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Ready to improve your Afrikaans?

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 bemarking2@taalmuseum.co.za. See more on VivA Afrikaans at www.viva-afrikaans.org and more on the WAT at www.wat.co.za.

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 www.taalmonument.co.za for more details, and follow them on Facebook to see all the other exciting events at the Taalmonument.

Taalmonument 1975-2020 “Grounded in Africa”

The iconic Afrikaans Language Museum and Monument celebrates its 45th birthday in 2020. We therefore plan to turn 2020 into a grand year with numerous additional activities and celebrations to revel in the rich diversity of Afrikaans’s roots AND its contemporary forms.

Taalmonument 1975-2020 “Rotsvas in Afrika”

Die ikoniese Afrikaanse Taalmuseum en -monument vier haar 45ste verjaardag in 2020. Ons beplan dus om van 2020 ‘n grootse jaar maak, met talle bykomende aktiwiteite en vieringe om die ryke diversiteit van Afrikaans se wortels én hedendaagse gedaantes te besing.

Butter us up and win with your idioms!

‘Skerpskryf in Afrikaans’ has many cash prizes at stake for Drakenstein learners

Are idioms your friends and can you hammer original thoughts together? Then the tenth ‘Skerpskryf in Afrikaans’ – a creative writing competition for Drakenstein learners in grades 7, 10, 11 and 12 – is the perfect plan for easy cash in hand. To top it all, participation is free, so learners can only win.

The competition is held by the Hugenote Gedenkskool in Dal Josafat in collaboration with the Afrikaans Language Museum and Monument (ATM) in Paarl. In 1883 this memorial school was the first school in South Africa to officially use Afrikaans as a medium of instruction.

Participation is easy and to the benefit of every learner who writes in Afrikaans. It will also help to identify promising young writers. The finalists and their teachers will be invited to an award ceremony at the Hugenote Gedenkskool on 19 October 2019 where they will also participate in a workshop with famous writers, journalists and bloggers regarding the many aspects of writing in Afrikaans.

There are two categories, one for all Grade 10, 11 and 12 learners in Drakenstein and one for Grade 7 learners from rural schools in Drakenstein. Participants must:
1. Describe in one sentence what an idiom is;
2. Write down 10 Afrikaans idioms; and
3. Write a maximum of 200 words (grade 7) or 300 words (grades 10, 11 and 12) in which you interpret the meaning of one of your chosen idioms.

Both learners and schools can win quite a few prizes, so put your shoulder to the wheel!

The overall high school winner receives R1 000 cash as well as a R1 000 voucher for Afrikaans books. The two winners in the creative and linguistic categories each win R500 in cash as well as a R500 voucher for Afrikaans books. The overall primary school winner will receive R500 and the first two runners-up R300 and R200 each. All three will also win a book as a prize. The six winners’ schools also receive a R500 voucher each for Afrikaans books. The people who encouraged the winning entries, as well as the teachers that submit the most entries, each receive R500.

Learners can find out how to enter by asking their Afrikaans teachers or looking at www.taalmonument.co.za. Winners of previous years may enter again, but will not be eligible for prizes. Entries must be submitted to Janine Brown at the Language Museum at 11 Pastorie Avenue, Paarl, by 26 July 2019. For inquiries and electronic entries, contact her on 021 872 3441 or opvoeding@taalmuseum.co.za.

Smeer heuning om ons mond en wen só met jou idiome!

‘Skerpskryf in Afrikaans’ het talle koel kontantpryse op die spel vir Drakenstein-leerders

Is daar idiome, spreekwoorde en uitdrukkings in jou drome? Dan is die tiende ‘Skerpskryf in Afrikaans’ – ’n skeppende skryfkompetisie vir graad 7-, 10-, 11- en 12-leerders van Drakenstein – die perfekte plan vir maklike kontant in die hand. Inskrywings is boonop gratis, dus deelnemers kan net wen.

Die kompetisie word aangebied deur die Hugenote Gedenkskool in Dal Josafat in samewerking met die Afrikaanse Taalmuseum en -monument (ATM) in die Paarl. In 1883 was die gedenkskool die eerste skool in Suid-Afrika waar Afrikaans amptelik as onderrigmedium aangewend is.

Deelname is maklik en tot voordeel van elke leerder wat in Afrikaans skryf – dit sal boonop help om belowende jong skrywers te identifiseer. Die finaliste en hul onderwysers sal genooi word na ʼn prysoorhandiging by die Hugenote Gedenkskool op 19 Oktober 2019 waar hulle ook sal deelneem aan ’n werksessie met bekende skrywers, joernaliste en blogskrywers oor die vele aspekte van skryf in Afrikaans.

Daar is twee kategorieë, een vir alle Graad 10-, 11- en 12-leerders in Drakenstein en een vir graad 7-leerders van landelike skole in Drakenstein. Deelnemers moet die volgende doen:
1. Beskryf in een sin wat ’n idioom is;
2. Skryf 10 Afrikaanse idiome neer; en
3. Skryf ’n opstel van maksimum 200 woorde (graad 7) of 300 woorde (grade 10, 11 en 12) waarin jy die betekenis van een van jou gekose idioom uitlê.

Leerders én skole kan ʼn hele paar pryse wen, so sit skouer aan die wiel!

Die algehele hoërskoolwenner kry R1 000 kontant asook ’n R1 000-koopbewys vir Afrikaanse boeke. Die twee wenners in die skeppende en taalkundige afdelings wen elk R500 kontant asook ’n R500-koopbewys vir Afrikaanse boeke. Die algehele laerskoolwenner kry R500 en die eerste twee naaswenners R300 en R200 elk. Al drie wen ook ’n boek as prys. Die ses wenners se skole ontvang ook elk ’n koopbewys van R500 vir Afrikaanse boeke. Die persone wat die wen-inskrywings aangemoedig het, sowel as die onderwysers wat die meeste inskrywings instuur, ontvang elk R500.

Leerders kan by hul Afrikaansonderwysers uitvind hoe om in te skryf of op www.taalmonument.co.za kyk. Wenners van die vorige jare kan weer inskryf, maar sal nie in aanmerking kom vir pryse nie. Inskrywings moet teen 26 Julie 2019 ingehandig word by Janine Brown in die Taalmuseum te Pastorielaan 11, Paarl. Vir navrae en elektroniese inskrywings, kontak haar op 021 872 3441 of opvoeding@taalmuseum.co.za.