I am a native Afrikaans speaker, but as is the case with most people in South Africa, I am also fluent in English. At university I took some classes in Spanish.

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Koebaai Meraai*

* Goodbye Meraai

Afrikaans South Africa

Standard Phrase USED On Occasion BY Some People

Meraai is a name often associated with the Cape coloured community of South Africa. It is especially used in jokes and funny stories. Koebaai is an Afrikaansified term for the English goodbye. These two terms rhyme which gives this phrase a playful connotation.

“Koebaai Meraai.”

“Goodbye Meraai.”


* yellow peach rain

Afrikaans South Africa

Expression USED On Occasion BY Almost Everyone

(n.) This expression refers to a type of rain that occurs around the time when yellow peaches come in season in South Africa. It describes a type of soft, but persistent rain.

"Dis regte geelperkereën wat nou val."

"It's real yellow peach rain falling at the moment."