Gbelle wrote:I'm uncertain which to learn. I think Afrikaans is a lot more useful in Australia.
Is "usefulness" your primary criterion when choosing a language to learn? How to you go about determining it?
FWIW, Ethnologue lists more than twice as many speakers of Dutch in Australia as Afrikaans-speakers (i.e. 36,183 vs 16,806). Both numbers are tiny compared to the totals for such languages as Italian, Greek, Cantonese, Arabic, Mandarin, and Vietnamese (each with over 190,000 speakers). Moreover, I think if you looked at figures for speakers who were monolingual in these languages, the totals for both Dutch and Afrikaans would be nugatory.
"Richmond is a real scholar; Owen just learns languages because he can't bear not to know what other people are saying."--Margaret Lattimore on her two sons