can we have an Afrikaans course please?
I am semi fluent and i would like to improve. I think lots of people would benefit from it. Afrikaans is a Low Franconian West Germanic language descended from Dutch and spoken mainly in South Africa and Namibia. There are also speakers of Afrikaans in Australia, Belgium, Botswana, Canada, Germany, Lesotho, Malawi, Namibia, the Netherlands, New Zealand, the UK, the USA, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
I agree. It probably would be easier than Dutch due to its simplified grammar.
afrikaans does not simply have simplified gramar its only difirent because it has more than just dutch influence
i did not say it does not have simplified gramar what i was trying to say that it is not dutch with simplified grammar but an entirely different language as it has been influenced by german , russian ,english and french
Can you please tell me more about the Russian influence on Afrikaans? So far I haven't noticed any at all. While English influence is indeed very obvious.
Afrikaans speaker here, Russian-speaking wife. I haven't noticed any Russian influence, but there are some common German words.
Afrikaans started out as a creole for natives and slaves to communicate with the Dutch settlers, so it kind of is a simplified Dutch grammar. Very simple.
Thank you. I don't know everything about the history of Afrikaans and I don't speak it, but I can communicate in both English and Dutch, and Afrikaans grammar looks very English to me.
Afrikaans is my 1st language. As far as I know there isn't really Russian influence in afrikaans but rather more French, German and I tiny bit of Portuguese but 90% of the language is dutch :)
I speak Russian, German and am a native English speaker. When I tried to learn Afrikaans I noticed its similarity to English and German but I don't remember anything that seemed 'Russian" to me.
Thank you. This is how I feel about it too.
Its similarity to Dutch is even more impressive.
There is no Russian influence in Afrikaans. Mainly Dutch, German, French, Malay and a bit of the various African languages found in the area.
No, it really does have simplified grammar. One example is no verb conjugations, similar to the scandinavian languages
Agreed. I grew up speaking both English and Afrikaans. I tried my hand at Dutch and was shocked at how much more complicated the grammar is! Afrikaans is much simpler.
Afrikaans is one of my native languages and I have put it forth to the incubator and it is waiting for approval now:) I have used Afrikaans in work and relaxation in many places such as Holland, Germany, France (with not much welcome unfortunately, haha) and even in Italy!:) I hope to be a positive contribution for everyone that wants to take part in this course:)
Beste Gerhard. Ek het al meer as 'n paar keer aansoek by Duo gedoen om 'n kursus in ons lieflike taal te bou, maar twee jaar later het ek glad niks van hulle gehoor nie.
(Translation from Afrikaans - am a native speaker).
Dear Gerhard. I have applied to Duo on a number of occasions to help build a course in that lovely language and two years later I still await a response.
Maybe you can write an application again? I mean what can they say against it? I am from Germany and I would love to learn Afrikaans, which would be easy for me because it's very similar to German. I think it sounds lovely :) Hope to hear from you soon!
Now with Finnish and Arabic (highly requested!) in the Incubator, I think we should see Afrikaans in a year or so. Hopefully.
Hi. I sent in two applications. The first in 2015 and the second in 2016. I have yet to receive any kind of feedback.
Ek sal graag ook n bydra maak na ons lieflike taal. Ek probeer tans frans leer.
(Translation to English also a native speaker)
I will willingly also make a contribution to our lovely language. I am currently trying to learn french.
I would have to say that Afrikaans is near the top (if not then the top) language that I would like to see inside of the incubater. It appears to have very simple grammar and considering that it's vocabulary is closely related to Dutch, I think that it would be a great introduction into the other Germanic languages for me. The Latin and Greek words in English that have replaced much the Germanic vocabulary over time are really throwing me off when I try to tackle learning German and the other Germanic languages. Therefore I would like to learn a really simple Germanic language like Afrikaans that is fairly close to English to help ease me into learning German without all of the complex grammar concepts.
This is true, as a Native Afrikaans speaker I am learning German a lot easier than my English friends. Afrikaans grammar is really easy compared to most languages. For instance in Afrikaans everything "is". No "is", "are", "am" : I is, you is, we is. And words are kind of self explanatory as well for instance (walk = loop) and (run = hardloop) --> Literally to walk hard haha
I actually find it amazing how much German and Afrikaans have in common as far as vocabulary is concerned. Though the grammer for Afrikaans is much easier than German you will find that the way we express ourselves in Afrikaans is much closer to German than English. One of my problems learning German on Duolingo is that while the German often makes total sense to me when translated into Afrikaans, the English translation just does not come naturaly to my ear. I am not a linguist, but some people think Afrikaans is closer to Flemish than to Dutch and both may have a common ancester in one of the low German dialects. Afrikaans definitely share the German love of very long combined words
I am a native Afrikaans speaker, and am learning German and Swedish. You are quite right: Afrikaans is an excellent springboard for Germanic languages.
How I learned Afrikaans: Learned Dutch, then I read articles on wikipedia in Afrikaans. It's like exactly the same.
