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Unofficial Afrikaans Course - (18) Afrikaans Verbs & Nouns That Are Spelled the Same

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Hello everyone,

This is an Unofficial Afrikaans Course.

Introduction

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).

Noun 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)


Examples

Nouns

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

Verbs

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

TinyCards (Verbs)
TinyCards (Nouns)


Have fun!


1 week ago

9 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/Linda7Italian

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.

1 week ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Dessert-Rose
Dessert-Rose
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Oh, that's very interesting to know! Glad you liked it. :)

Dis 'n groot plesier, geniet jou dag!

1 week ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Lemniscatarum
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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.

1 week ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Derrick.Botha

There are a couple of grammar and spelling errors (I didn't downvote it, but that's my guess)

6 days ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Dessert-Rose
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Thank you, Lemniscatarum. I appreciate your encouragements very much! :)

1 week ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Derrick.Botha

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)

6 days ago

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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

6 days ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Derrick.Botha

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!

6 days ago

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No problem at all! Thank you for pointing it out, Derrick! :)

5 days ago
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