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Re: Afrikaans Animal Names

Unread postby onewithnature » Sun Mar 15, 2009 3:08 am

Great info, Heike1968! Thanks ...
"Hummel" I like indeed - such an expressive compact description of the humming bumble bee; I'll not forget it.
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Re: Afrikaans Animal Names

Unread postby Richprins » Sun Mar 15, 2009 6:23 pm

Thanks. Heike!

The translation for "Hetzer" is "baiter", I just assumed it would be an animal too! :hmz: :redface:

Here's another one: "Marder"... :)

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Re: Afrikaans Animal Names

Unread postby Heike1968 » Sun Mar 15, 2009 6:47 pm

Yes, a "Marder" is an animal. The English word is marten. Some kind of a weasel.
Here's a foto: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Beech_Marten.jpg

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Unread postby Richprins » Mon Mar 16, 2009 7:40 pm

Sëhr Gut, Madchen!

Now back to Afrikaans... :D

Still waiting for more on "akkedis"... :shock:

And perhaps one of our most common birds: "spreeu" (starling)

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Re: Afrikaans Animal Names

Unread postby onewithnature » Wed Mar 25, 2009 6:13 am

Of course; there are Afrikaans names for everything! Olifant and Leeu, respectively.
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Unread postby Richprins » Tue Apr 21, 2009 7:01 pm

OK...back on topic!

Anyone with more ideas about "akkedis"...(lizard)?

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Re: Afrikaans Animal Names

Unread postby Elzet » Wed Apr 22, 2009 2:21 pm

African jacana = grootlangtoon? = direct translation = big long toe

(Sounds like a creature from my childhood memories who sneaked up on innocent dwarfs or like my ex-sister-in-law :mrgreen: ). Not very original, is it? Anyone has any suggestions on this Afrikaans name's origin?

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Re: Afrikaans Animal Names

Unread postby Scipio » Wed Apr 22, 2009 2:26 pm

They first had the "Kleinlangtoon" this one was bigger. :hmz:

Growing up we used to know them as "Blaartrappers"(Leave trodders/steppers)

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Re: Afrikaans Animal Names

Unread postby Elzet » Wed Apr 22, 2009 2:37 pm

Not far off, Scipio...

They're also known as Lelielopers of Lotusvogels (Actophilornis africana), i.e. vogel = dutch for bird.

Xhosa ... Unknown

Zulu ... iThandaluzibo/uNondwayiza

Afrikaans ...Grootlangtoon

German ... Blaustirn-Blatthhnchen, Jacana

Portuguese ... Jacana-africana

French ... Jacana poitrine dore

Dutch ... Lelie-Loper

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Re: Afrikaans Animal Names

Unread postby onewithnature » Thu Apr 23, 2009 1:27 am

Shoo, I've always enjoyed the lilt of Afrikaans - it has a such a soft, rhythmoc quality when describing things, and the names themselves are most often directly related to the thing's most obvious characteristics.
Not that I'm Afrikaans ... I just like some of your poets too.
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Re: Afrikaans Animal Names

Unread postby Elzet » Sat Apr 25, 2009 11:14 am

Another one that makes me think:

English: striped cuckoo
Afrikaans: Gestreepte nuwejaarsvoël
Direct translation: Striped new year's bird?

Who flew over the cuckoo's nest when the clock striked 00:00?
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Re: Afrikaans Animal Names

Unread postby Elzet » Sat Apr 25, 2009 11:28 am

And another:

English: Gorgeous bushshrike
Afrikaans: Konkoit

I can't find any other explanation but that of Newman:

It's call - a melodic, clear 'kong-kong-koit' or 'kong-kong-koit-a-koit'.
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Re: Afrikaans Animal Names

Unread postby Richprins » Sun Apr 26, 2009 6:26 pm

Thanks, Elzet!

Still no info on the exact "tarentaal" name... :)

Also "likkewaan"! :lol:

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Re: Afrikaans Animal Names

Unread postby Elzet » Mon Apr 27, 2009 3:59 pm

viewtopic.php?f=90&t=4562&start=0

For more info on where the word 'likkewaan' comes from...
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Re: Afrikaans Animal Names

Unread postby Elzet » Sun May 03, 2009 9:43 am

(BGS, this one’s for you!) :thumbs_up:

Afrikaans: Spookvoël

English: Greyheaded Bush Shrike

Direct translation from Afrikaans to English: Ghost Bird (The striking Grey-Headed Bush-Shrike's mournful and drawn out call has given rise to the Afrikaans name of ‘Spookvoël’, translated as ‘Ghost bird’. According to Newman the sound is ‘foeeee, foeee, foeee-iet’ and also a frequent ‘kwerk’.

Scientific name: Malaconotus blanchoti

Xhosa: Umbhankro

Zulu: uHlaza

German: Graukopfwűrger, Riesenbuschwűrger

Portuguese: Picano-de-cabea-cinzenta

French: Gladiateur de Blanchot

Dutch: Spookklauwier

Italian: Averla di macchia testagrigia

Source: http://www.thekruger.com/knpbirds/malac ... nchoti.htm

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