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My Journey with Afrikaans

Initially, I chose to learn Afrikaans because my boyfriend speaks it. I have always wanted to learn a language so I thought this would be the perfect opportunity! I ended up loving learning Afrikaans and exploring the different apps I did to facilitate this learning.

Here’s a breakdown of what I learned throughout the semester week by week:

Week 1: Introduction to myself- trying out the SwiftKey keyboard!

Week 2: Afrikaans phrases with Simply Learn Afrikaans app

Week 3: Counting to 10!

Week 4: Food and listening to African artists

Week 5: Sharing emotions using YouTube channel Afrikaans with Lindie

Week 6:  Mini Vlog sharing Afrikaans phrases with friends

Week 7: YouTube deep drive of Afrikaans

Week 8: Rolling/trilling my r’s

Week 9: Afrikaans Survival

Week 10: Melktart

Week 11: AND HERE WE ARE!

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What a journey it has been! I have learned much more than I expected I would. I did not completely learn Afrikaans as that would take YEARS, but I learned as much as I could to fit into my schedule!

I have huge respect for anyone who learns an additional language because this was hard! At the beginning of this experience I had the idea that once I learned a new word or phrase that that was it, I would remember it forever. I was so wrong. I STILL have difficulty remembering Ek is jammer (I am sorry), which I learned even before this project started. Learning a language takes perseverance and complete dedication. You have to not only allow time in your day to work on it, but infusing it every day to allow yourself to use the language. I am lucky to have people in my life who speak Afrikaans because learning a language and not having people to use it with on a regular basis with would be extremely difficult.

From this project, I learned different ways to find and share using online media.  I used Youtube, blogs, Google, Apps. To share what I learned in Afrikaans I used the video editor Adobe Premiere. It seems weird to say, but I found that I also learned about using keywords when searching for what you need on various databases, and this is something I will be able to teach in my future classroom. Apps to learn Afrikaans are scarce on their own, but filtering through all the different language apps to see if they were compatible with Afrikaans was difficult. I became a pro at surfing through the app descriptions to see if Afrikaans was listed as one of their languages. I also became a near expert at using Google to help learn Afrikaans. I would search, “Afrikaans app” or “Learn Afrikaans“, to find the most results that would help me in my research. I was surprised at how much a difference using keywords and using different descriptive words would bring up brand new resources that never showed up when I searched before.

My journey with Afrikaans was difficult, to say the least. At times it was hard to motivate myself. It is a difficult task and it was common to want to feel like giving up. This is when I would go on the random internet searching and find something new that inspired me to keep going (Week 7 for example…lol)

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I have really enjoyed learning Afrikaans, and I do not think I am going to stop! One day I will visit Africa, so I obviously have much more to learn! Since I graduate this year and I do not have any more classes (woop woop!), I will have more free time which will allow me to dive deeper into my Simply Afrikaans app that I love so much!

This class has been a wonderful journey, and I thank everyone for following along and motivating me!

To sign off… I am just going to leave this here:

 

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Melktart

Melktart.. English translation.. Milktart.

 

This week I learned how one makes the South African desert, Melktart! – More like I watched my boyfriend make Melktart and I ate it.

Basically, Melktart is sort of like a custard pie- comparable to a flapper pie. My mouth is watering as I am trying to explain this. Cape Town Travel describes it as

This dessert is probably best described as the Afrikaans answer to crème brûlée—but it has no sugary topping and is probably even more delicious. It has a thin pastry crust and a silky, creamy milk-based filling. The top is usually dusted with cinnamon, completing the veritable symphony of sweet and delicate flavour.

Me getting excited after reading about Melktart:

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First, I want to share the history of Melktart, because it is actually very interesting! I read this article and learned that Melktart became a thing after Dutch settlers arrived in Cape in the 1600s. It is estimated this because along with the Dutch, came dairy farmers, and its believed that Melktart was a creation of these plentiful goods.

