Afrikaans

Introduction to the Afrikaans Language

  • Number of Speakers: 15-23,000,000
  • Spoken in: South Africa, Nambia, Botswana, Zambia, Malawi, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Swaziland.
  • Language Family: Indo-European
  • Writing System: Latin alphabet

Afrikaans is related to Dutch. The language came to South Africa with Dutch colonists and mixed with the local dialects. The two languages are still very similar. They share about 85-90% of their vocabulary. With a little effort Dutch and Afrikaans speakers can understand one another.