English is far from the only language spoken in South Africa, the largest country in southern Africa. While English is the lingua franca, there are actually 11 official languages in total, with a majority of the population speaking Zulu, an indigenous language. With all this linguistic diversity, it should come as no surprise that South African English has absorbed vocabulary and expressions from the nation's many other languages.
Many words in South African English come from Bantu languages, which are indigenous to the country. Others come from Afrikaans, a language related to Dutch spoken by the descendants of the Dutch colonists who settled in the area in the 1600s. As a result of all these influences, South African English is unique. Read on to learn just a few of the many words that make South African English singular.