Interesting how I seem to enjoy history if food is involved… lolz

BUT, if you want to see how to make Melktart, you can watch the video below!

 

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Afrikaans Survival

This week I thought of how I may survive if I visit Africa not knowing much Afrikaans.

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So turns out, English is an official language in Africa, so I could probably manage with what I have. But I think it is still important to know some common phrases in the area of where you visit!

I read a blog post, Speak Afrikaans by There She Goes Again and I picked up some basic but essential phrases in Afrikaans. Basically a survival list. I only included a few because if I focus on learning too much Afrikaans at once, my brain does not retain any of it! But here are some of the phrases in the blog post I thought might be most useful/important:

Phrases I know:

Hello- Hallo

Goodbye- Totsiens

Thank you- Dankie

Do you speak English?- Praat jy Engels?

 

Phrases I learned:

Where is the bathroom?- Waar is die badkamer? Okay, super important, need I say more?

Where am I?- Waar is ek?   If you are lost, you better be able to be able to find out where you are! (p.s. one of my worst nightmares is getting lost abroad). 

 

When in doubt… Praat jy Engels is your best bet.

While reading the blog post, the author suggested a traveling blog website that is all in Afrikaans! So of course, I had to check it out! Aaaaand then I got confused. Check this article out if you want to experience the same confusion and curiosity. SPOILER: It has cute/scary seals.

 

 

 

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Rrrrrrr… DID I DO IT?!

Alright, folks. I promised a rolling R video, and here it is! But let’s learn a bit first.

The whole reason I wanted to learn this skill is that when I met with that student who spoke Afrikaans, he kept correcting my pronunciation! Turns out the pronunciation was wrong because I can’t roll my ‘r’s.

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After many failed attempts I turned to the internet for help.

I remember a long time ago I heard a myth that English speakers are genetically unable to ‘trill’ or ‘roll’ their R’s.

The answer?

FALSE. Apparently, anyone can trill their R’s! But there’s a catch… most native English speakers find it incredibly difficult. Why?

If you’re English speaking, rolling your ‘r’ is basically unmarked territory for your mouth. We don’t roll any r’s in English, so our tongues have never had to practice that movement. Saying the letter ‘r’ in English is not the same as trilling an R. For example, say the letter ‘r’ out loud.

Okay, do it again, but notice how your tongue is positioned. Your tongue is curved back and doesn’t touch the roof of your mouth.

NOW, onto trilling. Feel for the ridge just behind your teeth.

When you are trilling your ‘r’, your tongue will be vibrating on top of that ridge. This vibration is caused by air flow out of your mouth while your holding your tongue on that ridge.  (If you want to learn more read this article! It is so interesting!)

So after I learn this and watch a few videos of this being explained I was like:

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So to calm the stress in me I watched a few videos of people teaching how to trill. I watched two videos that helped me get on track for trilling my ‘r’. The first video was a woman teaching how to roll an ‘r’, and it was very helpful! It was a good starter for me to understand what this trilling might be like.

The video that was very helpful was one directed for children. Yep. Embarrassing. If you want to see my attempt at trilling or rolling my ‘r’, click on the video below! (This one is for you Cassidy!)

Also, I attempted using Movie Maker and it was not working out for me in the slightest- so I used Premiere again. If anyone has any awesome video editors, please let me know!

Aaaaaaaaand I have officially embarrassed myself. I hope you all enjoyed!

 

 

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Watching YouTube videos in another language is cool.. right?

I have many things to catch up on this past week! It has been a busy one!

Last week I created the video of me practicing Afrikaans with my roommates. Turns out, my boyfriend sent his parents the video, and then they sent it to a bunch of family members. Pretty sure that means I am famous?

This past week I visited my students from internship. When I arrived my co-operating teacher introduced me to a new student from SOUTH AFRICA! In my head, I thought, “Okay Amy, this is it, you got this!” And I said, “Goeie more, *insert name!*” Translation: (Good morning, ____!).

