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  • 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"
  • Only criminals at first could understand Tsotsitaal
  • Nowadays in Soweto, possibly up to 500,000 youths speak tsotsitaal as their main language or one of their main languages
  • Tsotsitaal, the original variety, is based on Afrikaans, in which were originally added Tswana terms, and later terms from Zulu
  • Tsotsitaal is a variety of mixed languages mainly spoken in the townships of Gauteng province, such as Soweto

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English Translation: food

Language: Tsotsitaal

Gaolo means “food” something that people and animals eat, or plants absorb, to keep them alive

English Translation: give

Language: Tsotsitaal

Gaya means “Give/provide” to offer something to someone, or to provide them with it

English Translation: nothing

Language: Tsotsitaal

Geen means “none/nothing/no” Not at all or in no way; not one (of a group of people or things), or not any

English Translation: hustle

Language: Tsotsitaal

Gereza means “Hustle” To try and get something by trying hard;      to try to persuade someone, especially to buy something, often illegally

English Translation: sleep

Language: Tsotsitaal

Gidla means “Sleep”  the resting state in which the body is not active and the mind is unconscious

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English Translation: knife

Language: Tsotsitaal

Goni means “Knife” a tool, usually with a metal blade and a handle, used for cutting and spreading food or other substances, or as a weapon

English Translation: fight

Language: Tsotsitaal

Ghost means “fight/conflict/oppose/battle”  an argument or an occasion when someone uses physical force to try to defeat someone

English Translation: fine

Language: Tsotsitaal

Grand means “fine/alright/ok/very well” Being satisfactory or in satisfactory condition, good or good enough; healthy and well

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