Adventures of Learning a Less Widely Learnt Language Part 1

In this video Ed and I talk about our experiences with learning languages that are less commonly learnt on a worldwide scale.  In my humble opinion these are the best languages to learn, and for me the most fun!  As you know I am learning Afrikaans and Ed is learning Serbian, but he has also learnt many other languages.  We share what we have found are the advantages and disadvantages of learning these languages. We hope you enjoy this video and find it useful.

I will be making some videos specific to my experiences learning Afrikaans in the coming months.  I would also like to write a little more in Afrikaans on here if you will excuse my mistakes 😉

If you have any questions please feel free to reach out and ask either one of us. We can be reached at the following:

email Kelly – kelly@fruitfulfunfluent.com

Contact Eduart – http://www.italki.com/edosensei

Some of the resources mentioned in this video:

*Forvo – https://forvo.com/

*Anki Flash Cards – https://apps.ankiweb.net/

*Colloquial Afrikaans by Bruce Donaldson – http://www.routledgetextbooks.com/textbooks/colloquial/language/afrikaans.php

*Colloquial Serbian – http://www.routledgetextbooks.com/textbooks/colloquial/language/serbian.php

Both Colloquial Afrikaans and Colloquial Serbian are available from a number of different places online including Amazon and prices do vary.

*Ted Talk – “How Social Media Breathes Life into the Irish Language” by Teresa Lynn https://youtu.be/LM3ISST2eg8

About me.

I love coaching people on fun ways to learn languages and reach their goals. I also coach English as a foreign language. Here is how you can get in touch with me

Email: kelly@fruitfulfunfluent.com

To download my Free PDF: 6 Step Plan for Fitting Language Learning into Your Everyday Life, or to book a $5 trial coaching session with me lasting 30 minutes visit this page on my website.

http://www.fruitfulfunfluent.com/how-to-learn-languages-in-a-fun-way/

About Eduart.

Ed is a language coach on italki and coaches people learning English, Japanese, Afrikaans and occasionally Mandarin Chinese. He is very supportive and passionate about language learning, and has a wealth of knowledge and tips to share. Ed can be contacted on the link below.
http://www.italki.com/edosensei

Advertisements

The Afrikaans Language Learning Materials I`m using

Here I talk about the materials I started using at the beginning of my Afrikaans learning and what I am now using 3 years on.  If you are interested in different and fun ways to learn a language then I have a website dedicated to this at   http://www.fruitfulfunfluent.com/ 

For a $2 trial language learning coaching session with me follow this link
http://www.fruitfulfunfluent.com/how-to-learn-languages-in-a-fun-way/

I hope you enjoy this short video 🙂

I want to share my own experiences, and the experiences of others who learn in a fun way, both here, on my YouTube Channel, and in the 1 to 1 coaching sessions I offer, in the hope that it will be useful to others.

I want to help people to become independent learners by teaching them how to learn languages in the right way for them.

I am passionate about encouraging more people to learn languages because I believe it can help us all to get a better understanding of each other, and through gaining a better understanding of each other perhaps we might begin to live together more peacefully.

You can connect me by email:
kelly@fruitfulfunfluent.com
kellyclearly@gmail.com

In the comments on this blog.

On the contact page on my website                                         http://www.fruitfulfunfluent.com/contact-us/

For a $2 trial language learning coaching session with me follow this link
http://www.fruitfulfunfluent.com/how-to-learn-languages-in-a-fun-way/

Thank you for watching Xx

FAQs about me

How old are you? – 37 (updated 06.01.2017)

Where do you live? – Near Cambridge, UK

If you could live anywhere where would you love to live? – It keeps changing! maybe Camps Bay, Cape Town, Llandudno, Cape Town or Big Bay Cape Town, I cant decide!  I also think some places in America look beautiful but I`ve never been to America so I don`t know.

Do you have any pets? – Unfortunately not because we live in an apartment, but I would love dogs.

What other languages are you learning? – French, and I would also like to start Spanish and Welsh when my Afrikaans and French are better.

Why Afrikaans? – My husband is South African and so we visit his family there yearly, also I wanted a language that I could use regularly, but really I just love it!!

