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Afrikaans Countries

Countries
South Africa

Total No. Of Countries
1
14

National Language
South Africa

Second Language
Namibia, South Africa

Speaking Continents
Africa

Minority Language
Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Swaziland, Zambia, Zimbabwe

Regulated By
Die Taalkommissie, National Languages Committee

Interesting Facts
  • Afrikaans Language is a mixture of English, Dutch, German, French and some South African language like Xhosa.
  • Afrikaans Language lacks case and gender distinctions.

Similar To
Dutch Language

Derived From
Dutch Language

Afrikaans Alphabets

Alphabets in Afrikaans
Afrikaans-Alphabets.jpg#200

Alphabets
32
14
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Afrikaans Phonology

How Many Vowels
15
13

How Many Consonants
17
7

Afrikaans Scripts
Latin
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Afrikaans Writing Direction
Left-To-Right, Horizontal

Hard to Learn

Language Levels
3
2
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Time Taken to Learn
24 weeks
6
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Afrikaans Greetings

Hello
hallo

Thank You
Dankie

How Are You?
Hoe gaan dit

Good Night
goeie nag

Good Evening
Goeienaand

Good Afternoon
Goeie middag

Good Morning
goeie more

Please
asseblief

Sorry
jammer

Bye
Not Available

I Love You
Ek het jou lief

Excuse Me
Verskoon my

Afrikaans Dialects

Dialect 1
Kaapse Afrikaans

Where They Speak
Not Available

How Many People Speak
Not Available

Dialect 2
Oranjeriverafrikaans

Where They Speak
Not Available

How Many People Speak
Not Available

Dialect 3
Baster Afrikaans

Where They Speak
Namibia

How Many People Speak
Not Available

Total No. Of Dialects
3
4
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How Many People Speak Afrikaans?

How Many People Speak?
19.00 million
43

Speaking Population
Not Available
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Native Speakers
7.10 million
58
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Second Language Speakers
10.30 million
21

Native Name
Afrikaans

Alternative Names
Cape Dutch

French Name
afrikaans

German Name
Afrikaans

Pronunciation
[ɐfriˈkɑːns]

Ethnicity
Afrikaners

Afrikaans History

Origin
17th Century

Language Family
Indo-European Family

Subgroup
Germanic

Branch
Western

Language Forms

Early Forms
Cape dutch or kitchen dutch

Standard Forms
Standard Afrikaans

Language Position
Not Available

Signed Forms
Signed Afrikaans (signs of SASL)

Scope
Individual

Afrikaans Code

ISO 639 1
af

ISO 639 2

ISO 639 2/T
afr

ISO 639 2/B
afr

ISO 639 3
afr

ISO 639 6
afrs

Glottocode
afri1274

Linguasphere
52-ACB-ba

Types of Language

Language Type
Living

Language Linguistic Typology
Subject-Object-Verb

Language Morphological Typology
Analytic

Origin of Afrikaans language

In order to communicate with each other, the origin of language was the essential part. Various languages are spoken all over the world. Afrikaans language is one of the Most Difficult Languages. The origin of Afrikaans language states that it was put to use in 17th Century. The history of Afrikaans language reveals that the language is old and used since many years. Check out in brief about Afrikaans Language History. The evolution of Afrikaans language began with early forms such as Cape dutch or kitchen dutch. Standard Afrikaans is the standard form of Afrikaans language and it is used in government centers. Know all About Afrikaans Language.

Afrikaans population

Afrikaans population gives us the total count of number of people speaking Afrikaans language. Afrikaans language is spoken by 19.00 million people in the world. Most of the Afrikaans population lies in the Afrikaans Speaking Countries. Afrikaans language is spoken as first language by 7.10 million people and as second language by about 10.30 million people. Get to know Afrikaans speaking population in detail.

Afrikaans writing system

There are numerous writing systems but most widely used scripts are Latin, Cyrillic and Arabic. Afrikaans writing system decides the alphabets, vowels and consonants i.e. the written form of Afrikaans language. Some languages share common writing systems. Latin script is used by Afrikaans language. Learn more about . 

Information about Afrikaans language

Check out all the information about Afrikaans language here. You may find it interesting to learn Afrikaans Alphabets or the vowels and consonants of this language. Also knowing about Afrikaans Speaking Countries, Afrikaans speaking continents and Afrikaans Dialects will help in improving your knowledge about this language. Also while travelling to Afrikaans countries knowing common Afrikaans Greetings will help you in communicating with Afrikaans people.