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Afrikaans for English speakers 1#

Hi Everyone, I'm sure that most of you know about the Afrikaans language. It originated from Dutch and is quite similar. In modern day it is mostly spoken in South Africa. It is a family language and I think it would be great on Duolingo. I would gladly contribute! Please let me know if you like this idea and if you would like to contribute!

My challenge is to get it onto the system before the end of 2014!

Liefde en baie dankie almal!



Afrikaans for English speakers 2#


April 1, 2014



So we have Welsh, Gaelic, Czech and KLINGON (???), but we have no Afrikaans yet...? Methinks this is ridiculous....


You are right. At least Afrikaans has many more speakers than those languages COMBINED and has some use commercial use in South Africa, a growing economy.


Yip, plus it's closely related to Dutch and German, so you can understand some of those too if you know Afrikaans. (hmm, we're starting to sound like salesman :D )


That is the main reason I want to learn some Afrikaans: To provide a stepping stone into German. Afrikaans does have a rather simple grammar compared to the other Germanic languages.


Definitely! And it's very phonetic too. So much easier than English :D


Especially Klingon! It would be very fun to learn if you're a super Star Trek fan, but maybe more useful languages should take priority :D


Even if somebody is a Star Trek fan, it is still a pretty useless language...lol. I enjoy the Lord of the Rings, but I'm not going to invest time in learning "Elvish". I like Star War, but I'm not going to learn to speak "Hut" or "Wookie".

Afrikaans would be a great language addition. As a Celt myself, I like that Duolingo has included both Gaelic (Irish) and Cymri (Welsh) but I think a language like Afrikaans has FAR more practical applications than either of those. Afrikaans would be great addition to the courses here, I think.

Eventually Mandarin and Arabic are going to have to be added, if only for the sheer amount of people that speak them. If Duolingo can master different alphabets for the Russian, Hebrew, and Hindi courses, I think they can get Mandarin and Arabic up pretty well sometime, too. These are more important even than Afrikaans, but I'd still prefer Afrikaans given that my English is perfect and it would be easier for me to learn, even if I have to do it through English....lol.


I agree with you completely!


I'd totally support Afrikaans!


I would love to have afrikaans on duolingo. I've been trying to learn it for a while, but there is not a lot of resources to learn from.


Epic! Please help get the word around!


I would also love to see Afrikaans here in Duolingo since I am currently learning Dutch.


I am sure it would be great to have an Afrikaans course.

There is already a Dutch course for English speakers, and an English course for Dutch speakers is in preparation. It has been held up by bugs that affect all courses for languages other than those originally taught by Duolingo (English, French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, German). But the team working on it seems to be particularly eager, so I am sure once the bugs have been solved we will soon have a Dutch course. This could then serve as an excellent base for an Afrikaans course.


I would love to learn Afrikaans!!! Can't wait for this to come :D


Any word on an estimate when Afrikaans will be available for English speakers?


No idea. Many have applied but still no reply.


Ek sal probeer. Ek is nog steeds besig om te leer (skool) maar ek sal doen wat ek kan!


I would love to see it on here, I have a few friends who speak it and I would love to practice with them.


oh yea I love Die antwoord, lol. Yolandi is my baby! lol.


Where do I sign?! :D I wanted a course in Afrikaans, but I don't know if I'm fluent enough to contribute, so I didn't apply in the incubator section, but this is definitely something I'd like to see!!!


Jobes? Are you on now?


Next time, send me a skype or call from your parents account


Even if you are not completely fluent you can still help out when you have time! Give it a shot!


Ok. Ek sal. Maar ek moet vir my ouma vra om my 'n bietjie te 'refresh' (starting with the word refresh :D )


It's 2020 and there is still no sign of an Afrikaans course on DuoLingo... Not even in the incubator. The resources to learn it out there are not so great, from my experience, so a DuoLingo course would simply be wonderful. A lot of people seem to want to learn Afrikaans too, so I don't understand why it's not there yet. :(


I agree! What's going on behind the screens? Is there a similar service to Duolingo, but with more transparency and openness?


Vote this up so Luis notices!!! (The main discussion i mean)


Please do! Thanks so much!


I've wanted to learn this language foe a while, thanks for trying, hope it gets added.


Yes, my dream wasn't fulfilled of getting it added before 2015 but this doesn't mean I'm giving up! I will start a new discussion soon. Please lend your support once again.


Has there been any updates? I would love to learn Afrikaans!


I love the idea! I would really like to see Afrikaans, and have heard others talk about it too. The more the merrier!


Agreed! Its the best and I've been speaking it since I was VERY little!


Excellent suggestion! I was waiting for someone to post something like this.


Sal ook bydra/ help


Baie dankie! Dit sal baie graaf van jou wees. Die enigste ding wat 'n bietjie van 'n probleem is is die feit dat ons kan nie Afrikaans slang in DuoLingo gebruik nie soos die woord awesome.

Translation: Thank you so much. That would be very kind of you. The only thing that would be a bit of a problem is the fact that you cannot use Afrikaans slang on DuoLingo such as the word awesome.


I like the idea, and will learn the language after I have learned Dutch, but I cannot contribute, thou I could not speak the language:)


Sounbs like a great contribution to duolingo


I sure hope it will be.


