Namibian Black German
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Namibian Black German is near extinction. It was spoken mostly by Africans who served their colonial masters when Namibia was known as German South-West Africa but who did not learn standard German.
Example sentences and standard German equivalents:
- Lange nicht sehen - long no see (: "Lange nicht gesehen")
- Was Banane kosten? - What cost banana? ("Was kostet die/eine Banane?")
- spät Uhr - 'late clock', meaning 'it's late' ("es ist spät")
- Herr fahren Jagd, nicht Haus - "Master go hunt, not house", meaning "The man goes hunting, and is not at home." ("Der Herr geht zur Jagd, und ist nicht zu Hause")
Today, speakers of Namibian Black German usually also speak German, Afrikaans or English.
- Ana Deumerta, Namibian Kiche Duits: The Making (and Decline) of a Neo-African Language,University of Cape Town
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