It’s South African English month, lekker! When I got back to South Africa in 2002 having been away for 6 years, I was struck by the change in the English spoken there. It had become more of a mix of the other predominant languages (such as Zulu and Afrikaans) and was a real indication, I thought, of the societal changes that had taken place in the post-apartheid ‘Rainbow Nation’, especially amongst the younger generation. Now, 8 years later, it seems to me that South African English has become even more of a mix. We’ve put together this vid to try and show the charismatic diversity that exists there:
Also (more importantly?!), South Africa is hosting the Fifa World Cup 2010 … I’m sure you’ve heard. I can almost hear the vuvuzelas from over here. Ja no, there’s a lot to celebrate hey, we’re totally amped.
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