Why a Communicaid Afrikaans course in London ? Whether your language needs are business, diplomatic, social, financial, legal or military, each Communicaid Afrikaans course is individually crafted to improve your Afrikaans language and communication skills. Completing a Communicaid Afrikaans course will give you the ability and confidence to communicate in Afrikaans with colleagues, clients and suppliers.
Each Communicaid Afrikaans language course is personally tailored to accommodate your needs. Our trainers can deliver one-to-one language training courses in our training centres, or bring intensive in-house sessions to you at your offices. With training centres in London , Paris , Frankfurt and New York providing international coverage and partner organisations worldwide, Communicaid is uniquely placed to be your local, national and international training partner for Afrikaans courses.
Benefits of our Afrikaans language course
A Communicaid Afrikaans language course will enable you to:
- Communicate confidently in Afrikaans
- Interact more fully when visiting an Afrikaans-speaking region or dealing with Afrikaans speakers
- Build rapport and strengthen relationships with Afrikaans-speaking colleagues and clients through a show of interest in the Afrikaans language and culture
- Demonstrate goodwill and facilitate international communication at both a personal and organisational level
Who should attend our Afrikaans school
A Communicaid Afrikaans language course is designed for anyone:
- Anyone doing business with South Africa or any regions where an Afrikaans-speaking population is prevalent, e.g. Namibia
- Anyone planning to relocate to a South Africa and wishing to attend an Afrikaans course in order to prepare in advance for their assignment
- Business professionals conducting business regularly with Afrikaans speakers who wish to build rapport and strengthen relationships by attending an Afrikaans course
- Government and non-governmental agency representatives working in a Afrikaans-speaking region who need to be able to communicate at all levels
Afrikaans course content
The content and format of your Afrikaans language course will depend on your profession, proficiency in Afrikaans and objectives. Whether beginner, survival, intermediate or advanced, key areas covered in all our Afrikaans courses include:
- Spoken fluency
- Listening skills
- Pronunciation and accent
- Reading skills
- Telephone skills in Afrikaans
- Email skills in Afrikaans
- Sector-specific terminology
- Presentation & negotiation skills
Communicaid's Afrikaans courses are available seven days a week, 365 days a year. Language training takes place between 08:00 and 20:00 although courses are also available outside of these hours upon request.
Suitable tailored and published Afrikaans course materials will be used throughout, with recommendations on self-study material and extra reading made at the beginning and during your Afrikaans course.
We offer a variety of training formats for your Afrikaans course - from intensive, weeklong courses to extensive, modular lessons. Appropriate formats will be discussed during your diagnostic consultancy.
Afrikaans course trainer
All Communicaid Afrikaans trainers are native speakers with at least 3 years’ professional Afrikaans training experience. In addition to relevant academic and linguistic qualifications and experience, many of our Afrikaans trainers also possess considerable exposure and expertise in the professional world.
Your Afrikaans language trainer will be assigned to you following the results of your diagnostic consultancy according to your objectives and areas of focus. Below please find a sample profile of one of our Afrikaans course trainers.
MB joined Communicaid in 2001 from a private consulting firm in his native South Africa. Having graduated from the University of Johannesburg with a BA in Afrikaans Language and an MA in Corporate Communication, MB travelled throughout Africa and Europe, teaching students and professionals in Afrikaans with a particular focus on business Afrikaans language.
Since settling in the UK, MB has worked with various adult learning groups sharing his knowledge of Afrikaans and corporate communication and providing Afrikaans language course training for professionals relocating or doing business in Afrikaans speaking areas.
Facts about the Afrikaans language
Afrikaans developed in the 17 th century when Dutch colonists settled near South Africa 's Cape of Good Hope . It is estimated that there are between 6 to 10 million native speakers of Afrikaans, most of whom are located in western part of South Africa . Neighbouring Namibia also possesses a large contingent of Afrikaans speakers. S everal hundred thousand more speak Afrikaans as a second or third language.
Afrikaans evolved through the centuries as elements of French, Malay, Portuguese and various African and Asian languages were integrated into the local vocabulary throughout the 18 th and 19 th centuries. Now an official language of South Africa , Afrikaans was considered a Dutch dialect until the late 19 th century when a written system unique from Dutch was developed. This written form uses the Roman alphabet, but, unlike Dutch, follows a phonetic spelling and does not differentiate gendered nouns.