Afrikaans love poem
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!"
→ French poem ←
Woman of the world
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.