Afrikaans is a Low Franconian West Germanic language descended from Dutch which was brought to the south Africa by Dutch settlers. Afrikaans is spoken mainly in South Africa and Namibia. There are also speakers of Afrikaans in Australia, Belgium, Botswana, Canada, Germany, Lesotho, Malawi, Namibia, the Netherlands, New Zealand, the UK, the USA, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
With 7 million native speakers or 13.5% of the population of the Republic of South Africa, it is the third most-spoken language there.
Afrikaans is not currently taught at IU.