Here are some South African Slang words that are used today. Just a note: the words are derived from various languages. They are only used informally!
Ag Man = “Oh Man”
Aweh (pronounced: Ahh-Where) = “Oh Yeah” said in excitement. Also commonly used as a greeting.
Babbelaas = hangover. (“Eish I’m Babbelaas!”)
Bakkie = Truck
Bill = cheque when at a restaurant (can I have the bill please?)
Bliksem/Donner = to hit or punch (I’ll bliksem you!). It’s considered rude. You can also use it to curse in Afrikaans (Jou Bliksem!)
Boerewors – a spicey sausage, usually eaten braaid
Boet/bra/bru = to address a male friend. Equivalent to the American “dude”
Braai = barbeque (this word is used in everday speech, informal or formal, nobody ever calls it a “barbeque”)
Tjerrie (pronounced “Cherry”) = a girl
Chommie = a friend
Howzit/Watkind = informal greeting
China = friend . One can say “howzit my china?”
Domkop/Doos/Chop = idiot
Dop = alcohol/ to have a drink. (also can mean “fail” as in “I dopped that test”)
Doss = to sleep/nap (“I’m gonna catch a doss” will mean “I’m gonna take nap”)
Eina! = Ouch!
Ek Sê = I say!
Gatvol = fed up
Jol = party, to have fun
Kak = crap
Kêrels = the police
Kiff/Kwaai= cool, neat, wicked
Lightly = younger person. Usually refering to a younger brother or son.
Lekker = nice
Mal = crazy
Mamparra! = idiot, stupid
Nê? = you know what I mean? You agree? Used at the end of a sentence (equivalent of the Spanish “no?”)
Sies = expression of disgust
Skelm = crook. Also can mean naughty
Skrik/Bung = fright
Smaak = to like something/ someone
Swak = bad, disgust. This one is difficult to describe. You can say “that’s so swak of you” which will translate to “thats so bad”/terrible of you.
Yoh! = element of surprise
Laduma (often said as “Laduuuuuuma!) = used at soccer matches, means “he scored!”
Shongalolo = a millipede
Wena = you. A commmon expression is “Haw Wena!”
Connection = friend, relative, someone you close to
Higher Grade = complicated, diffcult.
Hundreds = good
Isit? (is +it)= Really?
Scheme = think that (I scheme he’s unhappy)
Voetsêk! = impolite, “go away”
Chow = to eat
Maader = the best, excellent
Posie = home
Graaf = work
Shot = Good. Thanks
Stekkie = girl/ girlfriend
Tjoon (pronounced CHOON) = to talk, say
“Ja No” = Which literally translates to “Yes No.” And when used, it can mean either yes or no. You will have to hear it to understand it 🙂