Afrikaans Phrases

The Afrikaans phrases are helpful because they are used daily. Below we picked expressions that a new learner will find useful. We included the audio as well. This is a better way to learning. Learn only what you need. We start with greetings and introduction.

Hi: Hi / Hallo  Audio
What is your name?: Wat is jou naam?  Audio
Nice to meet you: Aangename kennis  Audio
How are you?: Hoe gaan dit met jou?  Audio
I'm good, thanks: Dit gaan goed dankie   Audio
And you?: en met jou?  Audio

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Language and Age Phrases

More questions about language and age:

Do you speak (English/Afrikaans)?: Praat jy (Engels/Afrikaans)?  Audio
Does she speak Chinese?: Praat sy Chinees?  Audio
A little bit: Net 'n bietjie  Audio
How old are you?: Hoe oud is jy?  Audio
I'm 33 years old: Ek is 33 jaar oud  Audio
It was nice talking to you: Dit was lekker om met jou te gesels  Audio

If you don't understand something, this will be your secret weapon:

What do you mean?: Wat bedoel jy?  Audio
I don't understand: Ek verstaan nie!  Audio
I don't know: Ek weet nie!  Audio
Sorry: Jammer  Audio
What is that called in Afrikaans?: Wat noem jy dit in Afrikaans?  Audio
What does that word mean in English?: Wat beteken daardie woord in Engels?  Audio

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More personal information about origins and profession:

Where are you from?: Waar kom jy vandaan?  Audio
I'm from the U.S: Ek is van Amerika  Audio
I'm American: Ek is Amerikaans  Audio
Where do you live?: Waar woon jy?  Audio
I live in the U.S: Ek woon in Amerika  Audio
What do you do for a living?: Wat doen jy vir 'n lewe?  Audio
I'm a student: Ek is 'n student  Audio

Offering or asking for help and giving directions:

Can I help you?: Kan ek jou help?  Audio
Can you help me?: Kan jy my help?  Audio
Where is the airport?: Waar is die lughawe?  Audio
Go straight: Gaan reguit  Audio
Then: dan  Audio
Turn left: draai links  Audio
Turn right: draai regs  Audio


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Holiday Wishes Phrases

Good wishes in Afrikaans in holidays and occasions:

Happy birthday: Geluk met jou verjaarsdag  Audio
Happy new year: Gelukkige Nuwejaar  Audio
Merry Christmas: Geseёnde Kersfees  Audio
Good luck: Voorspoed  Audio
Congratulations: Veels geluk  Audio

Afrikaans expressions commonly used when traveling or buying:

I have a reservation: Ek het 'n bespreking  Audio
Do you have rooms available?: Het julle kamers beskikbaar?  Audio
I would like a non-smoking room: Ek soek 'n nierook kamer  Audio
How much it costs per night?: Wat is die koste vir 'n aand?  Audio
Waiter: Kelder / Kelderin!  Audio
How much is this?: Hoeveel is hierdie?  Audio
What is this?: Wat is dit?  Audio

Survival phrases considered to be important in emergencies:

Are you okay?: Is jy okay?  Audio
I need a doctor: Ek het 'n dokter nodig  Audio
Help: Help!  Audio
Call the ambulance: Bel die ambulans!  Audio
Call the police: Bel die polisie!  Audio
I am sick: Ek is siek  Audio

These Afrikaans phrases can be used in a variety of conversations. If you have already visited our Afrikaans Vocabulary and Afrikaans Grammar, you might want to visit our Afrikaans Flashcards to practice what you learned.

Afrikaans Vocabulary

Afrikaans Grammar


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Did you know? Phrases are the combination of the use of vocabulary and grammar. Mastering the vocabulary and grammar can result in the ability to make useful Afrikaans phrases.