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South African Languages: The Basics

Last update on Aug. 2, 2013.

South African Languages: The Basics

When planning to visit another country, a lot of people like to familiarise themselves with the native language. Using at least the basics, such as ‘hello’, ‘goodbye’, ‘please’ and ‘thank you’, is seen as a respectful way of acknowledging the country that you’re visiting. Although English is understood throughout most of the tourist areas of South Africa, it is still a nice touch if you can utilise a few of the words during your stay. The country has a very complex system of languages and dialects, so it’s also a good idea to have a basic understanding of ...

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