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South Africa English - a guide for other mother tongues

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Mon Jan 30, 2012 5:08 pm Unread post
Moose wrote

"Leeuwdril"



Oh , by the way , make sure you pronounce this correctly ( Leo-drill ) , because if you get it wrong , it may sound like " Leo-drol " , in which case the meaning changes completely - It means " lion turd " :whistle:
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Mon Jan 30, 2012 6:42 pm Unread post
Rooies, good question. :hmz:


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Mon Jan 30, 2012 7:25 pm Unread post
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The ones who asked at times like at leopard/ cheetah sightings or other amazing sightings,
It's the fact that "WAARSIE LEEUS", was never proceeded by any sort of friendly greeting- ever. :wall:



Ja Moose. But the guy at my cheetah sighting was from the Vrystaat, and was polite enough to say hello before asking Waarsie Leeus. :wall:


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Mon Jan 30, 2012 7:28 pm Unread post
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No , BB , the "g" is silent ,( like the "p" in "water" ) :whistle:


Gorrit Okie! Like the silent 'k' in horse! :thumbs_up:

Going to bridge now and there are Germans who play. I will ask them.


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Mon Jan 30, 2012 7:52 pm Unread post
Hi,

Just to add on to the long names a few year back before changing the road between Trichardt and Secunda a sign board indicated the turn-off to:

Trichardtsfonteindamontspanningsoord

Trichardt on its own is already difficult to pronounce so luckily the town is not called after its founder Carolus Trichard like his dad Louis Trichardt's town that got the full name. :tongue:

I bought a guide book from Peter Derichs on Kgalagadi and picked up some interesting info on the name's

First time I knew Morevet is Afrikaans from more = tomorrow and vet = fat.

The Khoekhoen names are not something I will try to help with pronunciation, but can at least explain the name now:

Kij-Kij = Big Big
Kij Gamies = Big lion
Mata Mata = give and you shall receive
Cubitje Quap = Aardvark burrow

BB,

The surname Kruger might originate from German, but it's an Afrikaans surname and I am sure those Krugers I met all these years (teacher, colleagues, schoolfriends etc) know how to pronounce there own surname. You might be correct that we are all wrong, because many names from German became Afrikaans and change the pronunciation. Like I said my own surname "Gerber" is most likely not pronounce the same by Germans.


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Mon Jan 30, 2012 7:56 pm Unread post
Bush Baptist wrote
Moose wrote
The ones who asked at times like at leopard/ cheetah sightings or other amazing sightings,
It's the fact that "WAARSIE LEEUS", was never proceeded by any sort of friendly greeting- ever. :wall:



Ja Moose. But the guy at my cheetah sighting was from the Vrystaat, and was polite enough to say hello before asking Waarsie Leeus. :wall:


BB,

Give them a break, remember Freestate Cheetahs vs Lions, that's why he was looking for lions. :lol: :lol:


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Mon Jan 30, 2012 7:59 pm Unread post
okie: GOOD TIP :thumbs_up: :lol: I'll have to remember that...


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Mon Jan 30, 2012 8:18 pm Unread post
:lol: Loving this thread, Stark and ALL ! 8)

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Okie,how about Worcester? :hmz:


Okie ? :wink:


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Mon Jan 30, 2012 8:26 pm Unread post
I believe sometimes in England it is pronounced Wur- sess- tur? :hmz:


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Mon Jan 30, 2012 8:28 pm Unread post
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I believe in England it is pronounced Wur- sess- tur? :hmz:


Think so too, Dots :thumbs_up:
Not here though :wink:


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Mon Jan 30, 2012 8:31 pm Unread post
or possibly (here) Wooster :hmz:


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Mon Jan 30, 2012 8:38 pm Unread post
Dotty wrote
or possibly (here) Wooster :hmz:


Sounds good/right to me, Dots 8)


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Mon Jan 30, 2012 8:45 pm Unread post
Delene D wrote
Interesting thread. I am learning a few new pronunciations here. I am born and bred Safrican so I feel for the overseas visitors. We don't just have 2 languages to battle with but 11 official languages. Quite mad! Please someone pronounce that dam which sounds rude. ( Near P Kop)


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As an "only English" speaker :redface: speaker and to avoid the "rude" bit.... :wink: I call it Shy-ta-larvay am I close??


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Mon Jan 30, 2012 9:02 pm Unread post
Some towns in Western cape have spesific ways to pronounce,

Think of Piketberg (Pi - kêet-berg), Velorenvlei (Vloor vlei), Velddrif (Vel-drif) and Caledon (Kalie-dawn) :thumbs_up:


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Tue Jan 31, 2012 8:23 am Unread post
Dotty wrote
As an "only English" speaker :redface: speaker and to avoid the "rude" bit.... :wink: I call it Shy-ta-larvay am I close??


It is more like 'she-tlah-vee' :thumbs_up:
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