Starting to learn Afrikaans

The following are possible ways, roadmaps or routes to start using Easy Afrikaans depending on your aims.

They are selected from the lessons, vocabulary and sentences.


Colours Start lesson
Days of the Week Start lesson
First words Start lesson
Introductions Start lesson
Numbers 1-10 Start lesson

Get by phrases

Drinks Start lesson
Food. General phrases Start lesson
Shopping Start lesson
Travel Start lesson

Essential grammar

Modal verbs Start lesson
Negation Start lesson
Future tense Start lesson
Questions Start lesson

Roadmaps to learning Afrikaans

It is easier to start learning Afrikaans, or any other language, than it is to become good at it. It can also be more fun, because when beginning you can make rapid progress without learning grammar or trying to learn words which only occur infrequently.

Learning a language can vary from knowing ten words to fluency. It all depends on your goal and what you want or need to achive.

Do you want to learn enough to be polite, to get by or to be able to express yourself fluently and with confidence.

Easy Afriakaans is aimed at anyone who wants to start learning the Afrikaans language or just wants to learn a few useful words and phrases before their next visit. There are also links to other resources which might be helpful.

One way to use Easy Afrikaans is to pick key or useful words and phrases that you want to learn. For example, as a visitor to another country, the key words in a foreign language are the words which will be of most use to you and which you will use most often.

The roadmaps are split into basics, get by phrases phrases and essential grammar.

These are just ideas to start with but you may prefer to pick what you need from lessons, vocabulary and sentences. Not everyone, for example, will consider colours or days of the week as essential when learning their first words, and might prefer to focus on the kind of conversational language found in the sentences.

These key words and phrases will vary from visitor to visitor depending on the purpose of their trip. A businessman, for example, is likely to have different language requirements to the tourist, and when only learning a small part of language may choose to concentrate on a few formal situations.

Or, if you have friends who speak another language, you might learn a few expressions that you can use in specific situations with them. In either case, you are starting to learn the language and if you continue to learn it , then the vocabulary you have learnt will be a great help.

The Afrikaans language

You could try following the roadmaps, or dive in and start learning the lessons, vocabulary and sentences.

If you are looking for a very basic outline of Afrikaans and it grammar theAfrikaans language is a good place to start. Here you can see some of the important features of the language and its origins.

Basic Afrikaans grammar contains a brief outline of some the most important aspects of Afrikaans grammar.

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