There’s a captivating language workshop in store for you at the Taalmonument

(Re)discover the secret of well-written Afrikaans during an enjoyable ‘Kom slyp jou Afrikaans’ workshop on Thursday, 5 September 2019, at the Taalmonument on Paarl Mountain.

This workshop, hosted by talented language experts Jana Luther of VivA Afrikaans and Fred Pheiffer of the WAT, is aimed at both language practitioners and the general public. It will focus on language developments covered by the latest Afrikaanse woordelys en spelreëls (AWS) as well as common best practice, language editing, punctuation and writing (two words or one; hyphens and umlauts; capital letters or not) and so on. Common word-use and spelling errors will be work-shopped. Participants are encouraged to share their own language difficulties for discussion.

Luther is editor of the 6th edition of the Handwoordeboek van die Afrikaanse Taal (HAT6), editor of the new Algemene Woordeboek van Eietydse Afrikaans (AWEA) and an Afrikaanse learner’s dictionary at VivA, and secretary of the SA Academy for Science and the Arts’ Taalkommissie. Previously she worked for Tafelberg Publishers, Pharos Dictionaries and Pearson South Africa, and as freelance subeditor for Die Burger. In her free time, she is a fiction editor.

Pheiffer is an associate editor at the Bureau of the WAT and a Taalkommissie member. Previously he was editor of school dictionaries at Oxford University Press South Africa, editor of the Handwoordeboek van die Afrikaanse Taal (HAT6) at Pearson, co-editor of the Pharos Afrikaans-English English-Afrikaans Dictionary and language practitioner and interpreter at the Parliament of South Africa. In his free time, he does manuscript editing and translating.

The workshop costs only R250 per person and takes place in the conference hall of the Visitor Centre, from 09:00 to 13:00. Coffee/tea/confectioneries are included, as well as a free guided tour of the iconic monument.

For details and bookings, contact Jeffrey Pietersen on 021 872 3441 or send an email to See more on VivA Afrikaans at and more on the WAT at

The ATM annually presents a series of courses and workshops, focusing on the development of basic professional skills. This year’s programme includes subjects such as archiving, book binding, language tourism and star trails photography. Suggestions for additional workshops on related topics are welcomed. See for more details, and follow them on Facebook to see all the other exciting events at the Taalmonument.