Afrikaans is one of the eleven official languages of South Africa. It was the language of the Boers. They settled in Africa during colonial times. Its origins can be traced to 17th century Dutch. Therefore, it belongs to the West Germanic language family. The language has naturally changed over time. The grammar of Afrikaans is simpler than that of Dutch today. It also contains many elements that were borrowed from English. This is because the British also had colonies in the region. Afrikaans is not only understood in South Africa, though.
It is also spoken in Namibia, Zimbabwe, and Botswana. It is estimated that in total more than 20 million people understand Afrikaans. It is the native language of 7 million people in South Africa alone. Even more people speak Afrikaans as their second or third language. A person can get around easily in many regions of Africa with Afrikaans. Therefore it is worth it to learn this relatively simple language!
Learn Afrikaans for beginners with book2 by "50 languages"
Learn Afrikaans for beginners is one of over 50 language courses that we offer. book2 is an effective way to learn Afrikaans. All our materials are available both online and as iPhone and Android apps. You can successfully learn Afrikaans on your own using this course! The lessons are clearly structured and will help you achieve your goals. Learn the new language fast using the 100 topics in the lessons. The MP3 files in the lessons are spoken by native speakers. They make it easier to learn pronunciation. Even beginners can learn Afrikaans efficiently with the practical sentences in book2.
First you will learn the basics of the language. Sample dialogues will help you speak the foreign language. Prior knowledge is not needed. Even advanced learners can refresh and reinforce their knowledge. You will learn frequently used sentences and can use them immediately. You will be able to communicate in multiple situations. Use your break or commute to learn Afrikaans for a few minutes. You can learn when traveling and at home. You are on the go and can learn Afrikaans anywhere.
Learn Afrikaans with the Android and iPhone app "50 languages"
The "50 languages" Android or iPhone app is ideal for all those who want to learn offline. The app is available for Android phones and tablets as well as iPhones and iPads. The apps include 30 free lessons from the book2 Afrikaans curriculum. All tests and games are included in the app. The MP3 audio files by book2 are a part of our Afrikaans language course. Download all audios for free as MP3 files.
Text book - Afrikaans for beginners
If you prefer to learn Afrikaans using printed materials, you can buy the book "Afrikaans for beginners" by book2. You can buy it in any bookstore or online at Amazon.
Learn Afrikaans - fast and free with book2 by "50 languages"
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