A Western Germanic language that developed in South Africa as a semi-creolised form of Dutch after Dutch colonists settled at the Cape of Good Hope in the 17th Century. It is spoken by over 6 million people as a first language and by a further 6 million as a second language.

The language's name Afrikaans simply means "African" and features a highly regularised, simplified grammar (there are fewer than 5 irregular verbs in the language), double negation (as in French) and pronounciation that is softer and less guttural than modern Dutch. Like English, it has only one gender for nouns (as opposed to two in Dutch).

Afrikaans and Dutch remain mutually intelligible and although the majority of its vocabulary derives from 17th Century Dutch, it has incorporated many words from indigenous and aboriginal Southern African languages (especially KhoiSan, Xhosa and Zulu), as well as Malaysian, French and German, reflecting the phenomenon of South Africa as a melting pot of cultures.

Cut off from Europe, the fledgeling language rapidly evolved unique features. There is strong evidence to suggest that proto-Afrikaans developed as a creole form of Dutch among slaves and servants; indeed, it was known (disparigingly) as "Kitchen Dutch" or "Kombuistaal" (Kitchen Language).

By the 19th Century Afrikaans had developed into a separate language and in the 1920s was formally recognised as an official language (co-equal in status with English) of the Union of South Africa.

As the preferred language of the Apartheid state, the language has been stigmatised in the past as the vehicle of an oppressive regime, most infamously as the cause of the 1976 Soweto Uprising, where several youths died protesting Afrikaans being enforced as the language of instruction in schools (as opposed to English). Today, however, the language has been largely depoliticised and proudly spoken by South Africans of all backgrounds.

Afrikaans has greatly influenced South African English and has contributed several words to modern international English - most famously perhaps "trek" (as in epic journey, as in Star Trek) and "veld" for grassland/savannah.

Following the advent of democracy in 1994, Afrikaans retained its official status along with 10 other languages.
My hand is in warm water - this sentence could be in either English or Afrikaans, means exactly the same and simply differs in pronounciation.
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An additional subject where you say or do anything else than actually do the fucking subject
Jeff: Hey boet, what's the next lesson?
Jason: It's Afrikaans
Jeff: Perfect, time to see how loud I can moan before the teacher tells me to shut up
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One of the eleven primary languages spoken in South Africa.
Originating from Germany and later migrating to Africa this language is spoken widely.
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One of the 11 official languages of South Africa that has Dutch roots.

It is generally spoken by the Boer population and the Cape Coloureds who were forced to learn it in Apartheid.
Formal Afrkaans: "Jacob, hulle vroue kan skinder. Hulle moenie moelik maak omdat ek sal nit dit he^ nie!" (Jacob those women can gossip. They mustn't make trouble because I won't have it!)

Informal Afrikaans: "Ja my bru, kan jy dit glo hoe dat meisie skinner?! Sy weet who ek is? Moenie wys me, ek sal donder haar just so!"(yeah, my bru, can you believe how that girls gossips?! Does she know who I am? Mustn't showinsult me, I'll klapbeat her just like that!"
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A language used in South Africa that mixes Dutch, English and native tribespeak.
Afrikaans is the official language in south africa.
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A white South African who speaks Afrikaans and is of Dutch descent. Known for their love biltong (dried meat), rugby and walking around barefoot in summer. You can easily spot an Afrikaaner, because they'll literally be the only ones wearing shorts and flip-flops in winter. They're also quite large compared to South Africans of British descent.
Frikkie is an Afrikaaner, that's why he's so muscular.
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Ok some people here are getting confused... Im south african so I know what Im talking about, An afrikaaner is an Afrikaans person, an afrikaans person is someone who talks afrikaans. Black south africans and white south africans that dont speak afrikaans are not afrikaaners. Afrikaaners are the ones that came up with the idea of apartheid, not the english south africans or the blacks. So people in south africa who arent afrikaans and you call them that will get really offended so I advise you not to.
American: HEY! so whats it like being an afrikaaner?
Black south african: what are you talking about??!? Im black and speak Zulu, im not afrikaans!!! (he then beats the american with a stick)
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