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  • Tsotsitaal, the original variety, is based on Afrikaans, in which were originally added Tswana terms, and later terms from Zulu
  • Tsotsi is a Sesotho slang word for a "thug" or "robber"
  • 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 spread first as a criminal language, as it had the power of insuring secrecy in the speech
  • Tsotsitaal is a variety of mixed languages mainly spoken in the townships of Gauteng province, such as Soweto

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English Translation: howzit

Language: Tsotsitaal

Fede means “Howzit” something friendly or polite that you say or do when you meet or welcome someone

English Translation: fake

Language: Tsotsitaal

Fong Kong means “counterfeit/fake” made to look like the original of something, usually for dishonest or illegal purposes. It can also be used to refer to something or someone that tries desperately hard to be cool, but falls flat.

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English Translation: penis

Language: Tsotsitaal

Four five means “Penis” the part of a male’s body which is used for urinating and in sexual activity

English Translation: friday

Language: Tsotsitaal

Frivas means “Friday” the day of the week after Thursday and before Saturday

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