View Full Version : Dialogues in different languages?

Friday, January 19th, 2007, 08:08 PM
Today, when returning from College by train i noticed that right next to me there were two foreigns(a couple). At first i was confused because i understood the Woman(she was talking in English) but not the Man, i thought well... it must be his accent or something like that. Then i heard the Woman talking about South Africa comparing the trees she was seeing with the ones she usually sees in her Home country, and i made the connection, after all the Man was talking in Afrikaneer, and she in English.
The question is, it's usual in South Africa two persons having a dialogue in different languages, one speaking in English and the other one in Afrikaneer?

Friday, January 19th, 2007, 10:28 PM
I used to do this quite a lot in Russia. Understanding is easy with sufficient exposure, and if your partner understands English as well as you Russian, then this is the easiest way of talking!

Or are you sure that the man didn't just have a Geordie accent? :wsg

Saturday, January 20th, 2007, 12:34 AM
No, it sounded Afrikaneer.

Saturday, January 20th, 2007, 01:13 AM
My apologies to all Afrikaans speakers, i was using Afrikaner refering to the language, i beg your pardon for my ignorance.