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Question about Afrikaans

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Question about Afrikaans

I love the books of Deon Meyer and I know, that he writes in Afrikaans. We have a great translation into German - the translater leaves some of the wordes as for example "Meneer", Menvrou"

"Juffrou" in Afrikaans.

Now my question: when I go another country, I like to learn some polite word in the language of the country I am visiting. Would it be polite to use the above words and if so in which situation would I use them? Would they be used as "Sir" "Madam" or "Miss"?

Looking forward to hear from you,


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1. Re: Question about Afrikaans

Absolutely right :-) . All credit to you for your courtesy.

I'm trying to remember the forms of address in our more populous languages. In seSotho it's 'Me (Mrs/Ma'am: more or less pronounced Meh) and Ntate (Mr/Sir: more or less pronounced In-dah-deh), but I can't for the life of me think what it is in the Nguni languages, isiZulu and isiXhosa: anyone?

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2. Re: Question about Afrikaans

In Zulu, they use more brother or sister, Butie or Sissi.

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3. Re: Question about Afrikaans

Use the more generic 'dame' pronounced as daa me (long a). Juffrou is used to address single women.

Meneer is the formal way to address a man.

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4. Re: Question about Afrikaans

It would be unusual to walk around calling ladies you bestow politeness on as Mevrou and Juffrou - we would more commonly hear the word DAME (pronounced daamer) for mature or younger woman meaning "lady"

ALL African cultures understand the word "sissi" for younger females and "goggo" for mature older ladies.

Buti is also understood by all African cultures addressing younger men and Mkulu for and older man.

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