Good Afrikaans Words To Use In An Essay

Afrikaans Vocabulary

If you're trying to learn Afrikaans Vocabulary you will find some useful resources including a course about vocabulary and expressions... to help you with your Afrikaans grammar. Try to concentrate on the lesson and notice the pattern that occurs each time the word changes its place. Also don't forget to check the rest of our other lessons listed on Learn Afrikaans. Enjoy the rest of the lesson!


Afrikaans Vocabulary

Learning the Afrikaans Vocabulary displayed below is vital to the language. Afrikaans vocabulary is the set of words you should be familiar with. A vocabulary usually grows and evolves with age, and serves as a useful and fundamental tool for communication and acquiring knowledge. Here are some examples:

English VocabularyAfrikaans Vocabulary
VocabularyWoordeskat
CountriesLande
AustraliaAustralië
CambodiaKambodia
CanadaKanada
ChinaChina
EgyptEgipte
EnglandEngeland
FranceFrankryk
GermanyDuitsland
GreeceGriekeland
IndiaIndië
IndonesiaIndonesië
ItalyItalië
JapanJapan
MexicoMexico
MoroccoMarokko
PeruPeru
SpainSpanje
ThailandThailand
USAVerenigde State van Amerika
LanguagesTale
ArabicArabies
ChineseChinees
EnglishEngels
FrenchFrans
GermanDuits
GreekGrieks
HebrewHebreeus
HindiHindi
ItalianItaliaans
JapaneseJapannees
KoreanKoreaans
LatinLatyns
RussianRussies
SpanishSpaans
UrduOerdoe
DaysDae
MondayMaandag
TuesdayDinsdag
WednesdayWoensdag
ThursdayDonderdag
FridayVrydag
SaturdaySaterdag
SundaySondag
timetyd
houruur
minuteminuut
secondsekonde

List of Vocabulary in Afrikaans

Below is a list of the vocabulary and expressions in Afrikaans placed in a table. Memorizing this table will help you add very useful and important words to your Afrikaans vocabulary.