Afrikaans has absorbed many words from Malaysia (like piesang, blatjang, sosatie, baie), and has been influenced by African languages like isiZilu and isiXhosa. If Afrikaans and Dutch were EXACTLY the same, I'd have a golden Dutch tree by now - but my Dutch is actually hampered by my Afrikaans! There are many expressions which are very different, although Dutch speakers and Afrikaans speakers are usually able to understand each other. The pronounciation is very different. I have German family in North East Germany who speak 'Platt'. They also follow Afrikaans quite easily.
It's easier to understand Afrikaans from Dutch due to simplified grammar. They are NOT exactly the same.
Yeah - normally mutually intelligible, but some common Afrikaans phrases are serious faux pas in Dutch. I forget specific examples right now.
The Afrikaans Language Council, which is registered with the South African Commission for the Promotion and Protection of Cultural, Linguistic and Religious Rights, would be more than willing to mobilise the expertise needed to make this work (we recently facilitated the formation of the International Association for Afrikaans, an association of Afrikaans lecturers world wide). Afrikaans is a vulnerable language, like many other indigenous languages in the subcontinent, and would greatly benefit from a Duolingo course. We would like to promote also the development of Duolingo courses in the other indigenous languages, including Nama. The capacity is there. How do we get going with this? Write to me at email@example.com
Ek sou belangstel om materiaal uit die raad ek dink 'n mens moet hou van 'n amptelike Afrikaanse spreker te kry. of sprekers en begin die broeikas proses. Ek sien swahilli is byna voltooi en ander tale opgedateer in die broeikas.
Ek dink hulle een of ander manier om die broeikas moet toelaat vir die oplaai van materiaal
I would be interested in geeting material from The council I think One needs to get hold of a n official afrikaanse speaker. or speakers and start the incubator process. I see swahilli is nearly complete and other languages are updated in the incubator.
I think they need some way of getting the incubator to allow for uploading of material
there is also a classroom fot teachers of afrikaanse perhaps to use now Jean-Pierre
Gaan kyk voorlopig na die VIRTUELE INSTITUUT VIR AFRIKAANS. Daar bestaan ook ander hulpbronne. Ek sal dit weer moet opsoek.
Ek stem egter heeltemal saam dat ons iets vir Afrikaans aan die gang moet kry en het weer aan DuoLingo geskryf. Laat ons sien wat gebeur.
Afrikaans is such a beautiful language and I've been planning to start learning it for years now. And I've also been hoping there would be an Afrikaans course on Duolingo for a while :)
I have proposed Afrikaans for English speakers to the incubator:) Ek hoop dat ek jou daar sal sien!;)
I WANT AFRIKAANS SO MUCH! Because once I am fluent in German, it'll make Dutch so much easier. And by then Afrikaans would be a walk in the park :D
I learned Afrikaans before and during my internship in Namibia for six months, a couple of years ago. Unfortunately, because it's mainly spoken in Namibia and South-Africa and due to not knowing any (native) speakers here I'm lacking ways of keeping my Afrikaans knowledge up to date. So I would love to see this language presented on Duolingo.
I don't know anything about how much effort the programming would take but the language is rather easy and fun to pick up (I just love words like 'Spoedbeperking'), plus there should be plenty of volunteers for it so I can't imagine it to be taking a long time. Personally it has taken me only a couple of weeks to get the hang of it, when I learned some basic common words and figured the grammar out all I needed was oral practice. For a Dutch person, if you don't know a specific word in Afrikaans you just think of the Dutch word and 'Afrikaans' it. Nine out of ten times you're correct. And I've been told it's a language that is also easy to pick up for Germans.
Postponing or refusing the language due to its tainted history is no excuse: no one spoke English, Dutch, French, Portuguese or Spanish in the Americas pre-Columbus time yet as far as I understand Duolingo was founded on the idea of creating a free alternative of language learning for the Latin parts of the continents. I doubt anyone has ever complained about German, Russian or Italian as well. Pretty much every language has a tainted history.
I have often wondered whether Duolingo's refusal to develop an Afrikaans course is political, because of the association of Afrikaans with Apartheid. If so, it shows a lack of knowledge. The first material printed in Afrikaans was textbooks for the Cape ('coloured') Muslim school in the 1800s. There are millions of Afrikaans-home-language-speakers who are not 'white Afrikaners'. The earliest extant folksongs in Afrikaans are the beloved Cape Malay liedjies, like 'Daar kom die Alibama'.
I'm a member of the coloured community in South Africa and we speak Afrikaans too
As jy wil uithelp kan jy dit submit aan die "incubator". Ek het al self ook Afrikaans submit, maar nog niks gehoor van duolingo af nie. Ek dink as baie mense Afrikaans by die incubator opteken trek dit dalk net DUO se aandag.
Jy kan dit hier doen: https://incubator.duolingo.com/
Die incubator is 'n tiepe van platform waar nuwe lesse gemaak kan word.
English (For other people reading this forum) Please submit it to the incubator as well, I think that if a lot of people submit it, maybe we can catch DUO's attention
I've volunteered, have heard nothing. I think it depends on the number of people who WANT a language. There are, I believe, a large number of us who want to see the language here and are raring to help... but not enough requesting it.