His initial reaction (complete shock some random knew his language):

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I smiled and said, “I don’t know much, but I am learning! His response after realizing that yes, he was not imagining things. This random lady really did speak the language:

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Then we both laughed with each other and immediately bonded.

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 Later we were discussing what else I know in Afrikaans, and he reminded me about needing to use gutteral noises (You know, like, hacking up a hairball noise) when pronouncing words. He lit up when he was teaching me how to pronounce words correctly. When I was getting ready to leave he came and hugged me, and told me that if I learned all the Afrikaans words we could speak to each other in the language!

Insert heart melting.

I could never have guessed that learning Afrikaans for a school project would influence me in this way. The fact that I was able to welcome the student in his own language is so encouraging. In education we always talk about how it is important to do this and how much it may mean to a student. I never knew what it would feel like to experience it first hand, but it really was a bonding experience for the both of us. It was one of those moments as a teacher when you do a little happy dance.

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You know when you go down a deep dive on YouTube and do not know how you started at a food recipe and ended up watching animal hoarders? I had something like that, but with watching a bunch of YouTube videos of people speaking Afrikaans. I never understood much at all, but my goodness was it entertaining!

I started trying to find cooking videos in Afrikaans. I love cooking and could spend hours watching cooking videos, so I thought that I could understand some of it! This is when my confidence failed me. BUT. I did find this absolutely adorable video of siblings making the traditional Afrikaans dish, Melktert.

 

So after this video I really wanted to challenge myself. I looked up vlogs in Afrikaans. I love watching vlogs in English, so this is the same right? Right? WRONG. I barely understood anything this man said in the video, but the toddler speaking Afrikaans was worth the watch.

The video also reminded myself how the language has very gutteral sounds and requires the ability to rolls R’s. WHICH I CANNOT DO. Lol. Stay tuned to see if I can learn this technique!

 

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Adventures with Afrikaans

ALRIGHT HERE WE GOOOO

Last week I shared that I was researching different phrases in Afrikaans and I promised a video, and here it is!

This week’s video was so fun to make. To share what I learned, I decided to tape me surprising my roommates with my random Afrikaans sayings. HILARIOUS.

First, what I noticed after I created this video is everything I said in Afrikaans began with “I am”. When dissecting this, when students are learning to read we give them early leveled books that show repetition. When comparing this it was interesting to see how I practiced this sub-consciously.

When starting this video, I really wanted use Adobe clip, but I could not figure out how to add text to the video. So that was scrapped.

Then I tried Adobe spark and it would not allow me to include my whole clips that I uploaded. Also scrapped.

Finally, this is when I decided to use the super-professional-super-hard-super-complicated-and-complex- Adobe Premiere Pro CC 2018. Literally the app that the professional video editors use. Thanks to my boyfriend’s career, he has this expensive app. So, naturally, I ‘borrowed’ (JK- totally keeping it), his login info to install the program. From watching him edit music videos, I was impressed with how easily I caught onto using this app. I also learned that when using this app, YouTube has tons of videos if you run into trouble and need a quick how-to for different tasks!

There are probably less expensive or even free apps out there to use. I just wanted to treat myself.

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If you want to watch my video, check it out below!  Totsiens!

 

 

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More Basics, More Basics & More Basics!

I am trying to broaden my resources I am using for learning Afrikaans. What better way than YouTube videos?!

The first video I clicked on was from channel, Afrikaans with Lindie, “Learn pronouns and emotions“. Perfect! Why not be able to share that ‘I’m tired’ in two different languages?! Next week I will include a video of me saying a few expressions. Fingers crossed that I do okay.

My focus for this learning project is slowly changing to be more focused. At this point, I just want to have a good handful of basics to use for communication. I want to be able to somewhat share essentials in another language (or things I think are humorous- to be continued!)