Is jy nog besig met die voorbrandwerk?


Ek sal verseker help :)


ek sal ook bitter daarmee wil help!


Baie dankie! Ek sal jou naam op die lys sit.


Ek sal hiermee wil help :)


Haai. Is jy nog aktief op die webblad?


Mooi. Doen miskien jy enige aanvoorwerk vir Afrikaans op Duolingo?


Kan n kind op n taal werk?


Ek kan nie dink hoekom nie.


Ek dink nie jy is vlot genoeg nie, Sploke ;) But if you can do it, so can I :D


Ah! Ek kan Afrikaans vreeslik goed spreek....ek ken al twee woorde weet jy ;)


Ooh! Maar dit is nou baie goed! I hoop om so goed soos jy eendag te praat ;)


I hoop? Let's leave this talking business to the proffesionals.


Oops... ugh, whatever :D


Ek dink dat almal moet 'n kans kry


Ja! Wanneer ek die tyd het!


Actually I would be quite interested in learning Afrikaans as well. It would also be a great stepping stone into learning German. Add me to the list of those wanting to learn Afrikaans.


Only discovered this website today, hoping to try and find somewhere to learn some afrikaans. I know a lot of people on here say to learn Dutch for the similarities but It's not as close as I had imagined. I was required to reach level 2 in order to comment here so just picked it and was surprised how everything I knew about Afrikaans was almost out the window. My wife is first language Afrikaans but I am an Aussie so it's really my only exposure to it. I really want to learn it to engage more with her family and such. Hoping we can get something going on here as it's the best language learning site I have come across.


Exactly the same boat as you, mate. Really hoping Afrikaans gets added; this is a great learning tool and I'd love to surprise her and her family with knowing more than I let on!


I've applied to the incubator to create the course, but no word back yet. I think they are focusing on getting the languages currently in development into beta, before they add any others. :(

I'm glad to see there is so much interest!


Jy moet 'n aansoek indien op die incubator-bladsy. Dan kry jy 'n e-pos wat sê dat hulle na jou sal terugkom wanneer daar tyd is.


Ek kan nie wag om weg te spring nie!


Ek ook nie. Ek verstaan nie. Op daai bladsy kan 'n mens net die taale kies wat hulle al het in die incubator.


Klik op 'other' in die keuse blokkie. Daar kan mens ander tale lys waarin jy magtig is en waarmee jy graag wil help.


Ek het aansoek gedoen , maar het geen antwoord gekry.


Het jy ooit iets van Duoling teruggehoor?


Don't give up! Totally would love to have this language on here.


I would do the course!


when do we add afrikaans fgs?


I'm impatiently waiting for duolingo to add Afrikaans. I would do the course in a heartbeat.


where it at doe?

I wanted to learn because it seemed strikingly similar to English and easier than Dutch but it seems the only new language added to the incubator is a language from Game of Thrones (extremely stupid choice) Many people use Duolingo as a serious resource so adding, Klingon and High Valyrian to the incubator over say, Mandarin, Arabic, Afrikaans or even Japanese is a really dumb choice.

But in any case, I wouldn't be able to contribute but I would love to learn Afrikkans since it is essentially a simplified Dutch.

Patiently waiting.


Hey guys. I'm a native Afrikaans speaker and I'd really love to contribute my knowledge to the learning of Afrikaans world-wide. How do I contribute?


I would love to learn more Afrikaans and look forward to this course being possible.


DavidGroode 22 To all people who speak Afrikanns as their first language. Please come together and start to create and build an Afrikaans Course in the incubator. The requests for this language have been for over a year and a half and no one that I have known about has stepped up and created a course in Afrikaans in the incubator yet. Please get all of the people you know who speak Afrikaans as their first language to come together and make this happen. The demand is high, the requests have been going on for a long time and the time is now to make this happen. For all people who speak Afrikaans as their first language - the saying applies: "If it is to be, it is up to me." Keep your language alive and well. The time is now!


I agree. I would love to help out, I even applied before, but we don't hear anything back. It sounds fun creating a language course, LOL.


This discussion has been going on for 4 years at least. Why has there not been a response yet from Duo Lingo about getting Afrikaans going - when plenty of people have volunteered to contribute? What is it going to take to have happen? Maybe I need to get in touch with Duo Lingo and volunteer to put a communication out to let people know about the status of languages and the time line that they will be coming out? What does it take for a company to communicate this and just write a response about it to let people know? Frustrating because they are a great company with an awesome product and concept, however a fortress to get through to be able to talk to anyone or reach out to anyone. I am inviting Duo Lingo to communicate with people and update people - especially when this discussion has been going on for at least 4 years now. Really!


I agree! They should take a hint from Wikipedia and really open up much more to allow people to contribute as much as they want.

I just hope this hasn't got anything to do with any prejudices against Afrikaans or something. I think it's a general thing that they are very slow-moving and restrictive.


Yes please. I've applied to help develop the course. Maybe the problem is that there is not enough interest in learning it, from Duo polls.


What is the current status of Afrikaans on Duolingo?


I’d love an Afrikaans course! I hope Duolingo allows one :D


why is there no afrikaan yet!!!!????

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