What they say vs what they mean: Understanding different English dialects
While English is spoken in many countries, most have their own unique version of it. The English we speak in South Africa is for the most part the same as the English spoken in the UK - however there are a few, quirky differences between the two dialects.
We’ve compiled a list of common words which change between us in South Africa, the UK and America to avoid confusion between you and your guests.
|South African English||UK English||American English|
|Pickup Truck||Pickup Truck|
|Bottle store||Off-license||Liquor Store|
|Chips (Lays, Simba)||Crisps||Potato Chips|
|Delivery Truck||Juggernaut, Lorry||18 wheeler|
|Ground Floor (Level)||Ground Floor||First Floor|
|Public Holiday||Bank Holiday||National Holiday|
|Zebra Crossing||Pedestrian Crossing||Crosswalk|