Afrikaans Directions

These are expressions used when giving or getting directions in Afrikaans. Very useful when trying to find your way around or when lost.

Excuse me! (to ask someone): Verskoon my
Can you show me?: Kan u my wys?
I'm lost: Ek het verdwaal
I'm not from here: Ek is nie van hier nie
Can I help you?: Kan ek u help? 'U' here is the formal form of address. Could also use 'jou'
Can you help me?: Kan u mey help?
It's near here: Dis hier naby
It's far from here: Dis ver hiervandaan
Go straight: Gaan reguit (aan)
Turn left: Draai links
Turn right: Draai regs
One moment please!: Net 'n oomblik, asseblief
Come with me!: Kom saam (met my)
How can I get to the museum? : Hoe kom ek by die museum?
How long does it take to get there?: Hoe lank vat dit om daar te kom?
Downtown (city center): middestad

The following are words which might be used alone or in combination with other words to ask or give directions.

Near: naby
Far: ver
Right: regs
Left: links
Straight: reguit
There: daar
Here: hier
To walk: stap
To drive: ry
To turn: draai
Traffic light: verkeerslig

We hope you will not need to ask for directions in Afrikaans. If you do need help then the above sentences are essential. Check our menu above to select another topic or click the "Next" button to view the next lesson.

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