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  BBC - Voices - Multilingual Nation
Afrikaans in the British Isles by Viv Edwards
The Afrikaans language is busy undergoing quite a revolution, with Afrikaans music becoming very popular in the southern African region, Afrikaans literature being widely read, and in our case in Namibia, having a very popular Afrikaans daily newspaper that has the highest distribution of all the daily newspapers.
Afrikaans as a tertiary education medium is coming under increasing pressure, though, and every now and again there are protests and debates about its place.
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 Afrikaans language classes london Afrikaans courses evening classes
Afrikaans is mainly spoken in South Africa and Namibia with smaller numbers of speakers in Botswana, Lesotho, Swaziland, Zimbabwe and Zambia.
Afrikaans developed from the Dutch of 17th century settlers in South Africa, where it is spoken by over half the white population and by many people of mixed European and African descent.
Dutch remained an official language until the new 1961 constitution finally stipulated the two official languages in South Africa to be Afrikaans and English.
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  Afrikaans information. LANGUAGE SCHOOL EXPLORER
Afrikaans is an Indo-European language, derived from Dutch and classified as Low Franconian Germanic, mainly spoken in South Africa and Namibia, with smaller numbers of speakers in Botswana, Angola, Swaziland, Zimbabwe, Togo, and Zambia.
Geographically, the Afrikaans language is the majority language of the western one-third of South Africa (Northern and Western Cape, spoken at home by 69% and 58%, respectively).
Afrikaans was considered a Dutch dialect until the late 19th century, when it began to be recognised as a distinct language, and it gained equal status with Dutch and English as an official language in South Africa in 1925.
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 Afrikaans Jobs, Afrikaans speaking jobs - Top Language Jobs
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 Afrikaans language search marketing
It developed from the Dutch of the settlers of the region in the 17th century and is now seen as an independent language thanks only to the separate development of the two languages over the centuries.
Afrikaans is spoken by around 6 million people in South Africa and a small number in Namibia as well as a number of communities in other African nations and ex-pats around the world.
Afrikaans doesn't present many difficulties - apart from translating relevant concepts - and is very similar to the approach for Dutch.
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  THE DUTCH HERITAGE IN SOUTH AFRICA: THE AFRIKAANS LANGUAGE AND THE DUTCH REFORMED CHURCH
Afrikaans is not only speak by the White peoples of Dutch, Huguenots and Germany descent (about 60% of the South African's Whites), but also by the majority (about 90%) of the people of mixed descent (Coloureds).
According to the Namibian census 2001, Afrikaans language is the second language of Namibia (11% of the total population).
It’s the majority language in Karas region (40%) and in Hardap region (44%); it’s the second language in Erongo region (22%) and in Khomas Region (24%); it’s the third language in Omaheke Region (12%).
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  Afrikaans Language - Karr.net   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Afrikaans is a Low Franconian language mainly spoken in South Africa and Namibia with smaller numbers of speakers in Botswana, Lesotho, Swaziland, Zimbabwe and Zambia.
Geographically, the Afrikaans language is the majority language of the western one-third of South Africa (Northern and Western Cape, spoken at home by 69% and 58%, respectively).
Afrikaans was considered a Dutch dialect until the late 19th century, when it began to be recognised as a distinct language, and it gained equal status with Dutch and English as an official language in South Africa in 1925.
www.karr.net /encyclopedia/Afrikaans_language   (575 words)

  
 Afrikaans language, alphabet and pronunciation
Afrikaans is a descendent of Dutch which is spoken mainly in South Africa and Namibia by about 6 million people.
Afrikaans retains some features of 18th century Dutch, together with vocabulary from various Bantu and Khoisan languages and also from Portugese and Malay.
In 1925 Afrikaans was recognised by the government as a real language, instead of a slang version of Dutch.
www.omniglot.com /writing/afrikaans.htm   (475 words)

  
 Afrikaans
Afrikaans developed from 17th century Dutch: The East India Company (VOC) chose the Cape of Good Hope as a resting place on the route to the Indies in the 17th century.
Afrikaans had grown from a "language with lower functions" into a "language with higher functions" (justice, politics etc).
Afrikaans is also the most widely spread language in South Africa, and is used as a lingua franca between speakers of other tongues.
www.ned.univie.ac.at /publicaties/taalgeschiedenis/en/afrikaans.htm   (1280 words)

  
 Afrikaans
Afrikaans is an official language of South Africa where it is spoken by 6.2 million people as a first and by over 10 million people as a second language (Ethnologue).
Afrikaans is widely spoken in Namibia, where it has had constitutional recognition as a national, not official, language, since independence in 1990.
Afrikaans is considered to be a Category I language in terms of difficulty for speakers of English.
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 History of Afrikaans   (Site not responding. Last check: )
The Afrikaans Language Museum and Monument is situated in Paarl.
The Language Route centres on Dal Josaphat where a number of farms and buildings are to be found in which many of the events relating to the struggle for recognition of the language and the First Afrikaans Language Movement took place.
The Afrikaans Language Monument was erected in 1975 to honour the Afrikaans Language.
www.places.co.za /html/afrikaans.html   (436 words)

