Shame man, don’t you want to take some muti for that babelaas?

 Today is the final lesson in how to speak like a true South African:

traffic light

  1. Klap| To give someone a smack

This is an typical Afrikaan term. It can also get more serious. A snotklap is a snot smack, taken from the mental image of smacking somebody so hard that mucus starts to spray from their nose.

Then there is also geklap, which basically means getting so drunk that somebody may as well have smacked you in the face.

  1. Muti| medication
  1. Robot | Traffic light

Did you think there are actual robots controlling the flow of traffic on South African roads? That’s ridiculous.


Hang left at the robot and you will find our house on the right.

Let’s see what you’ve learned. Translate the following:

Juslaaik bru, you don’t look too lekker?
Ag ja I got a bit geklap at last night’s jol.
Shame man, don’t you want to take some muti for that babelaas?

Now that you know how to speak like a true South African, book your holiday now!


Jislaaik, Jussie, Jo, Haibo, and Haw …

Jislaaik, Jussie, Jo, Haibo, and Haw …


Speaking South African is really lekker:

  1. Babelas| hangover

I am sure this does not need any explanation as all of us has experienced this at least a few times in our lives.

  1. Jol| A party

Any party, get-together or fun activity is a jol.

“Sounds like they are having a real jol next door.”

  1. Jislaaik, Jussie, Jo, Haibo, and Haw

Used to express surprise or confusion

“Jislaaik bru, that was a big wave!” or “Haibo, you’re not 21.”

This lesson will continue even further……..

…and a Loskop is not a loose Shower head…


The lesson to speak like a true South African continues with more of our quirky expressions:


  1. Ja, Nee| Yes, no

These two words are often used in succession to express agreement or confirmation.

“Ja, nee I’m fine thanks.”

  1. Just now | An unknown amount of time

You may be thinking that you know exactly what this means. But, no, even South Africans don’t always know if just now refers to a few minutes, tomorrow, or never.

So, if a South African ever says to you “I’ll do it just now” or “I’ll be there just now,” don’t expect it to happen anytime soon.

  1. Loskop| Loose head

This is just a humorous excuse, used to explain away forgetful or odd behavior.

“I am such a loskop today. I forgot your jacket at home.”

This lesson will continue even further……..

Izit? Speak like a true South African.



Over the next few blogs, we will be teaching you how to speak like a true South African.  South Africans have some really quirky sayings that really do not mean a thing in any other language or culture.  I must admit, I had a giggle at all of these, because this is all so very true.  Let’s begin:

  1. Shame!

This is probably one of the words South Africans cannot live without.  This can be used in almost every social situation. Seriously, when in doubt, just say “Ag shame” and your sentiment will be greatly appreciated.

A: “I just got a new kitten.”
B: “Shame.”

A: “Her sister is seriously ill and was admitted to hospital.”
B: “Shame.”

A: “My brother won a million bucks yesterday.”
B: “Shame!”

  1. Ag | Oh man

Ag — pronounced “Ach” — is a filler word. We South Africans love our filler words. If you ever feel like you have said shame too often — very unlikely — just throw in a filler to change it up a bit.

“Ag, I had a great time last night.”

  1. Izit?or Sho? | Is that so?

This is used when you have absolutely no clue what somebody is talking about but don’t want to sound like a idiot.

A: “I’m currently analysing the the difference between the Database management systems: Access and Oracle.”
B: “Izit?”


This lesson will continue……..

The rumbling on the tracks will be back..…

The rumbling on the tracks will be back..…

choo tjoe

The Outeniqua Choo-Tjoe will steam again soon.  This is the news that everyone in Knysna in very excited about.  The line has been out of commission since 2006, when flood damage forced the closure of the popular steam train between Knysna and George.

A team of specialist contractors have moved into Knysna to repair the George-Knysna railway line in preparation for the opening of a new tourist train service.

The First phase hopes to have the Knysna Dinner Train running between the Knysna Station and Keyters Nek (near the Rheenendal turn-off on the N2) by December 2016.

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