaans Drama Movies

While it’s true that South Africans love a good comedy, they’re also able to get very serious in their cinema. Here are some of the best tearjerkers with grit.

1- Raaiselkind

Called a “powerful drama” by reviewers, Raaiselkind is based on a book about the life of Ingrid, the mother of an autistic boy who’s found dead in a bathtub at home. She’s being investigated for his murder. The movie tells her difficult, heartbreaking story.

Getting eight stars on IMDb, this drama is worth the watch, even if it isn’t easy viewing.

Quote: ‘n Spieel het gebreek tussen my en hom.
Translation: “A mirror broke between me and him.”

2- Krotoa

The movie deals with the history of a bright, eleven-year-old Khoi girl named Krotoa from the Goringhaicona tribe in the Cape, South Africa. She gets taken away from her close-knit family to serve her uncle’s trading partner, Jan Van Riebeeck. Despite many hardships, she grows up to become a visionary, strong woman and a Dutch interpreter for Van Riebeeck. The man later became the first Governor of what was formerly the Cape Colony.

While the film won numerous international cinema awards, critics and the public bashed it for being historically incorrect, and racially biased. Beautifully shot, it’s nevertheless worth the watch.

Quote: Sy sal u nie teleurstel nie.
Translation: “She will not disappoint you.”


4. Free Afrikaans Movies to Watch Online

So, after viewing our African movies list, are there Afrikaans films/African movies free online for you to watch?

Unfortunately, there’s not a great amount of free Afrikaans movies to watch online, as mentioned earlier. When it comes to African movies, YouTube is probably your best bet, where the keyphrase: “full Afrikaans movies” or “Afrikaans movies full” will get you some good hits.

Many of these, however, aren’t great quality, and are without English subtitles. Perhaps these should be saved for when you can speak Afrikaans better, because there are some cinematic gems among them! Here are the most common Afrikaans vocabulary that you may find in the movies.

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In the meantime, let us know if you plan on watching African movies to learn Afrikaans. If so, which South African movie(s) do you want to see most? Let us know in the comments!

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Popular South African TV Shows to Help You Learn Afrikaans!

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

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

Two Women Watching TV with Popcorn

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

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

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

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

1. Reality South African TV Shows and Lifestyle Shows

1- Boer Soek ‘n Vrou

Translation: Farmer Looks for a Wife

Farmer in Field in Front of Machine

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

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

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

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

She was wrong. There were plenty of interested men.

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

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

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

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

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

2- Jan Braai vir Erfenis

Translation: John Barbeques for Heritage

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

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

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

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

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

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

3- Edik Van Nantes

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

Fresh Fish with Oil or Vinegar Pouring

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

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

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

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

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

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

4- Slank

Translation: Slender

Woman's Waist with Measuring Tape

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

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

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

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

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

5- Glam Guru

Woman Putting Makeup on a Model's Face

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

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

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

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

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

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

2. Soapies, Telenovelas & Drama South African TV Shows

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

6- Binnelanders

Translation: People from Inland

Doctors Around Operating Table in Theater

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

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

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

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

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

7- Getroud Met Rugby

Translation: Married to Rugby

Sport Stadium with Crowd and Lights

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

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

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

3. Comedies

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

8- Ouboet & Wors

Translation: Older Bro and Sausage

People Laughing in a Theater

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

Fun slapstick with a heart.

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

Translation: “They fit together like a puzzle.”

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

9- Molly en Wors

Translation: Molly and Sausage

Entwined Feet

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

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

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

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

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

4. Mystery and Suspense

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

10- Die Boland Moorde

Translation: The Boland Murders

Hooded Man Pointing Gun

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

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

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

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

5. How Can AfrikaansPod101 Help You to Learn Afrikaans Faster?

AfrikaansPod101 stands out among online learning platforms, with many free learning tools to help you master Afrikaans easily.

These tools include:

  1. Quick, easy access to the Afrikaans Core 100 Word List
  2. A new Afrikaans word to learn every day!
  3. An extensive vocabulary list, regularly updated
  4. A free Afrikaans online dictionary

Speed up your learning with the help of a personal tutor, who will first assess your Afrikaans language abilities to personalize and tailor your training to your needs. Sign up now!

Know that your hard work will pay off, and AfrikaansPod101 will be here each step towards your Afrikaans mastery!

