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INTRODUCTION
Becky: Hi everyone, and welcome back to AfrikaansPod101.com. This is Beginner Season 1 Lesson 11 - Don't Suffer Alone in South Africa! Becky here.
Chesney: Hallo! I'm Chesney.
Becky: In this lesson, you'll learn about answering an invitation. The conversation takes place at a family lunch.
Chesney: It's between Johan and Daleen.
Becky: The speakers are family members. Therefore, they’ll speak informal Afrikaans. Okay, let's listen to the conversation.
DIALOGUE
Daleen: Johan, wil jy nie saam met my na tannie Ella se partytjie gaan nie.
Johan: Dankie Daleen, maar ek sal dit nie kan maak nie.
Daleen: Ag asseblief Johan, ek gaan swaarkry sonder jou.
Johan: Jy weet ek is baie besig, miskien kan ek 'n plan maak.
Daleen: By voorbaat dankie, jy gaan my lewe red!
Johan: Net omdat ek so 'n oulike nefie is!
Becky: Listen to the conversation one time slowly.
Daleen: Johan, wil jy nie saam met my na tannie Ella se partytjie gaan nie.
Johan: Dankie Daleen, maar ek sal dit nie kan maak nie.
Daleen: Ag asseblief Johan, ek gaan swaarkry sonder jou.
Johan: Jy weet ek is baie besig, miskien kan ek 'n plan maak.
Daleen: By voorbaat dankie, jy gaan my lewe red!
Johan: Net omdat ek so 'n oulike nefie is!
Becky: Listen to the conversation with the English translation.
Daleen: Johan, don't you want to go with me to Auntie Ella's birthday?
Johan: Thanks, Daleen, but you know I won't be able to make it.
Daleen: Oh please, Johan, I am going to suffer without you.
Johan: You know I am busy. I can make a plan.
Daleen: Thank you in advance, you are going to save my life.
Johan: Just because I am such a great cousin!
POST CONVERSATION BANTER
Becky: I wonder why Daleen doesn’t want to go alone.
Chesney: Sometimes family parties can be stressful, even if you like your family.
Becky: That’s true. We’ve spoken before about South African families being close.
Chesney: That’s right. In some Afrikaner families, cousins are like best friends.
Becky: You also told us about family reunions before.
Chesney: Yes, families have family reunions to make sure everyone stays in touch and knows each other.
Becky: I noticed that in the English translation Daleen said, “you are going to save my life.”
Chesney: That wasn’t literal, of course! It was just an expression of thanks.
Becky: How do we say “you are going to save my life” in Afrikaans?
Chesney: You can say jy red my lewe.
Becky: Okay, now onto the vocab.
VOCAB LIST
Becky: Let’s take a look at the vocabulary from this lesson. The first word is...
Chesney: maar [natural native speed]
Becky: but
Chesney: maar [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Chesney: maar [natural native speed]
Becky: Next we have...
Chesney: tannie [natural native speed]
Becky: aunt
Chesney: tannie [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Chesney: tannie [natural native speed]
Becky: Next we have...
Chesney: swaarkry [natural native speed]
Becky: to suffer
Chesney: swaarkry [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Chesney: swaarkry [natural native speed]
Becky: Next we have...
Chesney: besig [natural native speed]
Becky: busy
Chesney: besig [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Chesney: besig [natural native speed]
Becky: Next we have...
Chesney: plan [natural native speed]
Becky: to plan
Chesney: plan [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Chesney: plan [natural native speed]
Becky: Next we have...
Chesney: voorbaat [natural native speed]
Becky: advance
Chesney: voorbaat [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Chesney: voorbaat [natural native speed]
Becky: Next we have...
Chesney: oulike [natural native speed]
Becky: cute
Chesney: oulike [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Chesney: oulike [natural native speed]
Becky: Next we have...
Chesney: nefie [natural native speed]
Becky: cousin
Chesney: nefie [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Chesney: nefie [natural native speed]
Becky: And lastly...
Chesney: miskien [natural native speed]
Becky: maybe
Chesney: miskien [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Chesney: miskien [natural native speed]
KEY VOCAB AND PHRASES
Becky: Let's have a closer look at the usage of some of the words and phrases from this lesson. The first word is...
Chesney: byvoorbaat dankie
Becky: meaning "thank you in advance." The English translation makes this sound polite.
Chesney: It’s a very polite phrase in Afrikaans, too.
Becky: What makes it so polite?
Chesney: byvoorbaat is usually used to be polite and thankful for something that has been done for you.
Becky: Is it okay to use this in informal situations too?
Chesney: Yes, it is.
Becky: Can you give us an example using this phrase?
Chesney: Sure. For example, you can say, Byvoorbaat dankie vir jou moeite.
Becky: ...which means "Thank you in advance for your effort."
Becky: Okay, what's the next word?
Chesney: sonder jou
Becky: meaning "without you." How would we use this phrase?
Chesney: We can use this to show that you can’t imagine how it would be without someone.
Becky: Would this be used in a serious situation or as a joke?
Chesney: You can use it as both.
Becky: Can you give us an example using this phrase?
Chesney: Sure. For example, you can say, Sonder jou sal ek nie kan lewe nie.
Becky: ...which means "Without you, I won't be able to survive."
Becky: Okay, now onto the lesson focus.

Lesson focus

Becky: In this lesson, you'll learn about answering an invitation.
Becky: We’ll start with conjunctions. These are the little words that connect sentences and clauses together.
Chesney: These can be divided into three groups. The first group doesn’t change the structure of any of the sentences, other than for a comma.
Becky: What kind of conjunctions fit into this group?
Chesney: Things like want, meaning “because,” and dog, meaning “but.”
Becky: Let’s hear an example sentence.
Chesney: Sy eet 'n appel, want sy is honger.
Becky: “She eats an apple because she is hungry.”
Chesney: In the second group, the first part of the sentence stays the same, but the verb moves to the middle.
Becky: What conjunctions are in this group?
Chesney: Things like daarna, meaning “after,” and al, which means “even.”
Becky: And again, an example sentence please!
Chesney: Sy eet 'n apple, dus sy is honger.
Becky: “She eats an apple; thus, she is hungry.” And what is the third and final group?
Chesney: With these, the verb goes to the end. These are conjunctions such as nadat, meaning “after," and sodat, meaning “so.”
Becky: Okay. Let’s hear an example using these conjunctions.
Chesney: Sy eet 'n apple nadat sy honger is.
Becky: “She ate an apple after she was hungry.” Let’s end the lesson with some examples of how to make an invitation.
Chesney: You can start out by saying Kan ek jou iets vra?
Becky: “Can I ask you something?”
Chesney: Wil jy saam my gaan fliek?
Becky: “Do you want to go to a movie with me?” How do you answer that? “Yes” or “no” is kind of easy, but what if you’re not sure and want more time to think?
Chesney: You can say Kan ek jou bietjie later laat weet?
Becky: “Can I let you know a bit later?”
Chesney: Or Kan jy my dalk bietjie tyd gee om te dink?
Becky: “Can you give me some time to think?”

Outro

Becky: Okay, that’s all for this lesson. Thank you for listening, everyone, and we’ll see you next time! Bye!
Chesney: Baai.

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