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LESSON #77: Je wajua?…#9

Je wajua there’s words whose spelling  difference is only one letter but the meanings are like day and night? Of course you do as am sure all languages have such words. It’s the same in Swahili so let’s look at the words kula & kura for today.

What do they mean?…  more

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LESSON #76: If Ever You’re In a Pickle…

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

LESSON #75: Understanding Swahili Directions

Msamiati:

  • Kulia – right

  • Kushoto – left

  • Upande (pande) – side(s)

  • Mbele – in front

  • Nyuma – behind

  • Moja kwa moja – straight ahead… more

LESSON #74: Hadithi, Hadithi…#4 (Digidigi Akitazama Ndani ya Maji)

Story (link):

http://www.childrenslibrary.org/icdl/BookPage?bookid=manhad1_00590006&pnum1=10&pnum2=11&twoPage=true&route=text&size=0&fullscreen=false&lang=Swahili&ilang=English

Story (audio):

Msamiati (vocabulary): Read more…

LESSON #73: English names translated (Majina kwa Kiswahili)

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…

LESSON #72: Methali…#7

“Mficha uchi hazai”

Mficha- a person that hides

Uchi- nakedness

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 😉

LESSON #71: Hadithi, Hadithi…#3 (Fisi na Korongo)

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.

Listen :

Read along:
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LESSON #70: Please, Excuse me, Sorry & Thank you in Swahili

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.
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Lesson #69: Ipi ni ipi?…#11

Neno: unga

This word is both a noun (nomino) and verb stem (shina la kitenzi)

1. Flour-as in the one we use to cook ugali, chapati, maandazi etc with

2) Join- as in 2 or more things together
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LESSON #68: Spices in Swahili (viungo)

 

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.

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