Which is easier? Which is more useful? Afrikaans or Dutch&am

ubuntu   Thu Jun 10, 2010 10:56 am GMT
Which is easier? Which is more useful? which sounds better? Afrikaans or Dutch?
Matematik   Thu Jun 10, 2010 11:21 am GMT
Vocabulary is 90% identical, Afrikaans grammar is much easier than Dutch, no verb conjugation, the past tense is completely regular and also Afrikaans spelling has been simplified from Dutch.

As for sound they are pretty similar, but Afrikaans has dropped the hard-G, so that makes it sound better.

Dutch is probably more useful on the whole, as you can speak Dutch with an Afrikaans speaker and probably be understood, but I think the Dutch are spineless lefties, so I feel more at home with the Afrikaans out-look.
Florence   Thu Jun 10, 2010 12:19 pm GMT
Well Dutch is useful in the Netherlands and Belgium. Afrikaans is useful in South Africa and Namibia. Afrikaans is easier than Dutch because it's grammar simplified. Dutch is more complicated.

Once you can speak and write Dutch you will be able to read Afrikaans newspapers and will be able to have a conversation with an Afrikaans person if you speak slow. As for which one sound better, it up to you to decide which one sounds nicer.


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dutch_language

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Afrikaans
Andy   Thu Jun 10, 2010 1:11 pm GMT
dutch is horrible, people call it the diseased throat language!
Thomas   Thu Jun 10, 2010 3:45 pm GMT
Both Afrikaans and Dutch speakers speak excellent English, some even speak it better than native English speakers.

But Afrikaans people are more proud of their language and will actually reply back in Afrikaans if you start a conversation in Afirkaans/ Dutch.
R┬únD$eR   Thu Jun 10, 2010 8:34 pm GMT
OMG,

AFRikAanS is WAY MORE CoOLER and Cr3atiVE Than DUtcH!

SOUTH AFRICA ALL THE WAY!!
rep   Sun Jun 13, 2010 7:21 pm GMT
<<But Afrikaans people are more proud of their language and will actually reply back in Afrikaans if you start a conversation in Afirkaans/ Dutch.>>

Not always:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2fYB9s0Nyzk
Franco   Sun Jun 13, 2010 8:19 pm GMT
If I were an Afrikaans speaker I would not be so proud. What's the point in being proud of a language mostly spoken by blacks?.
^^   Sun Jun 13, 2010 8:48 pm GMT
But that is what Europeans wanted No? You wanted SA to be black so why complain now?

In fact you want the whole of Europe to be a rainbow nation. Enjoy....
Neels   Sun Jun 13, 2010 9:21 pm GMT
Exactly, the Dutch are the last to complain. They wanted a multicultural Nederland. In the 70s they even stab their own white Afrikaans cousins in the back.

Today they are voting for Geert Wilders. Shame, what happend? Is the multicultural Nederland not working out for you anymore? Should have listen to your colonial Dutch citizens when they told you it wont work.
.   Sun Jun 13, 2010 10:11 pm GMT
Afrikaans is more eath, but Dutch is more noteful, IMO