Materials needed when studying Afrikaans

Learners need to have access to the following materials when studying Afrikaans as a FAL.

Text book


Readers in the following genres: stories, short stories, poetry, theatre pieces, magazines and other social texts.

Learners need to watch some Afrikaans media.

If you have questions about lesson planning or would like me to help you with the planning please e-mail me at looking forward to hear from you!


Past tense in Afrikaans

I’ve made a “Past tense recipe” to go with our theme of food and cooking.

Past tense is verlede tyd in Afrikaans.

Recipe for Past tense:


  1. Het
  2. Ge+ verb (some verbs need glue –the ge- goes inside the verb)



Step 1: Look at the sentence and identify the verb.

Step 2: Verb goes to the end of the sentence and gets a “ge”

Step 3: The person doing the action comes first and then add “het”. (To establish who is doing the action you need to ask the questions: who is doing the action?)


Ouma maak kos.

Verb: maak

Ouma het kos gemaak.

Hy loop in die straat.

Verb: loop

Past tense: Hy het in die straat geloop.

Sy hardloop om die baan.

Verb: Sy het om die baan gehardloop.

Descriptive paragraph



Keeping with our theme I will discuss methods to write a descriptive paragraph. When you write a descriptive paragraph you can think of it as if you are making a sandwich. For your “descriptive paragraph sandwich” you need two slices of “bread” and two toppings (I chose cheese and polony)


Step 1: Make a mind map about the topic.

Step 2: When you have your main ideas a good idea is to get a list of adjectives to include in your paragraph.

Step 3: Now you can start to build your sandwich. The first slice of bread will be your introduction. You need to think of a sentence that will catch the attention of the audience. This is also the introduction to your topic.


Step 3: The filling of your sandwich. You need to write one or two sentences about the topic. It is a descriptive paragraph therefore you need to add a lot of adjectives.


Step 4: The second slice of bread. This slice covers and ends your filling. It is also bread so it needs to say something that is the same as the first sentence.


Enjoy your sandwich!


Until next time




Interrogative pronouns/Vraende voornaamwoorde


When asking a question in English we use an interrogative pronoun. The same applies for Afrikaans.

When introducing the topic help your child to recall a pronoun’s function. It is to is to replacea noun or pronoun.  Without pronouns, sentences are could be akward.  Here’s an example.

Sarah was very happy because Sarah baked a beautiful cake.

See how much easier it is when you use a pronoun.

Sarah was very happy because she baked a beautiful cake.

Interrogative Pronouns.

Interrogative pronouns are used when you want to ask a question and is usually written at the beginning of a sentence.

  • Wie het kos gemaak? Who prepared food?
  • Wat het jy gemaak? What did you prepare?
  • Watter kind het pizza gekry? Which child had pizza?
  • Waarom is jy bly? Why are you happy?
  • Waarmee is jy klaar? With what are you finished?

When I was younger and had to do a project my mom always spoke about the five wise men:

  • wie (who)
  • wat (what)
  • waar (where)
  • wanneer (when)
  • hoe (how)

These five words are all interrogative pronouns. An idea to introduce this topic to your child can be to tell him/her about the five wise men and ask your child to answer these five questions when writing a paragraph or sentences about food. In this way your child will remember five interrogative pronouns and write a paragraph about a topic. Tomorrow I will talk about ways to prepare a speech. You ccould use the five wise men when preparing your speech.

If you need more exercises to practice interrogative nouns please let me know in the comments below.

Have a great evening,


Introducing vocabulary


As I said in my previous blog my first theme is going to be food. The reason why I chose this theme is because it is something we all have in common. When I introduce a new theme or vocabulary I try to go from the known into the unknown. For example I wouldn’t show my audience a picture of a fruit they’ve never seen before and then try to teach them the Afrikaans word for it.

Step 1: Decide on words that you would like to introduce. To help you decide on words look through the reading passages that you want to read with your child or in this case the recipes that you are planning to look at. Your child might have a favorite fruit or vegetable and you could include that. Fifteen to twenty words is appropriate for a start. More words can be introduced at a later stage. Your child might enjoy making his or her own dictionary. Any book can be used and the alphabet letters could just be added. (Covering and decorating the book could be a craft project)

Step 2: Once you’ve decided on the words you can give the words and the meanings to your child and look for pictures together and make a “Food poster”. You could also ask your child to find the words in a dictionary by themselves. It is very important that children should know how to use a dictionary from a very young age.

Step 3: For extension activities you could ask your child to make sentences with the words or flashcards to help them learn the words.

To help you get a head start I’ve made a list of words related to food.

English Afrikaans English Afrikaans
Potato Aartappel Pizza Pizza
Carrot Wortel Hamburger Hamburger (different pronunciation)
Onion Ui Chutney Blatjang
Beetroot Beet Tomato sauce Tamatiesous
Tomato Tamatie Macaroni Macaroni
Bread Brood Toast Roosterbrood
Margarine Margarine Fish fingers Visvingers
Butter Botter Eggs Eiers
Cheese Kaas mash Kapokaartappels
Mayonnaise mayonnaise Cup cakes Kolwyntjies
lettuce blaarslaai Fruit salad vrugteslaai

Hope you enjoy the theme. Talk to you tomorrow J



Our first theme: Food


Hope you had a great day! For the next three months I am going to try to convey information to you that could help you to master some basic skills in Afrikaans. The aim of this blog is to help you as a parent to help your child with Afrikaans. I don’t have a blog yet aimed at children but might start one if there is a need. Your comments and feedback will be my guide to make this blog as useful to you as possible.

I am assuming that you have a basic knowledge of Afrikaans and Afrikaans vocabulary and I am starting at Grade 6 Afrikaans second language level. The easiest way for me to teach Afrikaans is to do it according to theme. This helps with building vocabulary and language skills and creates a ‘known environment’. The student then feels that there is something known in the unknown.

Here is the outline of the planned blogs for the next few weeks.

Theme 1: Food, cooking and recipes.

  • 21 July My own recipe. Introducing vocabulary. Introducing vocabulary.
  • 22 July Instructions How to give instructions and commands in Afrikaans
  • 23 July Question words How to use question words in Afrikaans
  • 24 July Speech: My own recipe. How to prepare a speech and assess it in Afrikaans.
  •  Plurals
  • ideas for reading

Have a great evening!


Welcome to Afrikaans is Fun!


Welcome to the Afrikaans is fun blog. I am an Afrikaans first language speaker and have taught Afrikaans as a second language for 6 years. I really enjoy languages and love to see people learn more about languages and cultures. The aim of this blog is to guide you through everything you need to know regarding Afrikaans in order to conform to the South African environment. I target homeschoolers (I was a homeschooler myself back in the ‘90’s) but everyone is welcome! I welcome all suggestions and feedback.

I will mostly focus on content suitable for grades 5-7 and will use themes.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me via e-mail or leave a comment below.

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Hope you enjoy the journey with me