Introduction to Afrikaans: Lesson 5

We have my, ons, jou for me/my, us/our and you/your. Let’s learn him and her.

Afrikaans for him is hom.

Just some one letter change. Say:

1 translation: I see him.

2 translation: We don’t want him.

We also have a simple one letter change (and one letter added in writing) for the word for her:

Afrikaans for her is haar.

3 translation: It is her water.

As we have gotten this out of the way, I want you to learn the formal word for you:

Afrikaans for formal you is u.

It is kind of the opposite as it is in English: in English, the proper word is you and in chats or whatever one sometimes writes u as in how are u?. In Dutch, the chat-version is jy and the formal version is u. You don’t have to worry about it, though, because it’s usage is no different than that of jy. The word u is also not used too often. Say formally:

4 translation: What do you work?

And state:

5 translation: You speak Afrikaans.

Good. Now look at this:

Afrikaans for the day is good is die dag is goed.

All the words are related to those in English. How would you say:

6 translation: The time is good.

What about:

7 translation: A friend is good.

Afrikaans for warm is warm.


8 translation: The day is warm.

If you want to put the adjective in front and say a warm day or a good day instead, you have to put e after the adjective.


9 translation: It is a warm day.

There is, however, a small exception with goed and e:

If you put e after goed, a small exception occurs and instead of becoming goede it becomes goeie.

10 translation: He is a good friend.

Afrikaans for a house is ’n huis.

11 translation: The house is warm.

12 translation: The warm house is good.

Nice. Let’s learn nice:

Afrikaans for nice is mooi.

13 translation: The house is nice.

Also very is a good word to learn:

Afrikaans for very is baie.


14 translation: The house is very nice.

Try this sentence now:

15 translation: They want a very nice house but they don’t have it.

Mooi. Finally, let’s learn some greetings.

Do you still remember the word for tomorrow?

16 translation: tomorrow

The word môre not only means tomorrow but it can also mean morning.

This makes sense because tomorrow comes when morning comes.

How would you say:

17 translation: Good morning.

Exactly. That’s what is the Afrikaans for good morning too. To distinguish it, however, if it’s a greeting, they write it as one word goeiemôre and if it’s not a greeting (and you are just talking about the morning) they write it separately. They do this for all of the good something greetings.

Another one is good midday which means good afternoon. You already have all the words needed to say it:

18 translation: Good afternoon.

You could also be pretty English-like and simply say hi for hi!

Then, what about asking how are you?. They usually ask how goes it instead.

Afrikaans for how is hoe.

Just one letter of a difference again. Ask:

19 translation: How is it going?

They would often ask how is is with you, though:

Afrikaans for with is met.

Try asking formally (using that u):

20 translation: How is it going with you?

You could also ask informally but you would have to use jou for you (we didn’t really get into reasons why but know that jou is used whenever you is not the subject in the sentence... that means - pretty often; jou replaces jy for you just like me replaces I).

21 translation: How is it going with you?

You could also ask:

22 translation: How is it?

These are valid questions for how are you. You could answer:

23 translation: It goes good.

Which means something like I’m fine, thanks.

Oh, and what about thanks?

Afrikaans for thanks is dankie.

This comes from Dutch dank je which is thank you and it just got incorporated into one word in Afrikaans. How would you say:

24 translation: I’m fine, thanks.

What if you want to say bye?

You could say good morning or good afternoon or whatnot again. Alternative, you could say sien jou which means see you as you must have learned already. You could also use the nice Afrikaans expression for bye which is ta ta. This is very Afrikaans so I recommend you use it.

We are done with the learning. I hope that this course has exposed you to a bit of Afrikaans and now you can compare it with English and with Dutch if you have taken the Dutch course on this site or you happen to know some Dutch by other means.

Let’s finally have a conversation in Afrikaans in the end. Imagine that you are walking your dog (hond in Afrikaans... related to English hound) when somebody approaches you and asks some questions. You try to find out what the problem (probleem in Afrikaans) is and you get into a conversation. Translate everything (and use hi for hi).

25 translation: Hi! Is this your dog?

26 translation: Good morning. Yes, it is my dog. What is the problem?

27 translation: There is no problem. I want to speak with you. Can you do it?

28 translation: Yes but my Afrikaans is not very good.

29 translation: I want your dog.

30 translation: What? It is my dog. You can’t have it.

31 translation: But I have money...

32 translation: No thanks!

So you have already learned not to sell your dog in Afrikaans! Well done!

Answers to Lesson 5

1 answer: Ek sien hom.
2 answer: Ons wil hom nie.
3 answer: Dit is haar water.
4 answer: Wat werk u?
5 answer: U praat afrikaans.
6 answer: Die tyd is goed.
7 answer: ’n vriend is goed.
8 answer: Die dag is warm.
9 answer: Dit is ’n warme dag.
10 answer: Hy is ’n goeie vriend.
11 answer: Die huis is warm.
12 answer: Die warme huis is goed.
13 answer: Die huis is mooi.
14 answer: Die huis is baie mooi.
15 answer: Hulle wil ’n baie mooie huis maar hulle het dit nie.
16 answer: môre
17 answer: Goeie môre.
18 answer: Goeiemiddag.
19 answer: Hoe gaan dit?
20 answer: Hoe gaan dit met u?
21 answer: Hoe gaan dit met jou?
22 answer: Hoe is dit?
23 answer: Dit gaan goed.
24 answer: Dit gaan goed, dankie.
25 answer: Hi! Is dit jou hond?
26 answer: Goeiemôre. Ja, dit is my hond. Wat is die probleem?
27 answer: Daar is geen probleem. Ek wil met jou praat. Kan jy dit doen?
28 answer: Ja maar my afrikaans is nie baie goed.
29 answer: Ek wil jou hond.
30 answer: Wat? Dit is my hond. Jy kan dit nie het.
31 answer: Maar ek het geld.
32 answer: Nee, dankie.