mooing – to flirt. Add some salads, rolls and ‘melktert’ for dessert and you are set for a traditional South African braai. Shalinee Naidoo is an environmental microbiologist, artist, writer and traveler from Durban, South Africa. Eg. “Chow” is used in certain parts of America to describe the act of eating and it’s no different in South Africa. The automatic light-changing function of a traffic light resembles that of a robotic machine, hence the slang term. This can be used when experiencing any kind of pain, but it’s mostly used when experiencing a sharp, sudden pain like a bee sting or a paper cut. You’ll often hear South Africans mention that they will do something ‘just now’. The pronunciation features which survive are mainly those from south-east England with distinct Cockney associations. There are so many slang and general linguistic differences between American English and South African English. In South Africa, ag [agh] is not short for aggressive or agriculture — it’s a filler word to express irritation or resignation. Example: “Aikona, why did she do that? This is an endearing term that is used by South Africans in just about every social situation. © 2020 Enux Education Limited. Amazon and the Amazon logo are trademarks of, Inc, or its affiliates. Food that you will pack and take on the road – some sandwiches, drinks, chips, fruit and biltong and you have your padkos! “She scaled my cheese poppers from Bossa last night.”. To scale something is to steal it and a person who’s “scaly” is a thief or otherwise sleazy person. It is usually served with yellow rice and raisins. For example, in South Africa, the word now doesn’t always mean what you think. Email us at for information about sharing your experience and advice with the Pink Pangea community. “Ach man, I have such a hangover from last night.”. Absolutely delicious! In this article, we’re covering South Africa’s linguistic history along with 17 South African English phrases. Similar to beef jerky (but much tastier! A confusing phrase for non-locals meaning sometime soon – sooner than just now but quicker than right now. Download: This blog post is available as a convenient and portable PDF that you Biltong is a favorite South African snack made from dried and salted meat, similar to beef jerky. Example: “I’m going to a jol tonight!” / “I’m having a jol!” / “It was such a jol!”. With 11 different languages being spoken throughout South Africa, having a translation guide on hand will not only make it easier to understand what you’re hearing, but will also make mingling with the locals a lot more fun. Example: “Ag, man!” / “Ag, no man!” / “Ag, shame man!”. It’s a unique word because it doesn’t just express surprise—it can also express excitement, disbelief or anger. Also, as you’ll see below, some South African English words developed from other neighboring languages—knowing this can help you remember them. “Robot” is simply the South African English term for “traffic light.”. ‘Ag, no man!’, or ‘Ag, let’s go.’, Skinner [skuhn-her] is Afrikaans slang for gossip. It is usually made from beef, game and even ostrich. Please check your email for further instructions. South Africa is rich in various official languages other than English, including the following (sometimes spelled different ways): English is currently only the fourth most spoken language in South Africa, with less than 10% of the population actively speaking it. Example: “We’re going to the beach now now!” (But first we have to pack our swimming gear, stop at gas station and maybe get some snacks…). This term is used to describe a male in his teens or early twenties. Example: “Let’s chow my bru!” / “This chow is spicy!”. There isn’t a large German-speaking population in South Africa now, but some words seem to have remained as slang. Tons of languages use “baba” as a way to say “dad,” but the South African term is believed to have originated from Afrikaans or Indian. This is a derogative term meaning to hit or punch someone. ‘Don’t skinner about me.’, Lekker [lek-uh] is a widely used term indicating that something is ‘great’ or ‘nice’. Sho’t left is derived from everyday South African ‘taxi lingo’. There are lots of unique English terms that you’ll only hear in South Africa. ‘That’s a kief car!’. Dop is slang for an alcoholic drink. and means ‘goodbye’ or that everything is great. (Download). So you can see the intermingling of the accents. Extend any of the syllables for full effect. Never saw them written down so didn’t even think of how they were spelt… Always thought it was footseck or something… LOL, Voetsek!!

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