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    Is Afrikaans Still a Useful Language to Know?

    I remember when I was a small child here in the U.S., there were advertisements in magazines for foreign language courses for business travellers. One language you saw listed to learn was Afrikaans. I have met people who claimed they used to travel to South Africa on business back in the 90's. I don't hear that today.
    Afrikaans is supposed to be a blend of Dutch, German, and English, so it shouldn't be too difficult for a West Germanic speaker to pick up.
    Is it difficult for English speakers to learn, and is there any use for it for people who aren't business travellers or South Africans?

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    Sadly, almost all official communication in South Africa is now in English. The Afrikaans language is being discriminated against. However, the Afrikaans community still keeps it alive, and I can't see it going extinct anytime soon. But for business in SA? You need only English.

    Quote Originally Posted by flemish View Post
    Afrikaans is supposed to be a blend of Dutch, German, and English, so it shouldn't be too difficult for a West Germanic speaker to pick up.

    Is it difficult for English speakers to learn, and is there any use for it for people who aren't business travellers or South Africans?
    Afrikaans is almost identical to Dutch, and quite close to English because of that, so anyone with a knowledge of West Germanic languages should find it easy to pick up.

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