We must just keep at it with the demand as mentioned by everyone so far:)
I wonder if we should take it to twitter, and tag them on there asking for Afrikaans
I agree, we need an Afrikaans course. I teach Afrikaans in a primary school in South Africa and I would love to be able to use Duolingo with my class. I think it would be extremely beneficial to them. Afrikaans is used as a compulsory second language in many schools in South Africa and a lot of children find it difficult as they think of Afrikaans as being boring. If they could use Duolingo in class, it would help them enormously.
Being a Londoner who has had many Afrikaans-speaking friends and workmates, as well as an interest more generally in South Africa, I would LOVE for there to be an Afrikaans from English course.
Yes!! I would love to learn Afrikaans! I am Dutch myself so I don't think it will be that hard, but I need this in my life! :)
It would be useful for me because I would like to visit South Africa someday. Afrikaans is the most spoken language in South Africa, with Zulu and Xhosa being close seconds.
Actually both Zulu and Xhosa are spoken more than Afrikaans. Plus some people even consider them dialects of each other.
Having said that, Afrikaans is still more useful than both Zulu and Xhosa in an academic setting.
Afrikaans was one of the original two official languages and now we have 11 in South Africa:) Do you have a date in mind of when you want to visit here?:) I could try help you with local advice:)
I don't have a set date in mind right now, I definitely want to go within the next 10-ish years... What do I need to know before I go to South Africa?
I would say you atleast need a fairly good knowledge of English, although some Afrikaans will help quite a bit. Also research the local news here and keep track of the political goings-on, as well as keeping track of which are the dangerous places. It also helps to know some locals that you can trust because there are alot of dishonest people that target foreigners and cheat them. Other than that, reading a bit on local culture can help you with conversation topics and fitting in at social events :)
Well, technically speaking, Afrikaans is not one of the original official languages. The originals were English and Dutch. Later, Afrikaans was given equal status to Dutch, and then eventually, Dutch was dropped altogether.
Afrikaans is definitely not the most spoken language in South Africa, isiZulu and isiXhosa have each more native speakers and more second language speakers than Afrikaans. If you want to visit South Africa, you'll be fine with English since the very large majority of people speak at least a little English, then learning a bit of isiZulu would be helpful, or isiXhosa, but both are relatively similar and widely understood. Afrikaans may come handy mainly in the W/N Cape.
Yes I would love to learn Afrikaans! I'm a native speaker of Dutch and I think it'd be so much fun to learn Afrikaans, if only because it's so similar, but at the same time the differences fascinate me.
Duolingo het so twee jaar gelede op my gereageer en genoem dat hulle op die oomblik (destyds) na kwaliteit kyk en nie te veel tale wil aanvaar nie. Maar as ons genoeg druk uitoefen, dan sal ons dit reg kry. Daar moet binne hierdie netwerk van Afrikaansentoesiaste iemand wees wat kontakte in Duolingo het. Indien wel, laat hoor van jou. Ons kan dit doen. Skryf aan my by firstname.lastname@example.org
Ek kan nie glo dat jy 'n antwoord gekry het nie - dis glo amper onmoontlik. Ek het ook aansoek gedoen (seker ook al twee jaar terug), maar nooit iets gehoor nie. EK sal graag wil betrokke raak as daar iets sou gebeur.
Ek leer myself Afrikaans al jare lank en wil beslis hê dat Duolingo 'n Afrikaanse kursus sal vrylaat. Ek sal ook gelukkig wees om terugvoer oor 'n kursus van 'n leerder se perspektief of enige ander te hulp te gee.
I am a native Afrikaans speaker and English and Afrikaans language teacher at a Sesotho school in South-Africa. Many children have trouble getting a proper education because they cannot speak English or Afrikaans properly. Most high schools in rural areas are Afrikaans and the children are already only speaking English half.
Please upvote this!
Matric exams in South Africa are only done in English or Afrikaans. All schools switch to one or the other at some point. Many people would rather keep the system as is than spend money that the government doesn’t have to accommodate the other nine official languages.
Yes please! This would be a great language to learn!
For those who would like to support Afrikaans lessons given by me (a native speaker, polyglot and linguist) on Duolingo, let your voice be heard on this discussion:
The more colloquial and far from dutch a dialect of afrikaans is taught, the more interested i am. I have no interest in dutch and LOTS of interest in afrikaans
For Native English Speakers this is a great language to learn, It is actually Native to Africa from European origins but, really simple as from the case of the migrations of primarly descedants of the dutch the official version When established which having anear simmilar structure to English means For Native English speakers an easy language to learn Which can then help learning other germanic languages like german and of course Dutch.
I support this cause! Here is another please from me, and thank you for considering this!
One of my friends is from South Africa and speaks Afrikaans so it would be nice to learn it and be able to communicate with her in her first language
I think the more the requests possibly it will start to trigger something on the server especially since there are now many offering their talents. I want it cause I am not living in South Africa right now and want to find a platform similar to this which has close to direct translations. I am planning to return home and work in a public service but one requisite for this would be improving my local language speaking ability.
