Afrikaans Verbs

Welcome to the 10th lesson about verbs in Afrikaans. We will first learn about the present tense, followed by the past tense, and future tense. We will also analyze some grammar rules, and finally practice how to ask for direction in Afrikaans.

Verbs are used to express an action (I swim) or a state of being (I am). The present tense in Afrikaans conveys a situation or event in the present time. Here are some examples:

Present Tense
Afrikaans
I speak English
Ek praat Engels Audio
you speak French
Jy praat Frans Audio
he speaks German
Hy praat Duits Audio
she speaks Italian
Sy praat Italiaans Audio
we speak Arabic
Ons praat Arabies Audio
they speak Chinese
Hulle praat Chinees Audio

The past tense in Afrikaans conveys a situation or event in the past time. Here are some examples:

Past Tense
Afrikaans
I visited France
Ek het Frankryk besoek Audio
you visited Italy
Jy het Italiё besoek Audio
he visited Morocco
Hy het Marokko besoek Audio
she visited China
Sy het China besoek Audio
we visited Mexico
Ons het Mexiko besoek Audio
they visited Kenya
Hulle het Kenia besoek Audio

The future tense in Afrikaans conveys a situation or event which is anticipated to happen in the future. Here are some examples:

Future Tense
Afrikaans
I will drink milk
Ek sal melk drink Audio
you will drink coffee
Jy sal koffie drink Audio
he will drink tea
Hy sal tee drink Audio
she will drink water
Sy sal water drink Audio
we will drink apple juice
Ons sal appelsap drink Audio
they will drink tea
Hulle sal tee drink Audio

Now let's take a break and refresh our vocabulary by learning the body parts.

ear
ear Audio
oor
eye
eye Audio
oog
mouth
mouth Audio
mond
nose
nose Audio
neus
hair
hair Audio
hare
face
face Audio
gesig
head
head Audio
kop
heart
heart Audio
hart
hand
hand Audio
hand
fingers
fingers Audio
vingers
leg
leg Audio
been
feet
feet Audio
voete

Travel Phrases in Afrikaans

Imagine yourself in some Afrikaans speaking country. The following travel phrases are highly important and can help you avoid misunderstanding. Try to memorize them and practice!

English
Afrikaans
Can you help me?
Kan jy my help? Audio
Can I help you?
Kan ek jou help? Audio
Where is the airport?
Waar is die lughawe? Audio
Go straight
Gaan reguit Audio
Then
dan Audio
Turn left
draai links Audio
Turn right
draai regs Audio

I hope this lesson about the verbs in Afrikaans was not hard for you. If you have any question about this lesson please contact me here. Now it's time to check the next lesson below.

Afrikaans Vocabulary   Afrikaans Vocabulary

Afrikaans Audio   Afrikaans Audio



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