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When learning Afrikaans, it’s not merely about studying as one would some foreign language. With Afrikaans, like with most languages learned in the country of origin, it is also a matter of engaging and striking up a far deeper connection with its native speakers. Their culture and the history of the language will be flow through to you and greatly enrich your experience. This makes it very important, if at all possible, to work on some level with a native speaker. You will gain knowledge, on a deep level, of how and why Afrikaans came to exist, its historical and political context. Immersion would be the ultimate experience to strive for.
Since that is not possible for all would-be learners of the language, other options will need to be explored. Afrikaans language classes are one such option and the offerings to study and advance academically are numerous in Pretoria. Often referred to as the jacaranda city, Pretoria has many of its streets, gardens and parks which are resplendent in their beautiful, purple-coloured foliage.
Pretoria is well-known as a centre of research and as an academic city. It is home to the University of South Africa (UNISA), the University of Pretoria (UP), the Tshwane University of Technology (TUT), the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC), the Council Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and the Sefako Makgatho Health Science University (SMU). The National Reserach Foundation and the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) are also located in this city, cementing it as a centre of excellence and great academic pursuit. You could not ask to be located in a better academic centre anywhere in Africa!
It may not appear to be so, but a study of Afrikaans will do more for you than just get you through an examination. Knowledge of the intricacies of the language can help you in many situations, social as well as professional. Actively reading Afrikaans literature, or even simply a newspaper, a website or a poster gives us skills to analyse information in a more profound. Your readings will impact on your understanding of the environment your live or work in, especially if that environment is predominantly Afrikaans. Additionally, the writing of Afrikaans essays will influence how you express your ideas and emotions and how effectively you communicate with others.
If it is your intention to physically attend classes, then you next question could be where can I locate Afrikaans classes near me. Classes situated on a transport route and, possibly, served by public transport, would definitely feature high up on your list.
Opportunities to study Afrikaans in South Africa’s administrative capital are plentiful. Besides state and private schools all offering the language as a subject, you will be spoiled for choice of study method. Type ‘afrikaans tutor pretoria’ into an Internet search and a wide range of options will populate your screen. Advertised you will encounter tutors or trainers, besides language schools and study help centres. Individuals and institutions also offer language teaching and extra Afrikaans lessons.
Additionally, you would have more than one university to choose from if you wish to pursue Afrikaans as a subject after matriculating. Unisa offers distance learning in a host of subjects, including Afrikaans. The University of Pretoria hosts full-time, part-time and even crash courses in Afrikaans. These courses are run from Monday to Friday, three hours per day for a minimum of two (2) weeks. The level of difficulty ranges from beginner’s to far more advanced levels, with the amount of knowledge increasing at each successive level. You may follow these courses for however long it takes to achieve the goal you have set for yourself.
Some of the basic Afrikaans terminology that is taught includes greetings, numbers, restaurant conversation and telling the time. The latter being the exact opposite of its English counterpart. For example, half past four would be said ‘half-vyf’, making it sound like half past five. Besides short courses, UP, via its school of Humanities, offers degree courses from under-graduate all the way up to post-graduate level.
You may have the desire to become a journalist, lawyer, translator, editor or publisher. You may want to communicate better in Afrikaans within your work environment, do better on a test or maybe just enjoy the humour in some Afrikaans movies. You would then, want to improve your oral and written comprehension of this interesting language with its Dutch roots.
Whatever your reason for wanting to embark on a study of Afrikaans, consider the advantages of retaining the services of a knowledgeable Afrikaans tutor. Lessons will be tailor-made to suit your specific needs and delivered in a format of your choosing. Classroom sessions also do hold benefits – meeting students who are on your wave-length and learning from their experiences. One on one tutoring, however, allows you to dictate the pace at which you study and to place emphasis on parts of the subject that you find especially challenging. A private or personal tutor can assist you to identify bad or incorrect grammar usage and help you overcome it. A tutor would also be an invaluable guide to authors and books which could aid the development of your Afrikaans literature and language skills.
Finding Afrikaans tutors in Pretoria should not be a difficult task. Advertising opportunities like notice boards at schools, shops and community centres, newspaper ads, a word from an acquaintance or the Internet, abound. Your search ‘afrikaans tutor in Pretoria’ will bring up a flood of possible sites. Let me, however, recommend Superprof as your ‘go-to’ option. Not only are your tutors qualified and vetted, but they are easy to compare on this user-friendly portal, from wherever you are. An extremely passionate and professional bunch, they generally answer your query in under two hours. There range of experience, availability and whether they will travel or work remotely are all reflected on the site, along with their very affordable rates. You are also presented with the tutor’s location, reviews by previous students and the type of tuition offered. In most instances, a first trial lesson is offered at no charge. Nothing ventured, nothing gained translated into Afrikaans reads ‘wie nie waag nie, wen nie! Weg is jy!
In Pretoria, the average rate of private Afrikaans classes is R145.
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With Superprof, you can learn Afrikaans online with a private tutor. Whether you need help revising for your Matric finals, are struggling with Afrikaans pronunciation and spelling, or would just like to work on your Afrikaans writing skills, our tutors can help you.
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On Superprof, we have a number of highly skilled Afrikaans tutors available to offer private tuition.
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