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While you’re here… Some quite interesting facts about the Afrikaans language.

Afrikaans is a Low Franconian West Germanic language descended from Dutch and spoken mainly in South Africa and Namibia. In 2013 there were about 17 million speakers in South Africa, where Afrikaans is one of the Statutory national languages, and an official language in nine provinces. About 6.8 million of those people are native speakers of Afrikaans, while the rest speak it as a second language. In Namibia there were 127,000 speakers of Afrikaans in 2018, mainly in the Hardap and Khomas regions in the south of the country. It is used in schools and is officially recognized. Other countries with significant numbers of Afrikaans speakers include Zamnbia, Australia, New Zealand, the USA, Eswatini, and the Netherlands. Afrikaans retains some features of 18th century Dutch, together with vocabulary from various Bantu and Khoisan languages and also from Portugese and Malay.

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Afrikaans Sample text

Alle menslike wesens word vry, met gelyke waardigheid en regte, gebore. Hulle het rede en gewete en behoort in die gees van broederskap teenoor mekaar op te tree. Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

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Wie weet waar Willem Wouter woon?
Willem Wouter woon waar warm water wyn word.
Wie weet waar warm water wyn word?
Warm water word wyn waar weste winde waai.
Wie weet waar weste winde waai?
Weste winde waai waar Wies wasgoes was.
“Who knows where William Wouter lives? William Wouter lives where warm water becomes wine. Who knows where warm water becomes wine? Warm water becomes wine where west winds blow. Who knows where west winds blow? West winds blow where Wies washes clothes.”

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