What are Afrikaans?

  • (noun): An official language of the Republic of South Africa; closely related to Dutch and Flemish.
    Synonyms: Taal, the Taal, South African Dutch
    See also — Additional definitions below


Afrikaans is a West Germanic language, spoken natively in South Africa, Namibia and to a lesser extent in Botswana and Zimbabwe. It originates from 17th century Dutch dialects spoken by the mainly-Dutch settlers of what is now South Africa, where it began to develop independently. Hence, historically, it is a daughter language of Dutch, and was previously referred to as "Cape Dutch" (a term also used to refer collectively to the early Cape settlers) or 'kitchen Dutch' (a crude or derogatory term Afrikaans was called in its earlier days). Although Afrikaans adopted words from languages such as Malay, Portuguese, the Bantu languages, and the Khoisan languages, an estimated 90 to 95 percent of Afrikaans vocabulary is ultimately of Dutch origin. Therefore, differences with Dutch often lie in a more regular morphology, grammar, and spelling of Afrikaans. There is a large degree of mutual intelligibility between the two languages—especially in written form.

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Some articles on Afrikaans:

Siyathemba Local Municipality - Main Places
... main places Place Code Area (km2) Population Most spoken language E'Thembeni 31301 2.14 3,073 Afrikaans Marydale 31302 75.11 2,080 Afrikaans Niekerkshoop 31303 31.01 2,001 Afrikaans Prieska 31304 194.25 ...
List Of South African Submissions For The Academy Award For Best Foreign Language Film - Submissions
... Year Film title Language(s) Director Result 1989 Mapantsula Zulu, Afrikaans, Sesotho, English Schmitz, OliverOliver Schmitz Not Nominated 1997 Paljas Afrikaans Heyns ...
Solidarity (South African Trade Union) - Additional Operations - The Growthfund
... the Growthfund in 2008 with the objective of collecting R100 million for the empowerment of the Afrikaans community ... to collect more than R500 million from the Afrikaans community, for the Afrikaans community ... A new Afrikaans technical college (an expanded version of Sol-Tech), the largest Afrikaans correspondence-college in South Africa and a multi-million rand bursary fund for scarce and critical skills are planned for ...
Future of Afrikaans
... a loss of preferential treatment by the government for Afrikaans, in terms of education, social events, media (TV and Radio), and general status throughout the country, given that it now shares its ... Nevertheless, Afrikaans remains more prevalent in the media – radio, newspapers and television – than all the other official languages, except for English ... More than 300 titles in Afrikaans are published per year ...
... The Afrikaans Language and Culture Association (Afrikaans Afrikaanse Taal- en Kultuurvereniging), ATKV, is a society that aims to promote the Afrikaans language and culture ... speaking Afrikaans and belonging to the Christian faith) ...

More definitions of "Afrikaans":

  • (adj): Belonging or relating to white people of South Africa whose ancestors were Dutch or to their language.
    Example: "An Afrikaans couple"
    Synonyms: Afrikaner