Afrikaans Vocabulary

The Afrikaans vocabulary is the backbone for learning. Below we picked 70% of the most commonly used words. Therefore memorizing them will give you a 70% boost in the language. This is the smarter way of online learning. Learn only what you need. We start with commonly used numbers.

One: een  Audio Two: twee  Audio Three: drie  Audio
Four: vier  Audio Five: vyf  Audio Six: ses  Audio
Seven: sewe  Audio Eight: agt  Audio Nine: nege  Audio
Ten: tien  Audio First: eerste  Audio Second: tweede  Audio

Time Expressions

Days of the week and time expressions:

Monday: Maandag  Audio Tuesday: Dinsdag  Audio Wednesday: Woensdag  Audio
Thursday: Donderdag  Audio Friday: Vrydag  Audio Saturday: Saterdag  Audio
Sunday: Sondag  Audio Now: nou  Audio Yesterday: gister  Audio
Today: vandag  Audio Tonight: vanaand  Audio Tomorrow: môre  Audio

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Most popular fruits and vegetables:

Fruits: vrugte  Audio Apples: appels  Audio
Bananas: piesangs  Audio Tomatoes: tamaties  Audio
Potatoes: aartappels  Audio Onions: uie  Audio

Colors that we think are very important to remember:

Red: rooi  Audio Green: groen  Audio Blue: blou  Audio
White: wit  Audio Black: swart  Audio Grey: grys  Audio

Some words related to food:

Breakfast: Ontbyt  Audio Lunch: Middagete  Audio
Dinner: Aandete  Audio Milk: melk  Audio
Coffee: koffie  Audio Bread: brood  Audio

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Weather terms and sensations:

Sunny: sonnig  Audio Windy: winderig  Audio Rainy: reёn  Audio
Snowy: sneeu  Audio Cold: koud  Audio Hot: warm  Audio

Words related to family and relatives:

Boy: seun  Audio Girl: meisie  Audio
Son: seun  Audio Daughter: dogter  Audio
Brother: broer  Audio Sister: suster  Audio
Man: man  Audio Woman: vrou  Audio
Father: pa/vader  Audio Mother: ma/moeder  Audio
Grandfather: oupa  Audio Grandmother: ouma  Audio

Locations in the house which are talked about more during the day:

House: huis  Audio Toilet: toilet  Audio Room: kamer  Audio
Bedroom: slaapkamer  Audio Kitchen: kombuis  Audio Table: tafel  Audio

Animals and pets popular to everyone:

Cat: kat  Audio Dog: hond  Audio Mouse: muis  Audio
Bird: voël  Audio Cow: koei  Audio Horse: perd  Audio

The clothes most worn by most people:

Socks: sokkies  Audio Shoes: skoene  Audio Trousers: broek  Audio
Shirt: hemp  Audio Sweater: trui  Audio Coat: jas  Audio

Most popular languages in the world:

English: Engels  Audio French: Frans  Audio German: Duits  Audio
Spanish: Spaans  Audio Italian: Italiaans  Audio Portuguese: Portugees  Audio
Greek: Grieks  Audio Russian: Russies  Audio Arabic: Arabies  Audio
Hindi: Hindi  Audio Chinese: Chinees  Audio Japanese: Japannees  Audio


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Travel Vocabulary

Most popular terms when traveling:

Taxi: taxi  Audio Bus: bus  Audio
Hotel: hotel  Audio Reservation: bespreking  Audio
Airport: lughawe  Audio Passport: paspoort  Audio

Words you can use in class or talking about school:

Student: student  Audio Teacher: onderwyser  Audio Pen: pen  Audio
Books: boeke  Audio Page: bladsy  Audio Dictionary: woordeboek  Audio

Body parts which are talked about more often:

Hand: hand  Audio Feet: voete  Audio Hair: hare  Audio
Eye: oog  Audio Mouth: mond  Audio Nose: neus  Audio

Emergency vocabulary to ask for help or offer help when needed:

Ambulance: ambulans  Audio Doctor: dokter  Audio
Hospital: hospitaal  Audio Pharmacy: apteek  Audio
Police: polisie  Audio Stomach Ache: maagpyn  Audio

As you can see, this Afrikaans vocabulary is something you will need every day. You can use our Vocabulary Trainer to help you memorize these words.

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Did you know? People use only a small amount of their vocabulary on a daily basis. The rest of the words are either unused or not used often.