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Although South Africa has eleven official languages, Afrikaans is widely used and understood throughout much of the country.
By brushing up on greetings and pleasantries before you arrive, you should find that you are able to quickly settle into your new environment.
As well as making it easier to communicate in different situations, a willingness to attempt the local language is a sure-fire way of endearing yourself to the local people.
Here you will find a useful cheat sheet for some of the most common words and phrases that you might need during your visit.
Other useful language to know includes numbers, days and months, directions, and how to order things in bars and restaurants.
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