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Durban, (eThekweni in Zulu) is the third largest city in South Africa and, with its sub-tropical climate and stunning beaches, a leading vacation destination. It is also the home to the bunny chow, curried bananas, hot curries and equally hot salads and hosts the largest concentration of people of Indian descent outside of India. This is a city where English and Zulu are predominantly spoken, and, yet, Afrikaans is definitely part of this sub-tropical landscape.
A Google search entitled Afrikaans tutors in Durban or Afrikaans tutor Durban would bring forth a raft of sites to choose from, slaying the idea that Afrikaans is not often spoken in this city.
Afrikaans language classes are offered on quite a large number of sites by individuals as well as institutions, such as state-run and private schools, language schools, tutoring services, learning centres and private individuals.
The impetus to study a new language is different for each individual. Whether it is to succeed at a new job, do better at an exam or speak like a local, it will always remain an enriching, rewarding experience, one which could possibly totally change how you look at things or the world way into the future. Afrikaans classes with a local could set you on the right path. Want to ace that exam? Then Afrikaans extra classes are the route to follow. Friends, family, classmates, colleagues can assist. Newspapers and notice boards in your immediate surroundings could be helpful. However, nothing is as comprehensive and instructive as the Internet. It is a quick and ready guide which is rarely ‘old news’. Most serious tutors would advertise on the medium and regularly update their sites with their latest offerings, improvements and innovations.
As one of South Africa’s eleven official languages and one that is spoken in each and every province, Afrikaans is an important language for many who do not feel comfortable speaking English. It is also the chosen language for many people of Dutch descent, who find it inextricably woven into the very fabric of their culture, history and sense of who they are. You would endear yourself to this demographic of the population if you were to address or direct them in their language. Many holiday-makers from the interior of the country make their way to the coast for holidays and would appreciate your making them feel ‘tuis’ (at home). You may just be the person who makes their stay in Durban ‘lekker’.
You would be pretty surprised to find out that your options to study Afrikaans are many and varied. Available to you are a range of options which stretch from pre-school grades all the way through to university short courses and fully fledged subjects. You will also be able to find tutors across the length and breadth of this warm and welcoming city; from Umhlanga to Durban Central, from Bluff to Chatsworth and Westville, the site of the well-known University of Durban-Westville (now the University of Kwazulu Natal - UKZN). This is where a serious Afrikaans language student would find a home in KZN. Anyone who wishes to extend their knowledge of the language would find a welcome home here as the university’s School of Arts offers Afrikaans and Nederlands up to post-doctoral level.
The Durban area also has many very good schools; some with idyllic locations like one institution located a mere stone’s throw from warm Indian Ocean where waves can be seen, occasionally heard, lapping the golden shore. This formerly Afrikaans-medium school in North Durban, like most South African schools, offers learners dual-medium instruction which means that all subjects are taught in both English and Afrikaans.
Another alternative would be to explore the Internet. Most sites offer tutors whose backgrounds have been checked and qualifications and experience verified. Some of these tutors teach either online or at your or their home. Some do both. Certified native teachers are available and can be accessed via a mobile app where one trial lesson is offered at no charge. If you’re on a very limited budget and a tight schedule, then a site which allows you to pay per class would provide a brilliant fit. Not only would you be able to book classes based on affordability, but also based on a time or day that would be convenient for you.
Experienced tutors are just a click away! One Afrikaans specialist advertised that s/he has 32 years of teaching experience. Another offers Cambridge Afrikaans? Hoe; wat nou? Cambridge qualifications and programmes establish the world standard for international education. Subject material is meticulously selected by highly professional subject experts who are knowledgeable in the latest educational research. These courses are appropriate for students who have an operational (working) knowledge of Afrikaans and desire to get ahead in their professional or academic careers. Courses span all levels, from primary to secondary school years.
Internet searches make finding an Afrikaans tutor far easier than before. Nowadays, you type in a few words and, quick as a flash, scores of beckoning sites, possible tutors or tutoring services are at your fingertips on your laptop or cell phone. In no time at all, you locate any number of Afrikaans tutors and compare them at your leisure, at home, during a lunch break or on your way to work, school or college.
Superprof has an amazing way of presenting its tutors in a very user-friendly format so that it’s very easy to weigh tutors up, one against the other. Not only is a teacher’s profile picture available, but also his/her qualifications, rate (cost per hour) and experience in the teaching of Afrikaans. The average rate charged, in the general Durban area, is R137 per hour, less than the cost of one restaurant meal. We guarantee that the meal our tutors serve up will be worth far more than the fee charged ... and you won’t even have to tip them, unless, of course, you absolutely want to! : ) You will have at least 44 tutors to choose from, all of whom are vetted, friendly and ardent about turning you into a confident speaker/writer fluent in your chosen language of study, Afrikaans! So, voorwaarts!
In Durban, the average rate of Afrikaans lessons per hour is R170.
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With Superprof, you can learn Afrikaans online with a private tutor. Whether you need help revising for your year-end exams, are struggling with Afrikaans pronunciation and spelling, or would just like to work on your Afrikaans writing skills, our tutors can help you.
Many of our Afrikaans tutors also offer private online tuition.
To find the available online teachers, just enter your subject criteria into the search engine and select the webcam filter to see the available teachers who are currently offering online courses in your desired subject.
Online courses via Skype offer many benefits. You can plan your classes to fit around your schedule and online lessons are often less expensive as the teacher does not need to travel.
From a sample of ratings, students rated their Afrikaans teachers an average of out of 5.
A customer relationship manager from the Superprof team will be on hand to find a solution (by phone or e-mail all week) if you have any queries about your Afrikaans course.
On Superprof, we have a number of highly qualified Afrikaans teachers available to offer private tuition.
An Afrikaans tutor can help you with many things:
You can discuss with your teacher what you hope to achieve from your private Afrikaans classes.