Heritage Day is a day on which South Africans come together, share meals and learn more about each others cultures. However, because of the multitude of languages and cultures we have, one sometimes finds it difficult to learn, appreciate and pronounce everything, especially the different types of food.
The issue of language is also very important in our country where a lot of people find themselves in predicaments due to mispronunciation of names and places. We put this list together to aid your Heritage Day feasting sprees. No more mispronunciations of words when ordering.
1. Umphokoqo : “oom-pho-koh-qoh”, the syllables are short and crisp, where there is an ‘h’ you add more breathe to the sound. This meal is called Krimmelpap in Afrikaans. It is made with mielie meal, water and salt. It is enjoyed with sour milk, or ‘maas’ as it is often called.
2. Umngqusho : “oom-nqoo-shoh”, for this word, you have to press your tongue on the roof of your mouth, just behind your teeth, to get the sound, the ‘q’ does not sound like a ‘k’ as it does in English. This is samp and beans and can be served plain or with a number of different sides, the favourite option being stew.
We foodies are always up for a good debate – generally over a lovely meal and a few bottles of vino. But sometimes these debates can get hectic, passionate and even (dare we say it), violent! People have incredibly strong feelings for their food and how it should be cooked.