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Afrikaans on Duolingo

Will there be an option to learn Afrikaans on Duolingo anytime soon? I'd love to learn it as I will be visiting Cape Town next year.

2 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/wombatua
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I don't know about Afrikaans, but having been in Cape Town, English will also get you around town just fine.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/HeindeWilde

Thanks for the comment. Luckily I'm an English and a Dutch native speaker, so that'll do fine. I'd love to know a little bit about their native language though :)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/CosmoKaiza
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It is very close to Dutch. Until recently, Afrikaans was considered as a dialect of Dutch. You will have no problem to understand the written language

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/HeindeWilde

Cool! Yes I heard more than 90% of the vocabulary is similar or something like that

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/aokoye
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Also for what it's worth Afrikaans is far from the only native (or official) language in South Africa. That said, you'll be fine with English and likely understand a lot of the Afrikaans you here through your Dutch.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/grey236
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I think Zulu and Xhosa are the most common languages in South Africa, then Afrikaans, then English.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/soedori
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There is an isogloss in SA where the not so well off citizens of Boer descent tend to speak Afrikaans, while the educated tend to speak English.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ErnaBuber-
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What is an isogloss? Oh, Google told me: "the geographic boundary of a certain linguistic feature." I am of Boer descent, and my home language is Afrikaans. I'm reasonably well educated. Afrikaans is the home language of many South Africans of mixed descent, both educated and less educated.

From wiki: South African census figures suggest a growing number of first language Afrikaans speakers in all nine provinces, a total of 6.85 million in 2011 compared to 5.98 million a decade earlier. The 2001 Namibian census reported that 11.4% of Namibians had Afrikaans as their home language.

From a UNESCO report (12 May 2000):

Afrikaans is spoken throughout South Africa, with the largest concentrations in the provinces of the Western Cape, the Eastern Cape, the Northern Cape and Gauteng. The percentages of Afrikaans speakers across the 9 provinces are as follows:

Western Cape 39,8% Gauteng 20,9% Eastern Cape 10,3% Northern Cape 9,9% Free State 6,5% North West 4,3% Mpumalanga 4% KwaZulu Natal 2,3% Northern Province 1,9% 69,3% of the population of the Northern Cape, the least densely populated of the 9 provinces, has Afrikaans as home language. 59,2% of the Western Cape population has Afrikaans as home language. Apart from South Africa, Afrikaans is also spoken widely in Namibia, and by the small Afrikaans communities in Botswana and Zimbabwe.

Afrikaans speakers are found in all the occupational categories (Census 1996). According to AMPS figures of 1998 46% of Coloureds, Whites and Indians, i.e. those categories within which Afrikaans speakers fall, are in the two highest income brackets (more than R6000 per month per household).

In a recent article in Insig (May 2000), a quarterly journal, the following information on the economic activities of the Afrikaans community was given:

"According to the Bureau for Market Research Afrikaans speakers have the highest spendable income of all language groups in South Africa, i.e. 32,3% of the total. This makes them also the largest block of income tax payers."

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ErnaBuber-
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South Africa has 11 official languages. After isiZulu and isiXhosa Afrikaans has the most home-language speakers.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Beccyza

I've lived all my life in South Africa with appalling Afrikaans. You definitely won't need Afrikaans for Cape Town. However, it would be really nice to have Afrikaans as a language on Duolingo because so many schools in South Africa still offer Afrikaans as a compulsory matric subject for the second language requirement.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SWRouton
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I'm hoping Duolingo will add Afrikaans within the next year. There really isn't any reason for them not to. There seems to be a lot of people on Duolingo who are interested in learning Afrikaans. Not to mention, they could pattern it after the Dutch course, which would help, I think. So, it's not like they would have to start from scratch.

1 year ago

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