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Re: Afrikaans Resources (version 2.0)

Posted: Sun Aug 11, 2019 3:26 pm
by Jaleel10

Free Afrikaans news site. I read a couple of articles from it now and then when I have a case of the language attrition :lol: . Highly recommend!

Re: Afrikaans Resources (version 2.0)

Posted: Sun Aug 11, 2019 3:27 pm
by Iversen
I have got Teach Yourself Afrikaans from 1998 - at least that's what it says ("First edition, first impression 1998"). But somewhat confusingly there also listed a Second edition from 1993, and the original copyright is from 1988 (Helena van Schalkwyk). So whether it actually is the first or the second version I don't know - and I have no idea whether there is/once was an audio source to accompany the book, but it isn't mentioned in the most obvious places in the book so there probably wasn't one.

It's actually not bad for a textbook - a few silly games, but mostly the usual fare of simple dialogues s in Afrikaans with wordlists after each one, thematic sections like how to say the time and how to use a telephone of yore in South Africa. I would say that if you learn everything in this book then you can survive on what you have learnt. But I have not used it much - I knew some Dutch beforehand so I could skip most of the dialogues and just run through the wordlists to pick up the expressions in them. And the grammar? Well, Afrikaans is not exactly known for being extremely complexicated in that respect. I don't think I have ever seen let alone read an Afrikaans grammar book.

The biggest problem has always been to find something to use it on, but I have bought some magazines (mostly about outdoor life and animals) and downloaded a fair number of spoken interviews in a series called die-taal-wat-ons-praat. I have also sometimes written 'n klein bietjie op Afrikaans in my log, but it has probably drowned among all the other stuff.

Re: Afrikaans Resources (version 2.0)

Posted: Sun Aug 11, 2019 10:48 pm
by Elexi
I have the more modern Afrikaans Linguaphone course - it is in the same generation and format as what I would call generation 3.5 - i.e. not the 30 lesson family goes on a holiday 1970s type course but like the Dutch, Latin American Spanish and Welsh courses.