Why French? – I lived and worked in France at Disneyland Paris, and so I want to keep that part of me alive.

Why Welsh? – My Granddad was Welsh, sadly he is no longer around but I still want to do it for him. Plus I also love the less common languages, hence Afrikaans.

Why Spanish? I love Spanish music and just feel a draw to the language.

How to learn a language when you have no time.

Hi! In this video I talk about how establishing a routine that is fun for you is important, and how to fit learning into your everyday routines when you are pushed for time.

 

Language tools mentioned in this video:

http://www.pimsleur.com/
Colloquial Afrikaans (Book and CD) (This is working really well for me now)
Anki flash card app

How you can connect with me:

Via email  kelly@fruitfulfunfluent.com
kelly.learnlanguage@gmail.com

My other sites  http://www.fruitfulfunfluent.com

That opinion of Afrikaans that I hate.

I am very passionate about Afrikaans and so feel hurt when I hear certain opinions about it.  Afrikaans is a language spoken by people from many different cultures and of many different colours across South Africa, Namibia and the world, yet some people feel it is appropriate to call it a racist language.  A language itself cannot be racist.  I  am aware of the history of South Africa and why this can be a view that some people hold but, we need to remember that many other languages have also been spoken by those who have oppressed people: German, English, Russian are just a few.  In fact I think if you were to go back in history almost every language in the world would have at some time been spoken by oppressors in and out of government.  I do not hear the same criticism and protest to these languages.  No one is telling Germans that they cannot speak German because it is racist, that would be ridiculous.  It seems we can separate people from language in the above examples, we realise that not every German speaker was a Nazi, and therefore it should be the same for Afrikaans.

I have had native Afrikaans speakers tell me they struggled with their own feelings towards their language after 1994.  They had spent their whole lives thinking, dreaming, and singing in their mother tongue and now did not know how to feel about part of their identity, and I find that heart-breaking: a lot of these people were never involved in the oppression, some where just children then.  I believe Afrikaans has a rightful place in South Africa, yes it stems from Dutch, but it is not Dutch, it is very unique to South Africa.  It is a beautiful and expressive language.  The English words ‘beautiful’ and ‘terrible’ do not even come close in being able to express emotion in same way the words `pragtig’ and `Verskriklik’ do.

If you are an Afrikaans language learner I would encourage you to have the confidence to reach out to native Afrikaans speakers.  As with any language you might get the odd person who is not very helpful but, compared to other languages I have tried learning the response has been much more positive and helpful almost all of the time.  Everyone I have encountered has been genuinely excited and interested in why I am trying to learn their native language.  I have had people literally brimming with excitement in a way that I have not experienced with native speakers of other languages I have learnt, and they seem to truly want to encourage and help you where they can. The love that native speakers have for their language goes a long way to why Afrikaans for me is such a joy to learn, and why I will always continue to learn it.

22 van my gunsteling Afrikaanse Intensiewe Vorme

I have also tried to put what the English equivalent would be, but for some of them I could not really think of a good word or saying that we have in English.  Please also feel free to comment with your own.

silwerskoon (clean as sliver) spotless 

blitsvinnig (lightening fast) as fast as lightening 

brandarm (very poor) dirt poor

Peodelnaked (naked as a poodle) stark naked

doodbang (dead scared) dead scared

doodernstig (dead serious) dead serious/deadly serious 

doodmaklik (dead easy) dead easy

haarfyn (hair fine) as thin as a thread

hemelhoog (high as heavens) heaven high

Veerlig (feather light) as light as a feather

papnat (sopping wet) sopping wet/soaking wet

peperduur (Expensive as peper) ridiculously expensive

perdfris (healthy as a horse) as healthy as a horse, fighting fit, as fit as a fiddle 

pikswart (pitch black) pitch black

prentjiemooi (picture pretty/picturesque) as pretty as a picture

splinternuut (brand new) brand new

Vuurwarm (fire warm) baking hot

Kliphard (hard as a rock) rock hard

stokdoof (deaf as a stick) stone deaf

Skatryk (rich as treasure) filthy rich

vingeralleen (lonely as a finger) all alone

Yskoud (ice cold) ice cold