Example sentences for: afrikaans

How can you use “afrikaans” in a sentence? Here are some example sentences to help you improve your vocabulary:

  • Slegs is one of the relatively few items marked in the DOSAE as Afrikaans, rather than English.

  • Many of the Afrikaans words in DOSAE are similarly illustrated from examples involving bilingual word play by creative writers.

  • It was created to meet an urgent need for a common language between those using the European-derived Afrikaans, English, German, or Portuguese on the one hand and, on the other, the speakers of the numerous African tongues from the Angoni in Malawi to the Zulus in Natal, all of whom worked together in the diamond diggings, gold mines, and farms of the whole of southern Africa, including Mozambique and what are now Namibia, Botswana, and Zimbabwe.

  • There is certainly a need for words of Afrikaans origin that recur in English texts (often for local color effect) to be glossed somewhere: a reference work like the DOSAE might be more convenient for readers than an Afrikaans or Xhosa or some other dictionary.

  • Ranch words of Mexican origin, besides ranch itself, are: rodeo, latigo `a long strap to fasten the cinch to a Western saddle,' corral (a word I could not find in an English dictionary, except in its Afrikaans form kraal, when I needed to know how to spell it some sixty years ago), bronc(o), palomino, buckeroo (which I have heard used only in fun), and chaps, to list a few that come to mind.


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