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South African English

Since 1994 South Africa has had 11 official languages: English, Afrikaans (descended from Dutch), Zulu, Xhosa, and other largely regional African languages. English is the first language of only about 10% of the population, but the second language of many others. The English of native Afrikaners has inevitably influenced the 'standard' English of white South Africans, examples being such informal usages as the affirmative no, as in 'How are you? - No, I'm fine' and the all-purpose response is it?, as in 'She had a baby last week - is it?' (From Ask Oxford external link)

South African English Dictionaries external link
List of South African slang words and borrowings external link
Macmillan's blogs on South African English external link

South Africa on Talking People
Check out Laura's Travel Guide to South Africa
Check out our webpage on Nadine Gordimer, a South African writer

South African English Accents external link

Talking South African external link
What's your English, South Africa? external link

Related Links
List of English words of Afrikaans origin external link
List of English words of African origin external link