Wednesday, May 5, 2010

South Africa: Language

South Africa is a country that’s rich in diversity and culture! South Africa has 11 official languages, with English and Afrikaans being the most commonly spoken. All South Africans understand, speak and most often write in English, so there is no need to worry about any language barriers. 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.

In addition to phrase books, a South African entrepreneur/linguistics expert, Thabo Olivier has developed a mobile device application that allows users to quickly learn basic communication phrases in different languages. The software is currently available on MS Windows Mobile platform. Particular application of the software can be used for travelers to the 2010 World Cup.

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!


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