Afrikaans is spoken mainly by two groups of people in South Africa: Coloureds and Afrikaners.
One of the most interesting things about the language is the lack of verb conjugation in the present tense:
|ek is||ik ben||I am||ich bin|
|jy/u is||jij/U bent||you are (sing.)||du bist (informal sing.)|
|hy/sy/dit is||hij/zij/het is||he/she/it is||er/sie/es ist|
|ons is||wij zijn||we are||wir sind|
|julle is||jullie zijn||you are (plur.)||ihr seid (informal pl.)|
|hulle is||zij zijn||they are||Sie (formal sing. & pl.)/sie sind|
In regards to the speech community itself:
Afrikaans speakers have normally been considered Afrikaners (internationally) but this term tends to focus on the white Afrikaner community and excludes the Coloureds and any other speakers.Afrikaanses is a new name for the community (or "Afrikaanssprekendes") which encompasses all groups.
This identity, especially in present post-apartheid South Africa, has made a place in a variety of contexts:
It is found in a major language association :
ATKV (Afrikaanse Taal- en Kultuurvereniging (Afrikaans Language and Cultural Association)
- This organisation is originally an Afrikaner organisation but now incorporates all speakers and works in various avenues (running a festival, Drama competitions).
Afrikaans op Televisie provides a list of media (movies, docos) regarding Afrikaanses
- One of the series is called Binnelanders involving a “multiracial Afrikaans speaking community” revolving around the lives of doctors and nurses.
- Check out the band Gazelle in the MK Awards of 2010! They've incorporated Khoekhoe and a funky beat: