Afrikaans was always known as ‘Kitchen Dutch’ by those who settled on the southern tip of Africa in 1652. It was the language spoken by the servants and those of a ‘lower class’. To the Dutch, it has quaintness about it.
As with all languages, Dutch, spoken in the Netherlands, evolved. As did the ‘Kitchen Dutch’ in Africa and of course, they evolved differently. Afrikaans had many more influences in the Cape. It has over the centiries been coloured with words and expressions from the Malay, the Khoisan, the English and so many more cultures.
Sadly, Afrikaans is still seen by many as the language of the Oppressors – the government that implemented Apartheid. But it is still an important part of South African culture.
Today, this rich language, is one of the 11 official languages of South Africa.