You must be familiar with the popular family game, ‘jenga’ as in the tumbling blocks. Funny enough I had my first taste of the game today as that’s how I spent my afternoon, playing solo as usual- story of my life!
But the point of today’s ‘je wajua’ is, did u know ‘jenga’ is a Swahili word? It basically means Read more…
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:
Did you know that all languages begin with the prefix KI- in Swahili? And by virtue of them beginning with this particular prefix, they automatically fall into the KI-VI noun class (only serious Swahili learners will know what I mean by this!)
So a couple of examples for you:
Another new segment added to the fold! (Je, wajua? =do you know?(formerly known as “what in the world?”) I’ll be tackling a new word, verb, expression etc and explaining its meaning in detail. This will be a segment for every Wednesday, so look forward to learning some new Swahili with me. Any suggestions for a topic are gladly welcome. …more>>