To start, I would like to call on all the readers out there. I am an Afrikaans speaking person and write in Afrikaans, pray in Afrikaans and dream in Afrikaans. I am making this blog post in English though.
One would think that people wouldn’t want to speak English in South Africa, especially as an Afrikaans native because the English oppressed the South Africans for quite a while, but that is certainly not the case. If one looks at the different countries that were previously colonised by European countries one would think that the natives will despise them to such an extent that they wouldn’t want to speak the language that they were forced to speak. The same as the Englishmen did with the South Africans. Nonetheless, English is the ‘lingua franca’ of South Africa. Read more about the history of English.
I sometimes feel that Afrikaans and all the other African languages has to compete with English in the South African context. One should take into consideration that we live in the Age of Technology and the Age of Social Media. It is inevitable for human beings to find a language that everyone will understand, especially living in a global city. Therefore, I am a proud Afrikaans speaker, but also thankful that I know the global language so that I will be able to communicate and understand the world around me. Not only to have another perspective regarding my initial views and ideologies of life but also to be able to enjoy the literature and communicate with others in South Africa and around the globe.
I had English as a major in my first and second year at university and the books they exposed us to could be compared to one word in a whole dictionary. There are so many good books out there, in both Afrikaans and English, and I think I will die someday still wishing I have read a thousand more books. I try to read as much as I can, no matter what type of reading I am doing as long as I am reading. It opens doors to many places one wouldn’t have been able to imagine. And most of all it also helps you to relax.
I recently attended the launch of romantic novels. I am really not a big fan of this type of literature, but Creative Writing is one of the modules I’m taking as part of my studies and it is good to be familiar with all the genres available out there. The authors mentioned that they are not writing a literary intriguing novel but the average Joe, or Suzy in this case, would enjoy the book because it is only mindless reading and they would easily get carried away. Not every book you read has to be difficult or something with great literary value, as long as you read and support the art of published books. Not only to escape and fantasize but also to take a break and relax!
Until next time.