Multilingual South African Dictionary

Multilingual South African Dictionary

List of tsotsitaal words beginning with the letter A

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Did you Know:
  • Tsotsitaal, the original variety, is based on Afrikaans, in which were originally added Tswana terms, and later terms from Zulu
  • Nowadays in Soweto, possibly up to 500,000 youths speak tsotsitaal as their main language or one of their main languages
  • Only criminals at first could understand Tsotsitaal
  • Tsotsitaal is a variety of mixed languages mainly spoken in the townships of Gauteng province, such as Soweto
  • Tsotsitaal spread first as a criminal language, as it had the power of insuring secrecy in the speech
  • Tsotsi is a Sesotho slang word for a "thug" or "robber"
Language: tsotsitaal

A’chuz means “Friend” a person who you know well and who …Read more

Language: tsotsitaal

Authi means “lad/guy/boyfriend/young man” An informal term for a youth or manRead more

Language: tsotsitaal

A farewell party held, after a funeral, to celebrate the deceaseRead more

Language: tsotsitaal

Air bag means “big tummy /stomach”  a term  used to describe …Read more

Language: tsotsitaal

Ali means ” marble”  a small circular stone used by kids …Read more

Language: tsotsitaal

Ampurr means “almost, about to, close to, nearly”;  slightly short of or not …Read more

Language: tsotsitaal

Askies means “sorry” Feeling or expressing sympathy; Feeling or expressing regret or sorrow …Read more