English VocabularyAfrikaans Vocabulary
Vocabulary
colorskleure
blackswart
blueblou
brownbruin
graygrys
greengroen
orangeoranje
purplepers
redrooi
whitewit
yellowgeel
sizesgroottes
biggroot
deepdiep
longlank
narrownou
shortkort
smallklein
talllank
thickdik
thindun
widewyd
tastessmaak
bitterbitter
freshvars
saltysout
soursuur
spicypikant
sweetsoet
qualitieskwaliteite
badslegte
cleanskoon
darkdonker
difficultmoeilik
dirtyvuil
drydroog
easymaklik
emptyleeg
expensiveduur
fastvinnig
foreignbuitelands
fullvol
goodgoed
hardhard
heavyswaar
inexpensivegoedkoop
lightlig
localplaaslike
newnuwe
noisylawaaierig
oldoud
powerfulkragtig
quietstil
correctkorrek / reg
slowstadig
softsag
verybaie
weakswak
wetnat
wrongverkeerd
youngjonk
foodvoedsel / kos
almondsamandels
breadbrood
breakfastOntbyt
butterbotter
candylekkers
cheesekaas
chickenhoender
cuminkomyn
dessertnagereg
dinneraandete
fishvis
fruitvrugte
ice creamroomys
lamblam
lemonsuurlemoen
lunchmiddagete
mealmaaltyd
meatvleis
ovenoond
pepperpeper
plantsplante
porkvark
saladslaai
saltsout
sandwichtoebroodjie
sausagewors
soupsop
sugarsuiker
supperaandete
turkeykalkoen
appleappel
bananapiesang
orangeslemoene
peachesperskes
peanutgrondboonjie
pearspere
pineapplepynappel
grapesdruiwe
strawberriesaarbeie
vegetablesvrugte
carrotwortel
cornmielie
cucumberkomkommer
garlicknoffel
lettuceblaarslaai
olivesolywe
onionsuie
pepperspepers
potatoesaartappels
pumpkinpampoen
beansbone
tomatoestamaties
alligatorkrokodil
alligatorsAlligators
bearbeer
bearsbere
birdvoël
birdsvoëls
bullbul
bullsbulle
catkat
catskatte
cowkoei
cowskoeie
deerbok
many deerbokke
doghond
dogshonde
donkeydonkie
donkeysdonkies
eaglearend
eaglesarende
elephantolifant
elephantsolifante
giraffekameelperd
giraffeskameelperde
goatbok
goatsbokke
horseperd
horsesperde
lionleeu
lionsleeus
monkeyaap
monkeysape
mousemuis
micemuise
rabbithaas / konyn
rabbitshase / konyne
snakeslang
snakesslange
tigertier
tigerstiere
wolfWolf
wolveswolwe
objectsvoorwerpe
bathroombadkamer
bedbed
bedroomslaapkamer
ceilingplafon
chairstoel
clothesklere
coatjas
cupbeker
deskBalie
dressrok
floorvloer
forkvurk
furnituremeubels
glassglas
hathoed
househuis
inkink
jacketbaadjie
kitchenkombuis
knifemes
lamplamp
letterbrief
mapkaart
newspaperkoerant
notebooknota boek
pantsbroek
paperpapier
penpen
pencilpotlood
pharmacyapteek
pictureprent, foto
platebord
refrigeratoryskas
restaurantrestaurant
roofdak
roomkamer
rugmat
scissorsskêr
shampoosjampoe
shirthemp
shoesskoene
soapseep
sockssokkies
spoonlepel
tabletafel
toilettoilet
toothbrushtandeborsel
toothpastetandepasta
towelhanddoek
umbrellasambreel
underwearonderklere
wallmuur
walletbeursie
windowvenster
telephonetelefoon
thishierdie
thatdit
thesehierdie
thosedaai / daardie
Questions
how?hoe?
what?wat?
who?wie?
why?hoekom? / waarom?
where?waar?
different objectsverskillende voorwerpe
artkuns
bankbank
beachstrand
bookboek
by bicycleop die fiets / met die fiets
by busper bus / met die bus
by carmet die motor
by trainper trein
cafekafee
countryland
desertwoestyn
dictionarywoordeboek
earthaarde
flowersblomme
footballsokker
forestbos
gamespel
gardentuin
geographyaardrykskunde
historygeskiedenis
househuis
islandeiland
lakemeer
librarybiblioteek
mathwiskunde
moonmaan
mountainberg
moviesfilms / flieks
musicMusiek
ocean oceaan
officekantoor
on footte voet
playerspeler
riverrivier
sciencewetenskap
seasee
skyhemel / lug
soccersokker
starssterre
supermarketsupermark
swimming poolswembad
theaterteater
treeboom
weatherweer
bad weatherslegte weer
cloudybewolk
coldkoue
coolkoel
foggymistig
hotwarm
nice weathermooi weer
pouringgietende reën
rainreën
rainingreën
snowsneeu
snowingsneeu
iceys
sunnysonnig
windywinderig
springlente
summersomer
autumnherfs
winterwinter
peoplemense
aunttante
babybaba
brotherbroer
cousinneef
daughterdogter
dentisttandarts
doctordokter
fathervader
grandfatheroupa
grandmotherouma
husbandman
mothermoeder
nephewneef
niecenig
nurseverpleegster
policemanpolisieman
postmanpostbode
professorprofessor
sonseun
teacheronderwyser
uncleoom
wifevrou

Vocabulary and expressions have a very important role in Afrikaans. Once you're done with Afrikaans Vocabulary, you might want to check the rest of our Afrikaans lessons here: Learn Afrikaans. Don't forget to bookmark this page.


Learn Afrikaans phrases and sentences by selecting the phrases that you want to learn from the list.

These cover a wide variety of Afrikaans topics, including the numbers in Afrikaans, Afrikaans days, Afrikaans greetings and the months in Afrikaans all with audio.