One more Afrikaans please bid
It's useful in Holland to a degree, and very limited use in Dubai and some areas in America with all the South Africans immigrating that way, but otherwise not much other places where you are likely to find it.
Ive been waiting a verrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrry long time for a good Afrikaans language program. I put my vote for getting an Afrikaans program or whatnot on this site and with the app now, now now, just now too :P
(Upvote please so Afrikaanse speakers can see this tutorial on how to submit to the incubator and finally get Afrikaanse as a course)
As jy Afrikaans is en wil uithelp met die ontwikkeling van n Afrikaanse kursus hier op Duolingo kan jy dit gaan "Submit" aan die incubator.
Die incubator is n platform vir die ontwikkeling van taal lesse vir duolingo:
Gaan na https://incubator.duolingo.com/apply.
Click op "select language", scroll af na "Enter other" in die lys
Daar sal n boksie opkom waar jy dan "Afrikaans" moet intik.
Vul al die blokkies in jou beste Afrikaans in en kom ons hoop DUO maak dan n Afrikaanse kursus
Lankal gedoen, maar niks gebeur nie! Ek wonder ❤❤❤ daardie Star Trek liefhebbers Klingon deurgekry het! Afrikaans is ten minste 'n lewende taal met miljoene sprekers van verskeie rasse, en dit het 'n ryk letterkunde. Dit maak my sommer vies dat Duolingo geen gehoor aan ons gee nie. My dogter woon in Engeland, en sy probeer haar bes om met haar seuntjie altyd Afrikaans te praat, en sou regtig so 'n hulpmiddel vewelkom, soos seker baie uitgewekenes oor die wêreld. Ek het darem 'n paar stelle lesse op tinycards.com raakgeloop. Hulle help 'n bietjie.
What would it take to create an Afrikaans Course for DuoLingo? What steps of actions are required? How much money would it cost? How can we all put our resources, energy, & skills together to create it? Especially when it will benefit so many people. Can the creator's of Duo Lingo - answer these questions so we can make it happen?
Afrikaans is probably the easiest national language to learn for English speakers! Only Frisian beats it in terms of easiness but it's a regional language.
I think afrikaans is one of the prettiest sounding languages. Id love to learn it.
I am still waiting for even A reply from Duo about an Afrikaans course. I don't see how a made-up language like Klingon is more important than a genuine language like Afrikaans. I was born and raised in South Africa and have been using Afrikaans for atleast the past 25 years. I volunteered to be a course contributor for Afrikaans, but no reaction from Duo yet.
I have tried multiple times by applying within the incubator to add the Afrikaans language. It's such a beautiful language and from the thread it seems that there are many willing parties to help build Afrikaans for Duolingo, of which I am certainly one! But Duolingo staff have not responded to any of my applications (and to those in this thread), which I think is such an abomination! At least have the decency to respond yes or no, with reasons. There are languages that have been released with a lot less native speakers than Afrikaans, so I'm finding it difficult to find any reason for it not to be developed! I'm actually quite upset that we are being ignored and that we are not allowed to develop our language for others to learn! Can't a staff member at Duolingo please respond to our thread? Thanks.
please add Afrikaans! there's hardly any learning material out there on this beautiful language, and it's very discouraging. if High Valyrian and Klingon can be courses on Duo, Afrikaans should be offered, too. it has, what, 7-something MILLION native speakers, all around the world. seriously, how is this not a course yet?!? if Charlize Theron speaks Afrikaans, I think it's worthy of being here!
I often tell people who want to start learning more languages Afrikaans is the easiest natural language for English speakers to learn. This course would be important for that reason in particular.
I think That Afrikaanse would be beneficial to duo lingo as there is not much material out side SouthAfrica and Further one promotion point is it is from a region of rapidly growing infuence
I wanna learn Dutch and German before I turn 20 (I'm 16 right now so I know that's a while but . . .).and it'd be cool to just add this to the list if I could! Yes from me!
It is a language that can help but if you want to learn anything start anbe consistant and constant repitition by the way years fly by you will be 20 in no time so just strt learning them here and where ever you get material. If you are english speaking afrikaans is faster to pick up and will get you avery strong base to quickly pick up dutch due to lots of shred vocabulary and very simmilar language structure and ponounciation. Dutch is more complex though. German is a bit different and for an english speaker more complex but there is lots of simmilar vocabulary, so your subconscience starts picking things up and eventually starts merging. Even as an adult learner and speaker I find I mix languages in this ay since certain words are more quick to my memory than others.
I would really love to See my 1st language of afrikaans on duolingo. I would also really like to contribute my knowledge to the course aswell
Hey guys let's keep on upvoting and posting on one another's comments. I'm sure once we have a big enough following they will add afrikaans as a course on duolingo
Ek stem saam, duolingo wil seker eers sien daar is belangstelling voordat hul begin met n module
It's saddening to see so many comments from people that are offering to build an Afrikaans course and no response from Duolingo. I'd love to learn Afrikaans!
My husband and I are Afrikaans speakers. We would be happy to contribute to a course.
