tirsdag, juni 28, 2005

Karibuni !

Only 6 months before our trip
we realize that our Swahili could be better ....
We need some sort of introduction to the Swahili language.
There are several good sites on the internet though:

http://www.personal.psu.edu/users/s/m/smc984/

I especially enjoy:
http://www.yale.edu/swahili/

looked it up:
"I want to learn Swahili" ~ "mie arithi katika durusi Kiswahili".
Wonder if any Kenyans would be able to understand that ?
....

So with a constant mobile internet connection, a pda of sorts, we will be all right ...

http://www.masai-mara.com/mmsw.htm seems a little better:

"I'd like a cold beer" ~ "Tafadhali natakabia [pombe] baridi"

"No problem" ~ "Hakuna matata"

and if in doubt or just plain embarressed, one could go with:
"Where are the toilets?" ~ "Wapi choo"

Absolutely necessary as we go into the Swahile tongue twisters:
http://www.uebersetzung.at/twister/sw.htm

Mbuzi hali nazi kwa vile hawezi kupanda ngazi ndipo azifikie nazi.

Katibu Kata wa Kata ya Mkata amekataa katakata kukata miti katika kata ya Mkata.

Kale kakuku kadogo ka kaka kako wapi kaka?

Twanga tope ni twange tope tope hilo la twangwa je?

I think we should memorize these sentences and impress our hosts
with them!

[finding a good context, for: "Where are your chickens, brother?"
might be difficult though"]

ps.
Sorry about the html on this blog, somehow it doesn't look as good as when we started,
but complain to blogspot, I haven't touched anything ?

19 Comments:

Blogger akiey said...

Welcome to our corner of the blog world & may you also enjoy your Dec trip to Kenya.
http://www.yale.edu/swahili/ is a very good resource for Swahili-related work, learning. Ich bin ein Übersetzer & I recommend it highly.
These two tongue twisters are wonderful & very authentic. You will definitely impress your hosts:
-Katibu Kata wa Kata ya Mkata amekataa katakata kukata miti katika kata ya Mkata.
-Twanga tope ni twange tope tope hilo la twangwa je?

Avoid this it's not authentic & it's broken Swahili:
-Kale kakuku kadogo ka kaka kako wapi kaka?
This sounds more like Somali than Swahili.
-"I want to learn Swahili" ~ "mie arithi katika durusi Kiswahili".
Correct, simple version is:
"Mie nataka kusoma Kiswahili" or
"Mimi nataka kujifunza Kiswahili"

6:27 PM  
Blogger AfroFeminista said...

Hope you enjoy your trip to Kenya.

Do watch out for those sights claiming to have Swahili translations...ha ha AKIEY already 'outed' the one on learning how Swahili.

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