Just about every country has their own ‘way of speaking’, their own special words, even when the most popularly spoken language is a common one (like English). South Africa is definitely one of those countries. We were in this wonderful country recently and thought it would be fun to give you a few ideas about these phrases and how to speak English ‘South African Style’. These are some of the words/phrases that we find people in the US often get confused over.
Things you’ll probably hear (often) in South Africa:
Just now (in SA)—Sometime soon; Shortly.
Now now—Sooner than “just now”.
Howzit—Friendly greeting as in, “How is it going?
Boot—Trunk of your car.
Bonnet—Hood of your car
Braai —Barbecue. Having a braai is a favorite SA pastime
Hold thumbs—Cross your fingers that something will happen.
Make a plan—Somehow, we’ll make it work.
And some road signs:
Traffic calming zone