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."



Zulu South Africa

Expression USED In the past BY Almost Everyone

Used to express delight or excitement.

"There is a 75% off sale at the mall." "That's ayoba!"



English Cape Town and Durban, South Africa

Word USED Frequently BY Surfer types and Capetonians

(adj.) A colloquial alternative to cool - used to express enjoyment or status.

"He's a kiff oke."

"He's a cool guy."

dronkverdriet *

* drunken grief

Afrikaans South Africa and Namibia

Word USED Frequently BY Adults

(n.) Someone has "dronkverdriet" when they are crying, emotional or depressed after they drank a lot of alcohol.

"Hoekom huil sy? Sy het dronkverdriet want sy het te veel gedrink."

"Why is she crying? She has drunken grief because she drank too much."