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  • 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
  • Nowadays in Soweto, possibly up to 500,000 youths speak tsotsitaal as their main language or one of their main languages
  • Tsotsi is a Sesotho slang word for a "thug" or "robber"
  • Tsotsitaal spread first as a criminal language, as it had the power of insuring secrecy in the speech
  • Tsotsitaal, the original variety, is based on Afrikaans, in which were originally added Tswana terms, and later terms from Zulu

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English Translation: towship

Language: Tsotsitaal

In South Africa, an urban area assigned to black South Africans under apartheid, refereed to as a township

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English Translation: slut

Language: Tsotsitaal

Kgeke means “Slut”  a woman who has sexual relationships with a lot of men without any emotional involvement

English Translation: gold digger

Language: Tsotsitaal

Khanyi Mbau means “gold digger” someone, usually a woman, who tries to sexually attract a rich person, usually a man, in order to get presents or money

English Translation: soft drink

Language: Tsotsitaal

Kholi means “Soft drink” Nonalcoholic beverage (usually carbonated); a cold, usually sweet, drink which does not contain alcohol

English Translation: Bunny chow

Language: Tsotsitaal

In Pretoria it’s known as Spatlo and in the Vaal they refer to it as Skumbani. A quarter of a loaf of bread, with any filling inside. The filling can be polony, cheese, russian, chips, achaar or whatever you like.

English Translation: what's happening

Language: Tsotsitaal

Ku hambani?  means “what’s happening/what’s going on” a informal way of asking someone about what is going on or whats taking place

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