In South Sudan, English is often a second or third language. As a result, it often takes on flavors and nuances from the original tongue. Here are a few examples.

Footing – Walking
Example: “I didn’t take a matatu. I got to the house by footing.”

Malaria – Fever
Example: “I’m fine. I just had a little bit of malaria.”

Digging – Manual Labor
Example: “He was digging to make a bit of money.”

Paining – Hurting
Example: “Ow. My arm is paining.”