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  • Tsotsitaal is a variety of mixed languages mainly spoken in the townships of Gauteng province, such as Soweto
  • Tsotsitaal, the original variety, is based on Afrikaans, in which were originally added Tswana terms, and later terms from Zulu
  • 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
  • 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

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English Translation: bread

Language: Tsotsitaal

Ndzomela means “Bread” Food made from dough of flour or meal and usually raised with yeast or baking powder and then baked

English Translation: money

Language: Tsotsitaal

Nyuku means “Money” the coins or notes which are used to buy things, or the amount of these that one person has

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