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Learning Afrikaans

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I am the founder and director of Africhance Tutors. We teach Afrikaans to anyone who wants to learn it, but most of our clients are surprisingly tourists or immigrants. I find this extremely exciting and inspiring but it made me wonder... in what other ways do people moving to South Africa actually learn Afrikaans if they don't make use of a private tutor?!? I would very much like to hear from you if you have gone through this process before. Did you make use of self-help books, CD's, friends, websites? Did you find it challenging?

Also, we currently offer one-on-one, custom designed Afrikaans lessons and lesson times are made to fit our clients' schedules, but we are actually thinking of starting Workshops. What do you guys think? Could that work and do you know of anyone or would you be interested in something like that?

Wat dink julle?

  • Go to cherey cherey's profile

    posted by  in South Africa forum 

    what this mean ?it's a word " mwah"

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    posted by  in South Africa forum 

    it helped thank you! :) but I still need to know the rest of the text so please if somebody have a litle time translate this for me...thank you :)

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    posted by  in South Africa forum 

    Well done with the translation so far Jane! This post wasn't actually meant for this purpose, but I am glad you are getting some practise in translating.

    I am not going to translate the entire thing because I don't have the time right now, but what I can tell you is that 'bja' is short for 'baie' which means 'very' or 'a lot'. With the word 'nig' I think it could be short for 'niggie' which is a female cousin. Does that make sense?

    I am just wondering why this person would send you such a long message in broken, sms Afrikaans if you can't understand Afrikaans? It must be very frustrating for you?

    Hope that helped!

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    posted by  in South Africa forum 

    the word is "bja"? is this some short word from a longer word or what? and I want to know what word "nig" means...thank you :)

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    posted by  in South Africa forum 

    I am waiting for the rest AAAAAAAAAAA thank you :D

  • Jane Theycalme

    posted by  in South Africa forum 

    ...could be "as I already think you're the 'one', I shall never let go of your hand"...guessing!: that little accident will be just like what happened to my car (I assume it's fixed)... because we are meant to be....each night I wince at your alarm clock, [guessing: as that's the usual time for it to ring]...i miss you in the gym, in the car, in my house...I miss the sound you make when you fart (sorry, gotta translate this)...everything, everything, and all of you...

  • Jane Theycalme

    posted by  in South Africa forum 

    there's still a long way to go and still a lot to prove...in my heart I know that I will marry you...and [very loosely] that our children would be beautiful... [something like: within the 2 years ...hi ...was]... have I become so angry at you.. and we have complained a lot...but you will not understand how I miss complaining together with you... [guess: what we're experiencing is but a small hurdle in all of this]...most of this was my fault...but during that time you have never given up on me. and that's what I will do for you now. i can do for you what you've always done for me. [how I wish my ex-boyfriend had come up with that on time]

  • Jane Theycalme

    posted by  in South Africa forum 

    everyone has their mistakes... ["net op verskilinde gud"this could be: just like different strengths; or: just in different ways]....I am [ver vani] best thing [...af wat al...gebeer het] with you ...cherey, ...when I open my eyes, I think of you...[tot hul] to go away...everything seems to all be shattered into pieces / vanished / broken [very loose translation, may be wrong]...and it all seems to be super difficult... i cannot let you go...i cannot give 'us' up... I will never feel what I feel for you for anyone else...

    ...

  • Jane Theycalme

    posted by  in South Africa forum 

    Hi there, sorry, I'm acutally just a newbie myself, so I gotta be guessing some of this and won't be able to give you all. But At least the first bit seems straightforward to me, so I'll give you what I can:

    I don't care what it looks like, I don't care what people (or you?) think, I don't want to [*tell you?* ...] love for you...I have lied to myself, I cannot give 'us' up...I can have 10 other girls tomorrow, and you can get 10 other boyfriends, but the point is, I'd rather go through hell every day, than to be the happiest man and be with someobdy else...

    I'll send this off now, for fear of loosing the bit that I've written. Bear with me...

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    please help translate this ....thank youuuuuuu

    posted by  cherey cherey in South Africa forum 

    gee nie om wie die sien nie...gee nie om wie wat dink nie..ek wil net vi ju se eks vlpn lief vir jou...en ek ht myself belowe ek gani op ons opgee ni,.. Ek kan mre 10 ander meisies kry..en jy kan mre 10 ouens kry punt is, ek sal eder elke dag sam ju hell dergan, aswat eki gelukugste mens is sam imand anders,almal het voute..net op verskilinde gud...eks ver vani beste ding af wat al met ju gebeer ht...cherey...as my oe oopgan dink ek an ju..tot hul we 2gan....al lyk dinge nu hu poef..en al isit super moeilik..ek gan ju nie latgani...ek gani opgee op ons nie...dit wat ek vi ju voel sal ek nooit we vi iemand voel nie...dars ng n lang pad vor,en ng bja om te bewys...in my hart wet ekk dat ek met ju gan trou..en dat ons soos di hotste klein stoeierqis gan mak..enen 2 j ng hi was..jis ek so kwaad geword vi ju..en ons ht ngals bja beklei,.ma jy sal ni vistan hu ek dt mis om met ju te beklei ni..ons is in n kort ruki al der bja...messte van dt ws my skuld..ma in dai tyd ht jy noit opgegee op my ni.. En dis nu wat ek vi ju gn doen..ek gan vi ju doen wat j ng altyd vi my gedun ht...dat al dink jy disi ynde..gan ek viral nu..ni ju hand los ni..der ali poef ht ons altyd we by mekar ytgekm..want ons is ment 2 be..elke ognd skrik ek 4 ur waker,want ds gewoonlik wane j bel...ek mis ju orals ini gym,ini kar,by my huis...ek di geluid wat jy mak as jy poep,alis alis alis van ju...al wt ek or drm en dagdrm is dai dag wt j trugkm.wat jy net als nergoi en na my 2 hardlop en op my spring en jy ju arms om my goi ,dit sal di hele O.R tambo vat om ju yt my arms te kry, dai prenqi wt ek kry as ek my oe 2mak van j wt na my 2 hardlop..dis wt my nou hop gee en wat my sterk mak..n mens mt ers der ali donker tye gan om di lig op di ynde te warder, greeffie eks vloek vloek lief vir ju, moet net noit my hand latgani,eks by ju elke dag ,10 ten 1dink seka ek prat nt klom poef nu,,ma ds vi rerg wat in my hart angan, geniet juself orc..onthu nt ek wag vi ju hi..I WILL FOLLOW U TILL THE END OF TIME ,nks of niemand ht al oit tusn ons gekm ni,en dars gen rede hkm iets ons nu ytmekar gan kry ni..ons liefde vi mekar is sterker as enageits..dars nks wt ons ni kn duni,cherey..poef harde en lang pad wat vorle.ma km wt wil ek SAL langs ju doodgan op n stoepi iewers op n plaas,mt n shake in my hand doodgan P.S gan j nu verdr slapiz?my slapiz:) (slap mt tiger elke aand)

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