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I’ve lived in South Africa for 12 years now and I will admit I have done a pitiful job of learning any of the official languages, other than the one I grew up speaking in my native UK. I have taken a couple of beginner isiXhosa courses and have learnt enough Afrikaans to know when someone is insulting my mother, but on the whole my grasp of South African languages is shameful.
 

I do however speak the local language of booze quite well. I mean, if you chatted to a Brit fresh off the boat and told them you had to call in the Little Green Ambulance because you’d overdone it the night before on the Zamalek, the Mampoer or the Klippies, they probably wouldn’t have a clue what you were talking about.