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20 Beautiful Words That Will Make You Fall in Love with the Afrikaans Language

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Carina Claassens
Updated: 23 May 2017

Afrikaans, a young language spoken by approximately 6 million people, derives from the amalgamation of different nations and cultures who occupied South Africa and the Cape during the 17th century. Here are some of the many words that will make non-Afrikaans speakers fall in love with the language.

Beeldskoon

beeld·skoon

Geluksalig

ge·luk·sa·lig

Gladdejantjie

glad·de·jan·tjie

Hartelus

har·te·lus

Hartlam

hart·lam

Karmenaadjie

kar·me·naad·jie

Klouter

klou·ter

Kluitklaplysie

Kluit·klap·ly·sie

Kolwyntjie

kol·wyn·tjie

Komkommer

komkommer

Kriewelkous

krie·wel·kous

Lekkernytjie

lek·ker·ny·tjie

Ligsinnigheid

lig·sin·nig·heid

Morsjors

mors·jors

Parmantig

par·man·tig

Pieperig

pie·pe·rig

Pikkewyn

pik·ke·wyn

Spookasem

spook·a·sem

Tortelduifie

tor·tel·dui·fie

Trapsuutjies

trap·suu·tjies