Yes my ancestors arrived here from Holland in the late seventeenth Century ... we've been here pretty much ever since! Afrikaans is close to Dutch, I can understand Dutch but not speak it, and it sounds rather strange to me if I hear it.
Right. Goes the same for me, I have to pay a lot of attention to understand Afrikaans, but it's such a lovely language to my ears. It sounds rather funny I don't mean to insult you of coarse. The written Afrikaans is fantatstic too and I suppose I can understand the meaning.