Did you hear about this Afrikaans 'virus' in Pakistan?

Did you hear about this Afrikaans 'virus' in Pakistan?

Here's something you don't hear every day...

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When you are away from home, there are those simple things that set us a part as South Africans.

One of the things that connects us is our language. 

And as much as not all South Africans speak Afrikaans, there is the simple greeting that allows us to connect. 

Not to mention the universal use of "Aweh" that holds its roots in all South African cultures. 

In a video we came across on TikTok, it seems that our linguistic culture has travelled all the way to Pakistan. 

A TikToker by the name of Irfan posted a video that has over 1.3-million views. In the video, we see him refer to Afrikaans as a "virus", in a jovial way of course. 

And he videos his friends, while saying, "Aweh". One of his friends surprises him by saying, "Hoe kan dit?"

WATCH the video below, courtesy of TikTok

@irfan_ik_ Afrikaans virus in Pakistan 😂😂🇿🇦#instagram #ik__11khan ♬ Laughing - Gianluca Marino


It seems Irfan works in South Africa and has travelled home to Pakistan. And therefore he has had some time to pick up some of our language. 

This certainly speaks volumes about how immigrants (for lack of a better term) feel welcomed in South Africa. 

Aweh indeed!

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