Afrikaans love poem

Die spieël

Jou beeld in die spieël

Is my beste gedig

Maar wees gou want dit kan verdwyn

Dit is my laaste : "Ek is lief vir jou!"

Translated into Afrikaans by Amy B & Rudolph Kobus
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Afrikaans love poem

Book of poetry "La Glace"
Original version
French poem

Woman of the world

An afrikaans love poem (liefde gedig) for her blond hair in South Africa. She is half Dutch, half zulu, but when you ask her, she say : "i am a girl of the world"!

Cape Dutch

Afrikaans or (Cape Dutch, Cape Afrikaans, West Cape Afrikaans, East Cape Afrikaans, Orange River Afrikaans), is the youngest member of the West Germanic branch of the Indo-European language family. It's, an official language of South Africa since 1925, and Namibia, which is spoken by 7 million people. Half are white Afrikaners, half are "coloreds", or persons of mixed descent. The former live largely in Northern Province (Transvaal) and in Free State, the latter mainly in the western part of Cape Province in the west. There are also about 50,000 speakers in Namibia.

Afrikaans is a development of the 17th century Dutch brought to South Africa by the first settlers from the Netherlands. It is distinguished today by its phonological system, by certain grammatical particularities and by many borrowings to the local languages and English.

The Afrikaners (Afrikaanders) who speak this language, are white people born in South Africa, mostly descendants of Dutch settlers. Afrikaans is a Creole, born not from an African language, but from a European language. It was in fact the European colonists who creolized (simplified) Dutch, causing the emergence of this new language around 1750.

The isolation of the speakers and their descendants led to an increasing separation from the original Dutch, so Afrikaans can now be considered a language in its own right. Written Afrikaans can be most easily distinguished from Dutch by the indefinite article 'n, which in Dutch is een.

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