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INTRODUCTION
In this lesson we'll cover a phrase you can use to get to your destination when taking a taxi.

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Let’s say you’re taking a taxi to go to Kaapstad Lughawe, which is “Cape Town Airport.”
(slow) Kaapstad Lughawe
Kaapstad Lughawe
When you take a taxi, you can simply give your destination to the driver by using the word na, meaning “to” in English. To say "to Cape Town Airport, please," you can say Na Kaapstad Lughawe toe asseblief. Let’s hear this once again.
(slow) Na Kaapstad Lughawe toe asseblief.
Na Kaapstad Lughawe toe asseblief.
Let’s break this down. First we have na meaning “to.” Then you can add your destination, which is “Cape Town Airport” or Kaapstad Lughawe. Then we have toe meaning “to” and asseblief, meaning “please.” Let’s hear the sentence once again.
(slow) Na Kaapstad Lughawe toe asseblief.
Na Kaapstad Lughawe toe asseblief.
This is the simplest way to say where you would like to go.
When you’re at your destination, you might want to say "Stop here, please." In Afrikaans, this is Stop hier asseblief.
(slow) Stop hier asseblief
Stop hier asseblief
This phrase will allow you to get out of the taxi whenever and wherever you want. First we have stop, meaning “to stop” in English. Then we have hier, meaning “here,” then asseblief, meaning “please.” Hear the phrase once again.
(slow) Stop hier asseblief
Stop hier asseblief
Another useful phrase you could practice when riding in a taxi is Kan u 'n honderd Rand wissel, meneer? This means, "Do you have change for a hundred Rand, sir?"
(slow) Kan u 'n honderd Rand wissel, meneer?
Kan u 'n honderd Rand wissel, meneer?
The question starts with kan u, which means “can you” or “could you?” Then it has 'n honderd Rand which is "a hundred Rand." Then we have wissel, the verb meaning, "to change." Wis-sel. Wissel. Finally, we address the driver by meneer which means "sir" or mevrou to mean "ma'am.” Let’s hear the sentence once again.
(slow) Kan u 'n honderd Rand wissel, meneer?
Kan u 'n honderd Rand wissel, meneer?
The bigger bills, such as the one and two hundred Rand notes, might not be changed so easily. If you have bigger bills, ask the driver if he has any change, Kan u 'n honderd Rand wissel? so that you can get smaller bills instead.

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Friday at 06:30 PM
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Hi listeners! Do you often take taxis?

Team AfrikaansPod101
Sunday at 03:52 PM
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Hallo Tor


It is great that you had that experience! 😁


I like the Drakensberg but love Cape Town area - 12 Apostles and Table Mountain is one of my favourite spots.


It seems like you can find a beautiful place anywhere you go in SA.


Lekker dag

Zani

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Tor Liber
Thursday at 11:33 AM
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hallo Zani! hoe gaan dit? 😎

Riding a minibus taxi in South Africa is a...unique experience. 😅

and in Zimbabwe even more. but in some places that's the only public transportation which is available.


and the landscape in South Africa is truly amazing! my favorite area is the Drakensberg mountains!! such a beautiful area!!


Zani
Tuesday at 02:01 PM
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Hallo Robert


Great comment!


Die landskap is pragtig!


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Zani

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Robert
Monday at 10:21 AM
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Die landskap is pragtig!

Zani
Sunday at 02:21 AM
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Hallo Robert


You will really enjoy the scenery in South Africa, the one moment you are looking at mountains and beautiful clouds and the next you are driving in a dessert for hours!!!


Die landskap is besonders.

The landscape is unique.


You won't want to go back home.

You must do a google search for: south african scenery


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Zani

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Robert
Sunday at 09:49 AM
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I look forward to travelling to South Africa within a few years.

Zani
Thursday at 02:21 PM
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Hallo Robert


Its not common to take taxi's in South Africa, except maybe if you want to go to and from the airport, and if you like to use the local travel.


Its much different than other taxi's around the world. It might be a great experience to travel in a local one, but I suggest you do it with a local person.


Have you traveled in South Africa before?


All the best

Zani

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Robert
Thursday at 09:42 AM
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Not at home, but usually when travelling.