Monday, June 22, 2009

Ek Leer Afrikaans

I'm currently learning Afrikaans, the creole of Dutch spoken in South Africa and Namibia (as well as other parts of southern Africa). I'm using two self-study course sets, Learn Afrikaans and Teach Yourself Afrikaans. The former jumps right into the language with colloquial phrases for tourists, while the latter concentrates on a firm foundation of grammar and vocabulary.

The bulk of my time is spent with TYA, but the vast majority of the dialogue is spoken as slow as molasses. I appreciate the speed for ease of comprehension, but I really think every audio clip should have two versions. One for introduction to the phrase and a second at normal speed so listeners can get acclimated to the pace of real speech. LA is all at normal speed, so it's a great supplement.

Every day, I'll leave a little bit about my day in Afrikaans for practice. Afrikaans sections will appear in green as a nod to the groen of the South African Rugby team, the Springboks. Here goes:

Goeiemôre! Dit is elf oor elf voor middag. Ek leer Afrikaans. Ek luister na die laserskyf, Learn Afrikaans. Elke dag lees ek die boek, Teach Yourself Afrikaans. Die prys vir die laserskyf en boek was vier-en-dertig dollars.

Elke oggend gaan ek per fiets kantoor toe. My fiets is rooi. My fiets se prys was een honderd tagtig dollars. Lekker prys!

Ek eet nie vleis nie. Gister het ek eiers en aartappels vir ontbyt geëet. Ook ek eet nie vis nie. Gisteraand het ek groente sushi geëet.


Good morning! It is 11:11am. I am learning Afrikaans. I listen to the CD, Learn Afrikaans. Every day, I read the book, Teach Yourself Afrikaans. The price for the CD and book was 34 dollars.

Every morning I go to the office by bike. My bike is red. My bike's price was $180. Great price!


I don't eat meat. Yesterday, I ate eggs and potatoes for breakfast. I also don't eat fish. Last night, I ate vegetable sushi.

8 comments:

Dex said...

Congrats on learning a new language!

I'm always amazed by how similar Afrikaans is to German. Keep posting these; they'll help me learn the differences!

Did you know our friend Zach speaks Afrikaans?

Verdant said...

Dankie, Dex! Yes, I've been getting some help from Zach :). He's one of three native speakers that I know in SF. Speaking of German, in the beginning, I sometimes said "Danke" instead of "Dankie" in my head, even though I know very little German!

iain_thornton said...

u leer Afrikaans?

veels geluk.Afrikaans nie is moeilik nie. Ek is gelukkig dat mense Afrikaans leer wil!

verstaan u my?

u kan met my e-pos stuur wanneer u wil.

Verdant said...

Dankie, Iain. Ja ek verstaan jou, maar dit is baie makliker om te lees as om te praat! Wat is u e-pos?

iain_thornton said...

ja ja, ek instem met jou. my vader is Afrikaner en hy het my Afrikaans geleer

my e-pos is iain_thornton@btinternet.com .....

stuur my 'n e-pos!

Anonymous said...

Leer dan Nederlands. Werkwoorden zijn er om vervoegd te worden.

Hoewel Afrikaans wel leuke woorden verzint... "laserskyf" haha of "hijsbakkie" (lift) en "voor-niks-nie-bang-nie-boot" (fregat)

Mike said...

Bedonder boet! Nou kan jy regtig leer hoe om ordentelik te vloek. Daar's geen ander taal waarmee jy dit so donders goed kan doen! Hehe :) Sterkte.

En, uh, waneer kom jy ons hier besoek?

Verdant said...

Hallo Mike. Lol, ja ek stem saam. Ek ken 'n paar Afrikaanse vloekwoorde. As for visiting SA, een van die dae. I just need to save $$$.