Goal.com Traveller’s Guide To South Africa: Three Language Mini Phrase Book

For any fan traveling to a far away land the language barrier that exists can be a problem, so Goal.com have provided you with a basic mini phrase sheet for two of South Africa’s most spoken languages aside from English.
The World Cup is less than six months away now, and soon South Africa will be buzzing with tourists from all over the world, ready to experience a new culture while soaking up the football extravaganza.

In order to experience a new culture one must understand the people who form that culture, and in South Africa there are eleven official languages spoken by the diverse population.

As a result, Goal.com has put together a mini phrase book with a list of useful words and phrases translated into Afrikaans and Zulu, two of the most popular languages, along with English.

So show the locals a thing or two with your ability to speak a few words in their language. Trust me, they will love you for it.

Zulu Basics

English speakers who want to learn Zulu should be particularly aware of certain letter combinations which are used to represent special sounds, such as tsh representing the sound of ch in English. So Bafana football player Tshabalala would be pronounced Chabalala in English.

Another notable feature of Zulu are the click sounds, represented by the letters c, q, and x in the Zulu alphabet. These sounds are not merely decorations or effects; they are actual consonants that are used in words in the same way as any other letter.

Also note that each type of click is a different sound. To a Zulu speaker, the clicks are as different as, for example, the sounds of the letters t and d in English. The word for No in Zulu, Cha has a click in place of the Ch. Clicks are a common feature in Bantu languages, although Zulu has fewer clicks than some of the other members of its language family. The written ph in Zulu is often used to make the p sound, so ngiphilile in Zulu would be pronounced ngeepeeleele in English.

Afrikaans Basics

The principles of Afrikaans pronunciation are very similar to those of 18th century Dutch, the language from which it derived, together with vocabulary from various Bantu and Khoisan languages, and also from Portuguese and Malay. Speakers of Afrikaans can understand Dutch, though Dutch speakers tend to need a while to tune into Afrikaans.

In Afrikaans, 'n is equivalent to a in English, and the same sound is made by both. Diminutive language is often used in Afrikaans, with the suffix ie or jie often added to the end of a word to give it diminutive status.

Mini Phrase Sheet



How Are You?
Hoe Gaan Dit?

Fine And You?
(Ngiphilile, wena unjani)
Goed Dankie En Jy?

Pleased To Meet You
(Ngijabulela ukukwazi)
Aangename Kennis

(Uhambe kahle - when someone is leaving you say this to them/ Nisale kahle-when you are the one leaving you say it to those staying behind)

Good Night
(Ulale Kahle)
Goeie Nag


Thank You




My Name Is…
(Igama lami ngu..)
My Naam Is…

What Is Your Name?
(Igama lakho ngubani?)
Wat Is Jou Naam?

I Am Hungry
(Ngiphethwe yindlala)
Ek Is Honger

Where Can I Eat?
(Ngikutholaphi ukudla okumnandi?)
Waar Kan Ek Eet?

I Am From England/Italy/Germany

(Ngiphuma Engilandi/ kwelamaTalaliyana/Kwelamajelimani)
Ek Is Hier Vanaf Engeland/Italië/Duitsland

I Like South Africa

(Ngiyayithanda Imzansi Africa)
Ek Hou Van Suid Afrika

I Love You
Ek Is Lief Vir Jou

What Time Is It?
Hoe Laat Is Dit?

Who Is That?

(Ngubani loyo?)
Wat It Dit?

Who Are You?

(Ungubani wena?)
Wie Is Jy?

How Much Is That?
(Yimalini lento?)
Hoeveel Kos Dit?

Where Is The Toilet?

(Iphi indlu encane)
Waar Is Die Badkamer?

Where Is The Bank?
(Liphi ibhanga)
Waar Is Die Bank?

I Support Bafana
(Ngilandela iqela le Bafana Bafana)
Ek Steun Bafana

Where Is The Stadium?
(Iphi inkundla yebhola)
Waar Is Die Stadion?

Where Is The Fanfest?

(Bahlangana kuphi abalandeli bebhola)
Waar Is Die Fanfest?

Where Is The Station?
(Sikuphi istasie)
Waar Is Die Stasie?

Another Drink Please?
(Ngicela esinye isiphuzo)
Nog 'n Drink Asseblief?

Can I Have Your Number?
(Ngicela inombolo zakho)
Wat Is Jou Telefoon Nommer?

I Can’t Believe Honduras Won The World Cup!
(Angikholwa izwe lase Hondoras lithethe inkezo yomhlaba jikelele)
Ek Kan Nie Glo Honduras Die Wêreld Beker Gewen Het Nie?