I understand that Duo Lingo has a business role model of having community answer questions, however with all of the requests for Afrikaans, I find it disheartening that no one from Duo Lingo has responded on any level. How difficult is it to create a response? To at least let people who are interested in creating Afrikaans and who want to have it as a language that is offered on Duo Lingo, know where it is at, and what the timing of it can be. People have been commenting about this for over a year now and there has been no response yet from Duo Lingo. Come On!
I understand that the number of people wanting to learn Afrikaans isn't that big, but there are still a lot of people and if an Afrikaans course gets added to Duolingo, other people who've never hard of the language might find interest in it and since it's family of English, German and Dutch, learning Afrikaans should be a breeze to people with any one of those three languages as their mother tongue.
Let's try to get more people interested, so that Duolingo would finally notice this.
I would love for Afrikaans to be added as a language, I think many people don't know what Afrikaans is, but if it we're added I think lots of people would be willing to learn it. and it would benefit a lot of people
This request was made two years ago - Can Duolingo give us an update? I am an expert in Afrikaans for business and would love to contribute to this potential course
♪ Tsamina mina, eh eh, waka waka, eh eh, tsamina mina zangalewa, it’s time for Afrikaans~ ♪
@AnCatDubh that is truely the greatest remake of the song I’ve ever seen
I think that would be great. An African language that won't be too hard to learn since it is of European roots.
Considering the limited free online resources to learn Afrikaans, it would be great to have it on Duolingo!
Ahhh, I really want to learn Afrikaans! Hopefully the course gets added soon!
Sjoe! So veel positiewe kommentare. Rerig bly dat my uie taal so gesogt is. Maar Ek moet sê, twee jare van wag is nou bietjie belaglik. Almal op hierdie forum is bereid om by te dra na Afrikaans, maar geen antwoord terug nie. Dis 'n Klein bietjie irreterend... Maar Ek sê maar net....
Upvote the initial post right at the top with the little arrow right next to "give lingot"
Ek was so opgewonde toe ek gesien het hoeveel mense Afrikaans by duolingo wil byvoeg! Daarom voeg ek my stem by en hoop dat dit een of ander tyd 'n realiteit word. Ek sal ook gaan aansoek doen by die "incubation" webblad om hul net nog 'n bitjie aan te hits.
As a Canadian Student who recently moved to South Africa and is now struggling to learn the language, I wholeheartedly agree with your idea!
i spoke to an afrikaaner recently, and i would love to learn his language
an Afrikaans course would be very nice. I've been wanting to learn Afrikaans for some time but without the necessary online resources it's been extremely difficult.
Afrikaans native speaker. Would love for the language to be represented on Duolingo.
Yes. My sister is learning Afrikaans because she is going to live in South Africa.
I finally am paying big bucks to learn Afrikaans but again the problem is I only go once a week for 12 weeks and with no one to speak with it is difficult to move ahead and stay motivated.
When I was on duolingo learning spanish I would practice and listen whenever I wanted and learned very quickly.
Sure would like to see an Afrikaans course here one of these days -- I keep checking back hoping :)
I'm learning Spanish too, and have Afrikaans as my home language. I can speak Afrikaans with you to help you improve - I've tutored lots of people online in English before so...
Lol this comment is so blunt and straight forward XD but yeah, Do It!
I would like Afrikaans too. My sister lives in South Africa with her boyfriend now.
Sounds like we have people ready to contribute to creating an Afrikaans course, and plenty who want to learn it. It would even be an easy one to get up and running fast, as it could be built largely on the foundation of the existing Dutch course. So what't the hold up? Let's get it done, Duolingo!
how about we all find Afrikaans speakers, online or otherwise, and ask them to help make the course! I have done my part. lets get this ball rolling!
I contacted a professor of Afrikaans and notified him of duolingo and urged him to contribute. I do not know what he has done, but he seemed interested. If everyone finds a, Afrikaans speaker and urges them then surly they will be able to begin putting Afrikaans in the incubator!
I really wish they had an Afrikaans course. It'd be decently easy to bring a few Afrikaaners in with the Dutch and German hatchers and develop it. What I'd recommend, in the mean time, is download a few resources that helped me when I wanted to learn Afrikaans a few months ago. (I'm only on a beginner/intermediate level, sadly, because recources are scarce and I live in NC. Not really the best place to meet an S. African person or to find someone else who wants to learn the language :P) https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Gilad_Soffer_1001_Exercises_English_Afrikaans?id=yaQfBQAAQBAJ https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Gilad_Soffer_1001_Basic_Phrases_English_Afrikaans?id=vZZyBQAAQBAJ https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Gilad_Soffer_5000_English_Afrikaans_Afrikaans_Engl?id=JEw5BQAAQBAJ If you don't have an android phone, you can still read these on the computer and they're pretty cheap.
Yes! I would love to see an Afrikaans course added and I would love to contribute to its development on Duolingo. How do we actually get it started - because it's more than time that it was started!
Don't give up learning it if that is what you enjoy! :) Dit kan vrek lekker wees!;)
Ek sal dit oneindig waardeer as julle Afrikaans kan bysit. Baie mense hier in Suid-Afrika self se my moedertaal le op sterwe, so dit sal ongelooflik baie beteken as die taal op Duolingo geleer kan word. Dis werklik nie n moeilike taal om te leer nie, aangesien die meeste woorde by Duits en soortgelyke tale geleen is, so meeste mense sal tien teen een klaar n paar woordjies ken. If you don't have enough people to work on the language, I can lend my help in whatever form you may need it, and there is probably a lot of other people on Duolingo who can speak Afrikaans well enough to help as well.
You can go to build a course on the Duolingo Discussion at the bottom of the language inbox. You will be able to develop the course along with others who speak the language.
Yes can we please add Afrikaans! My fiancee is from South Africa and it is his native language. I'd really like to learn to communicate in his native language. There are not many resources for Afrikaans and it would make this program stand out. It is such a fun language to learn!
I would like a course where I can improve my afrikaanse it is also the only African language to come out of africa from European origin possibly with exception of french and english creols. Iti s avery simple language as from the outset was made for the lost ties from dutch and was simplified when the official version came out. perfect for us native english speakers who ussually have a tendency to struggle. With afrikaanse german and dutch can be more easily learn´t It also covers a larger geographical area than just south africa with emmigrants going all over.
Welsh, a once dwindling historic language spoken in Wales that is now thriving again. Thanks to recent public efforts, today Welsh is taught in schools and spoken by over 1 million people. there are more Afrikaans speakers than welsh right! yet welsh is here!
Ever since making this thread to apply to Duo to help build an Afrikaans course... STILL no reply! I could leave some choice words on behalf of every frustrated person, but I don't think that is allowed ;)
Luckily Duolingo will not understand since they don't have a ⛈se Afrikaans course
Other Afrikaans course contributors could tattle, plus there will be some staff at/on Duo that will be there to moderate the progress so that course contributors don't slip in some curse words
Haha, yeah, and they're kind of similar to some Dutch ones (though Dutch seems to have a lot more AFAIK).
Thanks for this, I appreciate an alternative! And yes, I've also heard from other native speakers online that Duolingo hasn't been cooperative with offers to build an Afrikaans course; such a shame!
In South Africa there are over 50 millions people. Afrikaans is a language that is REQUIRED to successfully pass the Metric exam. Millions of students in South Africa would benefit SO much including myself if Duolingo would add an Afrikaans course. Please consider this language it is fantastic!...
I would love to be able to learn Afrikaans. I understand it is a fairly simple one to learn.
The pronunciation might be a little tricky depending on what your native tongue is. But it's not too complicated. (I grew up speaking it but I still communicate better in English, my second language, because I studied it more. Afrikaans can be really simple if you master the sounds correctly first.
Yes I am just wondering if our voices are heard:( I would really love to learn Afrikaans.
The tools to start this process are here, right before your nose.
You could create resource rich grammar posts here, and to link relevant discussions together.
You can add references to other free resources that are useful in learning the language.
If you are really keen, I hope you choose to continue to find ways to make this reality.
As an Afrikaans speaker (second language) I am very keen to see it appear on Duolingo.
Come on Duolingo, stop messing with unreal languages like Valyrian, Klingon etc, get an Afrikaans course up please
I agree. I find it annoying that they make courses for constructed nerd languages and not actual languages...
First things first, there is nothing about conlangs that stops them from being “actual languages”. Second, the inclusion of artlangs is to get more people interested in Duolingo. I see no problem with that approach
Hear hear! Valyrian sprung up nearly overnight – I never even saw it in the incubator and then it was suddenly open. Meanwhile languages spoken by millions of people like Hindi Indonesian, and Arabic languish in the incubator forever and others, for which I've seen serious demand, such as Afrikaans, Hawaiian, Croatian, Xhosa/Zulu, etc. don't even get off the ground. Disappointing.
Please start an Afrikaans course on Duolingo. My daughter is learning Afrikaans at school but would progress so much faster through Duolingo!
Yes, please! Afrikaans is a beautiful language and would be well worth learning as more and more South Africans are immigrating
I am currently 16 years old and 50% South African. I am a citizen of South Africa and it is my mother who was born and raised there.
Christmas Eve two years ago, my mother passed away after an incredibly long battle with cancer. It completely crushed me. She would never be there to meet my first boyfriend, see me graduate, or grow into a young woman she would be proud of. One thing I always wished I had learned was Afrikaans. It was a distinct skill my mother possessed that I was always in awe of. When I was a little girl, I understood the language quite well. However, when we moved back to the United States, this ability ceased to exist.
With such a passion, I long to learn Afrikaans. I imagine visiting family and friends in South Africa someday and blowing them away with my pronunciation and vocabulary. I know my mother would be proud of this. Duolingo is unlike any other educational quest of mine- it is completely free. I love linguistics and Duolingo gives me the tools to cultivate this interest. I hope Duolingo can help me achieve my dream.
I hope Afrikaans can be added to to the list of courses soon! I intend on visiting South Africa and would love to have a little bit of knowledge of the language so I am able to practice it while I am there!
