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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 the English phrases to see them in many other languages.

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 Haai (inf)
Hallo
Goeie dag (frm)
How are you? Hoe gaan dit met jou? (inf)
Hoe gaan dit met u? (frm)
Fine thanks, and 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 Goeiemôre
Môre
Good afternoon Goeie middag
Good evening Goeienaand
Good night Goeienag
Nag
Goodbye Totsiens
Mooi loop (go/walk well)
Good luck Sterkte!
Congratulations! Geluk!
Cheers/Good health! Gesondheid!
Have a nice day Lekker dag!
Bon appetit Smaaklike ete!
Lekker eet!
Bon voyage Veilige reis!
Voorspoedige reis!
I understand Ek verstaan
I don't understand Ek verstaan nie
Yes Ja
No Nee
Maybe Miskien
Please speak more slowly Praat stadiger asseblief
Please say that again Kan jy dit weer sê? (inf)
Kan u dit weer sê? (frm)
Herhāl 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 Ja, 'n bietjie
How do you say ... in Afrikaans? Hoe sê u ... in Afrikaans? (frm)
Hoe sê jy ... in Afrikaans? (inf)
Excuse me Verskoon my!
Ekskuus!
How much is this? Hoeveel kos dit?
Sorry Jammer!
Thank you Dankie
Baie dankie
You're welcome Dis 'n plesier
Where's the toilet? Waar is die toilet?
Waa issie toilet? (slang)
This gentleman will pay for everything Hierdie heer 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 love you Ek's lief vir jou
Ek het jou lief
Get well soon Word gou gesond!
Leave me alone! Laat my met rus!
Los my uit asseblief!
Help! Help!
Fire! Brand!
Stop! Stop!
Call the police! Bel die polisie!
Merry Christmas
and Happy New Year
Geseënde Kersfees en 'n voorspoedige Nuwe jaar
Geseënde Kersfees en 'n gelukkige nuwe jaar
Happy Easter Geseënde Paasfees
Happy Birthday 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

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Links

Other collections of Afrikaans phrases
http://www.exploresouthafrica.net/phrasebook.htm
http://www.downloadalanguage.com/downloadalanguage/Afrikaans_phrases.html
http://www.easyafrikaans.com/easyafrikaans/Useful_Phrases.html
http://miejipang.homestead.com/untitled4.html

Phrases in Germanic languages

Afrikaans, Alsatian, Danish, Dutch, Faroese, Frisian (North), Frisian (West), German, Icelandic, Low Saxon, Luxembourgish, Norwegian, Old English, Scots, Swedish, Swiss German (Basel dialect), Swiss German (Chur dialect), Swiss German (Lucerne dialect), Yiddish

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