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South African Languages - Afrikaans

Afrikaans is a language mainly spoken in South Africa and Namibia. It is the primary language used by two related ethnic groups: the Afrikaners and the Coloureds. It is also spoken as a first language by many Tswana people in South Africa's North West Province. Afrikaans is Dutch for African, i.e. the African form of the Dutch language. The dialect became known as "Cape Dutch". Later, Afrikaans was sometimes also referred to as "African Dutch" or "Kitchen Dutch".

Afrikaans was considered a Dutch dialect until the late 19th century, when it began to be recognised as a distinct language, and it gained equal status with Dutch and English as an official language in South Africa in 1925. Dutch remained an official language until the new 1961 constitution finally stipulated the two official languages in South Africa to be Afrikaans and English

Afrikaans is linguistically closely related to 17th and 18th century Dutch dialects spoken in North and South Holland and, by extension, to modern Dutch. Today, speakers of each language can make themselves understood fairly easily by speakers of the other.

The Afrikaans Language Monument (Afrikaans: Afrikaanse Taalmonument) is located on a hill overlooking Paarl, Western Cape Province, South Africa. Completed in 1975, it commemorates the semicentenary of Afrikaans being declared an official language of South Africa separate from Dutch.

Other languages spoken in South Africa : Afrikaans, EnglishIsiZuluIsiXhosaSiSwatiNdebeleSouthern SothoNorthern SothoTsongaSeTswanaVenda 

 

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