Want To Learn Afrikaans?
The Afrikaans language is spoken most widely in South Africa as well as Namibia. Africa is a very diverse place, especially when it comes to languages, which is what makes Afrikaans so interesting. Its prominence in the southern areas of Africa make it a useful language to know when in the area, so any time you plan to visit Cape Town, you can confidently speak with a good portion of the population.
As mentioned, Afrikaans is a language native to South Africa and Namibia, though there is a significant speaker base in some surrounding countries such as Zimbabwe. All in all, there are more than 17 million speakers of Afrikaans. It is derived from Dutch, being called its daughter language, and so there is some level of mutual intelligibility between the two languages. It is written with the Latin alphabet, though with some special characters.
Being so closely related to Dutch (though the variety spoken a few centuries ago), it shares many elements of Dutch grammar. One major difference is the lack of grammatical gender in Afrikaans. Cases are not used commonly and only appear in adjectives that precede a noun. Word order in Afrikaans is generally SVO.
Afrikaans may not be the most popular language in the world, but it does have its uses. It is the third most spoken language in South Africa and Namibia, and its history is fascinating, seeing how it adapted to other languages local to the region. If you want to increase your language skills, try to learn Afrikaans.