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  • Tsotsi is a Sesotho slang word for a "thug" or "robber"
  • 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
  • Tsotsitaal is a variety of mixed languages mainly spoken in the townships of Gauteng province, such as Soweto
  • Only criminals at first could understand Tsotsitaal
  • Tsotsitaal spread first as a criminal language, as it had the power of insuring secrecy in the speech

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English Translation: condom

Language: Tsotsitaal

CD means “condom” a thin rubber covering that a man can wear on his penis during sex to stop a woman becoming pregnant or to protect him or his partner against infectious diseases

English Translation: hide

Language: Tsotsitaal

Chafa means “to hide”  Prevent from being seen or discovered;  to put something or someone in a place where they cannot be seen or found, or to put yourself somewhere where you cannot be seen or found

English Translation: traffic cop

Language: Tsotsitaal

Chaklas means “traffic cop/officer” A policeman who controls the flow of automobile traffic;  police officers whose job is to direct the movement of vehicles on a road or to stop drivers who are breaking the law and give them an official notice of their offence

English Translation: lie

Language: Tsotsitaal

Chaya means “Lie/speak falsely” to say or write something which is not true in order to deceive someone

English Translation: be on guard

Language: Tsotsitaal

Check coast means “be on guard”  to be careful, to avoid being tricked or getting into a dangerous situation

English Translation: look

Language: Tsotsitaal

Checker means “Check something out” to examine something or get more information about it in order to be certain that it is true, safe or suitable

English Translation: relax

Language: Tsotsitaal

Chila means “to relax / to calm down”   to become or to cause (something) to become less tense, tight, or stiff;  to stop feeling nervous or worried

English Translation: baldhead

Language: Tsotsitaal

Chiskop means “baldhead” having little or no hair on the head; lose hair on one’s head

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