Charlize Theron And David Oyelowo Teach Afrikaans And Yoruba Slang You Can Start Using Now

What do "ń Aap in die mou hê" and "Igba dun" mean?

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We've had Margot Robbie teach us Australian slang, Natalie Portman teach us Hebrew slang, and Reese Witherspoon teach us Southern slang, but now we're venturing to the African continent to learn about two different dialects and their respective slang.


In Vanity Fair's latest video in the series, Gringo stars Charlize Theron and David Oyelowo kindly teach us about Afrikaans and Yoruba slang. Theron was born and raised in South Africa and, as she comes from an Afrikaner family, her primary language is Afrikaans. Oyelowo, though born in the U.K., was born to Nigerian parents and, when he was a young child, relocated to Nigeria with them.

First up is Theron, who teaches us — among others — the phrase "ń Aap in die mou hê." According to the Monster actress, this phrase means "like having something mischievous up your sleeve" and literally translates to "a monkey up your sleeve."

Then it was Oyelowo's turn, with the Selma actor teaching us phrases such as "Igba dun," "Eku araya," and "Kuroni'waju mi" These translate to "enjoyment," "congratulations on your joy," and "get out of my face," respectively.

Both Theron and Oyelowo have great rapport while trying to pronounce phrases from each other's languages — and sometimes from their own. While Theron jokes that all of the Afrikaan phrases were about being drunk and animals, Oyelowo's include some truisms but notes that the wisdom of the language can be quite beautiful.

The more you know!

Watch Theron and Oyelowo teach you Afrikaans and Yoruba slang here:


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