ILR Interagency Language Roundtable
Webliography of Less Commonly Taught Languages: Afrikaans

Last updated: 25 February 2004


Language Family: Germanic branch of Indo-European.
Location: South Africa, Botswana, Malawi, Namibia, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.
Related Languages: Dutch-Flemish.

I. Professional Associations/Organizations

  • Linguistic Society of South Africa
    "The LSSA is a specialist society for anyone interested in theoretical and applied linguistics."

  • African Language Association of Southern Africa
    "ALASA has two main aims: 1) to promote interaction between researchers, students and teachers of African languages and literature, and 2) to assist in the promotion of research, language development and effective verbal and written communication in a multilingual society, for example, in matters relating to language planning and policy, education policy and liaison with other organisations with similar interests.
  • Afrikaans Language and Culture Association
    A cultural organization promoting the Afrikaans language.

    II. Mega Resource Sites

  • WWW Virtual Library - South Africa
    From African Studies, Columbia University, with links to Conferences, Constitutional Law and Human Rights, Culture and History, Economic Development, Environment, Health, and Labor Education, Research Centers, and Universities, Electronic Journals and Online News, General Web Pages, and the Internet Government, Military and Foreign Policy, and Political Parties Libraries, Archives, and Publishers.

  • Yahoo Regional Countries Links - South Africa
    Excellent Yahoo search engine links for countries from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe.

  • A F R I K A A N S: Bevorder Afrikaans op die Internet
    Requires SME for recommendation. Afrikaans Internet resources page.

    III. Online Language Materials/Tutorials

  • Afrikaans Writing System
    Basic introduction to alphabet with collections of links to audio files and language related websites.

  • Afrikaans Links
    From Yamada Language Center, University of Oregon.

  • I Love - Afrikaans
    Collection of links to language and cultural websites.

  • Speak Afrikaans within Minutes
    Contains an introduction to the language; a key to the pronunciation of Afrikaans words; and a collection of phrases. Suddenly, you're speaking Afrikaans! Not really, but the material isn't bad.

  • Afrikaans & Nedelands Department
    Universiteit Stellenbosch Tallsentrum offers undergraduate, and MA, DLitt Programs in Afrikaans and Dutch.

  • Afrikaans Language Links
    Lowlands-L offers collection of links to Afrikaans language resources.

    IV. Online Dictionaries

  • Afrikaans-English, English-Afrikaans Online Dictionaries

  • Afrikaans-Dutch On-line Dictionary
  • Dutch - Afrikaans On-line Dictionary
    The database for this pair of dictionaries is from the freeware multilingual program Ergane. It contains over 4,000 terms.

  • Afrikaans-Dutch, English, German Dictionary
    Electronic online collection of dictionaries for travelers that goes from Afrikaans as Source Language to Dutch, English, German as Target Languages.

    V. Area Studies/Culture Sites

  • South Africa - A Country Study
    Exceptionally detailed presentation from the Library of Congress. Includes sections on: Geography, Society, Economy, Government and
    Politics, Very Detailed History and Historical Development, Contemporary Trends, etc.

  • U.S. Department of State Background Notes - South Africa
    Background Notes are updated/revised as they are received from regional bureaus and are added to the database of the Department of State web site. Categories include: Geography, People, History, Government, Political Conditions, Economy, Defense, Foreign Relations, U.S. Relations, and Travel/Business.

  • CIA World Factbook - South Africa
    Good resource site for information on Geography, People, Government, Economy, Communications, Transportation, Military, and Transnational Issues.

  • BBC News Country Profiles - South Africa
    Full profiles provide an instant guide to history, politics and economic background of countries; also biographic sketches of leaders, essay on media, and historic timelines. They also include audio and video clips from the BBC archives.

  • Political Resources on the Net - South Africa
    Listings of political sites available on the Internet sorted by country, with links to Parties, Organizations, Governments, Media and more from all around the world.

