Tag Archives: South Africa

Language Distinction: Going Dutch and Coming Back Afrikaans

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In the same way that everyone knows the words to Bon Jovi’s “Living On A Prayer” without knowing how, why or where we learned the lyrics, everyone also knows that Dutch is closely related to Afrikaans (maybe some of you know “Living On A Prayer” in Dutch and Afrikaans; if that’s the case, we want(…)


Black Panther Brings Xhosa into the Limelight

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Black Panther is currently and rightfully getting all sorts of attention for so many important, beautiful things. Even if you watch films just for the sake of watching films, oh, what a film Black Panther is to watch. From our perspective though as language people, we have an additional reason to love Black Panther even more: its(…)


A Quick Guide To Snacking The South African Way

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Being a South African means fully encompassing the country’s diverse group of people, odd cultural traditions and, most of all, the variety of weird and wonderful foods. While an American perspective on authentic South African food might not suffice as proof of how delicious it truly is, we’re definitely impressed with what the guys from(…)


Official Languages – Do They Help or Hurt? A Comparison Between South Africa and the USA

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Language is a powerful social mechanism. It dictates how we frame our thoughts and ideas and breeds community among like-speaking individuals. But where language has the power to help us come together, it also has the power to break us apart, to outcast us, alienate us, and make us feel discriminated against and alone. Political(…)


Wine-Tasting Around the World (on a Budget!)

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If one thing is adored across cultures, it is the undeniable delight of wine. Vineyards across the world devote themselves to producing the very best Sauvignon Blancs and Cabernets. But often times, the world of wine is also a world of prestige and privilege, and for those of us on a budget, steep prices are(…)