International Languages

nielv at bigfoot.com nielv at bigfoot.com
Mon Oct 28 03:18:40 PST 2002


>> Where, outside Holland and Belgium and perhaps South Africa, does
>> ANYONE  speak Dutch? 

>E.g., Suriname, Namibia.  But even leaving these aside, doesn't South
>Africa count?

Just as a matter of interest, South Africa definitely doesn't count. Afrikaans (one of the
eleven official languages here) is a distant relative of Dutch, but definitely *not*
Dutch. It is closer to the Flemish spoken in Belgium, which is also not Dutch IMHO.
Namibia is the same although there are far fewer Afrikaans speaking people than German
speaking people there.

Some examples of Afrikaans not being Dutch:

The common noun for a cat in Dutch translates to a rather impolite reference to a certain
part of the female anatomy in Afrikaans...

An Afrikaans verb for hitting someone translates to "fsck" (in the reproductive sense) in
Dutch.

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