Learn how to speak “South African”
Learn how to speak South African. Learn Zulu, Xhosa and Africans words.

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 – great, tasty


Yebo – Yes in Zulu (Zulu is one of the 11 official languages in South Africa)


Shap Shap – everything is cool, ok


Zamalek – a Black Label (South African beer brand)


Howzit? – How are you?


Braai – South African expression for BBQ


Boerewors – a sausage originated in South Africa


Molo?  – Hello how are you? in Xhosa to 1 person (Xhosa is one of the 11 official languages in South Africa)


Aweh – hey


robot – traffic light


just now – can mean in 1 hour or 2 days or never


Eish – a phrase of exclamation


Jasis– a phrase of exclamation / the equivalent of “damn”


Dop – alcoholic drink


Hello, hoe gaan dit? How are you? in Africaans (one of the 11 official languages in South Africa)


entjie – cigarette


Sup dog? How are you? just use it for really good friends


Kak – bullshit


Babelas – a hangover


Chow – food


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


Would you like to learn more Xhosa? Here you go!

CATEGORY: Africa, South Africa

Claudia Bartsch

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