I learnt Afrikaans in school and would love to refresh my knowledge. Please add it. There are some things you can only say in Afrikaans... like "poesklap"
Yes please, i want it so much! And it is an important language with over 20.000.000 speakers!
Wow, 2 years....really hope that Afrikaans gains traction eventually.
Multiple sources cite Afrikaans as one of the easiest languages to learn for English speakers. Would make for a great axillary language. What do you think?
A language that is very forgiving when it comes to making mistakes.
I have not read this entire thread but would be really happy to contribute to the creation of an Afrikaans course. I grew up speaking both English and Afrikaans at home and would love to put my bilingualism to some good use. Afrikaans is such a fun and colourful language especially when it comes to telling stories and jokes :)
Have you tried applying here: https://incubator.duolingo.com/apply I think you'll need to choose Enter Other in the first language drop down and then enter Afrikaans, but I think this is the way to get it going. I believe duo lingo wait till they have had enough requests of a high enough caliber before launching an incubator.
I visited Namibia last year and thought Afrikaans would be awesome to learn, I agree that Duolingo should add it! Right now I am learning Dutch which is close to it, but it'd be nice to have Afrikaans itself! :)
I have always been on board for this. I am playing around with Dutch right now and would love to learn Afrikaans, even if it were from Dutch.
I also applied to be a course contributor for Afrikaans a few months ago, but that was when I had not completed any skill trees yet. Do you think that I'd stand a better chance to get noticed by the Duolingo team now that I've completed five trees?
I agree with Warren. I think they will only consider the possibility of an Afrikaans course when there's a couple thousand people asking for it.
All we can do at this point is encourage people to upvote, comment and spread the word.
(and when our time comes, for the love of klein groen appeltjies, don't add 9 lessons to a skill)
I think it depends entirely on how much of a demand there is for it from all the members on Duo
:( The Romanian and Swahili courses also seem to be taking quite a long time to get ready. At this rate it feels like the Klingon and Korean courses will overtake them.
afrikaans is growing worldwide thanks to the imigration of afrikaners due to crime etc but afrikaans also has some of the most lovely poetry and awesome music in every genre that you could think of i think that this can be one of the most enjoyable languages to learn
There is a proper Afrikaans guy on Facebook that is making video lessons on speaking Afrikaans if you feel like trying to track him down. I forgot what his name was, but I am from South Africa and my second language is Afrikaans and I can guarantee that he is SOLIDLY (Genuinely) Afrikaans.
No idea, sorry. I am also fluent in Afrikaans even though it is only my second language. I have been using it for over 20 years...
I would like to give language lessons over skype once I have my Paypal setup and ready.
It's also a language that has been under fire lately, with heavy political pressure to remove it from the higher education system. The local music and arts festivals have also had a lot of backlash. It may be a simple language, but it has a lot of history. Not all of it good.
That said, we are more passionate about our language than ever, and it has a lot of kick left. As people have mentioned, there are some great poetry, music and movies that have been written and made, and is still being produced.
I disagree with removal of any language I am pro maintaining and increasing language usage widening it. There are still studies in dead Languages like Latin. Anyways the most disadvantaged people I have found are the monolinguistics which I was once. I also know post isolation afrikaanse is larger and more widely spoken than ever. Further when travelling in rural western and central south africa and Namibia if you cannot speak afrikaanse you have a major difficulty in communiating since there are many monolinguistic afrikaanse speaking people in that particular region. I am pro learning very large many speakers, near universal languages, as well as smaller ones. this also helps alot with the learning of ones mother tongue. Afrikaanse I think is the ideal language for a bases to Germanic languages, English, german dutch, scandinavian languages, due to its simplicity the shared vocabulary helps tremendously and its a language with out tons of gramatical points. Unlike say the latin based languages, of which German for examples has and is obviously a germanic lanuage. My knowledge of latin languages like portuguese and afrikaanse helped me grasp German easier. I was thinking for english speakers in particular that really struggle Afrikaanse is probably on of the easiest outhere to get gong some say indonesian which I have no knowledge of. Lastly Afikaanse is origin from Africa so many words used in South Africas other languages have many afrikaanse words and if one really wants to imerse in South African culture including modern Afrikaanse is embeeded in the lingo A lingo mixture like Sowetan is an example One will be surprised at how english , sotho , zulu, Xhosa, afrikaanse is all mixed in conversation and nowadys in Joberg central you get it mixed with portuguese and french have been thrown in the mix. Language is a natural thing its that sites like this can help improve ones ability to speak.
Dit is die antwoord wat ek by Duolingo gekry het. ❤❤❤ gedaan om meer as 'n pro-forma antwoord te kry. Daar is wye ondersteuning vir 'n Afrikaanse kursus, ook om dieselfde te doen vir die ander inheemse tale in SA. Ons kan beslis 'n platform hiervoor met duolingo ontwikkel - as hulle bereid is om 'n bietjie anders oor hulle algemene benadering te dink. Laat weet asseblief by email@example.com indien enigiemand direk met 'n Duolingo incubator-administrateur kontak kan maak.
