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Introductory Series
Afrikaans Programme



Why Afrikaans?

It may come as a surprise to many, but Afrikaans is not the ‘dying language’ many thought it would become. In fact, the more the indigenous languages are entrenched in our constitution and new laws, the more the same applies to Afrikaans.

Yet there is often antipathy towards learning it – perhaps as a result of our political past. So I would like to enumerate some reasons for learning Afrikaans as a second language:

  • It is spoken as a first or second language by more than 70% of our population. If you hale from Pietermaritzburg as I do, or Durban, you may find this strange to believe – but venture just a few hours north, south or west of these very “English” cities, and you will hear Afrikaans spoken all around you.
  • It is an easy language. Afrikaans is no more than 200 years old, as compared to English which is nearer 2 000. Afrikaans has had little time to evolve and mutate – unlike English, which as a result has become a very difficult language to learn as a second language. Afrikaans has a regular sentence construction and word order, and a wonderful phonics scheme which makes any word easy to say, or spell.
  • As a result of the point above…Afrikaans can help to boost your aggregate in high school and Matric. As my son said, at the end of Grade 8, “Mom, this is an easy A for Matric”. Yes, it is.
  • Afrikaans has its base in Dutch, and can thus be used to communicate, if only in a rudimentary form, in Holland, Belgium, Germany and even Switzerland, where German is spoken. I have this on good authority from my better-travelled home schoolers! You would not have this with one of our indigenous languages.

The key…

The key to getting good grades in Afrikaans is to know the vocabulary. With any second language, this is the answer! If you know 15 words out of 20 in a sentence, say, you have a pretty good chance of working out the meaning. Know only a handful? You have very little chance.

Our Programmes focus on learning vast banks of vocabulary through the repeated reading of little stories, and then to those are added workbooks which focus on the written output. BUT the important and VITAL part is the reading aloud. Learn more about this in our Afrikaans Programmes.

Starting young

Under CAPS, a second language (or “First additional language” as it is now called) is now introduced in Grade 1. For grades 1 and 2, we have a whole Introductory Series which aims at introducing basic vocabulary in themes, and expanding upon the ‘word’ to form sentences – most done orally with the help of our coloured pictures. See more under our Introductory Series.

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