For my Learning Project I decided to learn the language, Afrikaans!
Here is why:
My boyfriend is from South Africa, and he speaks Afrikaans and English! When meeting his parents for the first time, I was surprised by their code switching and how unique the language sounded. His parents recently moved back to South Africa, and I would love to surprise them with speaking some (hopefully a lot) of the language! It would also be fun to be able to speak the language with my boyfriend.
You may be wondering, what do you speak in Afrikaans? I know 4 words/phrases:
- ja- ya
- nee- no
- Dankie- thank you
- ek is jammer- I am sorry
I have been thinking a lot about how to learn a language, as I only speak English and have never attempted another language! I read a few articles, but found an encouraging and light-hearted TED blog article to help me along. As suggested, I figured adding Afrikaans to my keyboard would be a good way to immerse myself in the language! Turns out- Apple does not support that language in the settings. BUMMER. After turning to Google and doing some research, I discovered SwiftKey! It was a highly rated keyboard addition for your phone. So far I barely know how to use it except it has cool keyboard colour options. SO, if it does not work out at least I get a cool keyboard.
I also need to research about the difference of writing out/spelling a word compared to the oral language. Something interesting is that my boyfriend is fluent in speaking the language, but because he grew up in Canada he knows how to write in English well but is difficult in Afrikaans. Fascinating!
My other goal is to be able to include a voice clip of me saying these words to prove that I am actually learning this language. 😉
Stay tuned for what else I learn in this exciting, yet very intimidating adventure!
P.S. I wasn’t kidding about the cute keyboard options..