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1. Posted by Paul3879 (Respected Member 212 posts) 7y

Paul3879 has indicated that this thread is about South Africa

Could anyone help me? Firstly , what is the local language in South Africa (asside from English)?

And.. Can anyone help me translate am English letter into "the local language"?

I hope the above question is not too random!

Thanks in advance.
Paul

2. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 7y

Hello Paul

I think the local language is Africans. It is a bit like Dutch.

Mel

3. Posted by wouterrr (Travel Guru 3377 posts) 7y

Quoting Mel.

Hello Paul

I think the local language is Africans. It is a bit like Dutch.

Mel

no "Afrikaans" is only spoken in a small part. south-Africa has different dialects and languages. But English is spoken everywhere. so it depends in which language/dialect u want to have it translated.

4. Posted by Paul3879 (Respected Member 212 posts) 7y

I now beleive I wanted it translated into Afrikaan.
Anyone help? It's a simple letter, a reference from a school (English to Afrikaan).

5. Posted by Kathi20 (Respected Member 270 posts) 7y

I have to disagree, because Afrikaans is spoken in a lot of areas.

It depends on the province, but usually you find English, Afrikaans plus the 'Black language' (Zulu, Xhosa, Sotho etc. depending on the province)

What type of letter do u need translated and what for? For authorities English (or Afrikaans) should be fine.

If you need it in Afrikaans my husband will be able to help you.

6. Posted by Kathi20 (Respected Member 270 posts) 7y

just sent u a personal message...

7. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 7y

My boyfriend(Dutch) says he can understand Afrikaan, but he would not know it well enough, to translate something into it.

8. Posted by wouterrr (Travel Guru 3377 posts) 7y

Quoting Mel.

My boyfriend(Dutch) says he can understand Afrikaan, but he would not know it well enough, to translate something into it.

he can understand it but its still very different...

9. Posted by Strider (Budding Member 34 posts) 7y

Hi Paul

I am from South Africa nad speak several languages including Afrikaans, if you would like me to translate the letter for you let me know.

Cheers
Ian

10. Posted by AfriFriend (Budding Member 15 posts) 7y

Hi Paul

You sent me a personal message about the language in South Africa, most people speak and read English, however there are 11 official languages in South Africa, Afrikaans been one of them.

I do not quiet understand why you would like to have something translated into Afrikaans unless you know that the person it is going to be addressed to can speak and read Afrikaans, which not everyone is able to do.

On the internet there are several sites that you can type your document in english and it will translate the document into what ever language you want. One program to look at is www.babelfish.com

Hope this helps

Regards
André