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Hallo almal! Ek is Annemarie. Hi everybody! I’m Annemarie. Welcome to AfrikaansPod101.com’s Afrikaans in 3 minuten, the fastest, easiest, and most fun way to learn Afrikaans.
In the last lesson, you learned how to ask "what" questions in Afrikaans.
This time, we're going to ask questions using the question word waar meaning "where."
Imagine your South African friend is asking you on the phone - Waar is jy? Do you remember what this means? We learned it in lesson 12 when *you* were asking where your friend is. It means "Where are you?"
[slowly] Waar is jy?
In Afrikaans, "where" is translated as waar.
So for example, if you want to ask "Where do you live?" you will say Waar woon jy?
[slowly] Waar woon jy?
Like English, the interrogative word is placed in the first position here, then the verb, and then the subject.
Like wat, meaning “what,” from our previous lesson, waar is just as easy, short, and practical. It shouldn’t be complicated at all to ask questions with waar. Just remember that it’s the first word in the sentence. Now, let’s look at some more questions that feature waar.
Say you want to ask where you are going with your friends. Just say Waar gaan julle heen?
[slowly] Waar gaan julle heen?
You might remember gaan from one of our previous lessons.
You can also ask where someone is from, by saying, Waar kom jy vandaan?
[slowly] Waar kom jy vandaan?
This means “Where do you come from?”
How about if you are lost somewhere in South Africa, and you want to know where the train is. To ask a stranger, simply stop them by saying Skuustog. Then ask Waar is die treinstasie? This means “Excuse me. Where is the train station?”
[slowly] Skuustog, waar is die treinstasie?
Of course, you can substitute die treinstasie with any other place such as “the pharmacy,” die apteek. The sentence structure wouldn’t change at all. Waar is die apteek?
And it’s as simple as that!
Now it’s time for Annemarie’s Tips.
When Afrikaans speakers have forgotten where they left something, they tend to ask themselves where they left it. Imagine your friend forgot where she left her keys. She would say, Waar het ek my sleutels gelos? “Where did I leave my keys?”
It’s funny to hear them mumbling to themselves, but the sentence itself can also be turned into a practical question. If you switch the pronoun, you can ask others where they left something. Say you want to know where your friend left your book. Just ask - Waar het jy my boek gelos? This means “Where did you leave my book”?
In this lesson, you learned how to correctly use the Afrikaans word for "where," waar.
Now you can avoid getting lost! In the next lesson, you’ll learn more about asking questions, this time using Wanneer in Afrikaans. Do you know *when* to use it? See you in the next Afrikaans in 3 minuten lesson. Lekker deg!