Speak The Lingo: Afrikaans English
The variety of the English language throughout the world is a wonderful thing, and the distinctive South African vernacular throws up a few particularly corking slang phrases to get your tongue around.
- Howzit: hello. It is important to say this to people whenever you speak to them in person on the phone, morning, noon or night. Never say hello. Hi is acceptable although if you want to appear hip you could try the Zulu greeting Sabona (singular) Sabonani (plural).
- Braai: (pronounced Bry): Barbeque - but never ever say barbeque. The locals will laugh a lot.
- Sp'k 'n diesel: (pronounced "spook en diesel") local Cape brandy and coke.
- Parktown prawn, also known as Durban prawn: not a local delicacy but a cockroach. And a candidate for Strongest Cockroach in the World. Seriously. To be avoided in the home and especially if offered on at a braai..