Can You Speak South African English Slang?

South African slang (and Afrikaaner language) is incredibly unique - and pretty uncommonly used in the States! How much of it can you identify? Take our quiz to find out!
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If you say "ag shame," what are you likely saying in South Africa?
"Oh cute!"
"How awful!"
"No way!"
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What does "lekka chow" mean?
good meal
bad meal
stale meal
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What is a "boer?"
a fisherman
a salesperson
a farmer
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"Jawelnofine" is an expression of...
resignation
indignation
respect
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What does "fundi" refer to?
a type of candy
an expert
a bar
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"Just sommer" mean:
just before
just because
just now
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What does "loskop" refer to?
someone who is selfish or greedy
someone who is lost and then found
someone who is clumsy or forgetful
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What is "mealie?"
corn on the cob
dog food
a breakfast food
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What does "babelaas" mean?
library
wild animal
hangover
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Which of the following refers to a party or fun activity?
jova
jol
sangoma
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Which of the following refers to medication?
muti
rooibos
hoezit
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Question 12/12

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Which of the following refers to an insect?
bushveld
tsotsi
gogga
Result
Well...we're certainly not going to mistake you for a native South African with a score like this one. No worries though - slang is a pretty easy thing to pick up, and if you're really interested, you could be speaking it pretty soon if you just study up!

C+, South African Amateur

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Right!
While you might not be able to convince us that you're a native of South Africa quite yet, we'd certainly believe you if you were to tell us that you've been there quite a few times and picked up the language - great work!

B+, South Africa Tourist

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Right!
You could have us convinced that you're a native of South Africa with a score like this! You know almost everything there is to know about the language of South Africa! Great work!

A+, South Africa Native

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1
If you say "ag shame," what are you likely saying in South Africa?
"Oh cute!"
"How awful!"
"No way!"
2
What does "lekka chow" mean?
good meal
bad meal
stale meal
3
What is a "boer?"
a fisherman
a salesperson
a farmer
4
"Jawelnofine" is an expression of...
resignation
indignation
respect
5
What does "fundi" refer to?
a type of candy
an expert
a bar
6
"Just sommer" mean:
just before
just because
just now
7
What does "loskop" refer to?
someone who is selfish or greedy
someone who is lost and then found
someone who is clumsy or forgetful
8
What is "mealie?"
corn on the cob
dog food
a breakfast food
9
What does "babelaas" mean?
library
wild animal
hangover
10
Which of the following refers to a party or fun activity?
jova
jol
sangoma
11
Which of the following refers to medication?
muti
rooibos
hoezit
12
Which of the following refers to an insect?
bushveld
tsotsi
gogga