Day 24: Why I love South Africa: 11 Official languages: Afrikaans


Afrikaans is a mixture of Dutch, German and other languages. There are also many dialects.

Below are some sentences to introduce you to the language.

How are you?- Hoe gaan dit?

Good Morning! is Goeie more!

“Good Day.” is “Goeie dag.”

“Good Evening!” is “Goeie naand!”

“Hello, what is your name?” is “Hallo, wat is jou naam?”

“My name is …” is “My naam is…”

I have a whole blog dedicated to Afrikaans you can visit it here.

 

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Day 23: Reasons Why I love South Africa: 11 Official Languages: English


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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