Imoto is a Nguni term for a car.

Xhosa: Ndiyayithanda imoto yam.
Zulu: Ngiyayithanda imoto yami.


A fictitious story or a tale. Like those tales you'd hear about from parents/teachers/friends or read when you were younger.

"A man and his daughter were walking in the forest..."
Welele... inganekwane!


Isithembu is the practice of marrying multiple wives (Polygamy).

Isithembu is becoming popular again in South Africa.


An informal term mostly used by Xhosa people to refer to beer.

Sbwl iWash namhlanje.
I am craving beer today.


Imedi is a term, mostly used in Cape Town to refer to a girl or girlfriend.

Ndiyayithanda imedi yam bro.
I love my girlfriend bro


Iyeza is anything and everything that heals.

Ina iyeza, sela iyeza.


Impandla is a Nguni term for bald hair (when men lose their hair).

He's always wearing a cap because unempandla.


Izinyanya is a Xhosa term for ancestors.

Ndiyabulela kuni zinyanya.


Iqaba is a Nguni term for a barbarian or a person believed to be uncivilised or uncultured.
Plural Amaqaba

They used to call me iqaba because I come from the villages.


Plural: Amabhinca
Ibhinca is a Zulu person who practices their traditional Zulu culture, including wearing the traditional attire and listening to Maskandi

I had to act like I love Maskandi cause I was drinking with ibhinca.

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