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Learn Afrikaans Language


South Africa has eleven official languages - Afrikaans, English, Southern Ndebele, Northern Sotho, Sotho, Swati, Tsonga, Tswana, Venda, Xhosa and Zulu - all technically equal with other, although some are more widely spoken than others. Additionally there are eight other recognized but non-official languages (Fanagalo, Khoe, Lobedu, Nama, Northern Ndebele, Phuthi, San and South African Sign Language), and also significant populations in the country who speak other European (especially German, Greek and Portuguese), or South Asian (especially Gujarati, Hindi, Tamil and Telugu) languages.

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Software for Learning Afrikaans

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Books for Learning Afrikaans

Here are some books about learning to speak Afrikaans:

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Afrikaans Language: The Afrikaans Phrasebook

By Jan Kotze

CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Paperback (68 pages)

Afrikaans Language: The Afrikaans Phrasebook
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This guide to Afrikaans language collects the most common Afrikaans phrases and expressions. This phrasebook includes greetings, food items, directions, sightseeing and many other categories of expressions that will help you when traveling to Afrikaans speaking parts of the world. All of the expressions are transliterated in English with labeled stress enabling any English speaker to pronounce the words with reasonable accuracy. Native Afrikaans spelling is also including This phrasebook is a must for anyone planning a trip to an Afrikaans speaking part of the world or just to study the language.

Learn Afrikaans - Level 1: Introduction to Afrikaans: Volume 1: Lessons 1-25

By Innovative Language Learning LLC

Innovative Language Learning, LLC
Audible Audiobook

Learn Afrikaans - Level 1: Introduction to Afrikaans: Volume 1: Lessons 1-25
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Absolutely new to Afrikaans? Don't know where to start?

Welcome to Introduction to Afrikaans, Volume 1.

Before you take that trip to South Africa, get a solid foundation of Afrikaans first!

Master the basics of Afrikaans conversation the fun, fast. and easy way!

Start speaking Afrikaans in minutes, and learn key vocabulary, phrases, and grammar in just minutes more with Introduction to Afrikaans. Our native Afrikaans hosts break down all the sentences, grammar, and more in a simple, easily understandable way! This isn't stale textbook material - it's fun, effective, and practical! You learn basic beginner Afrikaans conversation that you can use immediately! What you get in Introduction to Afrikaans:

  • Downloadable PDF with 90+ pages of Afrikaans learning material
  • Twenty-five audio lesson tracks (over 2.5 hours of Afrikaans lessons)
  • Five audio review tracks (practice new words and phrases)
  • Five audio dialog tracks (read along while you listen)

Interactive. Effective. And fun!

Discover or rediscover how much fun learning a language can be with the future of language learning.

Try this audiobook and start speaking Afrikaans instantly!

My First Afrikaans Animals & Insects Picture Book with English Translations: Bilingual Early Learning & Easy Teaching Afrikaans Books for Kids (Teach ... words for Children) (Afrikaans Edition)

By Earleen S.

Independently published
Paperback (36 pages)

My First Afrikaans Animals & Insects Picture Book with English Translations: Bilingual Early Learning & Easy Teaching Afrikaans Books for Kids (Teach ... words for Children) (Afrikaans Edition)
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Did you ever want to teach your kids Animals & Insects in Afrikaans ?

Learning Afrikaans can be fun with this picture book.

In this book you will find the following features:

  • Afrikaans Animals & Insects Names.
  • Colorful Pictures of Animals & Insects.
  • English Animals & Insects Names.

My First Afrikaans Fruits & Snacks Picture Book with English Translations: Bilingual Early Learning & Easy Teaching Afrikaans Books for Kids (Teach & ... words for Children) (Afrikaans Edition)

By Earleen S.

Independently published
Paperback (37 pages)

My First Afrikaans Fruits & Snacks Picture Book with English Translations: Bilingual Early Learning & Easy Teaching Afrikaans Books for Kids (Teach & ... words for Children) (Afrikaans Edition)
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Did you ever want to teach your kids Fruits & Snacks in Afrikaans ?

Learning Afrikaans can be fun with this picture book.

In this book you will find the following features:

  • Afrikaans Fruits & Snacks Names.
  • Colorful Pictures of Fruits & Snacks.
  • English Fruits & Snacks Names.

Afrikaans Self-taught: By the Natural Method with Phonetic Pronunciation (Thimm's System): New Edition (English and Afrikaans Edition)

By LEONARD W Van Os

Simon Wallenburg Press
Paperback (260 pages)

Afrikaans Self-taught: By the Natural Method with Phonetic Pronunciation (Thimm s System): New Edition (English and Afrikaans Edition)
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This is the new version with enlarged fonts than the original for easy reading The Thimms system teaches the correct Afrikaans pronunciation. Each sound is separately represented and if followed correctly, will get you speaking Afrikaans like a true native speaker. The Wallenberg edition has been republished with additional chapters on Boer history and culture and a discussion on the origins of the Afrikaans language. Afrikaans self taught is a book which has over many years of usage has now become part of South Africa's heritage and many hundreds of thousands have used this book to help them learn to speak Afrikaans correctly. "Afrikaans self taught with phonetic pronunciation using Thimm's system has been popular since 1911, being highly recommended from generation to generation. It has been brought out in several editions over the years, which itself is a testament to its value. The word classic is often used loosely. This book is a classic book in the true sense and has helped many to learn Afrikaans." A Review in Telegraph Online Newspaper

