With 11 official languages, and residents from around the world speaking their own dialects, it's quite safe to say that South Africa is a truly multilingual society. In 1994 protection of local languages was rolled out to include all dialects traditionally spoken within the borders, and today the following are recognised by law in this country:
Despite this impressive list, the English language still dominates urban centres, and in general it is understood throughout the country. Companies within the tourism industry are all well versed in English, and many offer tours in German, Chinese, French, Dutch, and an array of other international languages.
South Africa has a rich culture of slang, and over the years, popular words and phrases across all language groups have become commonly used by locals, and widely misunderstood by wide-eyed tourists.
Some of the more common slang words include:
HARTBEESPOORT: On the Dam wall
SANDTON: Nelson Mandela statue...
PANORAMA ROUTE: Blyde River Ca...
JOBURG CITY: Mural in Newtown
CRADLE OF HUMANKIND: Exit from...
OR TAMBO: Plane arriving
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