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rogermue
Posted: Wednesday, May 21, 2014 2:37:41 AM

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Afrikaans: translation wanted

I have placed the following text in Afrikaans under Afrikaans but I got no reaction. So I try It here.
I think the text contains some mistakes, the writer is just learning Afrikaans. I attempted to give a translation
but I think I have made some mistakes too. Perhaps someone can help out.

:) Ek het ‘n bietjie met André in Afrikaans op Skype gepraat en vandag het ek ‘n stap geneem en na die Afrikaanse musiek geluister en ek het dit so baie mooi gevind dat ek weer ‘n bietjie wou praat. Ek het nie so baie tyd, omdat ek op die omblik ‘n streng spertyd vir my werk het, maar ek wou nogtans sê dat Afrikaans so ‘n baie mooi tal is en dat ek wil anhou om dit te leer – maar sonder die druk en stres van die reëlmaat want my soveel lewe op die omblik verander. Ek is baie jammer dat Nelson Mandela dood wees. Suid-Afrika het my diep meegevoel.

Once I could read a Tintin comic in Afrikaans. But that was long ago.
Now I have found a short text in Afrikaans. I get the gist of it, but a translation 
would be better.
Is there someone who can help? Thanks in advance.
rogermue
Posted: Wednesday, May 21, 2014 2:43:10 AM

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Is there a useful online grammar of Afrikaans.Wikipedia's short grammar notice is a bit meagre.
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Posted: Wednesday, May 21, 2014 5:44:53 AM

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http://de.glosbe.com/de/af/

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Major Tom
Posted: Thursday, May 22, 2014 9:59:10 AM
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Rogermue,

:) Ek het ‘n bietjie met André in Afrikaans op Skype gepraat en vandag het ek ‘n stap geneem en na die Afrikaanse musiek geluister en ek het dit so baie mooi gevind dat ek weer ‘n bietjie wou praat. Ek het nie so baie tyd, omdat ek op die omblik ‘n streng spertyd vir my werk het, maar ek wou nogtans sê dat Afrikaans so ‘n baie mooi tal is en dat ek wil anhou om dit te leer – maar sonder die druk en stres van die reëlmaat want my soveel lewe op die omblik verander. Ek is baie jammer dat Nelson Mandela dood wees. Suid-Afrika het my diep meegevoel.

I have talked a bit with André in Afrikaans on Skype and today I took the plunge and listened to the Afrikaanse (African) music and I found it so nice that I wanted to talk some more.
I don't have a lot of time, because at the moment I have a tight deadline for work, but I wanted to say again/repeat that I find Afrikaans a beautiful language and that I want to keep working on learning it - but at my own pace (alternative : without the stress and pressure of a regular schedule) because my live is changing all the time. I'm very sad Nelson Mandela died. South-Africa has my deepest sympathy.

Is this what you wanted?

The text in Afrikaans is just a lot of disjointed ideas strung together without a real sence of punctuation.
The translation reflects this and there's room for improvement.

Being Flemish I can interpret what has been written.
However, I don't speak nor write Afrikaans, so I cannot help you with any corrections.


rogermue
Posted: Thursday, May 22, 2014 11:18:59 AM

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Wonderful, Major Tom, and you have polished up the text so that it really makes sense.
Exactly what I wanted. Thank you very much.
In the meantime I have found better texts - at first it is always the Bible -and dictionaries
of Afrikaans. As to grammars the internet is meagre, but the grammar of Afrikaans is so
simplified one can do without or write it by oneself.
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