Tourist tip: SA lingo made easy

2010-06-11 00:00

BEING a visitor in South Africa and hearing someone ask you, “after the diski, how about you and your chinas join me and my bokkie for a lekker braai at my pozie?” may be difficult to interpret. So, here are a few phrases that might help:

Aikhona!: (pronounced: eye-kawn-uh) means “no way!” or “absolutely not!”.

Babbalas: (pronounced: bub-ba-lahs) means a hangover.

Bakkie: (pronounced: bucky) stands for a vehicle or a loading truck.

Takkie: A pair of sneakers

Bokkie/ Cheri: girlfriend

China: friend

Doff: stupid, idiot

Diski: a game of football

“Howzit?”: (pronounced: how-z-eet) short for “how is it?” or “how are you doing?”

Larny/ larney: means a number of variations like a well-dressed person, designer clothes and friend.

Makarapa: decorated miners’ helmets worn by soccer fans.

Pozie: home.

Robot: traffic light.

Bru: Short for brother. Can be used to address friends.

Yebo: Zulu word for yes

Sharp: Farewell and/or an agreement.

Eish!: Exclamation of shock.

Ag shame: An expression of sympathy.

Lekker: An Afrikaans word expressing something fantastic.

Muthi : A traditional medicine made up of plants or trees.

Sheebeen: A place where liquor is sold in townships.

Tips for South Africans

Gas: Petrol

Barbecue: Braai

Drug store: Pharmacy.

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