Afrikaans voice-over agency
Afrikaans voice-over production made simple
We have a good selection of the very best Afrikaans voice-over talent available, and you’ll find our voice costs and studio rates to be less than many other agencies offering exactly the same service. And we’ll make sure the chosen Afrikaans voice artist gives you the very best rate for the job, and we’ll negotiate down on repeat fees and broadcast rates on your behalf.
We can record wild, or sync to picture, and deliver the audio back via FTP. When required, we can also re-mix your new Afrikaans voice-over recording with the existing music and effects track, and send you a fully mixed video soundtrack.
To check the availability of our Afrikaans voice-artists and to confirm costs, please contact us using the Quick Quote form below, and we’ll respond within the hour. Or you can email email@example.com or call us on +44(0)118 958 4934.
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Featured Afrikaans Voice Talent
Here is a selection of Afrikaans voice talent who we regularly work with, but if you don’t find what you’re looking for, we have a dedicated talent management team who will help you source the perfect Afrikaans voice for your needs, and at a price that won’t blow your budget.
If you would like to discuss your project further, please complete the Quick Quote below. You can also call us on +44 (0)118 9584934 , or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Afrikaans voice-over female – Teeth, gums & bones
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A short history of the Afrikaans language
During the 18th century, Afrikaans evolved from various dialects spoken by the Dutch settlers of what is now South Africa. Although approximately 90-95% of the vocabulary is of Dutch origin, words were also adopted from Malay, Portuguese, and various Bantu and Khoisan languages.
In the early 20th century, Afrikaans was recognised legally as a distinct language – not just a Dutch dialect – and it went on to replace Standard Dutch as an official language of South Africa when it became a republic in 1961.
Today, although Afrikaans is spoken as a first language by only around 13.5% of the population of South Africa, most South Africans understand it as a second (or third) language.
In Namibia it is spoken widely as a second language, and by around 11% of the population as a native language. Here it also plays an important role as a lingua franca (or common language).
Afrikaans is an official language of South Africa and Namibia. It is also spoken as a native language in other African countries, notably Botswana, Zimbabwe and Malawi, although it is not an official language in these countries. Outside Africa, most Afrikaans-speaking people are emigrants and their descendants.
How many people speak Afrikaans as their first language?
It is estimated that around 10 million people around the world speak Afrikaans as their first language. The total number of people speaking Afrikaans – as a first or second language – could be up to 23 million.
Did you know…
- South Africa has eleven official languages. They are – in alphabetical order – Afrikaans, English, Ndebele, Northern Sotho, Sotho, Swazi, Tswana, Tsonga, Venda, Xhosa and Zulu. Afrikaans is the third most spoken native language in the country, after Zulu and Zhosa.
- Today Afrikaans and Dutch speakers share over 90% of their vocabulary, which means that they can pick up each other’s languages – and the different pronunciations – fairly quickly. Many Dutch (and Belgian) companies take advantage of this, outsourcing their call centres to South Africa.
- South African English is peppered with Afrikaans words, such as braai (barbecue) and bakkie (pick-up truck). There are a number of words in standard English that are also derived from Afrikaans, including aardvark, meerkat, trek and apartheid.
Ranked by the World Bank as an ‘upper middle-income country’, South Africa is the largest economy in Africa. Its shrewd financial policies protected the country from the worst effects of the global financial crisis of 2007/2008.
However, at the end of 2013 South Africa is trailing other emerging markets, with unemployment officially at 25% (but estimated to be much higher). The ruling African National Congress says the country has been affected by the economic situation in Europe, with which it has crucial trade links.
But the South African economy has also been badly hit by a series of strikes in key industries, including mining and manufacturing, which together contribute around 22% of the country’s GDP (based on 2012 statistics).
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