WHAT YOU'LL LEARN
5 Practical ways to learn Afrikaans everyday
WHO IT'S FOR
Parents & Students
Share these tips with your child and encourage them to try them. These practical tips are a great way for your child to naturally start feeling more confident about the language.
1) Use language exchanges
The idea behind a language exchange is that you find someone who fluently speaks Afrikaans and is also learning your native language. During the exchange you spend half the time speaking in the language you’re learning (in this case Afrikaans), and the other half in the language they’re learning (if you’re a native English speaker this will probably be English).
This kind of exchange is a great way to practice your speaking skills and cement the material you’ve learned into your brain.
2) Teach others the language
You don’t have to be an expert in Afrikaans to lend a hand to another language learner. Helping a beginner through the language will not only make you feel good about helping someone out, it will also help you use the language and keep your skills sharp.
3) Keep a journal or blog in Afrikaans
Writing out your thoughts in a foreign language is one of the best ways to practice the language daily. It forces you to take time to construct sentences and it will reveal your weak points very quickly. We recommend writing short daily entries, you can share these with your teacher of Afrikaans Tutor to see if your writing skills are improving.
4) Entertain yourself in the language
Books, magazines, movies, Afrikaans learning websites, music….. the list goes on. There’s a lot of media out there and you’re likely to find some that’s in Afrikaans.
5) Learn 3 tools and techniques to stop translating in your head and start thinking in Afrikaans:
1. Surround yourself with Afrikaans
By surrounding yourself with Afrikaans constantly you will completely immerse yourself in the language. Without realising it you’ll be learning pronunciation, sentence structures, grammar, and new vocabulary.
2. Speak out loud to yourself
Speaking to yourself in Afrikaans not only gets you in the mindset of Afrikaans, but also makes you listen to how you speak. It forces you to correct any errors with pronunciation and makes it easy to spot grammar mistakes. When you speak out loud talk about what you did that day and what you plan to do the next day.
3. Practice daily
If you don’t practice daily then your progress will be very slow. Studying everyday allows you to review material that you went over previous days and absorb a small amount of information at a time.