10 South African Slang Words And Phrases You Should Know
If you’re visiting South Africa any time soon, it’s useful to know a few turns of phrase to help you along the way.
Thanks to the variety of languages spoken in South Africa, locals tend to borrow words from each language, resulting in slang words or phrases known as ‘South Africanisms’. If you’re visiting South Africa any time soon, it’s useful to know a few turns of phrase to help you along the way.
Lekker [lek-uh] is a widely used term indicating that something... ‘great’ or … ‘nice’. For example, ‘The food was lekker’, or ‘We had a lekker day...
Forget spaces and extra syllables when asking someone how it’s going – smash it all into one word, howzit.
Yebo is “yes” in Zulu and commonly used for anything affirmative. Are you coming out tonight? Yebo!
Shap shap/sharp sharp:
All good, everything’s in order.
An exclamation. If you’re hurt or exasperated, or surprised as someone’s telling a story – eish!
As in “what a shame.”
Braai is Afrikaans for barbecue. But traditional braai (as with barbecue) should be cooked with wood or coals, never propane! What’s on the braai? Steak, choppies (pork or lamb chops) or boerewors.
Expresses surprise. Yoh! You scared me.
Now and time are a flexible concept in South Africa, which is why “now” can be a bit confusing. There are three main versions of it: now, just now and now now.
Street light/traffic light (turn left at the robot).
Tender and meaty ribs, generous portion, sweet and just a little tangy sauce, very tasty and thoroughly enjoyed! Arrived on a busy day, lovely staff...
Naomi Free, Sydney
This fantastic place never fails to please. This is a definite “must do” while in Queenstown. The food is superb! The staff are terrific. They are...
Travelbugs, Western Australia
We regularly put Flame Bar & Grill into our Clients’ conference or incentive programs as we always get rave reviews. In fact, one of the Australian...
Suzanne Baker, EventNZ Ltd