The South African English accent is world renowned and it doesn’t matter how hard we try to have a real British accent we cannot manage.
Here are some South African English words that you might enjoy!
I’ve written a paragraph in South African English. I’ve included a list of words below. See how much you can understand:
I get into my bakkie and drive to the robot. There I turn left and say ‘ahwe’ to the man next to the road. I really enjoy life in Mzansi. I turn up the volume of the Kwaito playing on my radio. I must make a plan to visit the butchery to get meat for the braai. I hope there wouldn’t be a monekeys wedding this afternoon.
Robots: We say robot for a traffic light.
Bottle store: a shop where you buy liquor
ag man- ag as the Afrikaans equivalent to “oh” (pronounced \ach\ like German ACHtung), man pronounced as in English.
antie – an older female authority figure. [Derived from the English “aunt”.]
aweh/awe (pronounced \AAAH-WHERE\ –> not rolling the “R”) – said in excitement, as in: Aweh; my boss said I can go home early today.. The word has many meanings or uses: “hello”, “goodbye”, “yes”. Also associated with prison use. (Greeting) “Aweh, my bru” (Hello my friend).
baas – boss
babelaas / babbelas – hangover (of Zulu origin)
bakgat – cool; expression of appreciation for something very well accomplished
bakkie – a utility truck, pick-up truck, now a mainstream word in South African English. Can also refer to a small container.
dobbel – “gamble”
duidelik – direct from Afrikaans, meaning “clear”; used to express clarity on something or excitement about something.
eksê – from Afrikaans, translated it means “I say”. Used in greeting i.e. “Whakind eksê” or in general speech.
kwaito – popular genre of music, a mixture of South African disco, hip hop, R&B, ragga, and a heavy dose of house-music beats.
moegoe – a fool, idiot or simpleton. For example: “moegoe of the week”
braai- almost like a barbeque. Folow this link to read more about this important event in every South Africans life. We are going to braai again tomorrow for the Rugby.
mzansi – [from the isiXhosa words, Mzantsi Afrika].) A common term which means South Africa. [Mzansi]
Kombi is a mini van.
Make a plan- from the Afrikaans “maak ‘n plan”
When it rains when the sun shines you call it a monkey’s wedding.
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