A GLOSSARY OF TERMS IN XHOSA AND AFRIKAANS

South Africa has eleven official languages, including Xhosa and Afrikaans.  Xhosa is a language spoken by some indigenous tribes, or Bantu, in South Africa.  Afrikaansdeveloped out of the speech of 17th-century settlers from Holland and is still very likeDutch.  In The Train Driver Simon, a Xhosa, and Roelf, a white South African occasionally use words from these languages.

Amangcwaba. Grave yard. (Xhosa)

Amagintsa. Gang members. (Xhosa)

Boontjies. Baked beans. (Xhosa)

Doek.Scarf, as in “Red Doek.” (Afrikaans)

Deurmekaar. Confused.  Out of your mind. (Afrikaans) 

 Ewe Yeah.  Or “That’s it.” (Xhosa)

Ikhaya.Home.  (Xhosa)

Ingcwaba.Grave.  (Xhosa)

Pondok.Shack, made with whatever is available.  (Xhosa)

Port Elizabeth. One of the largest ports in South Africa, situated in the Eastern Cape province, about 475 mi. east of Cape Town.

Shukuma. A Squatter camp on the outskirts of Motherwell, a town just north of Port Elizabeth.