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Sawubona - Hello (I see you)
Ngiyabonga(yabonga) - Thank You
Unjani - How are you
Kunjani - How is it or how is it going.
Ninjani - How are you (plural)
Kubiza malini - How much is it
Kumnandi - its delicious (food), it sounds good (music)
i viki - a week
i langa - a day or the sun
unyaka - a year
Yebo - Yes
Cha - No
Bokkie - Nickname for a young girl
SLAP Chips - French fries(soggy and sagging)
Tekkies - Sport Shoes
Bakkie - Pickup Truck
Braai - Barbecue
Eina - Ouch
Lekker - delicious, yummy, as in food taste(literally) - used to describe anything wonderful
Ach, sis man! - Oh my gosh! Usually when the person you're conversing with has said something distasteful.
Toots - drinks
Combie - VW minibus (doesn't apply to the minibus taxis)
Vaaley - Capetonian reference for person from Gauteng who goes to the Western Cape, usually for Christmas holidays.
Wors (Pronounced "Vors") - Sausage
Voetsek - Go Away
Waai (Pronounced "Vie")- Go!
Ag Sies Tog - Poor thing
Naught ekse - no way
Jussie - jeepers!!! (pronounced as Sussie in Afrikaans)
Here are some more Afrikaans sayings:
Smaak - to like something
Skeem - reckon (pronounced "skim")
Bru - person (British equivalent is "mate")
Howzit - hello
Nooit! - no way! (pronounced "noyt")
Tune him Grief - give someone a hard time
Zola Budd - minibus taxi
Oke - person (pronounced "oak")
Totsiens - good-bye (pronounced "taught-seens" with short vowel sounds)
Koppie - hill (pronounced "kawpee" with short vowel sound on the "aw")