Tag: cape slang

The ‘more appropriate’ way to say bye

The ‘more appropriate’ way to say bye

As mentioned before, I work with an amazing crew who I continuously bother about teaching me to ‘speak Coloured’. Up until now they have taught me quite a bit even though I think I work on their nerves sometimes, always asking “How do you spell […]

Minced hair is never fair

Minced hair is never fair

Ever heard someone say that their ‘hair is going to mince’? I was just as confused as you the first time I heard it being used by locals in Cape Town. Firstly because food and hair could never be a good combo, and secondly because mince is […]

Bemang

Bemang

Expanding your Cape slang vocabulary a little more, today’s new word is one that locals use to describe something that is cool, amazing, awesome or really legit… aka “bemang” [pronounced: ber-mung]. How to use it: Rocking the Daisies is going to be bemang this year! […]

Bra

Bra

Bra [pronounced: brah] is a word that you will often hear among Capetonians. I know, you’re probably thinking that it’s a pretty common word that’s used universally… Perhaps, but mostly (in Cape Town) ‘bra’ is not always referring to a piece of fabric with cups, […]

Versin

Versin

One of my absolute favourite things is the local slang in Cape Town… as you may have noticed in some of my previous posts. And yes, by my standards you will have to familiarise yourself with this manner of speaking if you want to get properly […]

Aweh!

Aweh!

Aweh [pronounced: Ah-where] is a common word used in Cape Town for greeting, expressing excitement or agreeing with something. eg. Aweh bra, hoe lykit? [Hello my friend, how are you?]; Aweh! I forgot today is payday! [Yes/Cool/Awesome! I forgot today is payday!]; Aweh, I want […]

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