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LESSON #57: Je, wajua?…#7

Just like with languages we use the prefix ‘KI-‘ we also follow a similar pattern when it comes to the different nationalities. This time we use the prefix ‘M-‘ or ‘MU-‘ depending on the root of the language name when you remove the ‘KI-‘ (basically if the root begins with a vowel you use MU-), and its pretty much the same thing as with languages. So for example; Kiswahili————> Mswahili. Of course ‘Mswahili‘ is not a nationality per se so lets use similar examples as with the already covered languages and come up with their matching nationalities:

  • Kiingereza- Muingereza/Mwingereza (‘Mu’ just simply becomes ‘Mw’-it’s easier to pronounce that way)
  • Kijapani- Mjapani
  • Kichina- Mchina
  • Kihispania- Mhispania
  • Kiitaliano- Muitaliano/Mwitaliano
  • Kifaransa- Mfaransa
  • Kidachi/Kijerumani– Mdachi/Mjerumani
  • Kireno- Mreno
  • Kilatino- Mlatino
  • Kigiriki- Mgiriki
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