South African slang

Learn some “South African slang”

South African slang

Are we braaing boerewors tonight ma bru?

If that question has your eyes glaring with question marks, then you should carry on reading to learn some South African slang. The South African slang is influenced by the country’s 11 official languages and to get you chatting the truly South African way, I have put together a list of words that will make your South African conversations much easier. P.S – Don’t be shy to mix it up.

Lekker

expression used for great, tasty

 

Yebo

means “Yes” in Zulu (Zulu is one of the 11 official languages you are going to find in South Africa)

 

Shap Shap

means everything is cool, ok

 

Zamalek

is a synonym for a “Black Label” (South African beer brand)

 

Howzit?

stands for: How are you? and is Afrikaans (one of the 11 official languages spoken in South Africa)

 

Braai

South African expression for BBQ

 

Boerewors

a sausage originated in South Africa

 

Molo?

means “Hello how are you?” in Xhosa if you speak to 1 person (Xhosa is one of the 11 official languages in South Africa)
Would you like to learn a bit of Xhose? Then check out my post!

 

Aweh

means “hey”

 

robot

South African expression for traffic light

 

just now

can mean in 1 hour or 2 days or never

Bra/ Bru

expression used for friend

 

Chommie

expression used for friend

 

Hayibo!

expression used for “no way” or “I can´t believe that”

 

Eish

a phrase of exclamation

Is it?

expression used for “oh wow”

 

Jasis

a phrase of exclamation / the equivalent of “damn”

 

Dop

alcoholic drink

 

Hello, hoe gaan dit?

means “How are you?” in Afrikaans (one of the 11 official languages in South Africa)

 

entjie

cigarette

 

Kak

means “bullshit”

 

Babbelas

expression used for a hangover

 

Chow

expression for food

 

Check out my video and let my South African family teach you some South African slang:

Language Lesson:

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iSiXhosa (one of the 11 official languages of South Africa)

Chichewa (most spoken language in Malawi)

Shona (most spoken language in Zimbabwe)