  
 Afrikaans at AllExperts
Afrikaans is linguistically closely related to 17th and 18th century Dutch dialects spoken in North and South Holland and, by extension, to modern Dutch.
Afrikaans is the first language of approximately 60% of South Africa's Whites, and over 90% of the "Coloured" (mixed-race) population.
Afrikaans is more widely spoken than English (and is, in fact, spoken by a majority of residents in two of South Africa's nine provinces), so children may not have objected to the use of Afrikaans, per se.
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 Afrikaans:  Language Strategy
Following on the language survey and Afrikaans Language Indaba ("Afrikaanse Taalberaad") that took place in 2004, a workshop was held on 12 January 2005 in Pretoria on the proposed strategy for Afrikaans.
Through the language plan initiative the Afrikaans speaking civil society wishes to contribute to the development of a language-political situation in multilingual South Africa in which Afrikaans (and therefore also the other indigenous languages) can be purposefully preserved and promoted, especially as high-function language of empowerment in the wider community.
Illustration: language technology cannot function as "one of the top ten technologies that are going to drastically change the economy and our lives before 2010" if the majority of South Africans are technologically illiterate and their languages are not high-function languages.
www.akademie.co.za /afrikaans__language_strategy.htm   (4094 words)

  
 Wazzit-EN   (Site not responding. Last check: )
In one or two languages (such as Dutch), the word "Afrikaans" is used to refer not only to the language itself, but also to things pertaining to the entire continent.
Afrikaans is spoken by pockets of speakers from different races and cultures in all sub-equatorial African countries, but mainly from those countries bordering the Republic of South Africa.
Afrikaans is taught as a subject at universities in several countries, most notably Europe.
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 History of the Afrikaans language in South Africa
This spiced the language considerably, and when the accents, dialects and phrases of the original inhabitants of the land were added to the mix, it became evident that Afrikaans was a completely different animal to its Dutch parent.
As the language evolved, the white Afrikaans speakers distanced themselves from the predominantly english-speaking community.
Despite attempts to keep the language as one of only two official languages after 1994, the Constitutional Assembly in the newly-democratised South African republic chose to downgrade Afrikaans to only one of eleven official languages, its protected status a thing of the past.
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 Afrikaans Language - The Origin and History   (Site not responding. Last check: )
A second phase of the Afrikaans language movement began after the Anglo-Boer War, partly as a response to the attempts of Sir Alfred Milner to anglicise the white Afrikaans-speakers of the Transvaal.
An Afrikaans translation of the Bible was published early in the 1930s; the language was strongly encouraged in white schools; and bodies such as the Federasie van Afrikaanse Kultuurvereniginge (Federation of Afrikaans Cultural Organisations) and the Afrikaanse Taal en Kultuurvereniging (Afrikaans Language and Cultural Organisation) were established.
A large Taalmonument (language monument) was erected in Paarl in 1976, the year in which the Soweto uprising was sparked by the insistence of the authorities that Africans be taught in high school through the medium of Afrikaans.
about-south-africa.com /html/afrikaans.html   (648 words)

  
 Afrikaans.be » Blog Argief » The Evolution of Afrikaans as a Literary Language
Afrikaans, on the contrary, was belittled by ascribing to it a mean and doubtful birth, as the language of Hottentots, its utility was denied, because it was poor in vocabulary and inflexions, and it was said to have no grammar, no literature.
Although by 1914 Afrikaans had gained much ground as a cultural language, the attitude of the church towards the Afrikaans movement was one of withholding approval, for the church seldom experiments with new things and even more seldom with causes of discord.
Afrikaans is also recognized oversea: it can be heard on the radio from Holland and England; there is a chair of Afrikaans at Amsterdam; before World War II it was taught at the University of Berlin, and attention is paid to it at University College, London.
afrikaans.be /2002/02/04/the-evolution-of-afrikaans-as-a-literary-language   (7063 words)

  
 AllRefer.com - Afrikaans (Language And Linguistics) - Encyclopedia
Although its classification is still disputed, it is generally considered an independent language rather than a dialect or variant of Dutch (see Dutch language).
Afrikaans is spoken by close to 8 million people in the Republic of South Africa, where it is an official language, and by about 1.5 million people in Namibia, where it is the common language of most of the population.
Its vocabulary is essentially similar to that of Dutch; Afrikaans has absorbed quite a few words from the Khoisan languages, Bantu (such as words designating local flora and fauna), and English.
reference.allrefer.com /encyclopedia/A/Afrikaan.html   (274 words)

  
 Learn Afrikaans Online - Write or Speak in Afrikaans Language Exchange
A language exchange complements other forms of learning such as classroom, cultural immersion and multimedia, because you get to practice all that you have learned with native speakers in a safe and supportive environment.
Language exchange learning is also inexpensive because we provide free tips and conversation lesson plans that allow you to do a language exchange on your own.
Afrikaans is my first language, but I can speak English much better, as far as written work goes, English is stronger.
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 Learn Afrikaans Language - Free Conversational Afrikaans Lessons Online - Common Afrikaans Words and Phrases   (Site not responding. Last check: )
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