A GUIDE TO AFRICA
GETTING TO GRIPS WITH SOUTH AFRICAN SLANG, PT. 3
The third and final installment in our guide to learning South African slang (read Pt.1 and Pt 2 here). We’ve only covered the tip of the iceberg, but you’ll very quickly learn the rest when you’re here!
The South African word for BBQ. A braai is ingrained in almost every South African’s culture and a must-try for an authentic South African experience. A real braai involves making a fire (with wood, charcoal and occasionally firelighters), waiting for the flame to die out, and then cooking the meat on the coals. A braai is the perfect way to spend time with loved ones while chatting around the fire while you cook your food. If you’re looking for a truly authentic braai experience, check out our post on Authentic African Food in Cape Town.
The ‘g’ in miggie is pronounced like the ‘ch’ the Scottish ‘och’, almost like you’re clearing your throat. Miggies are what South Africans call gnats. You will most likely encounter a cloud of miggies at some point, especially if you go on safari; but just wave them away, they’re harmless.
(yaa – nee – ya)
A derivative of South African’s favourite word ‘ja’. ‘Ja nee’ meaning ‘yes no’ is a phrase is used to express agreement or confirmation. “Did you have a good time last night?” ”Ja no, it was a nice evening.”
Another South African word for friend or ’china’.
The epitome of South African small talk – if a South African is struggling for something to say they will most likely use one of the following phrases. It’s our subtle way of putting the ball in your court and keeping the conversation alive.
“Otherwise, how are things?”
“Family well otherwise?