Category: Language

Dutch vs Afrikaans vs English

De Kwakels in Zaanse Schans

Have you ever found direct translations of other languages interesting or even entertaining?
These are a few of my favourite Dutch-to-Afrikaans-to-English translations.


A South African story about padkos (packed lunch).

Translate that!

Zebras and Giraffes at a Waterhole.

I’m currently on a bit of a ‘translation’ high.
See if you can identify these directly-translated animal names.


I love writing in Afrikaans. ┬áIt is an incredibly expressive language and you can describe feelings and emotions not only with flair, but also with wit, and in such a way that you can make anything less insulting by putting a ‘tjie’ at the end of the word…