https://www.duolingo.com/gabi.labuschagne

Afrikaans? Yes or No.

Afternoon fellow Duolinguists.

For over a year now I have struggled to get Afrikaans onto Duolingo.

The language originated from Dutch and is mostly spoken in Southern Africa. I have post after post, lists of interested contributors and learners, information and votes listed below.

I'm now asking everyone who wants to contribute to comment their username with "(contributor)" and everyone who wants to learn the language to do the same.

UPDATE: Please check out the new petition! https://www.change.org/p/duolingo-staff-duolingo-get-afrikaans-onto-duolingo Thank you for your support!

Upvote for "Yes" to Afrikaans and (naturally) downvote for "No"

We have wavered on this for too long.

Your fellow Duolinguist.

Dory

Count as of 9 Oct (on this post) -

Learners: 40 Contributors: 9

Links:

Wiki on Afrikaans: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Afrikaans

Afrikaans for English speakers #1 - https://www.duolingo.com/comment/2440987

Afrikaans for English speakers #2 - https://www.duolingo.com/comment/3018894

Calling the admin of Duolingo to think of adding Afrikaans - https://www.duolingo.com/comment/4898932

Afrikaans for English speakers. Why, When, How and Will it happen? - https://www.duolingo.com/comment/5509581

Afrikaans for English speakers (#5) https://www.duolingo.com/comment/6528693

3 years ago

102 Comments


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Ictram (learner)

I'm Dutch so it's already easier for me to understand and learn, but I'd absolutely love to see Afrikaans on duolingo, it's a nice language that sounds beautiful.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/gabi.labuschagne

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Contributor / Medewerker.

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ColdAsIce26 (learner)

I was there a week ago and with my Dutch background it was very easy to listen and communicate in Afrikaans. They removed the complication of verb conjugation and just use one word for every verb, and with their background of war against the United Kingdom longtime ago, they do not use English words. A very nice one is "Hijsbakkie" => Elevator. Hope you get enough contributors!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/fredrikov

we use a lot of english words now. and i think back in the academic circles there's a movement of advocating the use of traditional afrikaans words. for instance, opsie - keuse

3 years ago

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3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Stormshad0

Sploke"(contributor)" and "(learner)" Just a point of interest, Afrikaans is one of the easiest (if not the easiest) languages to learn. Once you have learnt it it also provides a very helpful base when learning other Germanic languages such as Dutch and well, German. Highly reccomend it!

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https://www.duolingo.com/Ivy844039

I would like to learn it! but how different is it from Dutch? I have an S.A. friend who understands dutch because she speaks Afrikaans.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Jd1500

From what I've heard it very similar. I haven't learnt Dutch or German, but when I see it written or hear it, I can understand a nice chunk of it. Many words are very similar or pretty much the same.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Ivy844039

thanks. sounds great :)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/fredrikov

when i was speaking Afrikaans with Dutch people in Amsterdam they used a laugh first and then said they understood.

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Ja ek wil dit beter leer asseblief, want ek het by die skool geleer maar my taal dis nog sleg. mitchell274 (leerder) Baie baie dankie julle vir julle help. Jammer, I'm sure a bit of that was incorrect 'cause I was in fact raised in Durban, South Africa where Afrikaans is rarely heard and taught quite ineffectively in the school system.

3 years ago

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I'd just like to say that that sentence was excellent, the only correction to be made would be "dankie julle vir jul hulp." "jul" = your (possessive) "help" = verb "hulp" = noun. Hopefully you get to learn more in the future!

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3 years ago

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I speak Afrikaans too. :)

3 years ago

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Wohoo!! Join the club :D

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Of course, it's its own language(learner)

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I also voted through the change.org link. With so many willing contributors, incubator requests, and up to approximately 23 million speakers (both L1 and L2) in Africa's second largest economy (nominal GDP), I find it a little hard to believe that there isn't an Afrikaans course yet compared to other languages like Welsh or Klingon. There must be another reason. Hopefully, eventually there will be one.

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yes

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I'm willing to learn it.

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Lelieblad (learner) Can't say I'll be learning it soon, but I was thinking of learning it after Dutch. :)

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https://www.duolingo.com/gabi.labuschagne

Added :)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/._.Polyglot._.

Yes, I would love to learn Afrikaans.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/gabi.labuschagne

Great!

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3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/HermienPel

HermienPel (contributor)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/HermienPel

Dory, ek het 'n idee ❤❤❤ om nog medewerkers te bereik. Ek sal meer laat weet as dit uitwerk.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/gabi.labuschagne

Dankie! Laat weet!

3 years ago

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RyanKozlow (Would give up Dutch course to learn)

3 years ago

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Wow! Added!

3 years ago

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Added

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3 years ago

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Added

3 years ago

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Lumé (contributor)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/gabi.labuschagne

Added :)

3 years ago

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I would like to up vote this, however I am unsure how...

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/HermienPel

Just below Dory's original post, at the top of this page, there is a number around 125 with an up and a down arrow next to it. Click the up arrow to up vote. :)

3 years ago

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Thanks!

3 years ago

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Thanks for the support!

3 years ago

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TBG_492 (learner) We need this! :D

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/gabi.labuschagne

Yes!

3 years ago

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You should create a change.org petition! I'll sign!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/gabi.labuschagne

I might just do that!

3 years ago

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PolyglotCiro(learner)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/gabi.labuschagne

Thanks so much!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/vigleik

Vigleik / Learner

Very excited for this! I'm currently stuyding in South Africa and could really need some good resources to learn from. This is long overdue. Sterkte!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/gabi.labuschagne

Ag dis wonderlik! Glad to have you here!

3 years ago

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yes, I'd love to learn Afrikaans as well :)

3 years ago

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Added :)

3 years ago

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doostrunk (leerder)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/HermienPel

Do read the original post again - Dory has created a change.org petition. I am posting this here in the hope that all the commenters will be notified - I didn't AFAIK get a notification when the original post was updated. :)

3 years ago

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Ek ondersteun hierdie saak. Ek sal beslis hulp verleen indien dit verlang word. Skakel my gerus :)

3 years ago

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mndrix (learner)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Seren845

GemmerWolf (contributor)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/FedorAlexander

I would really like this too, and, being Dutch with some knowledge of what distinguishes Afrikaans from the mother language, I would perhaps be able to contribute too. However, wouldn't the way forward be through incubator instead of an external petition???

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Stumbows

I think the issue is many people have applied to join the incubator program to get it happening but it is at the discretion of the Duolingo team and they haven't initiated anyone for an Afrikaans program.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/GertJansen

@DwellerOfTheArc Great to see all this effort you've put in! We are quite a few Afrikaans members! Once Duolingo staff have a program in place, we'll have so much people ready to contribute.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/FedorAlexander

But almost nobody is signing the petition!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/GertJansen

Apologies, seems i have missed that point. How and where can i help?

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/FedorAlexander

Well, you can read the text. I guess the problem is that there are many supporters, but few get past the headline.

3 years ago

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nicovandiekaap1 (contributor)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Schmalexio

I'd love to learn! I'll be moving to SA shortly with my (almost) fluent husband. Username: Schmalexio

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Seren845

I started a new discussion to draw attention to the Afrikaans petition. https://www.duolingo.com/comment/12956081

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Stumbows

I would be a learner but my wife will happily be a contributor.

2 years ago

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2 years ago

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CaptLychee [learner]

2 years ago

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Amphioxys (learner)

2 years ago

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Justin kleynhans (contributor)

1 year ago

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I would LOVE an Afrikaans course. I would take it AND finish it.

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Fanatikus1

Hi, I'm very interested to find out how to help with this project. Is there anything I can do to help?

7 months ago

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As an English speaking South African, I have struggled to learn any of the official languages. There are so many. I would love Afrikaans and Zulu on a platform like this. So many school kids also struggle with languages. DL can't replace teachers but it is a most useful tool to get the familiarisation and constant repetition you need on the basics. I so wish it had been around 40 years ago when it seemed so hard to get vocab in my head.

Sterkte! I hope the push for Afrikaans succeeds and helps the people of the Rainbow Nation to communicate and do well at school

6 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JessicaNHicks

I know this is from a while ago but I am very interested in learning Afrikaans here on Duolingo.

5 months ago

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Duo Afrikaans would be such an invaluable tool for our school kids - they'd be cracking As in no time! Hope it happens soon ...

4 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/halldamir

Leaner, I'm a British guy who has family in South Africa, I was originally born there. No where else has Afrikaans. Thank you for the resources put here. It will help me talk to my half brothers

2 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Bobbejaanv

Bobbejaanv (learner)

I have a limited understanding of Afrikaans having left South Africa at 12. I'm desperate to learn properly and also to teach my kids - beyond "Ek is lief vir jou" and terms of endearment.

Please Duolingo - help a mama bear out here!

1 month ago

https://www.duolingo.com/YaniraAlva5

bonjour

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/IanSwart

Goeiedag!

3 years ago

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