With 11 official languages it is a surprise that the most commonly used language in South Africa is slang, it has its origins in different languages mainly Zulu, Xhosa, and Afrikaans which fall under the top 5 most spoken languages in South Africa.
Slang sometimes referred to as ‘South Africanisms‘ borrows from a variety of South African languages and cultures to make the most commonly used slang words.
Slang words show up in our daily conversation, words such as “Howzit” and “Fede” equivalent to ‘hello’ or ‘how are you?’ are some of the most frequently used slang words.
SOUTH AFRICAN SLANG WORD OF THE DAY: 5 Jacket
5 Jacket – R50 note.
So how do you use it in an english sentence?
Here’s an example: I gave you 5 jacket to buy bread.
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Share your favourite South African slang word
Is there any lingo from South Africa’s 11 official languages so unifying like slang? We don’t think so.
Do you have a favourite South African slang word that you’d like to share?