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Re: Afrikaans Animal Names

Unread postby Bush Baptist » Thu Nov 28, 2013 12:54 pm

Brindled gnu = blouwildebees :thumbs_up:
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Re: Afrikaans Animal Names

Unread postby Grantmissy » Fri Nov 29, 2013 7:28 am

Stokkiesduiwels or Wandelende Takke – Praying Mantis
Toktokkie – A beetle
Liewenheerbesies – Ladybirds

All three above are Goggas or in English insects.
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Re: Afrikaans Animal Names

Unread postby onewithnature » Sun Dec 01, 2013 7:01 am

How descriptive Afrikaans can be. Beautiful names for those goggas. Now to find a way to drop them into a conversation. :hmz:
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Re: Afrikaans Animal Names

Unread postby wildflowergirl » Thu Dec 05, 2013 7:28 pm

Grantmissy wrote:Stokkiesduiwels or Wandelende Takke – Praying Mantis


I also heard praying mantis being called bid-sprinkane - almost direct translation. Except that they are not sprinkane (grasshoppers). :D
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Re: Afrikaans Animal Names

Unread postby Carol g » Thu Dec 05, 2013 8:12 pm

Sable = swart wit pens very discriptive
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Unread postby NetEk » Fri Dec 06, 2013 8:02 am

Baster Gemsbok = Roan
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Re: Afrikaans Animal Names

Unread postby Grantmissy » Wed Sep 17, 2014 1:07 pm

Oogpister.

This is a ground beetle in the informal Afrikaans spoken language. They may be seen during outdoor activities such as camping and when it is spotted someone will alert the others by saying - take care there is an Oogpister.
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Re: Afrikaans Animal Names

Unread postby Dijo » Thu Sep 18, 2014 6:00 am

Parktown Prawn

Is this an animal or a derogatory term ?? I remember it used a long time ago and at the time I thought it was an animal, but maybe I 'heard' wrong.

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Re: Afrikaans Animal Names

Unread postby Grantmissy » Thu Sep 18, 2014 7:36 am

:) Dijo if I am correct the Parktown Prawn is the King Cricket or the Koningskriek in Afrikaans.
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Re: Afrikaans Animal Names

Unread postby Carol g » Thu Sep 18, 2014 7:58 am

Gogamannetjie, any small creepy crawly
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Re: Afrikaans Animal Names

Unread postby wildflowergirl » Thu Oct 09, 2014 10:45 am

Spookvoel = Grey headed bush shrike.
I have heard people talk about ghost birds as well. It's due to the eerie sound they make and they like to hide away in the bush so you hear them but not see them.
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Unread postby Philip1 » Thu Oct 09, 2014 11:05 am

Ietermagog = Pangolin.
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Re: Afrikaans Animal Names

Unread postby Waterbuck » Thu Oct 09, 2014 12:28 pm

I grew up in KZN in an Afrikaans house with a English father and a mother fluent in Zulu. I married a boere-girl from Dispatch and raised my kids English :whistle: I dream in Afrikaans........I think!
I scanned through the last 17 pages of this topic and have made a list of the bird names that have already been given so as not to repeat them. Here are the first few additional ones shown as the Afrikaans name with a direct translation and then the real English name.

Aasvoel - Bait bird or Carrion bird - Vulture
Breekoparend - Broad Head Eagle - Martial Eagle
Grootjagarend - Big Hunt Eagle - African Hawk Eagle
Kleinjagarend - Small Hunt Eagle - Ayres's Hawk Eagle
Roofarend - Robbery Eagle or Raid Eagle - Tawny Eagle
Witkruisarend - White Cross Eagle - Verreaux's Eagle
Baardmannetjie - Bearded Little Man - Scaly-Feathered Finch

I'll post more of these soon. Perhaps some of the souties want to translate one of my favourite Afrikaans words: Bloubessievormkoekie :tongue:
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Re: Afrikaans Animal Names

Unread postby Dream Weaver » Thu Oct 09, 2014 12:53 pm

Sounds like a blueberry muffin to me.

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Re: Afrikaans Animal Names

Unread postby Carol g » Thu Oct 09, 2014 12:57 pm

Blueberry biscuits formed with a cookie cutter :lol:
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