Complete Afrikaans Beginner to Intermediate Course: Learn to Read, Write, Speak and Understand a New Language with Teach Yourself by McDermott, Lydia (2010) Paperback

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Complete Afrikaans Beginner to Intermediate Course: Learn to Read, Write, Speak and Understand a New Language with Teach Yourself by McDermott, Lydia (2010) Paperback
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More Words in Afrikaans: Basic vocabulary for beginners (Learn Afrikaans Book 2) (Afrikaans Edition)

By Mia Bowen

Released: 2017-11-21
Kindle Edition (55 pages)

More Words in Afrikaans: Basic vocabulary for beginners (Learn Afrikaans Book 2) (Afrikaans Edition)
 
Product Description:
Learn even more words in Afrikaans in this colorful book for children.

Over 130 new words illustrated with beautiful color photos.

A pronunciation guide for each word is provided on every page.

Colloquial Afrikaans: The Complete Course for Beginners (Colloquial Series (Book Only))

By Bruce Donaldson

imusti
Released: 2015-07-05
Paperback (284 pages)

Colloquial Afrikaans: The Complete Course for Beginners (Colloquial Series (Book Only))
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Colloquial Afrikaans provides a step-by-step course in Afrikaans as it is written and spoken in South Africa and Namibia today. Combining a user-friendly approach with a thorough treatment of the language, it equips learners with the essential skills needed to communicate confidently and effectively in Afrikaans in a broad range of situations. No prior knowledge of the language is required.

Key features include:

• progressive coverage of speaking, listening, reading and writing skills

• structured, jargon-free explanations of grammar

• an extensive range of focused and stimulating exercises

• realistic and entertaining dialogues covering a broad variety of scenarios

• useful vocabulary lists throughout the text

• additional resources available at the back of the book, including a full answer key, a grammar summary and bilingual glossaries

Balanced, comprehensive and rewarding, Colloquial Afrikaans will be an indispensable resource both for independent learners and students taking courses in Afrikaans.

Audio material to accompany the course is available to download free in MP3 format from www.routledge.com/cw/colloquials. Recorded by native speakers, the audio material features the dialogues and texts from the book and will help develop your listening and pronunciation skills.

My First Afrikaans People, Relationships & Adjectives Picture Book with English Translations: Bilingual Early Learning & Easy Teaching Afrikaans Books ... words for Children) (Afrikaans Edition)

By Earleen S.

Independently published
Paperback (37 pages)

My First Afrikaans People, Relationships & Adjectives Picture Book with English Translations: Bilingual Early Learning & Easy Teaching Afrikaans Books ... words for Children) (Afrikaans Edition)
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Did you ever want to teach your kids People, Relationships & Adjectives in Afrikaans ?

Learning Afrikaans can be fun with this picture book.

In this book you will find the following features:

  • Afrikaans People, Relationships & Adjectives Names.
  • Colorful Pictures of People, Relationships & Adjectives.
  • English People, Relationships & Adjectives Names.

Learn Afrikaans - Level 4: Intermediate Afrikaans: Volume 1: Lessons 1-25

By Innovative Language Learning LLC

Innovative Language Learning, LLC
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Learn Afrikaans - Level 4: Intermediate Afrikaans: Volume 1: Lessons 1-25
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Ready to speak and understand Afrikaans at an intermediate level? 

Close your eyes and picture yourself arriving at an airport in South Africa, walking out and finding yourself on a busy street. Imagine hearing the native conversations all around you. This is the kind of Afrikaans you learn here. Practical, everyday conversation. This audiobook is great for intermediates ready to go past basic phrases like "How are you?" In fact, you start speaking in minutes. 

Our native Afrikaans teachers break down all the sentences, grammar and more in an easy-to-understand way! You learn conversations, key vocabulary, phrases, and grammar all in one shot. You can even read along with the bonus PDF ebook as you listen to your lessons. 

A few topics covered in this audiobook:

  • Expressing your thoughts in Afrikaans 
  • How to talk about other people 
  • How to quote someone 
  • Stating facts in Afrikaans 
  • How to express opinions 
  • Expressing the purpose of an action 
  • How to handle job interviews 
  • South African cultural tips and more! 

With this audiobook, you get:

  • 3+ hours of audio in total 
  • 25 intermediate level lessons 
  • 200+ page ebook so you can read along 

By the end of this book, you will....

  • Learn & master brand new conversations
  • Learn intermediate level expressions & grammar 
  • Master Afrikaans listening skills & tune your ear to the native speaking style 
  • Be able to speak at an intermediate level level 
  • Improve your reading by reading along with the ebook 
  • Understand everything with translations provided inside the ebook



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