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South Africa phrasebook: With these 10 slang terms you can start right away as a local
When you land in Cape Town and take your first steps through the city, everything seems very European. Modern shops, hip cafés, cool, good-humored people and since everyone speaks English, you immediately feel well prepared to start babbling.
That also works wonderfully, because English is the most widely spoken language in South Africa alongside Afrikaans. With 11 official languages, however, a very special English has developed with many slang words that appear bizarre for Europeans.
So that you can have a say and above all understand from day 1 of your arrival, here is our ultimate South Africa slang guide:
Howzit is the most common greeting used by South Africans. You shake hands and say "howzit" - how are you. Short for “How’s it going?”. An answer is not really expected. Instead one replies “howzit” or “Very good, how are you?”.
Derived from the word “broer”, Afrikaans for “brother”, “bru” is used as an expression of affection or sympathy for male friends (as well as bro or dude);
Example: "Howzit my bru!"
The term “lekker” in South Africa has more to do with food. South Africans - like the Dutch - use the word lekker in all situations. Eating can be “lekker”, but also a woman, a man, the evening, the day, the sunset. All very sappy affairs. Examples: “That was a lekker sandwich.”, “We had a lekker day at the beach.”, “This lekker chick over there”, or as a greeting: “Have a lekker day, bru!”
4. Just now
Over time it is a little different in Africa than in Germany. Everything takes a little longer here. "It's Africa Time" is what they say. South Africans often use the term “just now” - for example when ordering in the restaurant “I'll be with you just now”. Sounds pretty quick. “I'll be with you in a moment”. But it's not always like that. “Just now” describes a rather undefined period of time. In contrast, there is also the term “NowNow”. "I'll do it NowNow" - is a bit faster. So if this is your second time asking the waitress for your bill, it will come as an answer. So relaxation is the order of the day in the land of the eternal sun. That’s the most important thing in South Africa anyway. And that with the invoice or order, that also works.
South Africans love "braais". Barbecues or barbecues. The word “braai” can be used as a verb and as a noun. Examples: "Let's have a braai at my house on Sunday." or "We’re going to braai at a friend’s house."
You will hear this little word all the time in South Africa. Usually used in a relatively high pitch, it is like our saying “oh really?” Or “really?” and often used as an interlude in a conversation. Relaxed, South Africans use the term “izit” grammatically completely wrong - simply after outstanding statements - like in English “really?” or in German "Echt?" or "honest?" would interject.
Example: A: "I saw two houses for sale on the beach for over 4 million euros." B: "Izit?"
If you book a safari, you will certainly come across the word "bakkie" for the first time when you are picked up at the airport. A “bakkie” is a pick-up, a transporter with a loading area onto which you can load luggage or tools and equipment. Example:
"We all jumped on the back of my dad’s bakkie and went to the beach."
The colloquial, South African “yes” sounds like a drawn out, German “ja”. And also means “yes” - approval. It comes from the South African Afrikaans language and stands for an affirmative answer to a decision-making question.
A: "Do you want to go to a dance club tonight?" B: "Yes, why not?"
Yebo is another expression for "yes". It comes from the Zulu language and also stands for consent.
A “robot” is by no means a small robot that is used in traffic. South Africans call their traffic lights “Robot”. If you ask for directions, a "Turn right at the next robot." - now you know where to go.
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