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Hi everyone! I’m Alisha.
Welcome to Conversational Phrases!
We’ve found that the best way to learn a language is to speak it from day one! And the best way to start speaking is to learn phrases that you’ll use in real conversations.
In this lesson, you’ll learn conversational phrases to answer the question, "What are you doing?" After watching this video, you’ll be able to answer this question and tell someone something about what you’re writing.
Now, let’s take a look at some conversational phrases!
Listen to the dialogue.
Wat doen jy?
Ek skryf in my dagboek.
Once more with the English translation.
Wat doen jy?
“What are you doing?”
Ek skryf in my dagboek.
“I'm writing in my journal.”
First of all you'll need to learn how to say “What are you doing?”
That's: Wat doen jy?
Listen to it again: Wat doen jy? , Wat doen jy?
“What are you doing?”
This Afrikaans sentence literally translates as “What do you?”
But it means “What are you doing?”.
Now, how do you answer this question?
The pattern is:
Ek skryf [object].
“I'm writing [object].”
For example:
“I'm writing in my journal.”
Ek skryf in my dagboek. , Ek skryf in my dagboek.