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Afrikaans

Photo Courtesy of Ellen Missert

Quick Facts

 

Primarily Spoken in: South Africa, Australia, Botswana, Canada, Lesotho, Malawi, Namibia, New Zealand, Swaziland, United States, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

 

Total Worldwide Speakers: 4,934,950

 

Language Family: Indo-European

 

 

History
 
From about 1815 Afrikaans started to replace Malay as the language of instruction in Muslim schools in South Africa. At that time it was written with the Arabic alphabet. Afrikaans, written with the Latin alphabet, started to appeared in newspapers and political and religious works in about 1850. Then in 1875 a group of Afrikaans speakers from the Cape formed the Genootskap vir Regte Afrikaanders (Society for Real Afrikaners), and published a number of books in Afrikaans, including grammars, dictionaries, religious material and histories. They also published a journal called the Patriot.
 
During the early years of the 20th century there was a blossoming of academic interest in Afrikaans. In 1925 Afrikaans was recognised by the government as a real language, instead of a slang version of Dutch. Afrikaans has changed little since then.

 

 

Source: The Ethnologue

Software

euroTalk Talk Now! — Afrikaans
 

System Requirements: Windows 2000/XP/Vista/7 or Mac OS X 10.3.9 or higher

Other Requirements: iTunes 4.6 or higher and a CD-ROM drive.

Recommended Requirements: A Headset

Supported by LLRC Staff: No

Circulation Policy: 1 Week

 

 

 

 

 

Web-Based Resources

 
Global Road Warrior

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Open Languages — Afrikaans

The mission of this website is to offer the best possible Afrikaans instruction for free to the international community. Open Languages offers the contributions of mother tongue speakers (poems, stories, songs, humor, etc.) so that the learner may experience the language as spoken.