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INTRODUCTION
In this lesson we'll cover an extremely important phrase, "Where is the bathroom?"

Lesson focus

In Afrikaans, "Where is the bathroom?" is Waar is die badkamer? Let's break it down by syllable.
(slow) Waar is die badkamer?
Now let's hear it again. Waar is die badkamer?
First we have the word waar, meaning “where.”
(slow) waar
waar
Next, we have is which is like “is” in English.
(slow) is
is
Finally, we have the article die and the word for “bathroom” which is badkamer.
(slow) die badkamer
die badkamer
All together, “Where is the bathroom?”
(slow) Waar is die badkamer?
Waar is die badkamer?
We can make this phrase more formal by adding "Excuse me," which in Afrikaans is Verskoon my.
(slow) Verskoon my.
Verskoon my.
Using this expression, you can say “Excuse me, where is the toilet?” In Afrikaans that’s Verskoon my, waar is die toilet?
(slow) Verskoon my, waar is die toilet?
Verskoon my, waar is die toilet?
In South Africa, there aren’t a lot of public toilets. You’ll probably have better luck in a nearby café, restaurant, or gas station. Look for the sign “WC,” pronounced [wee-cee] . But if you aren’t a customer, you’ll sometimes have to pay for using the toilet unless it’s open to the public.
When you finally get to the restroom, there may be one last problem—How to know which bathroom is for men, and which is for women. We usually have signs on the bathroom door. For women, this could be a figure of a girl or a circle. They may also use the word Vroue, meaning “women.”
Once again..
(slow) Vroue
Vroue
For men, you may see the word Mans.
(slow) Mans
Mans

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Friday at 06:30 PM
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Hi Listeners! Have you ever been on this situation where you couldn't find a bathroom in South Africa?

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Sunday at 09:24 PM
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Hi Caroline,


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caroline groen
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I am learning so much thank you!!!!

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Tuesday at 04:56 PM
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Hallo Suse


Baie goed.😁 Net een klein fout.

Hoeviel kos dit om die toilet te gebruik?

Hoeveel...


In Suid Afrika is die meestal verniet. Net hier en daar is 'n plek wat dalk R2 vra.


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Suse
Thursday at 04:00 PM
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Hoeviel kos dit om die toilet te gebruik?

How much does it cost to use the toilet?

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Wow moving to South Africa! That sounds so exciting!

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Roger Gant
Sunday at 06:11 PM
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I have now completed 6 lessons and so far, I am really impressed. There is a strong possibility my wife and I will be moving to South Africa during the next year, therefore, being able to speak and understand some Afrikaans is important to us. I will continue to progress through the lessons and if our move looks like becoming a reality, we will almost certainly subscribe at least to the Premium level.

Zani
Tuesday at 01:07 AM
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Hallo Abigail


You did very well with your sentence!

Jy het baie goed gedoen met jou sin!:thumbsup:


Kan jy asseblief my lie na die toilet? (Spelling mistake 'lei') - small mistake.


Sterkte met Afrikaans leer!

Good luck with learning Afrikaans!


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Abigail Dalsin
Tuesday at 02:07 AM
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Jammer om te onderbreek.Kan jy asseblief my lie na die toilet?

Sorry to interrupt. Can you lead me to the toilet?