Conrad From: Duolingo [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org] Sent: Dinsdag, 10 Januarie 2017 5:54 nm. To: email@example.com Subject: Thanks for applying to the Duolingo Language Incubator.
Hi, We’re excited for your interest in participating in this monumental project! You can stay posted on Incubator progress here (incubator.duolingo.com). Once there is an opening, you might be contacted by a team member to help construct the course. Thank you for all of your support. We are making language learning history together! The Duolingo Team incubator.duolingo.com
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Personally I have installed EuroTalk uTalk with a "6 language unlimited lifetime subscription" to strengthen / improve my Portuguese Brazil (there was a recent StackSocial.com special announcement thread here on DuoLingo in February 2018).
Afrikaans is definitely one language from the huge list to browse which I could select within the uTalk Windows application....
Didn't Mondly have "Afrikaans" as one of their many supported languages?
FIRST, ENOUGH FAKE-LANGUAGES...
SECOND, I started Afrikaans on another site but I would rather learn through Duo because it works better. My vote is with Afrikaans because it is close to English and a great starter language for native English speakers, as well as a language that is useful in my area.
Mondly Languages and also Innovative - has Afrikaans Pod 101 - Both are really good, however Afrikaans Pod 101 can be more on the pricey side - depending on what you decide to pay for. I am looking forward to Duo Lingo getting Afrikaans one day. I am not sure why it is taking so long?
I have friends who want to learn Afrikaans, I am Afrikaans and I am sort of teaching them but would love to introduce them to Duolingo in this way!! Please, please, please make an Afrikaans course!!!!!
Please look through the Duo Lingo and find out how to contribute to make an Afrikaans Course. People have been making requests for Afrikaans for more than a year and many people who are Afrikaans Speakers - can contribute their skills and knowledge to create a course in Afrikaans and get it into the Beta Stage. This should have happened long ago - based on the demand - however people need to contribute what they know into building and creating a course. I am not a speaker of Afrikaans yet - however the saying applies to all Afrikaans Speakers who have Afrikaans as a first language - "If it is to be - it is up to me." Keep your language alive and well. Thank You, David
I am trying, but struggling to find a way to do so. Thank for your response!
I really need that course in my life, I am from South Africa and struggle to pass High school Afrikaans. Duo lingo would help a lot if they offered Afrikaans
i am learning dutch on duo, so it would be amazing for me to learn also afrikaans since it derives from it!
Absolutely! I'm Afrikaans and i would absolutely love to contribute to a course. It's a super fun language, and it's often classified as one of the easiest to learn. I hope Duolingo gives it a chance.
I can't really get why Diolingo is not taking this on more seriously. If one looks at the number of people who HAVE to study Afrikaans - given that it is the other most widely used language in South Africa besides English (a country of nearly 50 million people) - it must be the most important "lingua franca" in the world not even to be at stage one on the Duolingo lab system. I'm aware there are plenty other African languages not yet covered spoken by more native speakers but that isn't the point, much as I would LOVE to see isiXhosa or isiZulu represented. (Given the absurdity of Klingon being available, I'm wondering if isiXhosa might appear sooner just because it was used in Black Panther!). These other languages are however not widely spoken as second languages, unlike Afrikaans. (I hope that changes, and one day maybe it will with apps like this, but that is the situation right now). I know that other major Asian languages, like Bengali, are not yet offered, but in India and Bangladesh English is the major lingua franca; the same would be true I think of most other major languages in South Asia. In South Africa, as has been mentioned, it's one of only two languages final school exams are offered in, no matter that there are 9 other official ones, and is the second language of choice for most students. It's also got a large number of well educated teachers and speakers who would be able to quickly get a course running. And it's got a worldwide diaspora of speakers. I cannot see any official responses anywhere from Duolingo. Maybe 2019 is the year this conversation steps up a notch... If the process only gets going with a fixed number of requests, we may be up against tech-savvy Europeans and Americans at this point hence the growth of fictional languages and very minor European ones. I hope Duolingo can take a broader perspective in that case - change the algorithm that triggers a language process!
I would really like to learn Afrikaans. My fiancé is from South Africa, and although he doesn't speak much Afrikaans, his family does.
Native speaker here. I would love to contribute to an Afrikaans course. I also know many people who would love to partake.
Suggested so many times to contribute to and Afr/Eng course but seems to get little response from Duolingo. Would also be great to involve the "Virtuele Instituut vir Afrikaans (VivA)" who specialize in bringing the Afrikaans language into the digital space.
Afrikaans is taught as an additional language in many South African and Namibian schools and I think students would really benefit from this course when revising, studying for exams or going over concepts they don't understand
Can we please have an Afrikaans course, Afrikaans is a vulnerable language (like Hawaiian and Navajo)
I think Afrikaans would be very beneficial to add as a course. It's a fairly young language and I know many people who have moved overseas from South Africa and their kids etc are losing the language. Many of these people would love to see it on Duolingo for that extra help. Plus, it would help with further learning of some other similar languages from which Afrikaans has been influenced.