A challenge for myself is remembering everything! Trying to remember and push yourself to keep up with learning a language is tough. I’ve learned it is like learning anything else- practice-practice-practice. Goals that I set before that I need to keep up are reviewing these words and making sure to use them in my daily conversations. It is tough to try to keep up with the language when those around you do not use the language. So using the language with my boyfriend needs to become more regular!

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Stop by next week to see a video of me speaking more Afrikaans. Tot seins!

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I don’t know what they are singing but I will just pretend I know what is going on..

Last week my goal was to learn how to say different foods in Afrikaans. That crashed and burned! I learned that the words that I wanted to learn such as “taco” and “sausage”, are simply the same in English. BUT! I do know one African food that I can share about. It  is called pap (pronounced like pup, but you say it really fast LOL).

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I was first introduced to pap in the summer. To me, it tasted and reminded me of what would be corn oatmeal. In South Africa it is used as a side for a dish, sort of like how potatoes are used as a side! Just a little tid bit..

BUT, by connecting the Afrikaans word to something I have experience with, it helped me remember what it is called. I have never forgot the name. Another food I am familiar with is Boers Wars. It is a type of sausage.

Making these type of real life connections helps me stay motivated for the learning project (maybe because I REALLY love food).

To be more aware of South African culture, and being inspired by Megan’s own project, I started listening to music in Afrikaans! The most intriguing channel I found is musical group, Die Antwoord. They are quite popular in South Africa! Not sure if it is appropriate to put a song on my blog- because I don’t understand any of it!

Stay tuned for next week to learn about what else I learn in Afrikaans, if I learn more about this musical group, and who knows- maybe I will even try a new African recipe!

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een, twee, drie…

Hello all!

A lesson I learned this week is how important it is to surround yourself with support when learning something new. Last week I was overwhelmed with learning Afrikaans, but classmates from #EDTC300 were so encouraging, kind, and helpful! I want to give a shoutout to Cassidy and Megan! They were so kind with their comments and it was nice to have support from those two! Their encouragement pushed me to reach my goal of counting from 0-10 in Afrikaans. Without support from the classmates and my boyfriend, learning Afrikaans would be so much more difficult!

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As mentioned above, This week I learned how to count from 0-10 in Afrikaans! I am so happy that I set a goal for myself and reached it. This is something that I want to continue doing. Setting goals, and checking in with myself. Here is a clip of my counting below:

Cassidy requested that I include the document I use for recording what I am learning in Afrikaans. You can find this document here. In some discussions on blogs, Lisa mentioned that she wants to learn Afrikaans next. This could potentially benefit you, Lisa!

Come next week to see what I learn next! Which is hopefully how to say Tacos…

Cheers!

 

 

 

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Ok ya- so this is hard!

Learning a language is so tough! I knew that learning a language would obviously be difficult, but I did not anticipate just how much work it would be. It has been a slow go for me, but here are my updates..

In my last post I shared that I was going to use the new keyboard app that I referenced. The keyboard started off great and was working fine, but then it started malfunctioning. Sometimes when I would want to reply to a text, google something, or anything that required using my keyboard, my keyboard would not show up! So I would frantically keep pressing the screen to try and fix it. #MillenialProblems

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So, I promptly deleted it. I am sure I will reinstall it soon though!

Next, I started looking for other apps and resources. Youtube channel, Learning Afrikaans with AfrikaansPod101.com was also helpful to get me started. I discovered that they had an app, and I did really enjoy the app but was not willing to pay for the full app when my trial expired. So there I was, continuing my search again!

I could not download Duolingo as it does not include Afrikaans in it. After so much searching and two other failed apps later, I discovered Simply Learn Afrikaans by Simya Solutions Ltd. This has been a great app for myself! It has many different theme options for words and phrases (related to travel in Africa), and has been a great start for me to learn the basics.

Here is my video to share the words and phrases I have learned as well as giving you a quick look into the Afrikaans app that I am using:

 

 

Totsiens! Goodbye!