South Africa has 11 official languages:- Afrikaans, English, Ndebele, Northern Sotho, Sotho, Swazi, Tswana, Tsongo, Vedna, Xhosa, Zulu
English is only the 4th most common language spoken as a first language, by c. 10% of the poulation (Zulu 23%, Xhosa 16%, Afrikaans 14%)
However, English is the primary language in government and media, and is the second language of most South Africans.
The fastest growing non-official language is currently Portugese.
Knysna is in a region where the dominant language is Afrikaans (followed by Xhosa), but English is widely spoken and understood by the majority.
These lists will hopefully help you understand some of the words / expressions in common use (and on this web-site).
There are many online dictionaries and language translators on the internet and this is not meant to replace any of them.
These are words / phrases that have been relevant so far (for an English only speaker!), and the list will be extended as time goes by.
Meat: snack food - strips or pieces of cured (raw spiced dried) meat - from the Dutch words "bil" (rump) and "tong" (strip)
Meat: traditional sausage - from the Afrikaans words "boer" (farmer) and "wors" (sausage)
Shop that sells alcohol - similar to old fashioned UK off-licence (supermarkets don't sell the variety of alcohol as in UK)
Similar to a barbecue, (a structure for) grilling meat over an open fire
Meat: assortment of meat cooked on a Braai
South African Champagne!!! Methode Cap Classique (MCC) is made using the same method!
Meat: snack food - dried sausage - based on the traditional boerewors
Meat: a large antelope native to the arid regions of Southern Africa
Fish: a large-headed elongated fish related to and resembling cod - Fish and Chips is usually Hake and Chips
Small flat pocket sized bottle of alcohol, e.g. whisky, gin, etc.
Meat: a salted and slightly smoked cut of pork - Kassler chops similar to UK gammon steak
Meat: a large African antelope
Ear of maize, corn on the cob
Large round white seeded grapes (with a slight muscat flavour)
Food and drink for a car journey, picnic, - e.g. sandwiches, biltong
Meat or fish stew cooked in a round cast iron 3 legged pot on an open fire
Traditional bread to accompany a braai, balls of bread dough cooked on a grid over coals
Limp, soggy (not cooked in hot enough oil) - from the Afrikaans "slap" (droopy)
Fish: a long thin species of snake mackerel - usually cooked on a Braai or served as Pate
Any alcoholic drink taken at sundown (usually after a days work)
Meat: a wild member of the pig family found in the African bush
Utility or pick-up truck (a double bakkie has tow rows of seats)
Instrument for indicating distance travelled by a vehicle - equivalent to UK "mileometer"
Road Worthiness Certificate - similar to UK "M.O.T. certificate"
Bars fitted either inside or outside to prevent intrusion through windows / doors
Snake like device for cleaning a pool
Issued by the Municpality indicating use / restrictions of a plot of land / property, e.g. residential or business
Nickname of the South African international football team
Website qualifier - short for .co.za
Meeting, gathering - from a Zulu language word meaning "business" or "matter"
League table, e.g. Spurs finished 3rd on the log in 2016
Nickname of the South African international cricket team
South African Police Service
South African Revenue Service - eqivalent to UK "HMRC"
Nickname of the South African international rugby union team
Foreigners who stay for the summer before returning home
Trainers, running shoes, sneakers
As is - e.g. when selling something; sold as seen, regardless of any faults
Take care / look after yourself
Soon, sometime, but not immediately (and maybe not ever)
Hang in there - (literally - bite hard)