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Michael Harmon

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Michael found his first Londolozi track as a sophomore in college when he picked up Boyd Varty’s Cathedral of the Wild. In it, Michael saw a place that embodied his childhood fascination with the culture and warmth of Africa and knew he had ...

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on The Sounds of Londolozi: a Lekker Field Guide to South African Slang

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Only in this wonderful country will you find a “language” as unique as ours. We are truly a rainbow nation.

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Ah communicating with people that think they understand you, I once explained to an American that I was picked as the hooker for my school’s rugby team … I was rewarded with a very worried look

Very interesting. 👍

Another great blog Michael. Jislaaik is another of my all time favourites. An incredibly versatile expression.

Love this! And the image of a warthog driving a Landie is priceless. Needs to be put on paper!

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Always ready for more Afrikaans and Shangaan and local combinations …
being from Belgium .My husband Guido always brings his notes written phonetically

OMG Michael! What a riot! Maybe your “dictionary” should be in all the rooms for the guests to practice with before venturing out on their first encounter with the Londolozi staff! 😉

This is HECTIC! I especially love the “nows” Americans don’t get that at all!

Michael, what a wonderful blog, I loved the photo of family at Londolozi!

Will save this for the next visit!

Epic! Please let this be volume 1 of many. I always enjoy more conversations with Colbert.

This certainly brought a smile to me as I’ve struggled with both the Shangaan and Afrikaans expressions and slang. I am printing this to have for my next trip…… great writing!!

Got to love the nature of SA slang!!

This made me laugh! I live in the UK now and have confused my English born friends with this vocabulary especially the ‘just now’ phrase meaning ‘later’ for me and ‘now now’ for my friends.

Hilarious, my favorites, although you do not get them in the bush are Robots (Traffic Lights) and Circles (Roundabouts). Try asking someone directions and you get “you go over the circle and right at the robot”. Wow understand that!

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