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Useful Afrikaans phrases

A collection of useful phrases in Afrikaans, a West Germanic language descended from Dutch and spoken mainly in South Africa and Namibia.

Click on any of the phrases that are links to hear them spoken. If you can provide recordings, corrections or additional translations, please contact me.

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Key to abbreviations: inf = informal, frm = formal, sg = singular (said to one person), pl = plural (said to more than one person)

English Afrikaans
Welcome Welkom
Hello (General greeting) Haai (inf)
Goeie dag (frm)
How are you? Hoe gaan dit met jou? (inf)
Hoe gaan dit met u? (frm)
Reply to 'How are you?' Goed, dankie, en met jou/u?
Baie goed dankie, en self?
What's your name? Wat is jou naam? (inf)
Wat is u naam? (frm)
My name is ... My naam is ...
Where are you from? Waarvandaan kom jy? (inf)
Waarvandaan kom u? (frm)
I'm from ... Ek kom van ... af
Pleased to meet you Bly te kenne (frm)
Aangename kennis (frm)
Lekker om jou te ontmoet (inf)
Good morning
(Morning greeting)
Good afternoon
(Afternoon greeting)
Goeie middag
Good evening
(Evening greeting)
Good night Goeienag
(Parting phrases)
Mooi loop (go/walk well)
Good luck! Sterkte!
Congratulations! Geluk!
Cheers! Good Health!
(Toasts used when drinking)
Have a nice day Lekker dag!
Bon appetit /
Have a nice meal
Smaaklike ete!
Lekker eet!
Bon voyage /
Have a good journey
Veilige reis!
Voorspoedige reis!
I understand Ek verstaan
I don't understand Ek verstaan nie
Yes Ja
No Nee
Maybe Miskien
I don't know Ek weet nie
Please speak more slowly Praat stadiger asseblief
Please say that again Sê dit weer, asseblief
Herhaal dit, asseblief
Please write it down Skryf dit neer asseblief!
Do you speak English? Praat jy Engels? (sg/inf)
Praat julle Engels? (pl/inf)
Praat U Engels? (frm/sg)
Praat Meneer Engels? (frm/>m)
Praat Mevrou Engels? (frm/>f)
Do you speak Afrikaans? Praat jy Afrikaans? (sg/inf)
Praat julle Afrikaans? (pl/inf)
Praat u Afrikaans? (frm/sg)
Praat Meneer Afrikaans? (frm/>m)
Praat Mevrou Afrikaans? (frm/>f)
Yes, a little
(reply to 'Do you speak ...?')
Ja, 'n bietjie
Speak to me in Afrikaans Praat met my in Afrikaans
Jy kan Afrikaans met my praat
How do you say ... in Afrikaans? Hoe sê u ... in Afrikaans? (frm)
Hoe sê jy ... in Afrikaans? (inf)
Excuse me Verskoon my!
How much is this? Hoeveel kos dit?
Sorry Jammer!
Please Asseblief
Thank you Dankie
Baie dankie
Reply to thank you Dis 'n plesier
Where's the toilet? Waar is die toilet?
Waa issie toilet? (slang)
This gentleman will pay for everything Hierdie meneer sal alles betaal
This lady will pay for everything Hierdie dame sal alles betaal
Would you like to dance with me? Sal jy met my dans, asseblief?
I miss you Ek mis jou
I love you Ek's lief vir jou
Ek het jou lief
Get well soon Word gou gesond!
Go away! Gaan weg!
Leave me alone! Laat my met rus!
Los my uit asseblief!
Help! Help!
Fire! Brand!
Stop! Stop!
Call the police! Bel die polisie!
Christmas and New Year greetings Geseënde Kersfees en 'n voorspoedige Nuwe jaar
Geseënde Kersfees en 'n gelukkige nuwe jaar
Easter greetings Geseënde Paasfees
Birthday greetings Gelukkige Verjaarsdag
One language is never enough Een taal is nooit genoeg nie
My hovercraft is full of eels
Why this phrase?
My skeertuig is vol palings

Recordings by Therese Armstrong, Steph van Schalkwyk and Andre Combrinck

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