Thanks to SAFFA’s (South Africans abroad), there are a lot of Pommies, Greeks, Aussies and various other nationalities who know what “jislaaik” and a ‘braai‘ or “boerewors” and “biltong” is …but when they visit our shores they don’t know the more important words…like babelaas, bakkie and tekkies!
And so they travel around South Africa in a dwaal, unaware that when you told them to turn left at the robot you meant traffic light. So they pitch up verrrry late and you want to give them a moerseklap. But wag ‘n bietjie and show them this brilliant graphic from Traveller24 with, as they say, “some of the Afrikaansist Afrikaans words out there, to sink your teeth into.”
24 Afrikaans Words Demystified… according to Traveller24, some might disagree…
South Africa is full of interesting people and places. But as with any tourist visiting a foreign place, getting to grips with a particular country’s mother tongue can sometimes be challenging. Can you imagine what it must sound like hearing Xhosa, Zulu or Afrikaans for the first time?
It’s been our experience that Afrikaans catchphrases are very often the first introduction many foreigners have to the potential minefield of newness that is South Africa’s 11 official languages.
So while “lekker”, “jislaaik” and “braai” are typically South African, here are some more word-gems, some of the Afrikaansist Afrikaans words out there, to sink your teeth into: