I Say Tomato ~ You say Tomah-to

nak~4~travel {my journey. my story}

June 19, 2013

I have always been pretty good with using context clues and deciphering abbreviations during a conversation.  Until this trip, I would have never believed the phrase “I’m sorry I don’t understand” is something I would use so often.   Because South Africa has 11 official languages (Zulu, Afrikaans, English, Northern Sotho, Sotho, Xhosa, Tswana, Venda, Ndebele, Tsonga, and Swazi) you never know what somebody’s first language may be.  Fortunately for me, I have come in contact with people who speak English; however, if I were to ask a group how to say “hello” or “goodbye” in their native language, I would receive at least five different answers.  Communicating can be pretty overwhelming as it is very common for a South African to speak at least five languages.

Because there are 11 different languages throughout the country, the universal language spoken in different tribes and races, to…

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