Do you want to learn Afrikaans? Then you should start with these words

Learning a new language is fun and worthwhile; it opens you up to diverse opportunities and affords you space in the social culture of the people whose language you are learning. If you are a South African or you intend to visit one of the Afrikaans speaking parts soon, it’s important that you learn the everyday words used in the Afrikaans language.

The Afrikaans language is not only spoken in South Africa, but also in neighboring countries like Namibia and Zimbabwe. It is extensively spoken in Africa and presently has about 15 – 23 million speakers.

Why should you learn the Afrikaans language? It is an easy to learn language, learning it has become more fun as you will find evident in the list below. Also, you will find the language handy when you visit South Africa or any of the regions that speak the language. Here are some of the words that you will come across daily in the Afrikaans language:

Most common Afrikaans words in English

Afrikaans English translation
1.as -as
2.warm – hot
3.wat – what
4.jy – you
5.of – or
6.en – and
7.uit – out
8.doen – do
9.tyd – time
10.hoe – how
11.speel – play
12.klein – small
13.huis – home
14.lees – read
15.hand – hand
16.seisoen – season
17.voeg – add
18.hier – here
19.groot – big
20.Wet – act
21.Hoekom – why
22.vra- ask
23.mans – men
24.verandering – change
25.lig- light
26.soort – kind
27.nodig – need
28.huis – house
29.prentjie – picture
30.probeer – try
31.ons – us
32.weer – again
33.dier – animal
34.ma – mother
35.naby – near
36.bou – build
37.self – self
38.vader – father
39.nuwe – new
40.werk – work
41.neem – take
42.kry- get
43.plek – place
44.lewe – live
45.waar – where
46.na- after
47.terug – back
48.bietjie- little
49.slegs – only
50.man – man
51.jaar – year
52.goeie – good
53.my – me
54.gee – give
55.ons – our
56.naam – name
57.net – just
58.vorm – form
59.vonnis – sentence
60.groot- great
61.dink – think
62.sê – say
63.help – help
64.voor – before
65.skuif – move
66.reg- right
67.seuntjie – boy
68.ou – old
69.sy – she
70.al – all
71.baie – many
72.skryf – write
73.hierdie – these
74.haar – her
75.lang – long
76.maak – make
77.ding – thing
78.sien – see
79.twee – two
80.dag – day
81.kon – could
82.gaan – go
83.kom – come
84.het – did
85.aantal – number
86.klink – sound
87.geen – no
88.mense – people
89.my – my
90.weet – know
91.water -water
92.oproep – call
93.eerste – first
94.wat – who
95.af – down
96.gewees – been
97.eie – own
98.bladsy – page
99.land – country
100.gevind – found
101.antwoord – answer
102.skool – School
103.studie – study
104.leer – learn
105.plant – plant
106.voedsel – food
107.son – sun
108.vier – four
109.tussen – between
110.staat – state
111.oog – eye
112.gedink – thought
113.stad – city
114.boom – tree
115.plaas – farm
116.Begin – start
117.storie – story
118.saag – saw
119.ver – far
120.see – sea
121.verlaat – left
122.laat – late
123.hardloop – run
124.doen nie – don’t
125.terwyl – while
126.nag – night
127.lewe – life
128.paar – few
129.noord – north
130.boek – book
131.wetenskap – science
132.eet – eat
133.kamer – room
134.vriend – friend
135.begin – began
136.idee – idea
137.vis – fish
138.stop – stop
139.hoor – hear
140.cut – cut
141.seker – sure
142.kyk – watch
143.kleur – color
144.gesig – face
145.hout – wood
146.hoof – main
147.oop – open
148.saam – together
149.volgende – next
150.wit – white
151.kinders – children
152.loop – walk
153.byvoorbeeld – example
154.papier – paper
155.groep – group
156.altyd – always
157.musiek – music
158.diegene – those
159.beide – both
160.dikwels – often
161.brief – letter
162.rivier – river
163.motor – car
164.sorg – care
165.tweede -second
166.genoeg – enough
167.meisie – girl
168.jong – young
169.gereed – ready
170.voel – feel
171.Besprekings – talk
172.voël – bird
173.liggaam – body
174.gesin – family
175.lied – song
176.meet – measure
177.deur – door
178. produk – product
179. swart – black
180. wind – wind
181. vraag – question
182. volledige – complete
183. vuur -fire
184. Suid – south
185. probleem – problem
186. geheel – whole
187. straat – street
188. niks – nothing
189. natuurlik – course
190. bly – stay
191. koppel – connect
192. post – post
193. spandeer – spend
194. koord – chord
195. vet – fat
196. bly – glad
197. oorspronklike – original
198. aandeel – share
199. stasie – station
200. volle – full
201. voorwerp – object
202. besluit – decide
203. diep – deep
204. stelsel – system
205. besig – busy
206. toets – test
207. rekord – record
208. gemeenskaplike – common
209. goud – gold
210. moontlik – possible
211. vliegtuig – plane
212. wonder – wonder
213. lag – laugh
214. duisend – thousand
215. spel – game
216. vorm – shape
217. mis – miss
218. gebring – brought
219. hitte – heat
220. sneeu – snow
221. Band – tire
222. bring – bring
223. Ja – yes
224. taal – language
225. onder – among
226. krag – power
227. dorp – town
228. fyn – fine
229. vlieg – fly
230. val – fall
231. geroep – cry
232. donker – dark
233. wag – wait
234. plan – plan
235. figuur – figure
236. ster – star
237. box – box
238. korrekte – correct
239. staat – able
240. skoonheid – beauty
241. ry – drive
242. bevat – contain
243. leer – teach
244. week – week
245. finale – final
246. gegee – gave
247. groen – green
248. o – oh
249. vinnige – quick
250. ontwikkel – develop

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