Example sentences for: afrikaans

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

  • According to the Branfords' own calculations (made in 1988) the source languages for items in the DOSAE were 48 per cent Dutch/Afrikaans; 29 per cent English (i.e., neologisms); 11 per cent Bantu languages, and 12 per cent other.

  • The high proportion of Afrikaans words has frequently been singled out for comment by critics.

  • 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.

  • The majority of Afrikaans items, however, are those which appear in written English sources, but rarely in colloquial South African English (even as spoken by Afrikaners).

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


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