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September 30, 2013

Fans’ favourite South African phrases

In celebrating all things Cape Town we thought we’d ask you, our Facebook fans what local words you use to talk to your fellow Capetonians – be it a greeting or a uniquely South African phrase like heita, howzit, holla, aweh, lekker, kiff, shweet, pashash, or rad.  We wanted to know what your favourite was from this list 1) Aweh 2) Bru 3) Kiff 4) Duidelik 5) Lekker, but after having asked the question your replies added more words, phrases and the flavour Cape Town and South Africa is known for.

An iconic view of Table Mountain Cape Town. Photo: stoberstours-capetown.co.za

A LITTLE BIT ABOUT SOUTH AFRICAN SLANG

With 11 official languages it’s no wonder our slang is as multifaceted. Borrowing from English, Zulu, Xhosa and Afrikaans to name a few, South African slang reflects the country's diversity, and history.

HERE ARE SOME OF OUR FAVOURITE RESPONSES FROM OUR FANS:

Teresa Anne Moore: Eish.....it can express almost anything with varying intonation!

George Owen: JaWellNoFine

Stephen Buck: Howzit? Ay lekker ekse!

Wil Hunter: Kiff

Christopher Zoony De Croes: Awe! And HosH

Thandanani Dlomo: HEITA!!!!!

Armiena Bowers: Not lekker its lekke soes n krekke

Ryan Fillis: Aweh Masekind

Brian W. Jacobs: We also say 'Safe', when leaving one another. Meaning 'go safe' or 'see you', 'goodbye'...

Samantha Arends: Hosh jaaaa!!!

Brenda Vanderberg: My china

We love your feedback, so join the conversation on our Facebook page: I ♥ Cape Town

Alternatively, visit our Activities and Events pages for more ideas of things to do, places to visit and what’s on in Cape Town.

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