Lesson Update: Lesson #75


Just an update on lesson #75 about understanding directions in Swahili. A certain Vola commented and asked for an accompanying podcast-I haven’t done one of those in a while! So yeahs it took a bit of time but I eventually got to it. You can listen to it here.

Similarly, if you need an audio accompaniment for any other lesson simply ask and thou shalt receive. Amen to that!

Diamond’s ‘Salome’

Haven’t posted one of these in a while but the song am doing today is the current hit in TZ and indeed East Africa, called ‘Salome’, from our resident hit maker Diamond.  Am a huge fan-there I said it, the guy certainly knows how to produce those hits I’ll give him that!

Now this tune-Oh dear what to say?!! If you remember this post about the ‘unsayables’ in Swahili and how we use better terms to refer to them (see here) then this song is the perfect example of the use of ‘clean’ Swahili to cover up the ‘unsayables’-Oh boy I blush!! 😉 😉 😉

Anyways I don’t have the balls to explain, hope you can get someone to explain to you what this song is REALLY about (if curiosity is just about killing you that is) but in the meantime just enjoy the tune because it’s certainly very catchy. ps: Parents not around at the moment so I’ve been playing this in the house all day, but the moment they return, it’s back to using my earphones-I think you get the drift he! he!

Also note this is the remake to one Saida Karoli’s mega hit years ago called ‘Mapenzi Kizunguzungu‘ (meaning ‘love is one big headache’ basically or something along those lines!), you can watch it here.


Leo tujifunze lugha teule ya Kiswahili!

I came across the below list on social media titled as seen above. Basically it was challenging Swahili speakers like myself to see just how much proper Swahili we knew and used in our everyday vocabulary. I confess I only know a couple of words out of the whole list, mostly because most of the time it’s easier to just use the English equivalent especially for new-ish technology. There’s 39 names in the full list so we’ll do ten each time, give you a chance to memorize. Enjoy!

1) Password – nywila 

2) Juice – sharubati

3) Chips – vibanzi

4) PhD – uzamifu

5) Masters – uzamili

6) Degree – shahada

7) Diploma – stashahada

8) Certificate – astashahada

9) Keyboard – kicharazio

10) Scanner – mdaki

Hand on heart, how many did you already know? Me, 3 (hides face in shame!!!)