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

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

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

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

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

Table of Contents

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

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1. Common Phrases You’ll Need for a Date

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

Afrikaans Date Phrases

Would you like to go out to dinner with me?

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

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

Are you free this weekend?

  • Is jy beskikbaar die naweek?

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

Would you like to hang out with me?

  • Wil jy saam met my kuier?

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

What time shall we meet tomorrow?

  • Hoe laat sal ons môre ontmoet ?

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

Where shall we meet?

  • Waar sal ons ontmoet?

You can ask this, but also suggest a place.

You look great.

  • Jy lyk goed.

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

You are so cute.

  • Jy is so oulik.

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

What do you think of this place?

  • Wat dink jy van hierdie plek?

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

Can I see you again?

  • Kan ek jou weer sien?

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

Shall we go somewhere else?

  • Moet ons iewers anders gaan ?

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

I know a good place.

  • Ek weet van ‘n goeie plek.

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

I will drive you home.

  • Ek sal jou huis toe ry.

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

That was a great evening.

  • Dit was ‘n lekker aand.

This is a good phrase to end the evening with.

When can I see you again?

  • Wanneer kan ek jou weer sien?

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

I’ll call you.

  • Ek sal jou bel.

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

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2. The Most Romantic Ideas for a Date

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

Date Ideas in Afrikaans

museum

  • museum

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

candlelit dinner

  • kerslig aandete

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

go to the zoo

  • gaan na die dieretuin

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

go for a long walk

  • gaan vir ‘n lang stap

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

go to the opera

  • gaan na die opera

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

go to the aquarium

  • gaan na die akwarium

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

walk on the beach

  • loop op die strand

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

have a picnic

  • hou ‘n piekniek

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

cook a meal together

  • kook ‘n maaltyd saam

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

have dinner and see a movie

  • aandete en sien ‘n fliek

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

3. Must-know Valentine’s Day Vocabulary

Valentine's Day Words in Afrikaans

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

4. Afrikaans Love Phrases for Valentine’s Day

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

Valentine's Day Words in Afrikaans

You mean so much to me.

  • Jy beteken so baie vir my.

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

Will you be my Valentine?

  • Sal jy my Valentine wees?

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

You’re so beautiful.

  • Jy is so pragtig.

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

I think of you as more than a friend.

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

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

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

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

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

Love is just love. It can never be explained.

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

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

You’re so handsome.

  • Jy is so aantreklik.

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

I’ve got a crush on you.

  • Ek hou van jou.

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

You make me want to be a better man.

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

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

Let all that you do be done in love.

  • Laat als wat jy doen in liefde geskied.

We hope.

You are my sunshine, my love.

  • Jy is my sonskyn, my liefde.

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

Words can’t describe my love for you.

  • Woorde kan nie my liefde vir jou beskryf nie.

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

We were meant to be together.

  • Ons is bedoel om saam te wees.

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

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

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

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

I love you.

  • Ek het jou lief.

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

5. Afrikaans Quotes about Love

Afrikaans Love Quotes

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

6. Marriage Proposal Lines

Afrikaans Marriage Proposal Lines

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

7. 15 Most Common Break-Up Lines

Afrikaans Break-Up Lines

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

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

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

    We need to talk.

    • Ons moet praat.

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

    It’s not you. It’s me.

    • Dit is nie jy nie. Dis ek.

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

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

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

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

    Let’s just be friends.

    • Kom ons wees net vriende.

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

    I think we need a break.

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

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

    You deserve better.

    • Jy verdien beter.

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

    We should start seeing other people.

    • Ons moet ander mense begin sien.

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

    I think we’re moving too fast.

    • Ek dink ons ​​ beweeg te vinnig.

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

    I need to focus on my career.

    • Ek moet op my loopbaan fokus .

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

    I’m not good enough for you.

    • Ek is nie goed genoeg vir jou nie.

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

    I just don’t love you anymore.

    • Ek het jou nie meer lief nie.

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

    We’re just not right for each other.

    • Ons is net nie reg vir mekaar nie.

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

    It’s for the best.

    • Dit is vir die beste.

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

    We’ve grown apart.

    • Ons het verby mekaar gegroei.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    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!

    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?
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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.

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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 - 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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    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.
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