WATCH: The cast of Dear White People try to guess the meaning of South African words

The cast of Dear White People try to guess the meaning of South African words. (Screengrab: Netflix/YouTube)
The cast of Dear White People try to guess the meaning of South African words. (Screengrab: Netflix/YouTube)

Cape Town - With 11 official languages to its name, it comes as no surprise that people of Mzanzi express themselves with a vocab peppered with words and phrases that have crept in from all languages - regardless of our personal mother tongue. 

To mark the launch of season 2 (which dropped on the Netflix platform on 4 May), the cast of hit series Dear White People had a go at pronouncing and guessing the meaning of some of our our widely used local phrases. 

The results, as you can imagine, are hilarious.


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