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Eric: Hi everyone, Eric here, and welcome back to AfrikaansPod101.com. This is Basic BootCamp Lesson 2 - Talking Nationality in Afrikaans. This is the second in a five-part series that will help you ease your way into Afrikaans.
Pieter: Hallo! My naam is Pieter. I’m Pieter!
Eric: In this lesson, you’ll learn how to introduce yourself and tell people where you are from.
Pieter: The conversation takes place at a college campus. It’s between new college students who don’t know each other yet.
Eric: Therefore, they use formal Afrikaans. Let’s listen to the conversation.

Lesson conversation

Pieter: Hallo. My naam is Pieter. Ek is Suid-Afrikaans.
Zani: Hallo. My naam is Zani. Ek is Namibies.
Eric: Let’s hear it slowly now.
Pieter: Hallo. My naam is Pieter. Ek is Suid-Afrikaans.
Zani: Hallo. My naam is Zani. Ek is Namibies.
Eric: And now with the translation.
Pieter: Hallo. My naam is Pieter. Ek is Suid-Afrikaans.
Eric: Hello. My name is Pieter. I'm South African.
Zani: Hallo. My naam is Zani. Ek is Namibies.
Eric: Hello. My name is Zani. I'm Namibian.
Eric: I heard South Africa isn’t the only place where Afrikaans is spoken.
Pieter: That’s right, they speak Afrikaans in Namibia too. It’s not the most commonly spoken language there, but around 11% of the population speaks it at home.
Eric: Don’t worry though, listeners. You’ll be able to understand Namibian Afrikaans speakers just as well as South Africans.
Pieter: Yeah, there aren’t any special dialects there.
Eric: I heard that there are lots of expatriate communities that speak Afrikaans around the world too?
Pieter: That’s correct. Australia, the UK, and the Netherlands all have lots of Afrikaans speakers living in them.
Eric: So I can practise my Afrikaans on the tube!
Pieter: That’s actually a great idea! You’ll overhear a lot of interesting Afrikaans conversations like that. South Africans never expect people to understand their secret language!
Eric: What kind of things do they talk about?
Pieter: Well I guess you’ll just have to keep learning and find out…!
Eric: Well I need a challenge anyway… okay, I’m going!
Pieter: Wait! Let’s study a bit more Afrikaans first.
Eric: Okay, let's take a look at the vocabulary for this lesson.
Vocabulary and Phrases
Eric: First we have:
Pieter: hallo [natural native speed]
Eric: hello (informal, answering the phone)
Pieter: hallo [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Pieter: hallo [natural native speed]
: Next:
Pieter: ek [natural native speed]
Eric: I
Pieter: ek [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Pieter: ek [natural native speed]
: Next:
Pieter: is [natural native speed]
Eric: am
Pieter: is [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Pieter: is [natural native speed]
: Next:
Pieter: Suid-Afrikaans [natural native speed]
Eric: South African (nationality)
Pieter: Suid-Afrikaans [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Pieter: Suid-Afrikaans [natural native speed]
: Next:
Pieter: Namibies [natural native speed]
Eric: Namibian (nationality)
Pieter: Namibies [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Pieter: Namibies [natural native speed]
Eric: Let's have a closer look at the usage for some of the words and phrases from this lesson.
Pieter: Cool, we already learned the greeting Hallo, My naam is Pieter in Bootcamp Lesson one. Now, before you say your nationality, you need one word. It’s important and you’ll use it all the time.
Pieter: The word is Is.
Eric: This word means “am” in English. Can you say it once more time slowly?
Pieter: Is
Eric: And one more time fast?
Pieter: Is
Eric: So in the dialogue, we heard the speaker say-
Pieter: Ek is
Eric: and then his nationality. For example, if you are “South African” you can say..
Pieter: Ek is Suid-Afrikaans
Eric: And how would you say “I’m Namibian” in Afrikaans?
Pieter: Ek is Namibies
Eric: Let’s practice a bit more. What about “German”?
Pieter: “German” is Duits in Afrikaans, so you can say Ek is Duits
Eric: “I’m German.” Great! Now let’s imagine you are Japanese.
Pieter: Ek is Japannees.
Eric: “I’m Japanese.” This all sounds pretty easy! Now onto the lesson focus.

Lesson focus

Eric: The focus of this lesson is asking where people are from. As we mentioned before, there are different ways to say your nationality.
Pieter: That’s right, we used the word is, and say Ek is Suid-Afrikaans.
Eric: Let’s have a closer look at the verb.
Pieter: Okay, we learned Ek is Suid-Afrikaans meaning “I’m a South African.” It has a pronoun, a verb, then an adjective.
Eric: So the good news is that unlike in many other languages, when the pronoun changes in Afrikaans, the verb stays the same!
Pieter: That’s right. Now let’s learn the others. Just repeat after me. Let’s start with “he is.”
Eric: “He is.”
Pieter: Hy is.
Eric: “She is.”
Pieter: Sy is
Eric: “We are”
Pieter: Ons is
Eric: “They are”
Pieter: Hulle is
Eric: It is.
Pieter: Dit is
Eric: Alright. Now, let’s try some more nationalities. Let’s start with “Japanese.”
Pieter: Japannees
Eric: French
Pieter: Frans
Eric: American
Pieter: Amerikaans
Eric: Italian
Pieter: Italiaans
Eric: Nice, using what we learned, can you say “He’s German” in Afrikaans?
Pieter: Hy is Duits.
Eric: Great. How about “We’re South African”
Pieter: Ons is Suid-Afrikaans


Eric: That’s it for this lesson.
Pieter: Thanks for listening. Totsiens!
Eric: See you next time!