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Charlize Theron taught her ‘Gringo’ co-star David Oyelowo some Afrikaans slang in the past. Images: YouTube screengrabs Vanity Fair

‘Praating the taal’: Times when Afrikaans was HELPFUL to Charlize

Charlize Theron dropped a bombshell about Afrikaans ‘not being helpful’. But there has been times when it has been VERY helpful indeed…

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Charlize Theron taught her ‘Gringo’ co-star David Oyelowo some Afrikaans slang in the past. Images: YouTube screengrabs Vanity Fair

South African-born actress Charlize Theron did her “moedertaal” no favours in a recent episode of the SmartLess podcast. Our girltjie from Benoni’s statement that Afrikaans is “not a very helpful language” and is only spoken by “about 44 people”, has been met with shock and outrage in Mzansi.

In the interview with hosts Sean Hayes, Jason Bateman and Will Arnett, the Hollywood star also claimed Afrikaans is a “dying” language:

“There’s about 44 people still speaking it. It’s definitely a dying language; it’s not a very helpful language,” Theron told Bateman.

Listen to the full interview HERE.

Charlize Theron still ‘praating the taal’…

But what about using your native tongue as a “secret language” to gossip with your mother, Gerda? And the joy of swearing in “Die Taal” and throwing around some slang? Oh, and that  #LearnAfrikaansWithCharlize venture on Facebook…

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Afrikaans as ‘secret language’ with mom Gerda

‘Mooi so, my meisie!’: In this file photo, Charlize Theron poses with her mother, Gerda, after receiving her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Hollywood Blvd on 29 September 2005 in Hollywood, California. Image: Frazer Harrison/ Getty Images North America / Getty Images via AFP

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The School of Good and Evil actress has confessed in the past that she speaks in her native tongue to her mother when they don’t want people around them to understand what they’re saying. Helpful indeed.

Back in 2018, Theron opened up in an interview on The Late Late Show With James Corden about the time when she and her mother were waiting for their luggage after a flight to New York.

The two vented their frustration at a “rude man” in Afrikaans, thinking he would not understand their “secret language”. Turns out the man was Afrikaans himself! Oops…not very helpful.

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Lesson in Afrikaans slang

That same year, Theron and her Gringo co-star, David Oyelowo, had a ball teaching each other slang words from the Afrikaans and Yoruba languages in a video for Vanity Fair.

Even though Oyelowo is British-American, he was born in Oxford to Nigerian parents of Yoruba ethnicity, according to SA People. Theron taught him a few Afrikaans slang words, including the very useful “babbelas“, “stukkie”, “pomp” and “Moenie die hoender ruk nie”. Take a look…

Nothing beats swearing in Afrikaans, right Charlize?

Seems like 2018 was quite the year for Theron to “gooi” Afrikaans in Hollywood. In an appearance on First We Feast, the award-winning actress dropped some spicy language while eating hot wings during the interview. 

Theron actually gave host Sean Evans a two-minute Afrikaans lesson consisting of a children’s song and some very very “nasty” swearing…

Please note this video contains strong language that may be offensive to some. 

Well, guess that makes it 45 people still speaking Afrikaans. Charlize included…