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Chapter 17 Swahili

Chapter 17 Swahili Vocab

-andika write
bado yet,still; not yet
-leta bring
lini? when?
mbona? why? (in a reproachful sense, whereas kwa nini is neutral in mean)
nafasi chance, opportunity, time (sg. and pl.)
-pa give (always used with an object prefix, usually indicating a human being)
-taka want
yote all (classes 4,6, and 9)
-a kienyeji traditional, local, native (cf. mwenyeji "native born")
-a mwisho last (see mwicho 'end')
-a zamani old, former, ancient
-cheza play, dance, etc.
-cheza ngoma dance and sing (see ngoma below)
-chukua take, carry, etc.
haijawa it was not yet
halafu later, and then, afterwards
hapo then, there, then at that time
hapo mwanazoni there in the beginning, in the context 'there above'
hivi karibuni recently
hotuba speech (N-)
jamhuri republic (N-)
koloni colonies (N-: see ukoloni below)
korongo crane, stork (MA-)
-kuta find
madaraka responsibilities, duties, obligations (usually MA-)
Mjerumani/wa- German person
mnamo by (time reference only), in, on (usually with a date or the name of a month)
Mreno/wa- Portuguese person
muungano/mi- unity, alliance (jamhuri ya muungano 'united republic)
Mwarabu/wa- Arab person
mwanasiasa/wa- politician
mwezi/mi month (also moon)
Mwingereza/wa- English person
ndefu long (N- adjective; stem is -refu)
ngoma dance, drum, also often dancing, and singing (N-)
-pata get, obtain
-sherehekea celebrate
siasa politics
sikukuu holiday (N-; siku'day' + -kuu 'major, chief, imporant)
taifa/ma nation
tarehe date (N-)
-tawala rule (verb), see utawala
-toa hotuba give speech
ukoloni colonialism
-ungana join together, unite
Unguja the traditional name of Zanzibar
utawala rule(U-Class noun, cf. tawala)
vita war (VI-class only, no singular)
zamanzi long ago, the past
Vita vya Kwana/vya Dunia First World War, WWI
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