South Africa Literature and Language

South African history stretches back to the Khoisan tribes. Europeans, Indians, and Chinese later arrived in the country. White South Africans are of European descent, while modern-day South Africans are a mixture of nationalities.

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What is a Zulu translation for inflation?

i infuleshi

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What is the xhosa translation for love?

Love (verb) - thanda

*thanda also means like

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What does Baba mean in Zulu?

according to my understanding a word baba can be varied to a purpope of using, firstly is that a male parent who brought u in this world and we as zulu's often use it when we actually pray meaning we call god baba.

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What is bear in Zulu?

Bear the animal is 'ibhere'. Bear, as in to carry, is 'thwala'.

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When did the Zulus exist?

The Zulu have lived in Africa for many thousands of years.

It is believed they arrived in southern Africa about two thousand years ago.

Today, the Zulu are the largest ethnic group in South Africa, numbering close to twelve million people.

Their language is Zulu, part of the Bantu language group, and is an official language of, and the most widely spoken language in, South Africa today.

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Piano

Is nagata piano lounge teasers?

yes

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What does Mardi Gras mean?

Mardi Gras is French for "Fat Tuesday" the last day of feasting before Lent begins on Ash Wednesday.

In the UK we call this day Shrove Tuesday. (Shrove comes from to shrive, an old word for Confession). It is also called 'Pancake Tuesday'.

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What is the South African word meaning golden?

eGoli - meaning city of gold. Often used for Johannesburg.

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What is Zulu time?

The process of aerial navigation involved taking repeated position readings using everything from maps to celestial observation. Celestial fixes were made using star charts based on Greenwich Mean Time (GMT). The Army Air Forces adopted it not only for navigation but also for timing its worldwide operations. World War II navigators lived by it. Their premission "time hacks" took on the solemnity of religious rituals, and GMT bound the faithful together like some secret password. Army Air Forces navigators from Italy to the Far East could tell you to the second what time it was in that little town near London. Since Greenwich, England is the site of the "zero meridian," they called GMT "Zero Time" or simply "Z- Time." In the phonetic alphabet that the flyers of the time used to make themselves understood on their radios, "Z" became "Zebra." When the alphabet was changed, the call sign became "Zulu."

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What is kraal made of?

Kraal, meaning cattle pen (most usually) in Afrikaans, is close to the English word "corral". A cattle pen can be made up of wood or steel fencing and gating (and/or other materials, as well).

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What type of explorer was Shaka Zulu?

He led his army from the front to hostile nations, and could attack anywhere.

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What is love in ndebele?

uThando

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How do you say my name is in Zulu?

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What Afrikaans word begins with the letter a?

There are hundreds of Afrikaans words beginning with the letter a.

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What is the meaning of 'Ayoba'?

"Ayoba" is a slang term used by South Africans to express amazement.

It is derived from other slang terms, like "Ayeye" or "Ayoyoyo." It was originally meant as an approval/appreciation of good dancing, although the exact origins of the phrase are unknown. It is thought to have roots in Johannesburg township culture. It is however, uniquely South African and expresses delight, excitement, agreement and approval. It is also used as a greeting.

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A body of Zulu warriors?

Impi

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What is a traditional Xhosa wedding gift?

These are the gifts you give to the husband side of the family to show appreciation and joy to be come on of the family member

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What does Jabulani mean in Zulu?

Jubulani means to celibrate in Zulu a local South African language.

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What does meerkat mean in afrikaans?

The literal translation is "lake cat", but is the name of the suricate a member of the mongoose family. It's a small (about 1.5 pounds) carnivorous mammal that lives in Botswana, Namibia, and South Africa.

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In Afrikaans meerkat generally translates to marsh cat.

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Meer has a few meanings in Afrikaans - it can mean 'more' or 'like'

Kat is exactly what it sounds like - cat

So a meerkat is a cat-like animal

Meerkat - In the Afrikaans language (derived from African dialects and Dutch population in South Africa) from the Dutch word meercatte, meaning "sea cat" or "lake cat."

The English equivalent is meercat. The meerkat or suricate Suricata suricatta is a small mammal and a member of the mongoose family. It inhabits all parts of the Kalahari Desert in Botswana and South Africa.

"Marsh cat" would be a rough translation. The word is derived from the Dutch meercatte, which means "sea cat" or "lake cat".

It is composed of two words namely 'meer' which means lake or dam and 'kat' which means cat. The word "meerkat" is the same in English as it is in Afrikaans - it's pronounced meeer-kat in both languages.

The Dutch misidentified the suricate, a member of the mongoose family as a member of the Cercopithecus genus. Meerkat means "lake cat", but the animal lives primarily in arid semi-desert areas.

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What does mkhulu mean in zulu?

Mkhulu means older person but of late people use it for grandfather.

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What is the name of school formerly John Orr Technical High School in Johannesburg South Africa?

Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy

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Did shaka zulu have kids?

As a direct decendant of his brother..

i can conclusively say, through family records... my great (6) uncle did not have any children :)

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How do you say I love you in Ndebele?

it is strange, but it is still I love you

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How do you say your love in ndebele?

there is no need to use the fancey language to impress him or her if you realy like them just make out with them and if they dont resist your all good

if thats the only language they speak still try this use full tip it works everytime ;)

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Zulu translation for English word garndfather?

a grandfather is umkhulu

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