  • - South Africa
    "CountryWatch is a world leader in providing country specific geopolitical intelligence on each of the 192 countries of the world." Basic information is free; deeper resources require subscription.

  • United Nations Homepage
    Includes links to UN NewsCenter, which includes headlines in latest developments in Peace and Security, Economic Development, Humanitarian Aid/Refugees, Environment/Shelter, Human Rights, Women/Children/Population, Health/Poverty/Food Security, Culture/Education.

  • International Monetary Fund - South Africa
    Latest developments in Peace and Security, Economic Development, Humanitarian Aid/Refugees, Environment/Shelter, Human Rights, Women/Children/Population, Health/Poverty/Food Security, Culture/Education.

  • The World Bank Group
    This site is undergoing construction problems; however preset links to WBG Search - South Africa and South Africa at a Glance function.

  • The World Trade Organization
    "The World Trade Organization (WTO) is the only global international organization dealing with the rules of trade between nations. At its heart are the WTO agreements, negotiated and signed by the bulk of the world's trading nations and ratified in their parliaments. The goal is to help producers of goods and services, exporters, and importers conduct their business." Includes detailed information on Members and Observers - .

  • U.S. Commercial Service - South Africa
    " The Country Commercial Guides (CCG) are prepared by US Embassy Staff once a year and contain information on the business and economic situation of foreign countries and the political climate as it affects U.S. business."

  • TradePort Country Library - South Africa
    From About: "TradePort is designed to be an easy-to-use tool offering one place to go for comprehensive trade information,
    trade leads, and company databases."

  • Energy Information Administration Country Analysis Briefs - South Africa
    From About: "The Energy Information Administration (EIA), created by Congress in 1977, the a statistical agency of the U.S. Department of Energy. We provide policy-independent data, forecasts, and analysis to promote sound policy making efficient markets and public understanding regarding energy and its interaction with the economy and environment."

  • USAID - Search South Africa
    The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) "is an independent agency that provides economic, development and humanitarian assistance around the world in support of the foreign policy goals of the United States."

  • World Health Organization - South Africa
    About WHO" "The World Health Organization, the United Nations specialized agency for health, was established on 7 April 1948. WHO's objective, as set out in its Constitution, is the attainment by all peoples of the highest possible level of health. Health is defined in WHO's Constitution as a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity."

  • International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies - South Africa
    The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies is the world's largest humanitarian organisation, with 178 member National Societies.

  • Amnesty International - South Africa
    Amnesty International is a champion defender of human rights worldwide. Familiarity with a given country's human rights issues can provide a unique insight into many other aspects of its culture and politics.

  • Human Rights Watch - South Africa
    Human Rights Watch is dedicated to protecting the human rights of people around the world. The "Info by Countries" link on the homepage provides index to individual countries where the organization finds abuses.

  • Lonely Planet Destinations - South Africa
    The people at the offbeat Lonely Planet website are not your typical travel guides -- they're very bright and know what they're talking about. Their goal is not to "sell the country" to travelers. Instead, they tell it how it is. Typical headings include: "Warnings" (in case travel is not recommended - the "why's"); Facts for the Traveler, When to Go, Events, Money and Costs, Attractions, Off the Beaten Track, Activities, History, Culture, Environment, Getting There and Away, Getting Around, and Further Reading and Related Weblinks. )

    VI. Media Sites

  • Kidon Media-Link: South Africa
    The South African selections of this Media-Link Megasite connect you with radio and television stations, newspapers
    and magazines. Close to 80 links, not all in Afrikaans.

  • - South Africa
    A solid collection of online newspapers in Afrikaans and English from this print media megasite.

  • Yahoo! News - South Africa
    Current and recent events news reports in English from a variety of sources.

  • Tv RadioWorld - South Africa
    About: "TvRadioWorld is an informational directory dealing with radio and television broadcasters worldwide." Site allows you to bookmark favorite radio stations for listening.

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