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!!!)

 

Translation Challenge #10… (eng>Swa)

(Goodluck with some of the vocabulary-we both gonna need it!) 😉

The Simpsons is an American sitcom that shows middle class lifestyle in cartoon form. The half-hour episodes take place in and around the fictional town of Springfield and make fun out of American culture and society.

Since the show started in 1989 the Simpsons have been broadcast over 500 times. This makes it the longest running sitcom in American television history. In 2007 a full-length movie, The Simpsons Movie, made over half a billion dollars.

The Simpsons has won many prizes, concluding the Emmy Awards. In the year 2000 Time magazine named it the best television series of the century and the cartoon characters of The Simpsons received their own star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame.

The Simpson family consists of 5 main characters. Homer is the rather clumsy, beer-drinking father. He works at a nuclear power plant in Springfield and is married to Marge Simpson, a typical American middle class housewife. The couple has three children. Bart is a ten-year old who constantly gets into trouble. Lisa is a highly intelligent eight-year old who has become a vegetarian and a Buddhist. Maggie, the family’s baby, is often shown with a pacifier. The Simpsons have two pets, a dog named Santa’s Little Helper and Snowball, a cat.

Even though the series focuses around animated characters, many human celebrities have starred on The Simpsons in the past, for example, Bill Clinton, Tony Blair, Tom Jones or Mel Gibson.

Heri ya mwaka mpya, 2015!

Asalaam Aleikum!

Kama mjuavyo nyote mwaka wa 2014 ndo umekwishamalizika na tumeuanza mwaka mpya kabisa. Kwanza natumai sote tumefika na tumeuona. Pili natumai malengo yetu yote ya 2014 tuliyatimiza na tumekwishajipangia malengo makubwa zaidi kwa mwaka huu mpya. Mimi binafsi nilidhamiria kuanzisha tovuti yangu inayohusiana na mambo ya lugha hapa Tanzania na ninashukuru nilifanikiwa kwa hilo. Kilichobaki sasa ni kuhakikisha tovuti hii inafanikiwa.

Sijui nyinyi wenzangu mna mipango gani kwa ajili ya 2015, ila ninawatakia nyote mafanikio mema na inshallah sote tuweze kufika tena tarehe kama hii hii mwakani.

Mungu awabariki nyote, Mungu aibariki funlughaswahili.com!

Amin!

Translation Challenge #9… (swa-eng)

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Jana nimebahatika kutazama filamu moja yenye asili ya Kichina iitwayo “Under The Hawthorn Tree”. Filamu hii inatokana na kitabu kimoja maarufu sana chenye jina hilo hilo ambacho kimeuza nakala zaidi ya milioni moja nchini China tu.

Kwa ufupi hadithi inaelezea mapenzi kati ya msichana mdogo maskini na mvulana aliyetoka kwenye familia yenye uwezo wakati wa miaka ya sabini nchi ya China ilipokuwa kwenye kipindi kigumu cha mapinduzi.

Kwa kweli filamu hii ni nzuri mno na waigizaji wakuu walifanya kazi ya kusifika kabisa. Kama hujaitazama au kusoma kitabu cha hadithi hii ningekushauri ufanye hivyo na nakuahidi utakuja kunishukuru. Ila nikupe tahadhari moja tu-hakikisha una kleenex mkononi kwa sababu ninakuhakikishia utaihitaj!

 

 

Translation Challenge #8…(swa-eng)

Mvua za Bongo:

Miaka saba imepita tangu niondoke nyumbani, nimerudi hivi majuzi tu. Loh! Niliyoyaona yameniacha kinywa wazi! Wahenga walisema ukishangaa ya Musa utayaona ya Firauni, ama kweli nimeyaona.

Hivi karibuni msimu wa mvua za masika ulianza. Basi kero tunazozipata wakazi wa Dar ni kubwa sana. Matope kila unapokwenda, foleni za magari zisizoisha, maji machafu kujaa barabarani, madaraja kuvunjika na mito kufurika na kusababisha wanaoishi bondeni kulazimika kuhama kwani mali zao zote aidha zimesombwa au kuharibiwa na maji.

Kibaya zaidi hali hii haibadiliki kila mwaka ni yale yale. Viongozi wetu wanazidi kutuangusha kwa hili. Miundombinu ni mibovu na haifai kwa karne hii ya ishirini na moja. Tunaomba tu Mola uchaguzi mkuu ukifika mwakani wananchi wawapigie kura viongozi watakaotuokoa na haya majanga yanayosababishwa na mvua. Mungu ibariki Tanzania.

Translation Challenge #7…(And the winner is…)

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Kutoka kushoto ni Nico, katikati ni Lewis na kulia ni Sebastian.
Na mshindi ni Lewis Hamilton! Hongera Lewis, hongera Mercedes! Sebastian jaribu tena 😉

Translation Challenge #6… (swa-eng)

Nina furaha sana kusherehekea mwaka mmoja tangu tovuti hii kuanzishwa. Kusema ukweli sikuanza na matarajio makubwa, nilitaka tu kuwaonyesha wanafunzi wangu sampuli za mbinu ninazotumia kufundisha na pia kuwapa watu wasiojua Kiswahili ladha kidogo tu ya lugha hii, yani tunaita kionjo. Mwanzoni watu walikuwa wanakuja tu wanachungulia wanaondoka, bila hata kuniachia mawazo yao. Ila sasa Read More

Translation Challenge #5… (swa-eng)

Hivi majuzi nilitembelea duka la kampuni moja maarufu ya simu hapa Dar maeneo ya kwetu, ili nisaidiwe kupata huduma ya mtandao wa intaneti. Wafanyakazi niliowakuta kwa kweli walikuwa ni wavumilivu na wachangamfu sana. Walinipa huduma ya hali ya juu mpaka nikajisikia kweli mimi ni mfalme (kama usemavyo msemo maarufu kuwa “mteja ni mfalme”). Read More

Translation Challenge #4…(eng-swa)

“Last night I had a strange dream. In it, I was being strangled by an unknown person. I tried to scream and ask for help but no sound would come out. As I started losing consciousness , I faintly heard mom’s voice calling me. I tried hard to respond but couldn’t………..then I suddenly woke up!”

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