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!"
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Afrikaans or (Cape Dutch), 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 i a development of the 17th century Dutch brought to South Africa by the first settlers from the Netherlands. The subsequent isolation of the people and their descendants caused increasing divergence from the original Dutch, so that Afrikaans may now be considered a separate language. Afrikaans is a Creole, born, not from an African language, but from a European language.
It is distinguished today by its phonological system, by certain grammatical particularities and by many borrowings to the local languages and English. Written Afrikaans can be most easily distinguished from Dutch by the indefinite article 'n, which in Dutch is een.