The things only South African’s say…
This commonly used word refers to a small pick-up truck.
This South African favourite is dried and salted meat, similar to beef jerky, although it can be made from ostrich, kudu, beef or any other red meat. It is synonymous with rugby, another South African favourite.
Braai (pronounced br-eye)
This is the popular South African version of a barbecue where meats such as steak, chicken and boerewors (boo-ruh-vorss) are cooked. Boerewors is a traditional spicy South African sausage made of beef or lamb and is also referred to as wors (vorss). Chances are that you will also be introduced to pap en sous (pup en sohss) at a braai. Pap is boiled corn meal, and sous is the sauce it is covered with, usually featuring tomato and onions.
If a South African tells you they will do something "just now", they mean they will do it in the near future but not immediately. For example, the appropriate reply to "Why don't we go shopping now?" if you wish to go a little later is: "No, let's rather go just now."
Lekker (pronounced lekk-irr with a rolling r)
Afrikaans word meaning nice or cool. "That was a lekker party". It is also often used in association with food, as in: "That wors is lekker.".
French fries, usually the large, soft and oily type of chips. Also vinegar-drenched and bought in a brown paper bag.
"Slap" is an Afrikaans word meaning "limp", which is how French fries are generally made here. If that's not how you like them, be sure to order them "crispy".
Sometimes used in conjunction with the word fat, as in "fat tackies", it describes extra wide tyres. Example: "Look at the fat tackies on that motorbike!"
This is not intended to comfort but means shortly, as in: "I will be there now now."
Its lekka to live in Sauf Efrika!