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10 ways to say ‘hello’ to a South African

Found on the MzansiGirl blog

Even though many South Africans speak English, that doesn’t mean you’ll always understand us. With a lot of local slang,  South African English has a flavour of its own, borrowing from Afrikaans as well as the country’s many African languages.

Here are 10 ways to say Hello, South African style:

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1. Howzit – A traditional South African greeting that translates roughly as “How are you?” or simply “Hello”.

2. Heita – An urban and rural greeting used by South Africans. A cheery slang form of saying “Hello”.

3. Aweh – A South African slang word used to acknowledge something or greet someone and is mainly used in the coloured community.

4. Sawubona (First person singular) – If you meet a South African and you would like to greet them in isiZulu, you can say “Sawubona” meaning “greetings”.

5. Molo – You can also try greet a South African in Xhosa by saying “Molo” which means “How are you doing?”

6. Unjani – This is another way you can greet someone in isiZulu meaning “Hello”.

7. Thobela – Thobela means “How are you?” which is a formal way of greeting someone in Pedi.

8. Dumela (Setswana) – Mainly used with the Tswana people, this can also be used to greet a South African.

9. Hoe gaan dit? – Taken from Afrikaans, which means “How are you?”

10. Sharp Fede – South African township greeting meaning “Hello, how are you?”



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