What did you say?
We seem to have our foreign guests baffled! Yes we are speaking English, we’ve just added slang from South Africa to make it sound ‘lekker’ (very nice)! In Cape Town a lot of the slang has an Afrikaans twist. This reflects the local language derived from the Dutch settlers, but there is also a strong influence from South Africa’s many other ethnic groups.
Sooo, what kind of words?
One of the common questions tourists ask me is the difference between ‘now’, ‘just now’ and ‘now now’. It’s all very simple – a stand alone ‘now’ means just that, ‘now now’ means pretty soon, but not immediately, and ‘just now’..………… well that could be any time in the next few hours. Life is pretty chilled in Cape Town, so a lot gets done ‘just now’.
We speak of robots – those are the traffic lights, and please be sure not to drive after you’ve had too many dops (drinks). You don’t want to land up in chookie (police cells) for the night, because it would make the babbelas(bub-a-luss, meaning hangover) even worse the next day!
Food is the universal language!
We love our cuisine and a favourite in South Africa is to braai (bry), our version of a barbecue. There are even songs about it! If you want a snack then have ‘slap (pronounced slup) chips’ (fries), or try a bit of biltong (spiced jerky) while the meat cooks over the flames. The Zulus refer to a braai as ‘Shisa Nyama’ (Cheesa- Nyum- a) (hot meat).An Afrikaans tradition is to eat boerewors (boor-a-vorse). It’s a popular spicy sausage that’s perfect alongside braai chops or steak. That’s a lot of meat, what about vegetables? Well, just add chicken wings to the fire!
What are the flavours of South Africa?
In Cape Town the Malay traditions have given us many spicy dishes like ‘bobotie’ (bub- ootie) spicy meat with an egg custard, and bredies (brear-dee) a type of stew. From Durban, thanks to the Indian influence there, we have bunny chow, curry served in a hollowed out half loaf of bread.
Our staple food is pap (pup) which is a maize porridge which also has other names depending on which of our 11 languages your’e speaking. Around Jozi (Johannesburg) this is often served with a stew cooked in a potjie (pot) over a fire.
Book a food tour with us to enjoy these delicacies and find he culinary melting pot that is South Africa!