Unofficial Afrikaans Course - (18) Afrikaans Verbs & Nouns That Are Spelled the Same
This is an Unofficial Afrikaans Course.
Afrikaans is spoken in South Africa (SA), Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Namibia, Swaziland and Zambia. Afrikaans (also known as the Cape Dutch) is spoken by approximately 6.9 million people as a first language and 10.3 million people as a second language in South Africa.
I started this course because I saw how many people want to learn this language. Also, seeing that Duolingo doesn't have an Afrikaans Course yet, I thought I would start an unofficial course.
Today I want to show you guys some interersting stuff! There are nouns in Afrikaans that are spelled exactly the same as some Afrikaans verbs, but mean different things. An English equivelant of these kind of words would be "Fall" ((Autumn) Noun) and "Fall" (Verb).
|Kan (can (e.g. of water))||Kan (can (is able to))|
|Vlieg (fly (the bug))||Vlieg (to fly)|
|Straal (ray)||Straal (to beam (e.g. of joy))|
|Sak (sack (or bag))||Sak (to sag)|
|Span (team)||(Uit)Span (to stretch/spread out)|
Noun: Kan (can (e.g. of water))
Verb: Kan (can (is able to))
Noun: Vlieg (the bug)
Verb: Vlieg (to fly)
Noun: Straal (ray)
Verb: Straal (to beam (e.g. of joy))
Noun: Sak (sack (or bag))
Verb: Sak (to sag)
Noun: Span (team)
Verb: (Uit)Span (to stretch/spread out)
I have enough courage
Ek het genoeg moet
Fill the can with water
Vul die kan met water
The fly is deadd
Die vlieg is dood
There is a sun ray
Daar is son-straal
Give him the bag
Gee vir hom die sak
Our team is good
Ons span is goed
We should make them
Ons moet hulle maak
We can do it
Ons kan dit doen
Can he fly?
Kan hy vlieg?
He is beaming with joy
Hy straal van blydskap
The roof is sagging
Die dak sak in
Spread the tarpaulin out on the ground
Span die seil uit op die grond
I actually read this from top to bottom. I lived in Johannesburg for many years and sadly forgot most of my Afrikaans. I'm quite enjoying seeing and saying the words again. Dankie for this reminder.
Oh, that's very interesting to know! Glad you liked it. :)
Dis 'n groot plesier, geniet jou dag!
Why are people downvoting this? This isn't spam and it's language related. I'm not learning Afrikaans but I appreciate the time and effort you put into making this course to help others.
There are a couple of grammar and spelling errors (I didn't downvote it, but that's my guess)
Thank you, Lemniscatarum. I appreciate your encouragements very much! :)
Your spelling is wrong, the Afrikaans for courage is "moed" and not "moet", although they sound similar.
Also a couple of grammar errors. "There is a sun ray" is "Daar is 'n sonstraal" not "Daar is son-straal" (native Afrikaans speaker here)
Hi Derrick! Thanks for pointing out the Moed error. It's been edited.
Also a couple of grammar errors. "There is a sun ray" is "Daar is 'n sonstraal" not "Daar is son-straal"
I put the dash there to put more emphasis on the straal. But, if you like, I'll put the full word in brackets as well. :)
Dankie, en geniet jou dag! :D
Hi Dessert-Rose, that makes sense regarding the dash for the emphasis.
Sorry if my original comment came across a bit too direct, just don't want Afrikaans to be taught incorrectly. That said, would love to have an Afrikaans language option on duolingo. Have a lingot for your efforts!
Lekker dag vir jou ook!