Learn 80+ Essential Afrikaans Phrases – With Audio

April 16, 2020

Are you looking for an interesting new language challenge? Try your hand at learning some Afrikaans!

Afrikaans is a West Germanic language mostly spoken in South Africa and neighbouring countries like Namibia and Botswana. Afrikaans is a daughter language of Dutch, which means there is a large degree of mutual intelligibility between the two languages.

The good news is that Afrikaans is considered one of the easiest languages to learn for English speakers.

Check out this article if you would like to know more about Afrikaans, why you should learn it and where to find resources.

While it is not necessary to know Afrikaans to get by in South Africa (almost everyone can speak English), knowing a few useful phrases will definitely make you popular with the locals.

Here are a few essential Afrikaans words and phrases (with recordings for pronunciation) to help you get started.

Greetings & introductions

Essential words and phrases

May/can I please… – Mag/kan ek asseblief…

Where is the bathroom? – Waar is die badkamer/toilet?

Numbers 1-10

Making yourself understood

I can speak a little bit of Afrikaans – Ek kan ’n klein bietjie Afrikaans praat.

I can’t speak Afrikaans. Can you speak English? – Ek kan nie Afrikaans praat nie. Kan jy Engels praat?

My Afrikaans isn’t very good. Can you please speak slower? – My Afrikaans is nie baie goed nie. Kan jy asseblief stadiger praat?

Can you please repeat? – Kan jy asseblief herhaal?

Sorry, I don’t understand – Jammer, ek verstaan nie

How do you say… in Afrikaans? – Hoe sê mens … in Afrikaans?

Sorry, I didn’t quite catch that. Can you please repeat? – Jammer, ek het nie mooi gehoor nie. Kan jy asseblief herhaal?

In an emergency


Do you have something a bit cheaper? – Het jy iets wat ’n bietjie goedkoper is?

Can I use my credit card? – Kan ek my kredietkaart gebruik?

Do you accept American Express? – Aanvaar julle American Express?

I’m not interested, thanks – Ek stel nie belang nie, dankie

Getting around

At a restaurant

Can I please have… – Kan ek asseblief … kry

I am allergic to… – Ek is allergies vir…

Can I please have a menu? – Kan ek asseblief  ’n spyskaart kry?

Another … please – Nog ’n….asseblief

I have a reservation – Ek het ’n bespreking

Table for two, please – Tafel vir twee, asseblief

Are there any other Afrikaans phrases you would like to learn? Drop a comment below and I will help you out!

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