How Many Languages Do You Speak?

Wikus, the main character in District 9, mainly speaks English in the movie,
though some Afrikaans slang can be heard throughout.

Ever since I discovered the South African rap-rave group, Die Antwoord and saw Neill Blomkamp’s District 9, I’ve wanted to learn Afrikaans. Over the years, I’ve picked up a few words from the rapid-fire mélange of Afrikaans and English that make up Die Antwoord’s songs, but it’s nowhere near enough to boast about having any language skills outside of English and the six years of Spanish I took in high school and college (of which I retained almost nothing). Before now, though, there hasn’t been a good way for me to tackle Afrikaans…

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