SOUTH AFRICAN ENGLISH IS LEKKER! Source: South Africans speak English, but that doesn’t mean you’ll always understand us. Our “robots”are nothing like R2D2, “just now”doesn’t mean immediately, and “bab-belas”is not a shampoo. South African English has a flavour all its own, borrowing freely from Afrikaans, which is similar to Dutch and Flemish, as well as from the country’s many African languages. Some words come from colonial-era Malay and Portuguese immigrants. Note: In many words derived from Afrikaans, the letter “g”is pronounced in the same way as the “ch”in the Scottish “loch”or the German “achtung”–a kind of growl at the back of the throat. In the pronunciation guides below, the spelling for this sound is given as “gh”.Aabba: Carry a child secured to one’s back with a blanket. From the Khoi-San. ag: [agh] Generally used at the beginning of a sentence, to express resignation or irritation, as in: “Ag no man! What did you do that for?”amasi: [“um-ah-see”]A popular drink of thick sour milk. From isiZulu. An alternative name is maas. apartheid: [ap-art-hate] Literally “apart- ness” in Afrikaans, apartheid was the policy of racial separation, and the re-sulting oppression of the black majority, implemented by the National Party from 1948 to 1990. Bbabbelas: [bub-buh-luss] A hangover. bagel: [bay-gell] An overly groomed materialistic young man, and the male version of a kugel. bakgat: [buck-ghut] Well done, cool, awesome. bakkie: [buck-ee] A pick-up truck. bergie: [bear- ghee] From the Afrikaans berg, “mountain”, originally referring to vagrants who sheltered in the for-ests of Cape Town’s Table Mountain and now a word for anyone who is down and out. biltong: [bill-tong] This South African favourite is dried and salted meat, similar to beef jerky, although it can be made from ostrich, kudu or any other red meat. bioscope: A cinema or movie theatre, originally a defunct international English word that has survived longer in South Africa because of the influence of the Afrikaans, bioskoop. biscuit: In South Africa a cookie is known as a “biscuit”. The word is also a term of affection, as in, “Hey, you biscuit”.bliksem: To beat up, hit or punch; or a mischievous person. blooming: [blimmin] A variation on “very”, as in, “That new bakkie is blimmin big.”bobotie: [buh-boor-tee] A dish of Malay origin, made with minced meat and spices, and topped with an egg sauce. boerewors: [boor-uh-vors] Literally, “farmer’s sausage”. A savoury sausage developed by the Boers –today’s Afrikan-ers –some 200 years ago, boerewors is South African food at its most traditional.