Charlize Theron’s Claim That Afrikaans Is A ‘Dying Language’ Leaves South Africa Divided

Charlize Theron's Claim That Afrikaans Is A 'Dying Language' Leaves South Africa Divided
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Charlize Theron’s Claim That Afrikaans Is A ‘Dying Language’ Leaves South Africa Divided

 

Oscar award-winning South African-born actress Charlize Theron has caused such a stir on social media over her controversial Afrikaans claims.

The Snow White and the Huntsman actress opened up about her Afrikaans heritage on SmartLess podcast.

 

Charlize Theron Afrikaans claim
Charlize Theron’s controversial Afrikaans claims causes stir (Image Credit: News24)

 

She, however, ruffled feathers when she claimed that Afrikaans was a dying language and that it wasn’t a helpful language.

There’s about 44 people still speaking it. It’s definitely a dying language; it’s not a very helpful language,” she said in the interview.

The Mad Max: Fury Road star who is an Afrikaans descent revealed that she didn’t speak English until she was around 19 and only focused on learning the language when she was in America. She said that it was easy for her to drop her South African accent because she was learning the English language from scratch.

That’s why it was easy for me to drop the [South African] accent because I was really learning English from scratch,” she said.

Her sentiments caused such an uproar on social media as her claims divided South Africans’ opinions. While some agreed with Charlize’s analysis and concurred that it should be scrapped as an official South African language, others slammed her for lying that only 44 people speak Afrikaans.

 

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Charlize Theron (Image Credit: Twitter via @Marie Claire SA)

Check out some of the reactions;

@HTerblanche78;

CharlizeAfrica I’m writing in English so that all your fans can understand! Before you talk sh💩t about the Afrikaans language….always remember Afrikaans made you the person you are today…

@DerrickSeraga;

Charlize is right nobody cares about Afrikaans and it should be removed as an official language.”

@SuperSadioYNWA;

Charlize Theron talking shit about the Afrikaans language is an embarrassment a large % of the population still speak it and don’t worry we don’t consider you an Afrikaner anyway stay away from SA you’re not welcome.

@Puseclint;

Charlize Theron is right Afrikaans is a dying language…you all should know Afrikaans is a slang which was used by the San people. The whites we have here are Dutch

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