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Foreign Language Learning: Afrikaans


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Multilingual Translation Dictionary includes 17,000+ words in Afrikaans.


Grammar Guides and Language Lessons

Open Languages Afrikaans Grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation lessons provided by Dr. Jacque du Plessis of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Digital Dialects Afrikaans Online Afrikaans vocabulary exercises. Afrikaans Pronunciation Audio clips of native speakers pronouncing over 1500 Afrikaans words.


Afrikaans is a West Germanic language, spoken natively in South Africa and Namibia. An estimated 90 to 95 percent of Afrikaans vocabulary is of Dutch origin.  In South Africa, it is the third most spoken mother tongue in the country. In Namibia, Afrikaans is spoken in 11 percent of households. Widely spoken as a second language, it is a lingua franca of Namibia. While the number of total speakers of Afrikaans is unknown, estimates range between 15 and 23 million.

Afrikaans Literature

The Library of the African Studies Centre Leiden has compiled a web dossier on Afrikaans Literature and Language. In addition to titles on Afrikaans literature and music, language policy, and the position and use of Afrikaans in post apartheid South Africa, the dossier contains titles of Afrikaans novels, short stories, poetry, prose and drama published since 2000. The dossier concludes with a selection of links to relevant web sites. The web dossier coincided with the Festival voor Afrikaans organized by the Tropentheater in Amsterdam on 17-19 June 2011. 

The web dossier can be found on the Library website:

Radio, Television and Film

Radio Sonder Grense Nationwide radio service in Afrikaans from the South African Broadcasting Company