https://www.duolingo.com/doostrunk

Why should Duolingo offer an Afrikaans course ?

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Hello language lovers!

I would like to introduce you to Afrikaans, and the reasons why YOU should learn it! Duolingo doesn’t include Afrikaans yet, but I hope that a course will open soon and I’m really excited about that.

For those who are not familiar with that language, I’ll make it quick. Afrikaans is one of the eleven national languages of South Africa, and the third most-spoken. It’s also a minority language in other African countries such as Botswana and Namibia. It’s considered as the daughter of Dutch, which was brought by the settlers during the 17th century. First classified as a dialect of Dutch, Afrikaans took its own way and became a real language.

Now that you know what we are talking about, here are the reasons why you should pick Afrikaans!

1) It’s one of the easiest languages

Afrikaans is not a hard language for a native English speaker; it’s even easier for native Dutch or German speakers. Afrikaans dropped the genders and the conjugation, which makes it a perfect first language to learn. Don’t be too enthusiastic though, learning a language requires work and time anyway. Afrikaans sticks to the rule!

2) It gives an easy access to Germanic languages

Before entering the complex universe of Germanic languages, you could choose to start with Afrikaans to familiarize with the vocabulary. It’s estimated that 90 to 95% of the words have a Dutch legacy, along with Portuguese, German, Malay and other African languages. It is not recommended to learn it at the same time as another language of this category though, it may confuse you.

3) Speak with around 20 million speakers…

The estimated number of Afrikaans speakers is believed to be between 15 and 23 million. Most of them live in Africa, but thanks to the emigration there are Afrikaans speakers all over the world, including around 100.000 in the UK!

4) …and be understood by nearly 30 million more!

Due to its similarity with Dutch, both languages are multi-intelligible. At a certain degree though, as a Dutch would understand Afrikaans easily than an Afrikaner would understand Dutch. But still, it’s working well!

5) South Africa is such a wonderful place

If you don’t know South Africa yet, you’re missing something! Named the “Rainbow Nation” by former president Nelson Mandela, the country gathers every language, every colour and every religion in the same place. The places to see are just as varied. Parks, mountain, sea, it’s such a paradise for nature lovers. For the others, there are just as much things to do, like visiting huge cities such as Cape Town, Johannesburg or Pretoria! If you can’t travel yet, you will get closer to the fascinating history of this unique place. And man, you have to admit that they have the best flag.

6) Many contributors are ready to create a course

The lack of contributors can be the main reason why a course isn't created but it's not the case here. You just have to click on all the subjects talking about Afrikaans to see how much people love their language and are ready to share it. And there are even more potential learners.

7) There is already an Afrikaans monument

Am I the only one wondering which monument will represent which language on Duolingo’s course menu? Really, I’m the only one? Well, anyway Afrikaans is the only language in the world that has a monument dedicated to it; it’s simply called the “Afrikaans Language Monument” and is located in Paarl, Western Cape in South Africa. It has been actually built to honour the language and its distinction to Dutch.

I hope you fell in love with Afrikaans as much as I did! If so, convince the staff to adopt the language by participating to this topic! Thanks for reading, and if you know some Afrikaans sentences, write them below!

Please let me know if this contains any mistake, I’m neither native English nor South African and some information could be wrong.

3 years ago

19 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/Lahure
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I am a native Afrikaans speaker and have applied to help build a Duo course on numerous occasions.

Their response has been certainly more than underwhelming!

Non existent would be the more appropriate term to use here!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/TheQueenZerelda

Well I've read that they usually don't respond unless it's to say yes. And sometimes they just keep applications until they are ready to try and make a new course and then they only respond to the people they want.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/doostrunk
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I hope you're right!

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https://www.duolingo.com/PolyglotCiro
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Man, you convinced me but I firstly have to learn other languages. I hope they make an Afrikaans course in duolingo, Afrikaans means African in Dutch.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/doostrunk
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I'm glad I convinced you mate !

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/PolyglotCiro
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Afrikaans language monument!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/idshanks
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Would definitely quite like to see an Afrikaans course here at some point. There is a surprising number of Afrikaans speakers frequenting my wee Scottish town, so I'll have the opportunity to put it into practice right here on home turf. ;)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Ictram
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I would really like to see an Afrikaans course on Duolingo! I've met a few Afrikaners and ever since I really liked the language, it'd be quite cool to learn more of it :)

That said, as a native Dutch speaker I'm not sure as it's that easy to understand Afrikaans. The languages are mutually intelligeble for sure but I noticed that when the Afrikaners spoke fast or with a strong accent it was quite hard to understand what they're talking about.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/doostrunk
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Thanks for your reply, it's nice to have another point of view

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SenorDustin
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You have good reasons and the resources are there, but it does not seem to be in the staff's interest at the time. Multiple contributors have offered to help, yet Afrikaans and other languages like Finnish are not given a chance.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/buenotc
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"It’s considered as the daughter of Dutch, which was brought by the settlers during the 17th century. First classified as a dialect of Dutch,".

Really funny describing them as " settlers". Rhodes was also a wandering monk....hhmm....

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https://www.duolingo.com/KyledelPue
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If we can have Portuguese and German and Ukrainian and Russian, then we must have Afrikaans and Dutch.

On a side note, maybe Duolingo could also offer Fries for English.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Luscinda
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We had Dutch here the last time I looked.

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https://www.duolingo.com/Luscinda
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I think this one may divide along age lines. I'm always surprised at the number of threads agitating for it.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/idshanks
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My best guess is it'd be due it its proximity to other Germanic languages and their already-present popularity here. For some of us, there's a lot of joy to be found in discovering and exploring the similarities & differences in close tongues. I, personally, am quite interested in all of the Germanic languages (not to the exclusion of others, of course) as a result.

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https://www.duolingo.com/araparseghian
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8) Whenever Neil Powell (ZA's rugby sevens coach) addresses the team at halftime, I can understand what he's saying.

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https://www.duolingo.com/CaptLychee

Well, please let me get behind his, too! I was surprised to see that Afrikaans had been neglected in the DuoLingo trees. I am by no means a fluent speaker - I would say I have a tourist's knowledge of it - and I would like to learn it via the very successful DuoLingo method.

It appears that you can just start getting into the language incubator and set itup, and the other contributors can jump in, but I'm not exactly sure about this.

Pity about that flag, though :)

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https://www.duolingo.com/7y2
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