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  • 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
  • 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
  • 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

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English Translation: hurry up

Language: Tsotsitaal

Maak Shesh means “Hurry up” Act or move at high speed; to move or do things more quickly than normal or to make someone do this

English Translation: girlfriend

Language: Tsotsitaal

Medi means “girlfriend”  a woman or girl who a person is having a romantic or sexual relationship with; A girl or young woman with whom a man is romantically involved

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English Translation: friend

Language: Tsotsitaal

Mfethu means “friend” Used as a term of address for those male persons engaged in the same movement

English Translation: good

Language: Tsotsitaal

Being satisfactory or in satisfactory condition, to be good/alright

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English Translation: food

Language: Tsotsitaal

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

English Translation: tommorow

Language: Tsotsitaal

Môre means “Tomorrow” the day of the week after Thursday and before Saturday

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