A few first words. 1, A few first words. 2, A few first words. 3Bathroom. Items found in the bathroom, Bedroom. Items found in the bedroom, Buying things. General phrases, Buyings things. Useful words, Communication problems, Conversation. Introductions, Conversation. Small talk. 1, Conversation. Small talk. 2, Conversation. Filler words, Conversation. Small talk. Sport, Conversation. Small talk. The weather, Countries, Days. General, Days of the week, Describing things. Adjectives, Describing things. Colours, Directions. 1, Directions. 2, Eating items, Eating phrases. 1, Eating phrases. 2, Emergencies, Family, Food and drink. General phrases, Food and drink. At the bar or café. 1, Food and drink. At the bar or café. 2, Food and drink. At the bar or café. 3, General phrases, Getting around. General phrases, Getting around. Train and bus, Getting around by taxi, Getting around by car, Health, Household items, Money, Months of the year, Numbers. 1 to 10, Numbers. 11 to 20, Numbers. 30 to 1000, Parts of the body, Places and buildings. 1, Places and buildings. 2, Question and size words, Some animals, Somewhere to stay. 1, Somewhere to stay. 2, Time, The house, Useful words to recognize, Words to do with food. General, Words to do with food. Fruit, Words to do with food. Meat. Words to do with food. Vegetables.

Learn Afrikaans through sentences. Five hundred useful Afrikaans sentences designed to give you a good basic conversational vocabulary.

These sentences illustrate some Afrikaans grammatical points.

Adjectives, Modal verbs, Negation 1, Negation 2, Negation 3, Past tense, Word order.

Questions. 1, Questions. 2, Questions. 3.

Future tense 1, Future tense 2.

As well as the flashcards for the Afrikaans phrases there are additional learning games for colours, days, fruit, months, numbers and vegetables.

Test whether you know the difference between a wortel, aartappel, suurlemoen and waatlemoen, can count from een to tien and know groen from blou.

ColoursFruitMonthsNumbers. 1 to 10Numbers. 1 to 20Vegetables

Practice and improve your basic vocabulary by doing Afrikaans crosswords, or try a wordsearch.

There are approximately sixteen million speakers of Afrikaans. The vast majority of whom live in South Afrika and Namibia. Nowadays it is also common to hear it spoken in cities such as London due to the large amount of emigration.

Afrikaans When Jan van Riebeck arrived in the Cape of Good Hope in 1652 to establish a trading settlement for the Dutch East India Company the language he spoke was a Netherlands' dialect from South Holland.

This dialect over time became modern Afrikaans. Afrikaans therefore has its origins in Dutch and belongs to the Germanic group of Indi-European languages. It also contains many loan words from Portuguese, Malay and African languages.

English also has various loan words taken from Afrikaans.

Some examples are: apartheid 'separateness', aardvark 'earth pig', meerkat 'lake cat', springbok 'jumping antelope' and rooibos 'red bush'. See the Wiki entry for further examples.

The variety of Dutch which eventually become Afrikaans developed from the mid sixteen-hundreds and so can be called the youngest language in the world.

There are now many differences from Dutch, one of the most obvious being that there is no longer any gender distinction for nouns. So in Afrikaans 'the man' and 'the woman' are ' die man ' and ' die vrou ' respectively - ' die ' meaning 'the'.

Few verbs have distinct tenses: tenses such as future, past and conditional are formed by the modal verbs so 'I/he/we/you/they will make' becomes sal maak, 'have made' het gemaak and 'would make' sou maak, with sal, het and sou invariable for person and number.

Afrikaans resembles English in being a predominately 'analytic' language, meaning that it relies mainly on word order rather than word endings to indicate grammatical relationships. In simple sentences it uses the same subject-predicate system as English does, though it has the Germanic habit of putting the participle or infinitive at the end of the sentence when a compound verb is involved: Ek sien die huis (I see the house) becomes Ek het die huis gesien (I saw the house).

Similarly the verbal element goes to the end of a subordinate clause: Ek het die huis gesien, wat hy gister gekoop het (I saw the house that he bought yesterday) and Ek het die huis gesien wat hy more sal koop (I saw the house that he will buy tomorrow).

Negatives: 'Not' requires a double form: Ek het die huis nie gesien nie (I did not see the house).

Questions are expressed through inversion: Sal ek die huis sien? (Will I see the house?) or by the use of an interrogative such as watter as in Watter huis (Which house?) or Watter is die huis? (Which is the house?).

Gender: There are no grammatical genders in Afrikaans.

Dutch, German.

I'm not saying there are not good Afrikaans courses around. But I'm more and more of the opinion that other than a few books (and a dictionary), the best content to learn a language well is probably found outside of traditional channels.

www.easyafrikaans.com Afrikaans phrases and more.
www.netwerk24.com The news in Afrikaans.

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