The 100 lessons help you to quickly learn and use a foreign language in various situations (e.g.in a hotel or restaurant, on a vacation, small talk, getting to know people, shopping, at the doctor, at the bank etc.).Adults who have learned a language in school can refresh their knowledge using book is available in over 50 languages and in approximately 2500 language combinations, e.g.German to English, English to Spanish, Spanish to Chinese etc.On another level, there are linguistic tensions between the ethnic Europeans and the black majority, mostly in regard to language instruction in schools.This issue was the spark that ignited the tragic Soweto riots in 1976.Afrikaners, who today constitute roughly 60% of the white population, have since 1948 almost completely dominated politics.Today 19 of the 20 Cabinet members are native Afrikaans speakers.
English is an urban, international language and Afrikaans mainly a rural, national one.
This, along with the freeing of slaves and the British efforts to establish racial equity in the courts, led to the Boers' treks northward starting in 1836, and as British imperialism grew, to the Boer War at the turn of the century.
These events are engraved on the Afrikaner character and ideology.
English is the language of the more liberal newspapers as well as most black newspapers.
Afrikaans is the language of the labor bureaus, the police, and the prisons, which explains black Africans' antipathy toward it.