4 Easy Tsotsi Taal Words Every Nigerian Can Pronounce

Tsotsi taal words are South Africa’s street language! And for those who don’t know, South Africa has eleven official languages (English, Zulu, Northern Sotho, Sotho, Tswana, SiSwati, Tsonga, Venda, Xhosa, Ndebele, and Afrikaans). However, most of what you hear on the streets of Johannesburg (or Jozi) and Pretoria is Tsotsitaal.

Tsotsitaal in Johannesburg and PretoriaWhat Are Tsotsi Taal Words?

Tsotsitaal is an urban language widely spoken in townships and cities across South Africa. It is a collection of languages – including the eleven official languages.

The word tsotsi (meaning thug or criminal) is from Sotho and the word taal is from Afrikaans (meaning language). So, why have I chosen to teach you Tsotsi taal words? Because it is the most widely spoken language (apart from English) in Johannesburg. With that said, here are 4 Tsotsitaal words that actually mean the same thing but which every Nigerian can pronounce.

1. Heita!

Depending on the situation and speaker, this word can mean: Hello, Yes, or Bye.

2. Sho!

Depending on the situation and speaker, this word can mean: Hello, Yes, or Bye.

3. Sharp!

Depending on the situation and speaker, this word can mean: Hello, Yes, or Bye.

4. Hola!

Depending on the situation and speaker, this word can also mean: Hello, Yes, or Bye.

Remember, ‘if you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart’ – Nelson Mandela

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Akindele Olunloyo

Digital Entrepreneur

My love for travel across South Africa led to the creation of Lagos to Jozi. It is a blog platform with the objective of inspiring my fellow Nigerians to come experience South Africa as a beautiful holiday destination, while also educating by giving practical ideas on how to do it.

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