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 Quiz: South African English – Test your Knowledge of it!

Although English is just one of 11 official languages in South Africa, it is understood in most urban areas and is the dominant language in government and the media. Due to its long exposure to other languages, South African English has incorporated many borrowed terms. Some of these have been fully naturalised, while some slang terms hover on the edge of respectability. See how many of these terms you can understand. Please share with us how you get on 🙂

Note: Don’t ignore the pictures!

  • Question of

    Berg

    • Mountain
    • Field
    • Ice-cream
  • Question of

    Veldt

    • Valley
    • Flat grassland
    • Felt
  • Question of

    Chommie

    • Chewing gum
    • Broad-rimmed hat
    • Friend
  • Question of

    Yebo!

    • No!
    • Yes!
    • Not on your life!
  • Question of

    Braai

    • Underwear
    • Deep suntan
    • Barbecue
  • Question of

    Lekker

    • Nice
    • Sticky
    • Enormous
  • Question of

    Shebeen

    • Shabbily dressed girl
    • Unlicensed bar
    • Local style of dance music
  • Question of

    Eina!

    • Ouch!
    • At last!
    • Wrong!
  • Question of

    Babelaas

    • Nightclub
    • Extra-long glass for beer
    • Hangover
  • Question of

    Boney

    • Baby
    • Motorcycle
    • Shared taxi
  • Question of

    Kiff

    • Disgusting
    • Pleasurable
    • Unbelievable
  • Question of

    Gatsby

    • Beggar
    • Strong cocktail
    • Sandwich filled with chips (fries) and other ingredients

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