T'Mar, can I ask you a question? If you're speaking English, how do you pronounce the word "Afrikaans"?
I'm asking because overheard a conversation once several years ago - a woman was telling someone about her fiance, who was divorced and lived in Africa (she may have said "South Africa," I don't remember). Apparently he had 2 children, who went to an English-speaking school there. She kept referring to the language as (it sounded to me like) "Africano" or "Africana." For example, she said the kids spoke "part English, part Africano." (Obviously, they were being raised to speak both languages).
I'm just curious if the language to which you refer is the same one she meant.
We pronounce the word like so:
"Af" like the 'o' in "of"
"ri" like "ree"
and "kaans" like James Caan's name.
I have never, ever heard a South African call Afrikaans anything except exactly that. I don't know what the woman was talking about, but I doubt she was referring to the Afrikaans language.
Afrikaans is a really easy language. The spelling and grammar is very simple, and if you know the rules, you can spell any word and construct sentences flawlessly. The one big thing, though, is the double negative. In Afrikaans you would say, "Ek het dit nie gedoen nie" (I didn't do it; literally "I did it not do not"). To leave off the second "nie" is completely wrong.
But when I tell the kids I teach (English, Afrikaans, Zulu, Sotho, Tswana, Venda, Xhosa, Chinese) that Afrikaans is actually easier than English, they look at me like I'm crazy!! Come on - from jump to jumped, yet swim to swam? And there are thousands of examples like this? In Afrikaans you would say 'spring', 'gespring', 'swem', 'geswem'. Much easier. I think English is only easy if it's your first language. I'm sure it would take a person learning another language MUCH less time to learn Afrikaans than English.