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Dutch Speaker and Afrikaans Speaker Have Effortless Conversation

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aAz8MCO8fg8 (There are subtitles)

I found this pretty neat clip on YouTube of a Belgian reporter talking with Charlize Theron in Dutch while she speaks Afrikaans. Maybe it's just me, but I find it really cool.

3 months ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/Riekman
Riekman
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I would say the "Dutch" was closer to Flemish, but this is a really cool video. Being a native Afrikaans speaker myself, there were quite a few of the reporter's words I wouldn't have understood if I didn't have a few Dutch levels here on Duolingo, but the gist of each sentence could easily be inferred and understood.

3 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/la_ricfoi

If you speak Dutch (or Flemish) then Afrikaans is not so hard. I read that the other way around is harder because Afrikaans is a simpler language.

3 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/HarmineP

Some of my relatives are from south africa and speak afrikaans, but very little dutch. My family is dutch and it's funny to see the conversations between my relatives from the netherlands and the ones from south africa. We do understand each other very well, but some sentences just sound funny!

3 months ago

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How cool!

3 months ago

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It's very interesting. Thank you for sharing this. I have been wondering about this issue recently (mutual intelligibility Dutch/Afrikaans).

I understand the Dutch better than the Afrikaans (which I've never studied), but it was easy enough with the subtitles. I noticed that Ms. Theron was saying "think" unless my ears are tricking me with a "th" sound. Is that a feature of Afrikaans or is that interference from thinking in English?

3 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Riekman
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Afrikaans doesn't have a "th" sound and I think you misheard it as well. The Afrikaans word for "think" is "dink", and she pronounced it correctly.

Where I do think you heard the "th" sound was the word she said right after "dink", which was "dis". "Dis" is a contracted version of "dit is" which means "it is" in English.

3 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Dessert-Rose
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That is a very interesting video!! Dankie dat jy dit gedeel het, mededogen!

3 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/la_ricfoi

I hope you don't mind a minor correction and apologies if you do. The proper way to phrase it in Dutch is "Dank je dat je dit gedeeld hebt".

To me, the interesting one in your post is "jy". "You" has two forms: "je" and "jij" the latter puts more emphasis on the specific individual (there is also the formal "u" but I am ignoring that one here).

In this particular usage I would tend to put emphasis on the thanking and not the individual and would opt for "je".

3 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Dessert-Rose
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Hi la_ricfoi! I don't mind at all!
I wrote that in Afrikaans! :D

3 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/la_ricfoi

Really? Hahaha, that's super awesome!

You learn something new every day :) Thanks.

3 months ago

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Yep! Haha! I was going to say, thanks for teaching me some Dutch! ^ ^

3 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/RedFritz

Dat is zo 'n mooie woord "mededogen", maar ik heb niet een idee wat dit beteken. Zien toe op Google translate, "deernis".

1 month ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Tinkie9
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I am also an Afrikaans speaking and I am learning Dutch here. It is very interesting to learn Dutch by using English, because I have found that Afrikaans and Dutch are very close to each other. What I find very confusing at this stage is the DE en HET in front of a word. In Afrikaans we have only DIE. Thus a lot of learning and memorizing. But thank you, Duolingo, for the importunity to learn Dutch. Hopefully it will not take that long before I will be able to communicate with the family in law in their own language.

3 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/RedFritz

Ja, ik vergeten ook de en het woorden, zowel as wat "ze" na verwijzen. Is dit nou sy of hulle? Engels is vir my makliker maar maken mijn verstand lui.

1 month ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Tinkie9
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Hi RedFritz, ze/zij en je/jij ook heel moeilijk. zodra ik denk dat ik het verstaan, dan is mijn antwoord verkeerd. Ze eintlijk makkelijk. Kijk naar (het) werkwoord naast ze. Ze loopt - She walks. Ze lopen- They walk. Maar wanneer gebruik jij zij in plaats van ze?? Maar ik leer graag!

1 month ago

https://www.duolingo.com/RedFritz

Ek raak nou so deurmekaar ek slaan sommer oor na keuken Nederlands, dit is meer eenvoudig.

1 month ago