Learn Afrikaans

Afrikaans is the most widely spoken language in the west of South Africa and the third most spoken throughout the country as a first language after Zulu and Xhosa (both available on uTalk). The language evolved from a Dutch dialect spoken by settlers in South Africa but also includes words from English, German, French, Malay and some South African languages. It’s one of 11 official languages in South Africa.

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Where Is It Spoken?

South Africa

Namibia

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Number Of Speakers

17,000,000

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Language Family

Germanic

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Fun facts about Afrikaans

There's an Afrikaans expression 'moenie die hoender ruk nie'- literally don’t shake the chicken- which means don’t overdo it!

The sportswear brand Reebok is named after the Afrikaans word for an antelope, rooibok.

The words aardvark, trek and commando all come from Afrikaans.

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