If you are ever in trouble and need help, here’s a coupe of things to assist you:
Mwizi! –thief! (ensure that final I is elongated as much as possible for the full effect, something like mwiziiiiiiiiiii…
Nisaidieni nakufa- help me, am dying! (I pray to God you never have to say this…actually wait, maybe you should say this, people tend to respond faster to this!)… more
So I was teaching someone today and we came upon the name David and I said “by the way that’s Daudi in Swahili.” Then I had this brilliant idea to teach you the Swahili versions of some common English names. Read more…
“Mficha uchi hazai”
Mficha- a person that hides
Hazai- doesn’t bear children
So literally this means if you refuse to strip infront of the midwives then of course there’ll be no baby born (God help you!) But of course the deeper meaning is that if you hide your problems and not seek help then you wont be able to solve them and suffer alone. It’s very much related to the English saying, “no man is an island”. (Note to self: ask for help relocating this blog, or it’s never gonna happen 😉
Most of my students should be very familiar with this story. Hope you get the gist of it after reading the vocabulary and phrases and feel free to translate it and put it on the comments section and I’ll be more than glad to correct you.
If you like me had a teacher that emphasised on the importance of these 4 phrases then you must know just how much weight they are given in any culture/language. I have touched on these previously but what I’ll be doing is telling you about their different variations as well.
So I came across different spices’ names on this amazing site for Swahili dishes and since am usually rubbish at food names and stuff I thought I’d share. This is especially for food lovers like myself who like their spices but wouldn’t know what to ask for if they wanted to purchase any in TZ. Note that in Dar, the place to go is definitely Kariakoo market, I’ll do a post on it at some point, this place is a haven of spices, as well as all kinds of foods in general.